Thursday, 7 February 2013

Ireland's oldest bluegrass festival returns to life

Tony O'Brien (photo from an original by Carl Mark O'Neill)

Three months ago it was announced that the Athy Bluegrass Festival - founded in 1991 and thus Ireland's oldest annual bluegrass event - would no longer be held.

In a statement issued today, Tony O'Brien, organiser of the festival since 1997, has some very welcome news: the Athy town council has intervened to give financial support to the event. This means that the 23rd Athy Bluegrass Festival will be held on the weekend 12-14 July 2013 in the Athy GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare. Tony adds:

The lineup will be on the festival website shortly. We hope all our fans have not made alternative arrangements and will be with us again.