Nation & Blackwell across the pond

Susan Nation took advantage of her one day off during Nation & Blackwell’s sixteen-city tour of Ireland to share a report on their trip.

Nation & Blackwell performing in Ireland“Our tour is going fantastically as we travel around the country.

Ireland has a lot of great Performing Arts Centers and live music venues scattered around the country. They range from new state-of-the-art venues to Art Centers converted from churches built anywhere from the 15th to 17th centuries with awesome acoustics!

The folks over here have been beyond gracious to us and we’ve made lasting friendships with fans and Irish artists alike everywhere we’ve gone. We can’t begin to say how much we have enjoyed the fellowship and great visits with the good folk of Ireland everywhere we’ve been here!

Bluegrass music is alive and well in Ireland and the Sold Out shows we’ve been delighted to have at our performances prove that there is a good following. We are so appreciative!

Our new CD, On a High High Mountain, has received a lot of airplay and we’ve conducted several interviews with popular hosts of several bluegrass radio programs while here.”

Susan also shared a fun story from their flight over…

Gary Davis' banjo gets a First Class seat to Ireland“Flying over on Delta, Gary ‘Biscuit’ Davis’ banjo would not fit in their overhead bin and he was afraid that they’d ask him to gate-check it.

No worries, though, as a stewardess graciously led Gary up to the first class area and pointed to an empty seat.

Gary grinned, thinking the seat was for him — then the stewardess took the banjo away from Gary and strapped it into the First Class Seat — and sent Gary back to coach!!”

… this video look at Leap Castle with Chuck Nation…


…and some photos from their Irish bluegrass adventure.


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