Clonmel World Music

Good Quality World Music, Folk, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Americana & Irish Music in a listening environment

Venue: Raheen House Hotel Clonmel Co. Tipperary

Tickets on Sale in Premier Music Store Clonmel phone 052 61 29811

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The Railsplitters
Raheen house Hotel
Thursday 18th June

Clonmel World Music are delighted to welcome a young modern Bluegrass band to Raheen House Hotel on Thursday 18th June. Currently on an extensive UK tour, The Railsplitters are from Boulder, in the Colorado Rockies, and they have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. Bringing real musical depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats–from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting 5 part harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have a great fresh modern Bluegrass based sound , while maintaining a modern pop-like feel and sound to their music
The Railsplitters’ are a 5-piece band. They all write the songs and they all sing also ! The lead singer is Lauren Stovall, who has a very powerful distinctive voice. As a singer, Lauren has certainly got soul, and plenty of it! And while Lauren is giving Alison Krauss a run for her money, Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider are masterfully pickin’ the mandolin and banjo (respectively). Lauren, Peter, and Dusty, along with innovative upright bassist Leslie Ziegler, are now joined by the group’s newest member, world class fiddle player, Christine King, whose superb fiddling adds a driving force to the bands sound
The quintet usually starts by writing their songs individually and then come together to develop them as a group. This songwriting interplay adds a special addition to an already broad diversity of styles and genres on the album. From dance numbers, to modulated instrumental numbers, to sweet ballads, The Railsplitters have a song for every kind of mood. The Railsplitters have a musical range that sets them apart from other up-and-coming bluegrass bands. Calling on genre influences from Roots/Americana, Country Twang, 50’s doo wop, modern pop, and of course, good ol’ fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll, they’ve been wowing listeners at home in Colorado and beyond.

“The Railsplitters embody two of my favorite musical elements: high quality musicianship and great original songs. They use both to make them, without a doubt, one of the best bluegrass bands to emerge in the last few years.”            -Andy Hall, The Infamous Stringdusters
“A fresh, modern take on bluegrass.”          -Bluegrass Today
“The Railsplitters are talented, with well-written songs and spot-on instrumentation. This band is a nice addition to the ever-growing progressive bluegrass field.”          -John Goad, Bluegrass Today

Doors for the gig will open at 8pm. There will be no support act, and the band will start at 9pm prompt. This ensures the gig will finish before 11pm. Tickets are €15 each and are available in Premier Music Centre Clonmel on 052 6129811, from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619, and from Martha Beardmore on 087 9107201
 with a capital C” . They are a hot 5 piece band, with electric guitars, electric bass, drums and pedal steel. When The Tough Choices began, there were only two rules: keep it country, and keep it simple. They have done both, drawing on influences ranging from early Western Swing to rough-edged Truck Driving ballads; Bob Wills all the way to Merle Haggard. JP’s influences don’t seem to draw from any music that came out after 1974. The most overt influences echo Buck Owens, and particularly George Jones and Hank Williams. JP Harris has one of the best young voices in the Honky Tonk tradition of country music, singing in a deep baritone voice. He is joined on this tour by four top class young local Nashville musicians, who make up “The Tough Choices”
A well-traveled troubadour despite being scarcely over thirty, JP left home in Alabama at the age of 14 to travel the country via freight train, with his guitar in tow. Over his four vagabond years, JP wound up in California before moving through Louisiana, finally settling in Nashville, which is the closest he can call to a permanent home. JP Harris has worked hard for his living, and he has lived the life of the subjects of his songs, which is a whole hell of a lot more than you can say about most other country singers today. Among his many jobs, he has been a long haul trucker, a rail riding hobo, a sheep herder for Navajo Indians, a lumberjack and a carpenter. JP’s songs have the grit and swagger of the best old-school country singers. With his big beard and tattoos, he is “The Real Deal”, and his songwriting shows his talent and gift  for words and melody. His songs have the real country sound: the grit, the twang, and the stories of working-class, rural life. Country Music is about people first and foremost. It’s about telling hard-hitting stories that resonate with people. J.P. Harris understands this basic principle of country music perfectly. As a hard-traveling honky-tonk singer, he’s been around lots of interesting characters, but he also understands what it’s like to work hard for a living, having spent years off the grid working via his own two hands. That kind of honest appreciation of working life is what sets him apart. He plays old-school country music, singing songs about life in the country, or about your truck breaking down, or about your woman leaving you.
It is a big coup for Clonmel World Music to get this band to play in Clonmel, as they are hot property at the moment both in The States and in Europe. This band were one of Rolling Stone magazines “must-see country tours of 2014“ and they were among Rolling Stone’s choices of “must-see  bands at SXSW” in Texas in Autumn 2014 .
Jp Harris and The Tough Choices have self-released 2 albums, to widespread acclaimJP recorded his all original debut album “I’ll Keep Calling” in Louisiana, on his Cow Island Music labeland it won "Best Country Album of 2012" from The Nashville Scene and the same honour at the Independent Music Awards. Two songs were also licensed to the soundtrack of 2012's "At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. His new album “Home Is Where The Hurt Is”was recorded in Nashville in 2014. Lending a hand on the album vocally is friend and local Indie-Country star Nikki Lane, as well as long-time friend Chance McCoy, singer and guitarist of Old Crow Medicine Show.

J.P. Harris is the real deal. This ain't your glam country music, with rhinestones and glitter and man-perms. He's an ex-gutter punk road warrior making down-home American honky tonk, the way it should be, from both the heart and the bottom of a whiskey bottle

Doors for the gig will open at 8pm. There will be no support act, and the band will start at 9pm prompt.Tickets are €15 each and are available in  Premier Music Centre Clonmel on 052 6129811, from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619, and from Martha  Beardmore on 087 9107201

Clonmel World Music Proudly Presents:

Breaking Trad with Lisa Canny
Thursday 07th May 2015
Raheen House Hotel Clonmel
Clonmel World Music is proud to be one of the venues on the debu t tour of the latest Irish Traditional supergroup with the unique name “Breaking Trad”, in Raheen House Hotel on Thursday 07th May 2015. The album will be released a few days earlier, on May 03rd , in box player Donal Murphy’s home town of Ajbbeyfeale
They describe themselves as "a dynamic Irish band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle) Mike Galvin (Guitar) , with Lisa Canny on vocals
Niall Murphy hails from South Armagh and is an all-Ireland senior fiddle Champion.  He is a member of the band Reel It In as well as having playing with the likes of Cara Dillon, Beoga, The Chieftans, The Unwanted Trio and Mike Mc Goldrick to name but a few. 
Mike Galvin is a native Of Killarney. He started playing guitar and piano at the age of five. He plays  in Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan and has toured wordwide with scores of other musicians, and he is an expert at getting lovely bass lines out of his guitar !!.
The Clonmel gig features Lisa Canny on vocals and banjo. Lisa’s time is spent between touring internationally and the West of Ireland, where she continues to teach and perform. She toured Ireland in December with Hermitage Green. She has toured the States and Canada extensively over the last five years with Celtic Crossroads as lead vocalist. She has also toured Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, and Russia with groups or shows including Celtic Spree, Irish Legends, Rhythms of Ireland, Fuaim Chonamara, and Fuinnimh, and has performed live in front of over 50,000 people at the Interceltique Festival in Lorient for two consecutive years.
Dónal Murphy was born in Birmingham, England, and moved with his family to Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland, in 1975. He started playing music at age eight, starting first on the tin whistle. But soon realised he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, and took up the button accordion.

He has always felt a deep grá for the music and style of the locality in which he lives, and has kept his ‘musical ear’ firmly tuned to the two primary influences on his life of music – his chosen instrument, the accordion, and the musical heritage of ‘Sliabh Luachra’. Dónal is one of the foremost and most dazzling exponents of the great style of music from this region.
In August 1990, together with Cathal Hayden (fiddle), Brian McGrath (banjo), Gino Lupari (Bodhrán) & Mick Daly (guitar/vocals), they formed the now renowned ‘Four Men & a Dog’. The “Dogs” still play a number of big festivals each year.
Donal remained very much involved in music locally, and soon teamed up with Matt Cranitch (fiddle) and Tommy O’ Sullivan (guitarist/vocalist). The trio gelled, and a new entity was born. They recorded ‘Sliabh Notes’ in 1995, and soon the album title became the band name. A defining feature of this band is their powerful playing of polkas and slides, a thing deeply rooted in musicians from southwest of Ireland. Sliabh Notes have played most of the biggest Irish festivals in the world.
One of the highlights of Dónal’s musical career came in the summer of 1998 when Michael Flatley invited him to play in the Premiere of “Feet of Flames” in Hyde Park, London.
This is sure to be a fantastic night of Traditional Music played by experts at the highest level, and will be a treat for all music enthusiasts.
Doors for the gig will open at 8pm. There will be no support act, and the band will start at 9pm prompt.. Tickets are available in  Premier Music Centre Clonmel on 052 6129811, from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619, and from Martha  Beardmore on 087 9107201


Thu 28th May JP Harris and The Tough Choices (Nashville USA)

Wed 29th July The Paperboys (Canada)

Sunday 20th Sept Betty and The Boy (USA)

Clonmel World Music Gig History

Special Consensus (USA) - Fri 09th January 

Woody Pines (USA) - Thu 19th March 

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra (UK) - Thu 16th April 

Elephant Revival (USA) - Tue 28th January 
The Revelers (USA) - Thu 27th March 

The Karan Casey Band - Thursday 04th Sept

Red Molly (USA) - Friday 10th Oct 

De Temps Antan (Quebec, Canada) - Thursday 30th Oct 

Chatham County Line (North Carolina USA)-Thursday 20th Nov



Petunia and The Vipers(Canada) - 05th February
Eilen Jewell Band (USA) - 01st  April
Birds Of Chicago (USA) - 25th April
The Paperboys (Canada) - 03rd June
Pokey Lafarge Band(USA) - 04th Sept
The Wiyos (USA) 26th Sept
ABC Of Canadian Music - 24th Oct


Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers (USA)  -03rd Feb
ASHELIN (Newfoundland) - 12th March
Woody Pines (New Orleans) - 26th April
I Draw Slow (Dublin) Wed 13th June
Mairtin O'Connor Band Wed 01st August
Spirit Family Reunion Thu 06th Sept


The Fox Hunt (USA) &  The Henry Girls (IRE) -27th Jan
The Wiyos (New York) - Thur 14th April
The Wilders (Kansas, Missouri) - Mon 23rd May
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (Tennessee, USA) - Wed 20th July
Po Girl (USA/Canada) - 06th &; 07th Sept
Eilen Jewell Band - 02nd Nov


Prison Love - May
Po Girl - July
Southern Tenant Folk Union - Aug
Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three - Sept