Irish singer/songwriter Niall Toner has posted a video essay which traces his life-long love for bluegrass music, his experiences with Bill Monroe in Ireland over the years, and the inspiration and songcraft that went into his new single, William Smith Monroe.
Niall’s a fine storyteller, as those who have followed his career can attest, and those talents are on display in this endearing video. Over the course of six and a half minutes, he ties in W.B. Yeats, and Big Mon’s fondness for the Irish countryside, before ending with a lengthy sample from the song.
William Smith Monroe is offered as a digital single from popular download sites.