Both Tony Furtado and Ron Block are well known to UK bluegrass fans and especially to banjo enthusiasts! These two California-born musicians are both hugely talented multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, and both gifted players of guitar and five-string banjo. Nashville-based Ron Block is best known as a longtime member of bluegrass supergroup Alison Krauss & Union Station, but also has many fans and followers in the UK through his regular teaching at Sore Fingers bluegrass camp, and from recording and touring with other respected folk and roots musicians including Damien O’Kane, Kate Rusby and Sierra Hull. With 14 Grammy Awards to his credit and deep roots in bluegrass, Ron has wider influences ranging from blues to folk, and over the years he’s performed with scores of renowned musicians including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Sam Bush and Mike Compton.
Tony Furtado is a stunning live performer who has toured regularly in the UK over the years, playing his captivating blend of Americana, folk and bluegrass. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Tony came to prominence when he won the Winfield National Banjo Championships as a teenager, and he has often been hailed as a genius on banjo and slide guitar. Also a soulful singer and talented songwriter, as well as releasing numerous solo albums Tony has also worked with bluegrass and folk luminaries including Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Alison Krauss and Benji Kirkpatrick. Ron and Tony are old friends, but have never performed professionally together before. This duo collaboration is sure to be hit with bluegrass and Americana fans – the 11-date tour includes Crossover Festival and a range of grassroots venues and arts centres.
Please visit the duo’s booking agency page for full details and ticket links.
|Wed, 01/05/2019||The Atkinson||Southport|
|Thu, 02/05/2019||The Angel||Llandeilo *SOLD OUT*|
|Fri, 03/05/2019||Under the Edge Arts||Wotton under Edge|
|Sat, 04/05/2019||Crossover Festival||Cheshire|
|Mon, 06/05/2019||The Greystones||Sheffield|
|Tue, 07/05/2019||Unitarian Chapel||Kendal|
|Wed, 08/05/2019||Tolbooth Arts||Stirling|
|Thu, 09/05/2019||Queen’s Hall Arts||Hexham *SOLD OUT*|
|Fri, 10/05/2019||Rhydycroesau Village Hall||Rhydycroesau, Oswestry|
|Sat, 11/05/2019||Quatt Village Hall||Quatt, Bridgnorth|
|Sun, 12/05/2019||Chidham Village Hall||Chidham, Chichester|