James Blennerhassett

Top class Irish recording & performing Bassist

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Our livelihood under threat..again!


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Grammys 2017

So excited to see an album I played on nominated for a Grammy this year.

I had the pleasure of playing Bass on Celtic Woman’s album Destiny which is up for an award in the “Best world music album” section alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yo Yo Ma & the Silk road ensemble, Anoushka Shankar & Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, very distinguished company indeed. Good luck to all, especially Gavin Murphy for asking me to play on it, thank you.

Cheers, James B


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The DOD Bass setup

For my Bass anorak friends, here’s my setup for the Daniel O’Donnell live gig.

Sandberg TM (J Bass)and VS (P Bass) California series 5 string Basses.

Emerald 5 string acoustic Bass (see video – photo to follow).

Yamaha SB200 Upright Bass.

Strings by D’addario.

Bassics BPA-1 preamp, Tech 21 VT preamp, TC hall of fame reverb, TC tuner.

Cicada Pageflip Bluetooth pedal (in case you were wondering)

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Too much fun

Too much fun obviously, whatever happened to the scowling serious musician look!

Ah, there’s one :-I


Thanks to Geoff Morgan for the photographs 🙂


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Nearer to thee!

Nearest I ever got to a Hurling pitch 🙂

The A team busily preparing to back hosts of stars at the Tipp FM 25 year celebration concert in The Dome at Semple stadium, Thurles.


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Slappin’ n’ scraping!