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Long Way Home is a roots music duo, currently based in Co. Cork, Ireland. While drawing from experience in bluegrass and American-roots music, their diverse repertoire ranges from recognizable favorites to original songs that are based on their own real-life experiences.

Owen Schinkel (The Netherlands) and Kylie Kay Anderson (Utah, USA) met in Johnson City, Tennessee while studying in the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. Through their experiences, they both gained a deep interest in the international bluegrass music scene. After completing their studies, Owen and Kylie decided to relocate to Co. Cork, Ireland to learn, experience bluegrass music abroad, and to become inspired by new music genres. The Long Way Home project is the result of their inspiration and experiences.

Kylie Kay Anderson

is originally from Utah, USA. Her dad taught her to play her first guitar chords at age 9 and she was introduced to bluegrass mandolin at age 13. Growing up, Kylie studied mandolin with one of the most respected bluegrass teachers in the Western US and stayed busy writing music and performing. Eventually, Kylie’s passion for music led her to study music at the university level, including studies in Music Therapy at Utah State University and in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. Kylie’s music journey has continued to expand over recent years, including performing opportunities across the United States and Europe.

Owen Schinkel

is originally from Drenthe, The Netherlands. Soon after first encountering traditional bluegrass music in 2013, Owen picked up the Dobro and hasn’t put it down since. At the beginning of 2017 Owen left the Netherlands to study in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. While in Tennessee, Owen gained an impressive education in bluegrass and country music, and was mentored by some of the finest musicians in the business. In addition to the Dobro, Owen is a knowledgeable guitar player, and has become a skilled sound engineer. More information on Owen can be found on his personal website.

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