Widely regarded as two of the greatest exponents of the instrument, they have collaborated to create arguably their own genre, something never heard before!
“Damien’s sense of piston-like drive and Ron’s stately tone and string-bending accuracy mix to create a confluence of the perfect banjo. The other respected musicians dance around them and give them the space to chase, harmonize, or counter each other throughout this experiment. It works. It all works. Listen to it and see if you agree with me” Jerry Douglas
Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block spectacular debut duo album, ‘Banjophony’ was released July 2018. They coined the phrase ‘Banjophony’ meaning the wondrous sounds of the banjo, and decided that described the album well. A union of transatlantic cultures, Banjophony melds two different styles and approaches to the banjo to captivating effect. Every note is precise and in exactly the right place, rising and falling with ‘question and answer’ picking and plucking, the light perfectly balanced by the shade – the musicians demonstrating high level connectivity and empathy. The end result is a sparkling rollercoaster record which showcases an instrument that proves incredibly versatile in the right hands – both showy and subtle.
Damien O’Kane has two bold and acclaimed recent albums to his name – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Album’ nominated ‘Areas of High Traffic’ and last year’s ‘Avenging and Bright’
O’Kane and Ron Block, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s banjo star and multiple Grammy award winner, will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians, together playing material from their album, as well as a few signature pieces of their own.