Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Open House Festival, Belfast, 24-8 September

The Tenth Coors Open House Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will be held on 24-28 September 2008, with many bands from the Americana and other traditions performing at several different venues in the city. Some have already been mentioned on the European Bluegrass Blog, and full details are on the Festival website.

The festival season in Ireland is now in its most active phase, involving many bands from the rest of Europe. The Czech band Sunnyside were in the 14th Dunmore East festival in Co. Waterford (21-4 August); the 17th Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland (5-7 September) features Jiri Kralik & the Rowdy Rascals (CZ), the Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL), and the G2 Bluegrass Band (Sweden). The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival at Longford (25-8 September) features the Ranch House Favourites (NL) and the Lluis Gomez Quartet (E), while the Open House programme includes the Rockridge Brothers (Sweden).