Patrick McAvinue to Dailey & Vincent

Patrick McAvinueDailey & Vincent have announced the addition of Baltimore fiddler Patrick McAvinue to their touring band. He takes the spot recently vacated by BJ Cherryholmes, who has travelled with the group this past six years.

BJ and his wife, Devon, are expecting a baby soon and he wants to be close to home for this next chapter of his life.

Patrick has been working in bluegrass since he was a teenager. Audie Blaylock hired him on at as a youngster, serving as mentor as well as bandleader during his more than 10 year tenure. During more recent times, McAvinue has also been performing with Charm City Junction, an eclectic stringband based in his hometown.

He shared a few words about his time with Audie, and looking forward to working with D&V.

“The past 11 years with Audie Blaylock and Redline have been amazing. I started with him in early 2005 at the age of 16. We’ve travelled all over the world together and have released five chart-topping recordings. Audie always believed in my abilities and did everything he could to help foster and promote them. I’m proud of everything we accomplished together. He and the rest of Redline will always be my family. I’m grateful for all of our beautiful memories and I’ll carry them with me for the rest of my life.

I’m joining Dailey and Vincent this January and I’m ecstatic for the opportunity! Jamie and Darrin have been total gentlemen, and I appreciate their level of professionalism and dedication to their music. I can’t wait to contribute my playing to this musical powerhouse!”

Trained as a classical violinist, Patrick is comfortable with most any form of modern music: swing, old time, bluegrass, and jazz included. He accepted a Momentum Award from the IBMA in 2015, and will serve as an Artist in Residence next year at The Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda, MD.

He will start with Dailey & Vincent when they resume touring next year. Given the lag time in television production, you may not see him on the Dailey & Vincent TV show until some weeks later.

Well done, Jamie and Darrin… you got a good’n.

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