Morgan O’Kane is New York’s banjo-playing, tambourine-toting, hillbilly-punk journeyman. Along with his band, Morgan returns to Ireland for a 15 date tour in August, stopping at Bangor’s Open House festival (22 August) and two dates in Londonderry (27, 28 August). Brooklyn-based O’Kane’s music comes from the mountains. A mix of Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass and Zydeco all played with an intensity and passion that is hard to resist.
The banjo is O’Kane’s weapon of choice and he uses it along side his gruff vocals to take you on a journey into his world of characters and stories from the flip side of America. While Morgan O’Kane clearly knows his way around the old tunes, this ain’t no revival – he is more interested in creating his own, helped by the virtuoso band of New York City’s Dobro genius, Zeke Healy, the one-and-only Ferd Moyse IV on fiddle (Hackensaw Boys). He has released three albums on Dollartone Records entitled “Nine Lives” (in 2010) and “Pendulum” (in 2011) and “The One They Call The Wind” (2014). Morgan is also featured in the film “The Porchlight Sessions”, which documents bluegrass in America and recently performed and appeared in the FX network hit TV show, Louie. Additionally, he created the sound track for the documentary film “Low Coal”, which addresses the coal mining industry in Appalachia. Morgan is an activist in the mountain top removal movement.
On the latest album, “The One They Call The Wind” O’Kane is accompanied by his band as well as special appearances from Lynched. In fact, the song “Daragh’s Kitchen” was written in the locale of its title.
For this Irish tour Morgan is accompanied by Zeke Healy on slide guitar and Ferd Moyse (Hackensaw Boys) on fiddle.
- 15-21 August 2015: various venues in Ireland
- 22 August 2015: Open House Festival, Bangor
- 23-26 August 2015: various venues in Ireland
- 27 August 2015: Keady Clachan, Limavady
- 28 August 2015: Craft Village, Londonderry
- 29 August 2015: Cobblestone, Dublin