Monday 6th May 2019 (Bank Holiday Monday)
The Greystones, Sheffield
Bluegrass banjo ace Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station) is also a superb guitarist, multiple Grammy winner and songwriter. Tony Furtado is an exceptional banjoist, slide guitarist, singer and songwriter. Ron and Tony are old friends, and this special duo collaboration is guaranteed to be a stellar presentation of American roots music. We are very excited to be hosting Ron and Tony for a gig in Sheffield, as well as booking their full UK tour – this is going to be an unmissable evening of music!
Nashville veteran Ron has won 14 Grammy Awards and is well known worldwide as a long time member of bluegrass supergroup Alison Krauss & Union Station. With influences ranging from blues to folk, as well as deep roots in bluegrass, California-born Ron has also released several solo albums and has performed and recorded with countless renowned musicians including Dolly Parton, Sam Bush and Vince Gill. He has worked regularly with UK folk favourites Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane and his collaboration with Damien resulted in 2018’s Banjophony album. Ron also performed on the soundtrack for the award-winning Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou. Tony Furtado is a stunning live performer who has been hailed as a genius on banjo and slide guitar. Also born in California, at 19 Tony won the prestigious National Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas and subsequently signed to Rounder Records, releasing six acclaimed albums which blended jazz, bluegrass, folk and blues. Tony has toured worldwide since the 1990s playing his captivating brand of Americana and acoustic roots both solo and with his band. He’s collaborated with luminaries including Mike Marshall, Seth Lakeman, Laurie Lewis, Matt Flinner, Alison Krauss and more. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a talented songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele.