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      June 22, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      379 Main Street
      Beacon, New York 12508

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      THE MCKRELLS; with special guest JigJam from Ireland

      Through the late ’90s and into the 2000s, The McKrells brought their brand of Celtic-influenced “folkgrass” to venues throughout the U.S and Ireland. Their formula of red-hot picking, stunning vocals and the songs of Kevin McKrell took the group to festival, coffeehouse and club stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, The Towne Crier and others.

      With The New McKrells, Kevin has once again put together an ensemble of wonderfully talented pickers:

      John Kribs (guitar, vocals) toured as a member of The McKrells through the 2000s and was a founding member of Adirondack super group The Raquette River Rounders and the iconic Johnny and the Triumphs.

      On mandolin, Orion Kribs of The Black Mountain Symphony is a player perfectly in step with The McKrells' take-no-prisoners picking.

      Bassist Arlin Greene toured with The McKrells back in the early days. He is of bluegrass royal blood: his father is legendary player Smokey Greene.

      On fiddle is Doug Moody, from the legendary Buffalo-based The Steam Donkeys. Doug has been with Kevin since 2006; his alt-country fiddle style perfectly suits Kevin’s songs and his background vocals are a signature of McKrell tunes.

      JigJam is a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as “iGrass,” their onstage energy along with their virtuoso musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

      Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, County Offaly, with County Tipperary-born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving more than 20 All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music while staying true to their Irish roots.

      Described as “The best Irish group so far in bluegrass,” this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fueled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear.

      $25 advance/ $30 at the door  

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