Monday, 12 November 2012

Ireland's oldest bluegrass festival comes to the end of the line

The Athy Bluegrass Festival in Athy, Co. Kildare, was founded in 1991, making it Ireland's oldest annual bluegrass event. Tony O'Brien (shown left; photo by Carl Mark O'Neill), who has been its organiser since 1997, has now decided not to continue the festival after this year. His announcement can be seen on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.

As well as maintaining the Athy festival's role as a 'home town' and showcase for Irish bluegrass bands, Tony has presented many excellent acts from the USA and Europe, including the Bluegrass Patriots, High Country, High Plains Tradition, Ross Nickerson, Special Consensus, Pete & Joan Wernick, the Blue Grass Boogiemen, 4 Wheel Drive, Andy Glandt, Monogram, and Red Wine.