• Onwards and Upwards – Niall Toner

    With music scenes in such far-flung locations as Japan, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand, it is becoming more and more apparent that bluegrass music has come a long way from its roots in Bill Monroe’s western Kentucky hometown of

  • Niall Toner at IBMA

    Irish bluegrass singer/songwriter Niall Toner joined us for a chat during World of Bluegrass last month in Nashville. He was here in the US for IBMA week, and to perform a number of shows in conjunction with the release of

  • Steve Johnson to MerleFest

    Steve Johnson, Principal with Mountain Music Entertainment has announced that he is closing the agency to take the job of Artist Relations manager with MerleFest. This explains yesterday's announcement that Junior Sisk had left Johnson for representation with Roe Entertainment. Steve says

  • Niall Toner and I Draw Slow to tour US

    The Irish are coming... the Irish are coming! Two Irish acts are headed to the US this Fall to promote new projects on Pinecastle Records, who describe the twin two week tours as an Irish Acoustic Music Invasion. For Celtic/old time hybrid I

  • Bluegrass: An Irish Perspective

    This piece is a contribution from Niall Toner, a songwriter, mandolinist, and bandleader who lives in the Blackstairs Mountains in County Carlow. Niall will be recording a new album for Pinecastle Records in Nashville in May and touring the US. I believe it's

  • Where the Greengrass meets the Bluegrass

    The Carter Brothers never rest... or so it would seem. Fresh off the release of their The Road To Roosky album on Compass, the boys have already tracked another project, again with an Irish/American vibe. Tim Carter, the banjo-playing half of the team