Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Some of the next Bluegrass Festivals in Ireland

THE 9th WESTPORT FOLK AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Fri, June 12 ~ Sun , June 14, 2015

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival is a not-for-profit event run entirely by a voluntary committee. Like the previous editions, the 9th Festival will be a high-quality, multiple-venue, open and inclusive event in Westport. With more than 20 events over three days, the Festival attracts local, national and international artists and audiences.

The nature and ethos of the event is very important. The Committee fosters an accessible, warm, open atmosphere where everyone – all generations, cultures and walks of life, locals and visitors – feel included and have fun. The audience profile is comprised of everyone from seasoned folk and bluegrass ‘buffs’ to casual music fans.
For the 2014 Festival they brought a total of 46 artists across 13 groups to perform at 17 events in three days. They were from Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA and Australia. A large number of other musicians played with them at sessions and jams and at a Masterclass.

Last year, Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival has been shortlisted in three categories in the Irish Festival Awards – Best Small Festival, Best Lineup and the Family Festival Award. Uri Kohen, Chairperson of the group of volunteers that organises the festival, said: “After being listed by The Irish Times as one of the Top 20 Festivals in Ireland, we’re delighted to have the festival recognised by an independent panel of experts.”

The Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival committee includes Sarah Mac Evilly, Tim Rogers, Uri Kohen, Cllr Michael McLaughlin, last Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Ciara Moynihan and Fergus Kelly, pictured outside McGing’s pub, the year-round home of bluegrass and folk in Westport.

To know this year's line up and for further info: http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/


THE 25th ATHY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Fri, July 10 ~ Sun , July 12, 2015

Celebrating 25 years of Bluegrass this year, Ireland's 1st and longest running Bluegrass festival
established 1991, will be a 3-days of non stop un-diluted bluegrass music. Proudly supported by Kildare County Council and the Athy Town Promoters Group, "Athy In July" will be a fantastic weekend of concerts and pickin' sessions for bluegrass music, its musicians and fans. The Athy GAA Centre will host 4 Wheel Drive from Holland, Patuxent Partners, from USA, and the Irish Woodbine. On Saturday there will be the Absent Friends Concert, to remember all the festival friends who have passed on over the past 25 years, featuring The Plough from Australia and MTC.

For further info: http://www.athy-bluegrass.com/index.html, e-mail obrientony@eircom.net  or call +353 085 1656685.


THE 20th DUNMORE EAST BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Thu, August 27 ~ Sun , August 30 2015

Once a year in August music pilgrims come from all over the world to the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival to listen to authentic bluegrass music. Bands play to ecstatic crowds, spread out comfortably at 6 venues, both indoors and outdoors. There are also fine dining, sunbathing, swimming, dancing and jamming all day and night - a Bluegrass picker's paradise. The annual Festival takes place in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, 27th to 30th August 2015. It promises to be a great weekend of bluegrass music for enthusiasts and lovers of great music. Top American, European and Irish acts playing over four days.  There is no entry fee and each of the groups play at all of the venues throughout the weekend. The line up that was put together is the following:
* Demolition String Band (USA)
* Whiskey Deaf (USA)
* Down & Out Bluegrass Band
* Mons Wheeler Band
* Jig Jam
* Cup O Joe
* Barefoot 
and many more to be announced.

Bring your banjo, mandolin or any other musical instrument and join in the fun! Enjoy the atmosphere which is always lively and upbeat, along with the music and the craic.

For further info contact Mick Daly, Tel: +353 51 878832, Mobile: +353 87 2562899, Email: bluegrass@eircom.net