Country Bluegrass Special at The Acoustic Yard
This month’s IMRO supported ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Tuesday 22nd in Matt Molloy’s has got more than a hint of a Country Bluegrass feel with two singer/songwriters from the USA both coincidentally called Gary Ferguson and Belfast born songstress Janet Holmes sharing the bill.
Irish audiences are known for their love of American Folk, Country and Bluegrass music, a fact Gary Ferguson discovered on his first tour of Ireland in 2005. Gary Gene Ferguson has toured in Ireland every year since then, working with such Irish musicians as Mick Hanly, Charlie McGettigan and Frankie Lane. His upcoming July 2014 Irish tour marks his tenth trip to the Emerald Isle, and to commemorate the milestone, he’s going to tour Ireland with a special appearance at ‘The Acoustic Yard with none other than his namesake renowned Bluegrass player Gary Alan Ferguson.
Gary Gene Ferguson a longtime resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who’s been a mainstay of the bluegrass and Americana scenes since the 1980s. In addition to the Gary Ferguson Band, Gary has recorded or performed with such distinguished bluegrass musicians as Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Mike Auldridge, Alan O’Bryant, Ron Stewart and Jimmy Gaudreau.
A five-time finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, Ferguson is an acclaimed songwriter, best known for the Larry Sparks hit, “Last Day at Gettysburg,” which rose to number two on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 chart.
Gary Alan Ferguson from Fredericksburg, Virginia is an engaging singer, songwriter and versatile multi instrumentalist whose music blends influences from rock, soul and gospel to folk, jazz, country and bluegrass. His performance and/or recording credits include the Knoxville Grass, Donna Fargo, Claire Lynch, John Starling and the Virginia Squires and is currently writing songs for East of Monroe’s upcoming debut CD.
Janet Holmes has become a mainstay of Irish Country and Bluegrass music especially up north where she is a regular at festivals. Her beautiful voice encapsulates a smooth country sound blended with a more modern Americana feel. Her latest CD ‘Wonder Why’ has proved that now she is one of the finest country singer/songwriters this part of the world by writing most of the tracks. She will be joined onstage by her musical partner and husband Dobro player extraordinaire Colin Henry.