The Sackville String Band formed in late 1975 when Niall Toner, Mick Daly (later of Four Men and a Dog), and Richard Hawkins formed a trio to play American 'old-time' music, inspired by the example of the New Lost City Ramblers and the Fuzzy Mountain, Hollow Rock, and Highwoods String Bands. Niall with his brother Colm Toner and Chris Twomey (RIP) had previously formed the Lee Valley String Band in Cork in the late 1960s, a version of which exists to this day, making it the longest-lived group in the country playing old-time and bluegrass music.
The Sackville String Band also featured John Caulfield and Imor Byrne of Hobo Junction circa 1977.
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