The lineup for this year's Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival (31 Aug.-2 Sept. 2012) at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, can now be seen. The list of bands confirmed up to date includes six acts from North America (led by Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Don Rigsby & Midnight Call (USA), three from elsewhere in Europe (the Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL), Covered Grass (D), and Toy Hearts (GB)), and five bands from the island of Ireland. More details are on the Festival webpage and the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.
The Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival is a founder member of the EBMA Festival Network. About 10,000 visitors are expected to pay admission to the Folk Park during the Festival. The photo above shows Richard Hurst, organiser of the Festival and former EBMA chairman, with stained-glass craftsman and fiddler Geordie MacAdam of the Broken String Band, who plays traditional Ulster music as well as old-time and bluegrass.
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