JigJam promote Tullamore's attractions on world tour

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JigJam are currently on their first ever World Tour. JigJam, a quartet compromised of Offaly lads Jamie McKeogh, Daithi Melia and Cathal Guinan along with Tipperary’s Gavin Strappe have been described as ‘The Best Irish Group so far in Bluegrass’.

They have been touring since 2015 and now they take on their biggest tour to date as they play shows in the USA, Australia, Zimbabwe and parts of Europe. The JigJam lads who play a genre dubbed as ‘iGrass’ have been selling out venues and theatres all over the US over the past few years as they blend their Irish traditional roots with bluegrass and American Folk music in their own unique way.

This has attracted attention from many big festivals around the states which has JigJam sharing the stage with acts such as Ricky Skaggs, Steve Earle, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.

JigJam have tapped into the crossover between Irish music and American folk music as they followed the Irish immigrants from years ago settling in small American towns which in turn influenced the development of American folk and bluegrass music.

The lads write a lot of songs about their hometown of Tullamore such as their latest single ‘Tullamore to Boston’ which is a catchy upbeat number about Tullamore Dew whiskey. JigJam are very proud of their hometown and love to bring these songs from home all around the globe. Tullamore to Boston recently won ‘Best Music Video’ in the 2019 Irish American Celtic awards.

Into their third week of the US leg of their tour JigJam have already sold out seven venues including theatres in Wisconsin, Idaho, Wyoming, Iowa, Montana, Arizona and Alaska. They also played to over 1500 people in The University of California Davis on St Patrick’s Day with a double header show with the Grammy Award winning ‘Eileen Ivers’.

JigJam release their third studio album in May which is called ‘Phoenix’. It will include lots of new original material which has already won the hearts of their audience during their live shows on this tour. Along with their own songs, JigJam also recorded a song called ‘Tullamore I Miss You’ penned by well known Tullamore singer songwriter Dominic Madden.

Follow the JigJam journey on social media and on their website @ www.jigjam.ie as they bring some Tullamore magic all around the world.

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