JigJam, a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland, will launch their 7th tour of the U.S. on February 21st in Maine taking them through the Northeast, Midwest and South until the middle of April. The band is touring in support of their third full-length studio album, Phoenix, which was released in summer of 2019.
Formed in 2013, JigJam is comprised of multi-instrumentalists Jamie McKeogh (lead vocals, guitar, tenor banjo), Cathal Guinan (vocals, double bass, fiddle), Daithi Melia (vocals, 5-sting banjo, guitar), and Gavin Strappe (vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo). All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty “All-Ireland” titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. JigJam’s music is an amalgamation of the best of traditional Irish music, including those beautiful harmonies, accented with bluegrass, folk, and Americana creating a genre which has been branded as “I-Grass” (Irish influenced Bluegrass). The band’s undeniable energy on the stage along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. They have already performed in 15 countries, touring various parts of the UK and Europe, and headlining major U.S. festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest.
JigJam’s intinerary is as follows with all dates subject to date:
February 21 — Stone Mountain Arts Center. Brownfield, ME
February 22— Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
February 23— Turning Point, Piermont, N.Y.
February 25— Signature Sounds, Northampton, MA
February 26— Burren, Somerville, MA
Feb 27– Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Feb 28– MSU Community Music School, East Lansing, MI
February 29— Mendel Center, Benton Harbor, MI
March 5— Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA
March 1—Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
March 6— Paramount Theater, St Cloud, MN
March 7— North Texas Irish Festival, Dallas, TX
March 8— North Texas Irish Festival, Dallas, TX
March 12— Tulsa Irish Festival, Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
March 13— Tulsa Irish Festival, Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
March 14— Tulsa Irish Festival, Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
March 17— Music City Irish Fest, Nashville, TN
April 2— Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Newnan, GA
April 3— Rynlander Theater, Americus, GA
April 4– Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Event Green, Woodstock, GA
April 18— Dill’s Celtic Festival, Dilsburg, PA
April 19— Lock One Community Arts, New Bremen, OH
Additionally, JigJam will hold a residency at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., as part of their “Dollywood Festival of Nations” in March and April of 2020. Details will be announced soon.
JigJam’s U.S. tour is sponsored by Culture Ireland. Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide by creating and supporting opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. For more information visit cultureireland.ie/.
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