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Ciarán Ryan Band confirmed for @TradFestival 2023


10 Nov 22
by Nathon Jones

Ciarán Ryan Band perform on Friday 7th July 2023

Delighted to confirm the Ciarán Ryan Band for opening night at next year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Ciarán is an outstanding banjo player and we're sure you're going to love them, LIVE in the Festival Marquee next July. Weekend passes are on sale now.

Already a veteran performer having toured the worlds stages for a decade, predominantly as a founding member of world-folk band Dallahan and as a highly sought after session musician, Ciarán Ryan is quietly becoming recognised as one of the foremost tenor banjo players the UK has ever produced.

The live outfit “Ciarán Ryan Band” was formed in Edinburgh, Scotland following the release of his debut solo album "Banjaxed" in late 2019. The album was shortlisted for "Album of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

He now brings his prolific writing and stage experience firmly to the front with his own solo show of all-original music, loosely grown out of his traditional Irish music upbringing that nods towards the idioms of rock, EDM and post-punk music.

The band had an explosive start with a headline show at Celtic Connections and other UK festivals. The live show is a high-octane spectacle of ferocious banjo led music and sheer instrumental brilliance!

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