Clonmel World Music proudly presents 'The New York Sessions'

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Clonmel World Music proudly presents 'The New York Sessions'
by @nationalist.ie @TheNationalist

Clonmel World Music will proudly presents 'The New York Sessions' at Raheen House Hotel on Wednesday, August 17th - the night will feature New York's Spirit Family Reunion supported by Twain.

Following a summer break Clonmel World Music returns with this exciting double bill - the event organisers are delighted to welcome back Spirit Family Reunion to Tipperary. This US group previously featured in September 2012 and such was the reaction that Clonmel World Music had to get them back again.

“It's taken us four years to get them to come back to Ireland, but it will be worth the wait,” explained Gerry Lawless of Clonmel World Music.

“In 2012 we had the pleasure of organising a full Irish tour for them. This time they are coming over to Europe to play at the famous Tondor Festival in Denmark and will be touring in Germany, Holland, Spain and the UK as well. They are coming over to Ireland to play two festivals and Clonmel is the only date in the Republic outside of these.”

Spirit Family Reunion is a six-piece touring band based in New York which delivers a raw, high-energy and honest performance. Spirit Family Reunion consists of Nick Panken (guitar & vocals), Mat Davidson (fiddle & vocals), Or Zubalsky (drums), Ken Woodward (bass & vocals), Maggie Carson (banjo & vocals) and Stephen Weinheimer (washboard & vocals).

Spirit Family Reunion play home grown American music to stomp, clap, shake, and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way.

Spirit Family Reunion isn’t from Appalachia or the plains; the band is from Brooklyn. Its music, though clearly Americana-based, casts a wide enough net to elude classification.

Spirit Family Reunion have shared the stage with the late Levon Helm and the Del McCoury Band. This band have also made numerous Newport Folk Festival appearances and they have toured with Alabama Shakes, Trampled By Turtles and the Felice Brothers.

They have self-produced and self-released two full-length albums as well as multiple songbooks and other collections of recordings.

Support act Twain is Mat Davidson, a former member of The Low Anthem and a member of Annie & The Beekeepers and Spirit Family Reunion. On his own he creates beautiful and sincere tunes that blend folk, Americana and country. Twain has released an album, 'Life Labors in the Choir', which came out in 2014.

Doors for the gig will open at 7.30pm with running order as follows: Twain will open the show at 8.15pm with Spirit Family Reunion taking to the stage at 9pm.

Tickets for this great double-header gig are priced at just €15 and are available from the Premier Music Centre, Clonmel. Phone 052 612 9811 or 086 338 9619.