Irish bluegrass band to tour US

Carmel Sheerin & the RavensCarmel Sheerin & the Ravens invaded the US bluegrass scene last fall at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass in Nashville. Having been selected as the top European Bluegrass Band in 2005 by the European Bluegrass Music Association, this Irish group represented the EBMA as an official showcase act at the annual IBMA event in 2006.

Now in 2007, they are headed back to the US to tour on their own. The band consists of vocalist Carmel Sheerin, and her brothers Danny (guitar), Des (bass) and Tom (mandolin), along with Jonathan Toman on banjo.

Their debut CD, Runaway, was produced by Bil VornDick, who is currently putting the finishing touches on their second project in Nashville. It was favorably reviewed in the August 2006 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.

The Ravens’ 2007 US summer tour is being managed and promoted by Hope River Entertainment, and you can contact them for booking or publicity.

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