our story

Long Way Home is a new folk and roots music duo, currently based in Co. Cork, Ireland. While drawing from experience in bluegrass and American-roots music, their diverse repertoire emphasizes original folk songs, based on real-life experiences as international explorers.

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.

Owen Schinkel - The Sliding Dutchman


Owen Schinkel – “The Sliding Dutchman” 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.

Kylie Kay Anderson


Kylie Kay Anderson is originally from Utah, USA. She began playing the guitar at a very young age and was first introduced to bluegrass mandolin in 2008. Through her teenage years, Kylie studied mandolin with one of the best bluegrass teachers in the Western United States and stayed busy writing music and performing with her youth bluegrass band. As part of her studies in the music therapy program at Utah State University, Kylie gained valuable education in music theory, aural skills, and studied various guitar styles. Eventually, Kylie’s passion for bluegrass mandolin led her to the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. Kylie has gained a lot of performing and songwriting experience throughout the past several years. More information on Kylie can be found on her personal website.

Email: info @ longwayhome.ie

Phone: +353 (87) 701 1854

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