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JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.
Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now 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’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear.
JigJam have recorded two studio albums (OH BOY! 2014 & HELLO WORLD 2016) to critical acclaim as well as a live album (LIVE IN TULLAMORE 2017).
They have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing as a headline act at all the major festivals including the world-renowned Tellruide Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest as well as touring various parts of the UK and Europe.
“The Best Irish Group in Bluegrass so far.”
-IRISH AMERICAN NEWS
“Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance.”
“Ireland’s Answer to New Grass Revival”
“The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind, beyond that you get into an unadulterated display of accomplished musicianship, skill and talent’.”
-PAT KENNY – NEWSTALK
“Reminiscent of The Punch Brothers”
-EUROPEAN BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
“JigJam are as close to authentic as you can get without having been raised on grits and fried squirrel”
-SEÁN LAFFEY – IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE
JigJam are lucky enough to be endorsed by a range of high-quality instrument makers and suppliers.
Here is a list of the equipment and brands whose products we are very proud to represent.
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We play Clareen Banjos, top quality handcrafted instruments, made at home in Ireland.
We love our Deering banjos and they are the best quality, American made banjos we have ever played.
We all use Fishman products and they have been helping us achieve the truest sound wherever and whenever we plug in.
When you travel as much as we do you need a very high quality case! When it comes to protecting our instruments on the road Hoffee cases are the best business!
We play a Porchboard stompbox creating that ground shaking low-end beat at every live performance.
We play TKD mandolins which are made by Kyle Dunn of the Mando Shop in Tallahassee, Florida. Their high quality craftsmanship and pristine tone makes them a great addition to both the studio and live shows.