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Slayer frontman Tom Araya’s Irish jig on mandolin

View video of Slayer’s Tom Araya playing an Irish jig in Dublin music store

Slayer frontman Tom Araya was recently caught on video as he tried playing an Irish jig on mandolin.

The thrash icon took the opportunity of the band’s tour stop in Dublin to visit the city’s Music Minds store, where he jammed along to a bodhran beat.

The shop owner said: “I think you can agree he’s found his true calling in music – irish jigs will never sound the same to us again. The man’s a legend.”

Chilean-born Araya, who was brought up on a diet of latin music, has an interest in all kinds of traditional music.

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He told The Quietus in 2012: “I really enjoy country blues, country folk, like Hank Williams. Paul Simon’s Graceland album, you know, musically and lyrically it’s just a really good album. The Robert Johnson tapes, I find them really fascinating.

“I’m not embarrassed – that’s something I would tell anyone who asked. It doesn’t really matter where it’s from, as long as it has a folk orientation to it.”

Slayer’s European tour continues. They return to the UK for this year’s Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire on August 14.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:00PM Jarocin Festiwal Jarocin, Poland
Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Sabbiadoro Arena Alpe Adria Lignano, Italy
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00PM Rock in Rome Rome, Italy
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 1:00PM Bang Your Head Festival Balingen, Germany
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:00PM Masters Of Rock Vizovice, Czech Republic
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 7:00PM Barcelona Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain
Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00PM House of Blues San Diego, United States
Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 7:00PM Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:30PM Théâtre de plein air Colmar, France
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:00PM Into the Grave Festival Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 10:00AM Bloodstock Catton, United Kingdom
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:00PM Bratislava Aegon Arena Bratislava, Slovakia
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00PM Summer Breeze Festival Wilburgstetten, Germany
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00PM Elb-Riot Festival Hamburg, Germany
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00PM Jacobs Pavilion Cleveland, United States
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:00PM Freedom Hill Amphitheater Detroit, United States
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00PM Sound Acadmey Toronto, Canada
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00PM Metropolis Montreal, Canada
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00PM Satge AE Pittsburgh, United States
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 7:00PM Rock Allegiance Festival Chester, United States
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00PM Egyptian Room Indianapolis, United States
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:00PM The Pageant St. Louis, United States
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00PM Houston Open Air Houston, United States
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7:00PM Ozzfest Meets Knotfest San Bernardino, United States
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00PM Hard Rock Live Orlando, United States
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00PM Fillmore Miami, United States
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:00PM Horseshoe Casino Tunica Tunica, United States
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:00PM Louder Than Life At Champions Par Louisville, United States
Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00PM Norva Norfolk, United States
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00PM Tabernacle Atlanta, United States
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:00PM Gas Monkey Live Dallas, United States
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00PM ACL Moody Theater Austin, United States
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:00PM Fillmore Denver, United States
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00PM The Complex Salt Lake City, United States
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00PM Wilma Theater Missoula, United States
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00PM ENMAX Center Lethbridge, Canada
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:00PM South Okanagan Events Centre Penticton, Canada
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00PM Abbotsford Centre Abbotsford, Canada
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00PM Aftershock Festival at Discovery Park Sacramento, United States
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:00PM Reno Events Center Reno, United States
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00PM El Paso County Coliseum El Paso, United States
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:00PM Coliseum of Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico

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