Making their debut appearance at our 40th Folk Festival are the exciting Irish quartet JigJam who blend the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded ‘I-Grass’! Their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and we are sure they will become a new Shetland favourite!
All four multi-instrumentalist members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture, and have collectively achieved over twenty All-Ireland titles. JigJam have developed their own unique style of music influenced by American folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as “the best Irish group so far in bluegrass” by Irish American News, this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance that is not to be missed! Band members interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear. They have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing at major festivals including the world-renowned Tellruide Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest. Band members Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinana and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, County Offaly with Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet.