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From the Bluegrass to the Emerald Isle: WoodSongs Radio Hosts First Euro Show, Sponsored by Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – For the first time in their history, Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will host their live program in Europe, celebrating the return of Kentucky bluegrass music to its ancestral home on the Emerald Isle.

The one-night-only event on July 18 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland is being sponsored by Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®, as part of Irish owner Dr. Pearse Lyons’ support of The Gathering Ireland 2013. The tourism and economic initiative by the Irish government aims to draw all of the country’s native sons and daughters back for a year of a celebration.

Since an Irish evening is not complete without a proper pint, the July 18 festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® tasting before the 7:45 p.m. concert start. Produced and hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathan, WoodSongs boasts more than 1 million listeners on more than 500 radio stations globally and a U.S. television reach of 91 million. The Dublin concert will be produced as two shows for broadcast:

  • Show 1 will pay tribute to Ireland’s rich musical heritage through Irish music legend Mary Black and songwriter Paul Brady. 
  • Show 2 will spotlight the connection between traditional Irish music and American bluegrass, featuring We Banjo 3, Land’s End Bluegrass Band, Niall Toner and more artists to be announced soon. Submissions are still being accepted from artists who want to appear on this broadcast, and they are encouraged to email for more information.

With only 1,500 tickets available, the evening will be an intimate experience. Tickets for the show may be purchased for only €11.75 from or via phone at 011 353 (1) 6486029.

For information about the worldwide broadcast, visit

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is produced by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, one of the only combined brewing and distilling operations in the world. To craft this award-winning sipping beer, the master brewer pours Kentucky Ale® into freshly decanted bourbon barrels, and the ale rests for six weeks to absorb subtle flavors of oak and vanilla. The beer is currently distributed in 14 U.S. states, Canada, China and Ireland.

Additional partners for this WoodSongs special event include Kentucky Tourism, and Tourism Ireland.

For more information on Alltech’s support of The Gathering Ireland 2013, visit or email