Thursday, 19 January 2012

Major festival moves to a new home for 2012

The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, founded in 2002, became at once a major factor in bringing leading figures in bluegrass, old-time, and related music to Irish audiences, in conjunction with Irish traditional and folk music. In 2004 the festival brought Earl Scruggs to Europe for the first time since the 1970s; above, Earl and his wife Louise are shown with the festival organisers Kathy Casey and Chris Keenan. The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival became a member of the EBMA Festival Network in 2011, and Chris Keenan is a member of the EBMA board.

After ten years of holding the event in Longford town, the organisers of the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival announce today that the festival is moving to a new location - the town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly:

This move is seen as a positive step in making the festival more accessible with regards to location and in the form of accommodation, with a number of hotels, B&Bs, and camping facilities within the town's boundaries. Further details will be released shortly, including lineup, events, and relevant information about Tullamore and surrounding area.

We hope everyone will join us in Tullamore 20-23 September 2012, to celebrate the start of our second decade!