Chris Meehan & His Redneck Friends
Festival club | Riverside hotel
Sun. 30th October 2016
11 pm | Sun. 30th October 2016 | Doors 10 pm | €10 in advance | €12 on door
The ultimate 12 piece honky-tonk big band, who explore alt-country music from Cajun to Western swing and from country blues to rock n’ roll. Renowned as irresistible dance-floor filler’s, they debuted at the 1982 Ballisodare Folk Festival, appearing at numerous festivals throughout the 80s. John Prine, Mary Black and Mike Scott are among the many illustrious artists to have guested with them.
The band vanished for a decade, reforming in 2009 to record “Dancing in the Kitchen” produced by Grammy winning Nashville producer Jim Rooney. The Irish Times music critic Joe Breen described the album as “a joyful love letter testifying to a devotion to country and blues from a bunch of rusty old geezers who clearly never lost their gra for the music…This is an Irish album that, with some flourish, nails the essence of Americana.”
The line-up reads like Irish country rock’s hall of fame with Chris Meehan, (piano/vocals), Bobby Kelly on guitar and vocals, Brian Harris (electric guitar), Francie Lenehan (electric guitar), Percy Robinson (pedal steel guitar), Davie Byrne (bass), Mick O’Connor drums) Eamon Murray (harmonica/sax), Backing Vocalists, Ana Leddy, Ide Leddy, Mary Roche and guest vocalist, Michele Rayfus.