Friday, 13 June 2008

Open House Festival, Belfast, 24-8 September

The Rockridge Brothers (Sweden)

The Tenth Coors Open House Festival will be held in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 24-8 September 2008. The programme for this year can now be seen on the Festival website or in a 48-page brochure.

In addition to strong elements from Irish traditional and other genres, over a dozen bands - mostly from North America - represent a wide spectrum of bluegrass/old-time/cajun/mountain folk music. They include the Wilders (USA), who toured widely in Europe in 2007; the Rockridge Brothers (Sweden); the Samsonites (USA/NL); the Southern Tenant Folk Union (UK); and Prison Love (IRL).

More details and sound clips are on the Festival website. In addition to the stage shows, there will be bluegrass and old-time sessions and a master class in American-style fiddling.

Note: from 16 July to 6 August this year, the Rockridge Brothers will be touring in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, including the famous Clifftop old-time festival. Full details are on their MySpace site.