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WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour takes show, music back to Emerald Isle birthplace


Kentucky folksinger Michael Johnathon’s live audience celebration of grassroots music, the ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,’ travels across the pond to the National Convention center in Dublin Thursday, July 18, for a special event double-broadcast to honor the Irish birth of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music.
 
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The broadcast event is part of The Gathering – a yearlong series of events initiated by the Irish people to draw its sons and daughters back to the Emerald Isle in celebration of its unique culture.
 
Fans in Ireland can expect the same type of event that fans enjoy most Monday evenings at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington. The event will involve the taping of two one-hour broadcasts on the same evening with a lot of audience participation.
 
The first show will celebrate the legacy of Ireland’s rich musical heritage and feature Irish music legend Mary Black and brilliant songwriter Paul Brady. The second broadcast will spotlight the connection between Irish traditional music and American bluegrass featuring We Banjo Three, Niall Toner and more artists to be announced soon.
 
“Music is such a wonderful, beautiful expression between generations and cultures,” said Johnathon from his log cabin home in Lexington. “So much of America’s music, especially Kentucky Bluegrass, shares its roots in Ireland. Originally, Bill Monroe was playing Irish fiddle tunes on his mandolin. Eventually, that became Bluegrass music and it has become a very popular, global art form.”
 
Johnathon started the all-volunteer ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ 11 years ago as a way to celebrate grassroots music on a global level. The program airs on 509 radio stations around the world, the American Forces Radio Network (173 nations and every military base and U.S. Naval ship at sea), public television coast-to-coast in the USA and online.
 
Artists as diverse as Billy Bragg, Imelda May, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlisle, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been on the show. For more information, click here.
 
The WoodSongs broadcast in Dublin is underwritten by Alltech, Kentucky Tourism, VisitLex.com and Tourism Ireland.
 
Tickets for the double broadcast event are 10 Euros (that’s one ticket for two shows, one night) and on sale here.
 
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