Saturday, 11 April 2015

Bluegrass in Scotland: Summer Workshops & Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival

Have you ever sat around with friends and had the conversation turn to 'You know what we should do....?' Well, that's what happened to a group of very determined friends who turned that 'pipedream' into a reality by creating the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival.

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival is Scotland's only Bluegrass festival but, in addition to the festival, these dedicated North-of-the-Border Bluegrass folks also have a Summer Bluegrass Instruments Workshops day on June 13th which will have members of Cup O'Joe teaching. Cup O'Joe will also be playing a concert at the nearby Craigdarroch Arms Hotel. More information can be seen on the Festival's Calendar page and a message of the Festival's Facebook page reports that there are still some places available for the workshops.

Moniaive is in the Southern Uplands of Scotland about 70 miles south of Glasgow or about 50 miles north of Carlisle, so in easy reach for English Bluegrass fans!

The Dude Coopers who will be at
Moniaive Bluegrass Festival 2015

The Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival will take on September 25th, 26th & 27th featuring Bluegrass from Europe and the USA - full information can be found on the Festival's website but confirmed at time of writing are:
  • Bluedust from Italy
  • The Daddy Naggins from Glasgow, Scotland
  • The Dude Coopers from East Anglia, England
  • Okenfenokee from Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Red Herring from The Netherlands
  • The Corn Potato String Band from the USA
  • North Atlantic Project from Scotland
Tickets are now on sale online here!

So if you are in the region or planning on visiting the region, there is Bluegrass to be found in Moniaive*.

Editor's Note: Moniaive is pronounced Money-ive (I had to ask too!)