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Big gig for Pilgrim St in Newgrange

Story by John Donohoe

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 2:10pm

Big gig for Pilgrim St in Newgrange

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Pilgrim St host their first big show at the Newgrange Hotel, Navan on Saturday night, 15th July. This evening of music and song will see the band unleash their new material, along with their customary timeless classics. The band comprises of some of Navan’s busiest musicians and well-known songwriters. They  play a wide range of styles from Americana to country to folk and bluegrass. The collective have been together for around three years and in that time have played in some of the finest arenas in Ireland including Vicar Street, Electric Picnic and numerous theatres around Ireland. This year the folk and bluegrass inspired seven-piece continue to tour all over the country with the Navan gig kicking it off.

The band started in 2014 and released their first EP in 2015. The five song EP was recorded live at Slane farm studios and was a huge success locally and nationally with songs like 'How can a man be happy?' and ‘Jimmy’s deflation' getting regular airplay across the country.  Pilgrim St will record their follow up release later this year and work is well under way with their new material being written, arranged and road tested at present.

The band is made up of Eugene Donegan on banjo and vocals, beside Peadar Farrelly on vocals and guitar. On mandolin and vocals  is Eoin Mcdonnell, with Mark Lynch alongside him on Dobro and lap steel. The band is bound together with Francis Mcginn on bass guitar, and Cathal McQuaid on fiddle. The seventh member is the new edition Brendan Kelly who plays a number of instruments including accordion and tin whistle. To add to the line up of musicians on 15th July, the band will be joined by some well-known local musicians. Gerry Tully will start the night off with some of his own wonderfully penned songs along with some little gems he has collected along the way. Also crossing the Boyne to sing some songs and play some apres-gig records is Navan’s own Lost Brother, Oisin leech.  The doors open upstairs in the Newgrange at 9pm with show kicking off at 9.30pm and admission €15. Tickets are available from and at the Newgrange reception as well as from any band member, or call Eugene on (087) 625 8275 or Peadar on (087) 066 1209.

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