James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist


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Ready for the country!

Shaping up for a night with the stars with Shannonside/Northern sound in Cavan.  

 

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Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies 

This autumn sees a welcome return of the legendary Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies for a reunion concert tour of Ireland. Definitely not to be missed if you’re a fan of class country music. 


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Frances Black in the Olympia

I had the pleasure of playing in the Olympia theatre last night with Frances Black at the “stars turn out for Gaza” concert.
A great night and it was lovely to meet people I have played with over the years including Paul Brady & Brian Kennedy.

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Mid West Radio 25th. Anniversary concert

Great night at the Mid West Radio 25th. Anniversary concert in the TF theatre, Castlebar, featuring the cream of Irish C & W talent. Glad to have been part of it 👍

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The magic of the single note!

I remember several years ago when teaching a young Bass student, introducing him to the “Magic of the single note” when playing in 3/4 time. He didn’t get it!
He couldn’t understand that one note played with the right dynamic, length and feel was far better for the waltz than many and that it would swing, anyone who dances will know exactly what I mean.
I tried to tell him that most of the time less is more and the role of the Bassist is to provide the foundation and swing in the song…..he still didn’t get it!

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