Friday, 20 August 2010

Open House Festival 2010, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The 'hotter than Hell' Chilli Fest, held from 12:00 to 17:30 on 11-12 September in Custom House Square, Belfast, is part of this year's Coors Light Open House Festival. Hosted by the Flamme Fatale, Miss Lucifire, the Chilli Fest features live music by Hayseed Dixie, Poky Lafarge & the South City Three, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, Morgan O'Kane & Ferd 4, and Reverend Deadeye's No Man Gospel Band. Admission is £5.

Other bluegrass-related acts in the Open House Festival, which begins on 6 September, are the Old Crow Medicine Show and the Dave Rawlings Machine, featuring Gillian Welch. As two of the main concerts have already sold out (the opening night concert sold out 2,000 tickets in 36 hours), advance booking is strongly recommended.

Mumford & Sons (UK), main artists on the opening night, will be touring North America in October-November in a package with Cadillac Sky, currently one of the hottest younger bands on the US bluegrass scene.

The following free sessions are also taking place in Belfast venues during the Open House Festival:

Fri. 10 Sept. American session at McHugh's, 4.00-7.00 p.m.
Sat. 11 Sept. Old-time session at the John Hewitt, 3.00-6.00 p.m.
Sun. 12 Sept. Old-time session at McHugh's, 2.00-5.00 p.m.

The old-time sessions are hosted by the Ragged and Rough String Band (NI): Ian Carmichael (banjo), Geordie McAdam (fiddle), Bernie Stocks (fiddle), Eugene 'Spooly' Kelly (guitar), and Wilson Davies (bass). For more details, see the Festival website.