These two multi-instrumentalists were responsible for introducing a new kind of country music into Ireland in the early 1970 when their bands exploded on to the scene and became famous for this new genre, now known of course as ‘bluegrass’.
‘The Orange Blossom Special’ and other fiddle tunes brought dancers to a standstill every night when George Kaye’s fiddle all but ‘smoked’ on stage and ‘Duelling Banjos’ and/or ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ had a similar affect when The Cotton Mill Boys and Gerry Madigan came to town.
Hit songs such as ‘The Little Folk’, ‘But You Love Me Daddy’ and ‘Silver Haired Daddy’ were all hits for ‘The Smokies’ while songs such as ‘Ashes Of Love’, ‘Try A Little Kindness’, ‘Me And Bobby Magee’ etc, did it for ‘The Cottons’.
George has made his home in Germany while Gerry comes back to Ireland for this tour from Canada.
These guys are seasoned professionals, well known and respected among the musicians and fans of bluegrass and acoustic country music. And for today’s younger audience avid to hear this music, these two guys are ‘the real deal’. This is a show not to be missed.
Tickets (€15) from usual Arts Centre outlets – The Avondhu office Fermoy (025-32227), Cotter’s Bar Kilworth (025-27109 after 5pm), Hyland’s Book Shop Mitchelstown (025-24528) or call 087-6492514.