Clonmel World Music is back on Thursday 10th November in Raheen House Hotel, with 2 great bands. This is their last show of 2016, and they are delighted to welcome back, from Nashville, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (TMJB), who played in Clonmel back in July 2011. That gig in 2011 was fully Sold Out, and Clonmel World Music expect demand to be high for this return visit. Support on the night is from The George Harpur duo, also from Nashville.
The TMJB are from Goodlettsville which is a farming town north of Nashville, Tennessee, home of the great Bill Monroe. They are a four piece band that will brighten up the stage with rib-tickling Old-Time tunes and great banter. These boys not only know their music, they also wear the dungarees and tell corny jokes ! The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band prides itself on hot picking, powerful harmony singing and riotous hijinks.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band released their fifth album in July 2015, called “Lester’s Loafin’ Lounge”. It marked the band’s first album since founding member Lester Armistead passed away from cancer , aged 71, in May 2014. Lester was with the band on their 2011 visit to Clonmel World Music and Gerry Lawless has fond memories of Lesters Jug playing, great humour and high tenor harmonies on that night. “We are dedicating this final 2016 show to Lesters memory”, says Gerry. Lester’s Loafin’ Lounge is a real place, located on the Armistead property in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. It has played host to many “pickin’ parties” and Opry stars, movie stars, and even rock stars.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band have appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium, at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, at the famous Station Inn Nashville and at numerous other venues in the US and Europe, playing boisterous songs like “Too Old to Cut the Mustard,” “What a Waste of Good Corn Liquor” and “Slide Them Jugs Down the Mountain.” They have also played on many occasions at The Grand Ole Opry as special guests of Marty Stuart, who is a big fan.
In addition to appearing regularly on Marty Stuart’s TV show, the band received the Trailblazer award at Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival. The award is given to artists for their contributions to old time music and for the preservation of traditional music.This band has serious musical pedigree, and the band members on this tour are:
Mike Armistead: Mike sings lead and High tenor, and plays guitar. Mike is also a Nashville Firefighter ! Mike’s father Lester founded the TMJB, and Mike is following in his (big) footsteps
Ernie Sykes: Ernie sings and plays Double Bass and will stop you in your tracks with his beautiful voice. He is renowned for his Roger Millar songs.He is from Long Island NY but has kicked around Nashville for decades. Ernie played with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, with Don Reno, and with the Bluegrass Cardinals. Ernie also shares the distinction with Li’l Roy Lewis of being the only hand trumpet players in bluegrass or hillbilly music.
Dan Kelly: Dan is from Pennsylvania, and plays fiddle in the band. He’s won all kinds of fiddle contests in the US and Canada. He was a member of Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys, taking the place of his mentor and hero, Howdy Forrester.
Leroy Troy: Known variously as “The Sultan of Goodlettsville”, “the Most Popular Man in Country Music”, or “the ol’ Tennessee Slicker “ Leroy Troy sings and plays banjo, ukulele and a contrivance he calls “the washing machine”.This is basically a washboard with all sorts of percussion items fixed onto it. The last time the TMJB were in town, Leroy added some items to the washboard from Bob Fitzgeralds hardware shop! Since the Knoxville World’s Fair in 1982, Leroy has been a professional hillbilly musician. He learned his trade working with the Bailes Brothers (long ago members of the Grand Ol’ Opry).Leroy is practically the house musician on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD cable TV, appearing as a guest on almost every show. Leroy now has a bona fide hillbilly commune in the hills and hollers of Goodlettsville.
The band’s relationship with Marty Stuart goes back many years. “Lesters Loafin’ Lounge” was where Stuart recorded what could be considered the pilot for his very popular show on RFD-TV. The guests on that first show included the Sullivan’s, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Since then, the TMJB holds the distinction of being featured on every season of Stuart’s long-running show. “Marty Stuart is like family,” Armistead says, adding that Stuart believes in what they are doing. “He’s done so much for us.”
Doors for the gig will open at 7.30pm, with the support act on at 8.15 and the main show starts at 9pm prompt. Tickets for this great gig are on sale now, and are available in Premier Music Centre Clonmel on 052 6129811, or from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619, or from Martha Beardmore on (087)9107201
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