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Focus On: The Greencards

The Greencards In the short time since they formed their band in 2003, The Greencards (Kym Warner-mandolin, Carol Young-bass and Eamon McLoughlin-fiddle) have won the Best New Band award in the 2004 Austin Music Awards contest, been nominated for Best Emerging Talent by the Americana Music Association, and landed a prime spot opening for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

The bluegrass musicians learned their craft growing up in Australia and England, countries not known for a focus on American roots music. The birth of The Greencards took place miles away from home – a recording studio in Austin, TX. Their musical influences range from bluegrass artists Sam Bush and the New Grass Revival to unexpected bands like Tom Petty and AC/DC.


Features

Interview with The Greencards

The Greencards recently came through Northeast Ohio and stopped by the Folk Alley studios to play songs from their new album and discuss the circuitous route they took to bluegrass and becoming a band. The band releases Weather and Water on June 28 and is out on the road with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson performing at minor-league ballparks.

The Greencards sit down with Jim Blum to discuss roots music and their own roots in Australia and England. The band brings an unusual global perspective to the bluegrass band they assembled while living in Austin.
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English fiddler Eamon McLoughlin adds musical elements from the British Isles. Other band influences include Australian trad, jazz and the New Grass Revival. Kym Warner talks about the importance of learning bluegrass playing firsthand.
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The band gives background on their songs – including the old-time, scratchiness of “Jolly Hockeysticks,” the live version of “Time,” arranging “Almost Home,” using a bouzouki on “Like a Melody” and working with New Grass Revival guitarist Pat Flynn.
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On touring minor-league ballparks this summer with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan and producing The Greencards soon-to-be-released new album, Weather and Water.
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The Greencards tell Jim Blum about choosing songs for the band and the members’ admiration for Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and other influential artists.
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Almost Home (from Weather and Water)

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Jolly Hockeysticks (from Movin' On)

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Like a Melody (from Weather and Water)

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Time (from Weather and Water)

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Resources

The Greencards Official Site

Purchase Weather and Water from Amazon.com



Folk Alley host Jim Blum and The Greencards (L to R): Matt Wingate (guitar), Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle), Jim Blum, Carol Young (bass), and Kym Warner (mandolin)


(L to R) Kym Warner, Carol Young, Matt Wingate


Eamon McLoughlin & Kym Warner


Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle) & Kym Warner (mandolin)


Carol Young on bass


Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle) & Matt Wingate (guitar)

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Weather and Water

The Greencards’ most recent release is Weather and Water (Dualtone).

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