Hemispheres 14

JigJam, Mànran

Tullamore is home to a fine Irish whiskey; it’s also home to three members of the wondrous Irish bluegrass quartet the Jigjam. What Tullamore Dew and JigJam have in common is you will get that same warm feeling after spending a few hours together. Seriously, this band blends Irish traditional music, bluegrass and Americana as if defining a new genre. All four have grown up immersed in Irish traditional music and whilst their influences cross the Atlantic, they definitely stay true to their Irish roots. Led by singer/guitarist, Jamie McKeogh, JigJam are a consummate multi-instrumental quartet variously featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and double bass.

Described was by UK folk/world magazine, FROOTS as "a hugely entertaining band with some serious points to make”. Mànran play a sophisticated and fiery array of songs and tunes featuring fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes. Leaders among an exciting new crop of Scottish bands, they play a diverse gaelic repertoire with a strong nod to the tradition, whilst fusing elements jazz and rock as well. Mànran have been together since 2010 and played a special concert at the 2012 London Olympics. They have released three albums with a fourth on the way