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Clew Bay hosts Appalachian bluegrass family

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KENTUCKY HIGH The McLain Family Band.

The McLain Family Band from the US will play a ‘session gig’ in the front bar of The Clew Bay Hotel on Thursday, July 12, at 8.30pm. The band are in Ireland as part of a tour celebrating half a century of making bluegrass music together.
Steeped in the music and culture of the Appalachian Mountains, the McLain Family Band from Berea, Kentucky, started out as a family Bluegrass band in 1968. Not only have they played together for 50 years, they have also played all 50 states in America, including some of the nation’s most prestigious venues: The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre and The Lincoln Centre.
Their 14 international tours have seen them perform in a whopping 62 countries, some as musical ambassadors of the US Department of State.
This five piece band featuring five-string banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass is comprised of Raymond McLain, director of The Kentucky Centre for Traditional Music at Morehead University; Alice McLain White and her husband Al White, who teaches Traditional Appalachian Music at Berea College Kentucky; upright-bass-player Ruth McLain; and Daxon Lewis, a teacher at Morehead University.