When: Wed., June 16, 9 p.m. 2010
That would be “irregulars” in the old, military, Sherlock Holmes-ian sense — part-time guerrillas, so to speak, as opposed to regular (i.e. disciplined) full-time troops. After all, legendary folk stalwart Rooney’s actually a reliable if infrequent entry on the Station Inn’s calendar. Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin are on tap once again — if you only know of Camp as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, be prepared for some surprisingly enjoyable fiddle work — and a sprawling crew is likely to be crammed onstage beside them as Rooney presides over a kaleidoscopic set list of old favorites, treasured obscurities and more. It’s startling to realize that the head of this ensemble has been at it for a half century, but a life’s work that’s run from bluegrass-playing folk revivalism to producing country hits and back again has pretty much put Rooney’s picture in the dictionary alongside the “taking the long view” entry.