26 February 2006

Calendar 2019-20

The calendar is frequently updated, and past events are transferred to the separate calendar archive post. All events in the Irish bluegrass festival season for which we have dates can be found below. Some items of country music news, prepared by the Country Music Association of Ireland, can be seen here.

A few important and/or accessible events outside Ireland are also listed. For a fuller listing of events in the UK, see the calendar pages on the BBMA website and FOAOTMAD website. A select list of festivals in Europe is on the EBMA website.

Bands and event/venue organisers: if your session or event is not shown here, contact the editor. Punters: please note that tour schedules often have to be changed, so before you go to a show, please check that the date and place are still the same as when you first noted it down.

Regular fortnightly or monthly events are shown on the main calendar at the appropriate dates. To avoid overloading the calendar, here is a list of gigs and sessions held EVERY WEEK:

Monday: Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city
Blue Light Smugglers, The Blue Light, Barnacullia Rd, Dublin 18

Tuesday: Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session, Sin E Bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, 8.00 p.m. to closing time

Wednesday:Bluegrass & old-time gig/session (Broken Strings band), Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210
The Sundown Sessions, The Raven Bar, 100 South Main St, Cork city: Rattlesnake County (broad mix of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana), from 9.30 p.m., open to all

Thursday: Tin Box Company bluegrass gig at Delaney's (Knocklyon Inn), Knocklyon, Dublin, 9.00 p.m. Contact Martin Kavanagh (087-2504505)
Knotty Pine String Band, Sally O’Brien's, John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.; all players welcome, adm. free
Sacred Harp singing session, Unitarian Church, Princes St., Cork city, 7.00-9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Friday: Bluegrass session [may contain Irish music!], Cryan's Bar, Bridge St., Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, after 9.00 p.m.
Watery Hill Boys, Carberry's, North Strand, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Sacred Harp singing session, Franciscan Friary, Cook St., Dublin 8 ; 7.00-9.00 p.m.; admission free, all welcome
Ox Mountain Session (old-time), Tricky McGarrigle's, O'Connell St., Sligo, 5.30-8.00 p.m.

Saturday: Old-time music session: Bill Whelan, Ben Keogh, & friends, The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 4.30-7.00 p.m. (established for many years!)
'Bluegrass and Beyond' session, Ellie May's, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, 3.00-6.00 p.m.

Sunday: Well Enough Alone, Kilkenny Shop restaurant, Nassau St., Dublin 2, 2.15-4.15 p.m.
Mules & Men, Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4, 6.00 p.m.
Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city, 7.30/8.00 p.m. onwards

Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 10.00 p.m.
Old-time music session: Upcounty String Ticklers (Kevin Beggan, Adam Shapiro, Stewart MacPhail), Cliffs of Moher Hotel in Liscannor, Co. Clare, 1.00-3.00 p.m., 17 Mar. to end Oct./ early Nov.


If you first heard about an event from the Bluegrass Ireland Blog, we'll appreciate it if you tell the organisers that.


JANUARY 2019

Tues. 1st: Woodbine, Tuohy's Bar, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.30 p.m.

Sat. 5th: Pilgrim St, Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Tues. 8th: Sara Dougherty Carter (the Carter Family) died 1979

Fri. 11th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 16th: Special Consensus (USA), Colfers, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford (tickets)
Munich String Band (D), Sin E, 8 Coburg St., Cork city

Thurs. 17th: Special Consensus (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Munich String Band (D), Merrys, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Thurs. 17th-Mon. 21st: 20th Shannonside Winter Music Festival; Special Consensus (USA), the Petersens (USA), Munich String Band (D), Frankie Lane, many more

Thurs. 17th-Sun. 3rd Feb.: Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow

Fri. 18th: Special Consensus (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Fri. 18th-Sun. 20th: The Petersens (USA), Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Sixmilebridge & Bunratty, Co. Clare; various times and venues; 087 792 1771

Sat. 19th: Special Consensus (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary)

Sun. 20th: Special Consensus (USA), 20th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Bunratty/ Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 3.00 p.m.

Mon. 21st: Special Consensus (USA), Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town
The Petersens (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; 087 792 1771

Tues. 22nd: The Petersens (USA), The Coachman, 13 Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; 085 850 2289 (Clonmel Folk Club presentation)
Special Consensus (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 23rd: The Petersens (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; 068 22 566
Special Consensus (USA), Matt Molloy’s, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Thurs. 24th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Niall Toner Band, St Michan's church, Dublin (part of Tradfest 2019)
The Petersens (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; 087 792 1771/ 087 180 4870 (double bill with Cup O' Joe)
Special Consensus (USA), The Beehive Bar, Main St., Ardara, Co. Donegal

Fri. 25th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny city
Kathy Mattea, St Patrick's cathedral, doors 8.00 p.m., show 8.30 p.m., €34.99 (part of Tradfest 2019)
The Petersens (USA), private concert
Special Consensus (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Grits & Gravy Stringband, Kinnegar Trad Session, Co. Cork, 6.30-9.30 p.m. (part of Ballincollig Winter Music Festival)
Mules & Men, Old Storehouse, Crown Alley, Dublin 2, 11.20 p.m.

Fri. 25th-Sun. 27th: 2nd Heart & Home Bluegrass Festival, Ballydehob, Co. Cork: The Petersens (USA), Cup O' Joe, Hellfire Club

Sat. 26th: The Henry Girls, the Oliver St John Gogarty, Library Bar, doors 3.00 p.m., show 4.00 p.m. (part of Tradfest 2019)
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), charity performance, Black Box, Belfast, 2.30 p.m., £10 (part of Out To Lunch Festival>
The Petersens (USA), Community Hall, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m., with support: Cup O' Joe; 086 837 0518/ 028 37 118 ('Headline Concert' of the Heart & Home Bluegrass Festival)
Special Consensus (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
Two Time Polka, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork (part of Winter Music Festival), 10.30 p.m., adm. free; 021 4871388
Jerry Douglas (USA), support Greenshine; doors 8.30 p.m., €30 (part of Ballincollig Winter Music Festival)

Sun. 27th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Out To Lunch show, Black Box, Belfast
The Henry Girls, the Oak, doors 3.00 p.m., show 4.00 p.m.
Jerry Douglas, Teddy Thompson, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Dublin Castle, doors 6.30 p.m., show 7.00 p.m., €34.99 (part of Tradfest 2019)
The Petersens (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; 087 414 8651/ 087 277 2760
Special Consensus (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork
Tim O'Brien (USA) and Jan Fabricius; doors 8.00 p.m., €28 (part of Ballincollig Winter Music Festival)

Mon. 28th: Special Consensus (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

Tues. 29th: Special Consensus (USA), Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Wed. 30th: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Old Courthouse, Antrim town

Thurs. 31st: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Culturlann, Derry city (part of Inbolc Festival)
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests the Hot Dots (old-time and ragtime), Gillian Tuite (Americana), Dave Whyte & Hugh Buckley (jazz guitar duo), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free


FEBRUARY 2019

Fri. 1st: Delano Floyd 'Del' McCoury born 1939
Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Mules & Men at the Bello Bar, Dublin, 9.00 p.m. to midnight, €9
Rachel Baiman (USA), Cleeres, Kilkenny city

Sat. 2nd: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Portico, Portaferry, Co. Down
Rachel Baiman (USA), JJ Harlows, Roscommon town

Sun. 3rd: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast
Rachel Baiman (USA), Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim (online booking available here)

Tues. 5th: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 6th: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny city
JigJam, Whelan's, Dublin 2, €15

Fri. 8th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Special Consensus (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Track Dogs (IRL/UK/USA), Tea Room Sessions, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, 7.00 p.m.
Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin 7th birthday party, Friary Centre, Cook St., Dublin, details TBA
The Local Honeys (USA), Bridge St, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Sat. 9th: Track Dogs (IRL/UK/USA), the Barrel Venue, McHugh's, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m., €8
Jerry Douglas (USA) + Aly Bain, Millennium Forum, Derry city, £33 (Transatlantic Sessions)
The Local Honeys (USA), house concert, Westport, Co. Mayo

Sun. 10th: Track Dogs (IRL/UK/USA), the Tally Ho, Longford town, 9.30 p.m.
The Local Honeys (USA), McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Mon. 11th: The Local Honeys (USA), house concert, Co. Londonderry

Wed. 13th: Janis Lewis Phillips (the Lewis Family) born 1939

Thurs. 14th: The Local Honeys (USA), The Sky & The Ground, Wexford town

Fri. 15th, Sat. 16th: The Local Honeys (USA), Cork city, details TBA

Fri. 15th-Mon. 18th: FOAOTMAD's 25th Anniversary Gainsborough Old-Time Festival, Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England: Reed Island Rounders (WV, USA), many others

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: Second Annual Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering, Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free


MARCH 2019

Mon. 4th: Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; doors 8.30 p.m.; gig 9.00 p.m. sharp; adm. €15 at the door (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)

Tues. 5th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.
Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 6th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 6th-Sun. 10th: Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Convention, Clayton Hotel, Belfast; details TBA

Thurs. 7th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, National Opera House, Wexford town, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 8th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 8th-Sun. 10th: Killarney Mountain Festival, Co. Kerry; The Constituents (USA; Fri.-Sat.), others

Sat. 9th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi,Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick city, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 10th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Co. Kerry, 3.00 p.m.

Tues. 12th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 13th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

Thurs. 14th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 15th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, The Black Box, Belfast, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 16th: Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 021 4871388

Sun. 17th: Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town; start (after parade) 12.30 p.m., adm. free; 053 9122303
Woodbine, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 21st: Neil Vandraegen Rosenberg born 1939

Fri. 22nd: Darrell Scott (USA), the White Horse, West Village, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m., €23 (book online)
Pilgrim St, the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sat. 23rd: Henry Family Band (Janet, Colin, Olivia, and James Henry) and possibly Ivan Muirhead of Broken String Band, Dorney Bridge, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, 8.15 p.m.
Darrell Scott (USA) and Steve Cooney (AUS), the White Horse, West Village, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m., €26 (book online)

Wed. 27th: High Plains Tradition (USA), The Coachman Bar, 13 Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 085 850 2289

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
High Plains Tradition (USA), O Gliasain's Bar (Concert Room), Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 086 607 9864 (A Sixmilebridge Folk Club Presentation)

Fri. 29th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Market House, Main St., Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 688 1650

Sat. 30th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 051 391 656

Sun. 31st: High Plains Tradition (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771


APRIL 2019

Mon. 1st: High Plains Tradition (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Tues. 2nd: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.
High Plains Tradition (USA), Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 977 8347

Wed. 3rd: Two Time Polka, Mother Mac's Bar, High St., Limerick city, 9.30 p.m., adm. free; 061 414900 (part of Limerick Fringe
High Plains Tradition (USA), Merry's Bar and Restaurant, Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 064 0542

Thurs. 4th: High Plains Tradition (USA), St John's Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22 566
Pilgrim St, Boyle's of Slane, Slane, Co. Meath

Fri. 12th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 13th: Greenshine, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; €16 / €13 (advance), €18 / €15 (door)
Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 021 4772209

Thurs. 25th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free


MAY 2019

Fri. 3rd: Pete Seeger born, 1919

Fri. 3rd-Mon. 6th: Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city

Fri. 3rd-Mon. 6th: Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; details TBA

Fri. 3rd-Mon. 6th: Crossover Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, Cheshire, England

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 9th-Sun. 12th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork

Fri. 10th: Maybelle Addington Carter ('Mother Maybelle') born 1909
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 11th: Eagle Music Shop's 'Banjo 12' Event, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield, Yorks., England; details here
Lester Raymond Flatt died 1979
Kristy Cox (AUS), St Patrick's Gateway Centre, Waterford city
Barwick & Siegfried (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Sun. 12th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork

Mon. 13th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

Tues. 14th: Kristy Cox (AUS), St James's Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Barwick & Siegfried (USA), McLynn’s Pub, Old Market St., Sligo town

Wed. 15th: Kristy Cox (AUS), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Thurs. 16th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Dorney Bridge, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, 8.15 p.m.

Fri. 17th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Fri. 17th-Sat. 18th: 17th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany; details TBA

Sat. 18th: World Fiddle Day
Kristy Cox (AUS), Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Sun. 19th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Unitarian Church, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Mon. 20th: Barwick & Siegfried (USA), Ballymore Acoustic Gigs, Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

Tues. 21st: Barwick & Siegfried (USA), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Wed. 22nd: David Freeman born 1939

Thurs. 30th-Sat. 1 June: European Bluegrass Festival Voorthuizen, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands


JUNE 2019

Sat. 1st-Sun. 2nd: Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin 'Hugh-bilee' singing in Rome, Italy; details TBA

First half of June: Red Herring (NL) available for bookings

Tues. 4th: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 7th-Sun. 9th: Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo; The Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), The Local Honeys (USA), Blue Summit (USA), Haakon Oyen & Clara Delfina (USA), Switchgrass Delta (USA), Jessica Pearson & the East Wind (CAN), Bluegrass 43 (F), Red Herring (NL), The Lowly Strung (GB), Molly & the Blackbriar Band (GB), Tim Rogers, Rocky Top String Band, the Golden Trio, Kids' Classic, Niall Hanna, more TBA

Fri. 14th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 15th: Pilgrim St, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath

Fri. 21st-Sun. 23rd: 3rd BAND Festival, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; details TBA

Fri. 21st-Sat. 22nd: Banjo Jamboree (oldest bluegrass festival in Europe), Čáslav, Czech Republic: Monroe Crossing (USA), many others


JULY 2019

Tues. 9th: Jesse Lester McReynolds born 1929
Sideline (USA), An Grianan, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Wed. 10th: Sideline (USA), Andersons Live, Kempten Promenade, Sligo town

Thurs. 11th: Sideline (USA), Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Fri. 12th: Sideline (USA), INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Fri. 12th-Sat. 13th: 4th Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, Athy, Co. Kildare; Alecia Nugent (USA), others TBA

Sat. 13th: Sideline (USA), Theatre Royal, Waterford city

Sun. 14th: Sideline (USA), the Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: 12th Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Alecia Nugent (USA), others TBA

Sun. 21st: Gary Ferguson (USA) with Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, Dorney Bridge, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, 6.00 p.m

Wed. 24th: Caludo (CH), Ryan's Bar, Kilkenny city

Thurs. 25th: Caludo (CH), Sin E, Cork city

Fri. 26th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass & Folk Cross-Community Festival, Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim: details TBA
Caludo (CH), Crowleys’s Bar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Mon. 29th: Caludo (CH), Matt Molloy's (Yard Bar), Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Wed. 31st-Sun. 4th Aug.: La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Hautes Alpes, France; Mile Twelve (USA), many others; European band contest


AUGUST 2019

Thurs. 1st: Caludo (CH), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

Fri. 2nd: Caludo (CH), Nancy’s bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal

Sat. 3rd: Caludo (CH), JJ Harlows Bar, Roscommon town

Thurs. 22nd-Sun. 25th: 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford; Sarah Savoy Band (USA/FR), many others TBA; 'phone (+353 (051) 878832; mobile: +353 (087) 2562899), e-mail

Fri. 30th-Sun. 1st Sept.: 28th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; details TBA


SEPTEMBER 2019

Wed. 4th-Thurs. 5th: We Banjo 3 at Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2, plus support; €20 each night

Sat. 7th: Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, Co. Louth

Sun. 8th: Pilgrim St, the Workman's Club, Dublin 8

Sat. 14th: Pilgrim St, Íontas, Castleblayney Arts & Community Resource Centre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Tues. 24th-Sat. 28th: International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC

Fri. 27th-Sat. 28th: Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Dumfriesshire, Scotland: Pilgrim St, many more


OCTOBER 2019

Sat. 12th: Pilgrim St, the Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Fri. 18th: Level Best (USA), Dorney Bridge, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, 8.15 p.m.

Sat. 19th: Level Best (USA), Moy River B&B, Clonacool, Co. Sligo
Pilgrim St, Coleman Music Centre, Gorteen, Co. Sligo

Sun. 20th: Level Best (USA), Upstairs On The Square, Groucho's, Richhill, Co. Armagh

Thurs. 24th: Level Best (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry


NOVEMBER 2019

Sat. 9th: Pilgrim St, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

Sat. 16th: Pilgrim St, Strule Arts Centre and Omagh Tourist Information Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone


DECEMBER 2019

Sat. 7th: Pilgrim St, the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Fri. 20th: Pilgrim St, the Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
William Bradford 'Bill' Keith born 1939

Wed. 25th: John Ray 'Curly' Sechler (Seckler) born 1919


FEBRUARY 2020

Fri. 21st-Sun. 23rd: Third Annual Irish Old-Time Appalachian Music Gathering, the Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

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