Spotlight on The Merrows performing Friday at The Blue Vine
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The Merrows is a contemporary Celtic band, performing a mix of original Celtic music, folk rock Americana and an eclectic blend of other styles.
They have performed at festivals around North Carolina, including Taste of Charlotte, Earth Day at Marshall Park, Iredell Concert Series, Lake Norman Highland Games, Waxhaw Highland Games, Fayetteville International Festival, Davidson Art Festival, and Midwood Mania. You can also see them regularly at Rira, Tyber Creek, the Gin Mill, Pewter Rose and Rodi. They are currently working on their first CD.
John Fenn, lead vocals, guitar, has been passionate about writing songs since 1993 when he first picked up a guitar. His Irish heritage and respect for St. Patrick, St. Columba and St. Finnian has inspired him to find his expression in the Celtic genre.
In the past he has collaborated with guitarist Aaron Measham to produce and record his own compositions. He has played nearly every instrument in his effort to create the original sound he envisions.
Sandy Herrault, fiddle, began classical music training in the Philadelphia public school system and continued at the University of West Virginia. More than 12 years ago, however, coinciding with a front row seat at a performance of Lord of the Dance followed by a taste of the Guinness at a local Irish Pub, she fell in love with Irish music.
And so her journey continued with lessons from well-known Irish fiddlers, including James Kelly. She co-founded the nationally-known band, “Celtic Soul”, and toured the East Coast for three years playing at festivals. Sandy can be heard on the albums, ‘Takin’-Down the Half-Door” and “Wee Blue Man”.
Jason Dulin plays djembe, dumback and darbuka drums. His background with Celtic music started in his youth. He began playing guitar more than ten years ago followed by learning various percussion instruments. He has been performing at many local venues and regional Celtic festivals, accompanying well-known soloists like the pipe player, Neil Anderson.
The group’s newest member is Monty Monaghan on mandolin. He’s so new, in fact, that he’s not in their photo.
The Merrows will be playing 8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. There is a $5 cover at the door.
For more information, call 704-797-0093.
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