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US band beats The Beast to return to Westport

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NASHVILLE NOTABLES The multi-award winning Chris Jones & The Night Drivers will play in Matt Molloy’s this Thursday.

Ciara Moynihan

American bluegrass band Chris Jones & The Night Drivers had planned to stop off in Westport on March 1, 2018, when they were in Ireland to do a nationwide tour. However, the Beast from the East struck and a snow storm shut down the country (and sparked widespread panic-buying of sliced pans). Many gigs, including the Westport one, had to be called off.
Undeterred, Chris vowed to return to Ireland and to bring his unique and high quality bluegrass to the Irish music fans – and now he and the band will finally be playing in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, Westport, this Thursday, September 5. This time around, there’s a new addition to the line-up: mandolin supremo Tristan Scroggings, son of one of the most popular banjo players to tour Ireland, Jeff Scroggings.
The Westport show is set to be a huge treat for all music fans, particularly fans of Bluegrass music. Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today. They deliver it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the US and the world.
The band was founded in 1995 by Chris Jones, who leads its performances with his soulful lead-singing and lead guitar. The bluegrass singer, guitarist, songwriter and broadcaster boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs and The Chieftains.
Chris and the band are currently signed to one of bluegrass music’s top record labels, Mountain Home Music Company, for whom they’ve recorded two critically acclaimed albums and generated five No 1 songs on the bluegrass music charts

Doors open 8pm; Admission, €15.