Chris Thile

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The inside sleeve of this eagerly awaited fifth album from Punch Brothers, the American roots quintet, features the five members posing like G-man ext(...)

The passing of piper Liam O’Flynn (above) and Claddagh Records founder Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament

The passing of Liam O’Flynn and Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament. O’Flynn came from(...)

Martin Hayes Quartet: Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles, Doug Wieselman and Dennis Cahill

Deep in the bowels of the National Concert Hall Martin Hayes and Barry Douglas are sitting at a table in an empty dressing room. They’ve just arrived (...)

   Chris Thile: mesmerising performance. Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

It was not without certain misgivings that I attended the National Concert Hall on Tuesday night to hear a performance by Chris Thile, described on po(...)

Singer/mandolin player Chris Thile of The Punch Brothers: ‘I didn’t think music could get more important, but there’s an urgency to the endeavour right now, owing to the political climate, in America and around the world’. Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Chris Thile wants to get a badge made for his next tour that says “Hi, I’m Chris, I’m from America and I’m sorry.” The Grammy-winning mandolinist fro(...)

Mandolin and piano is as unlikely an instrumental pairing as you’ll find. Putting them together in a duo really shouldn’t work, but Chris Thile and B(...)

Sarah Jarosz: ‘I was an N’ Sync girl. It wasn’t  until I heard Nickel Creek I started to say, Oh, this is really cool’

At Christmas 1990, the most popular children’s toys - according to the Internet - were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figurines. Sarah Jarosz, however, (...)

Composer Dave Flynn. Photograph: John O’Neill

The cross-fertilisation of musical forms is nothing new. Just ask Bach, Dave Brubeck, Chris Thile or Seán Ó Riada. Baroque music has influenced jaz(...)

JigJam: Oh Boy! | Album Review
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  • March 4, 2015, 21:00

The banjo has for too long languished on the periphery, treading a path between margins too narrow to fully exploit its full potential. Recent year(...)

Chris Thile is not a genre-hopper. He has travelled a long road from teenaged bluegrass prodigy to garlanded genius of American music. The average per(...)

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