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

Thurs. 11th: Two Time Polka, The Courtyard, Union Rd., Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. 8.00–10.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 051 2955654

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

Wed. 24th: Greg Blake (USA), O Gliasan's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 086 607 9864

Thurs. 25th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Greg Blake (USA), Merry's Bar and Restaurant, Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 064 0542

Fri. 26th: Greg Blake (USA), Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 051 561 159

Sat. 27th: Greg Blake (USA), St Senans, Church of Ireland, Ardrum, Inniscarra, Co. Cork (plus guests), 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Sun. 28th: Greg Blake (USA), Ballinvreena Community Hall, Martinstown, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771 (Double gig with the Scroggdogs, featuring Jeff Scroggins)
'Bluegrass Babies' concert by Leon Mooney and Leslie Jones, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town, 12 noon and 2.00 p.m., €6 (free for persons under 1)

Mon. 29th: Greg Blake (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771 (Double gig with the Scroggdogs, featuring Jeff Scroggins)

Tues. 30th: Greg Blake (USA), Old Still, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771
The Scroggdogs (USA), featuring Jeff Scroggins, Tuohy's Bar, Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 967 5752


MAY 2019

Wed. 1st: Greg Blake (USA), Rossmore Theatre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 448 1086 (Double gig with the Scroggdogs, featuring Jeff Scroggins)

Thurs. 2nd: Greg Blake (USA), private concert
The Scroggdogs (USA), featuring Jeff Scroggins, Mannion's Pub, Main St., Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 299 6018

Thurs. 2nd-Sun. 12th: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

Fri. 3rd: Pete Seeger born, 1919
Greg Blake (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, South County Bar, West Village, Douglas, Cork, 10.15 p.m., adm. free; 021 4891574

Fri. 3rd-Mon. 6th: Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city; Patty Griffin (USA), Dori Freeman (USA), Niall Toner Band, Woodbine, Two Time Polka, many more

Fri. 3rd-Mon. 6th: Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; The Scroggdogs (USA), featuring Jeff Scroggins, Mules & Men, Two Time Polka, Cathal Cusack, many more

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

Sat. 4th: Two Time Polka, Left Bank Bar, The Parade, Kilkenny city, 4.00 p.m., adm. free; 056 7750016; Rafter Dempsey's Bar, Friary St., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 056 7722970 (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Vickers Vimy (with Matthew Berrill, clarinet and saxophone, and special guest Rodney Owl), Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway, 8.30 p.m., €10

Sat. 4th-Sun. 5th: Greg Blake (USA), Cup O Tae Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal, various times; tel. 087 690 0714

Sun. 5th: Two Time Polka, Pulse Nightclub, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, doors 11.00 p.m., adm. €5 (part of Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Festival)

Mon. 6th: Greg Blake (USA), Spells Bar, Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 191 4355

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

Wed. 8th: Greg Blake (USA), North Cork Libraries, times TBA; tel. 087 792 1771 (part of Bealtaine Festival)

Thurs. 9th: Greg Blake (USA), Blackbird Bar, Ballycotton, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

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.
Greg Blake (USA), private concert
Two Time Polka, Paris Texas, High St., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 056 7761822 (in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Homecare)

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
Greg Blake (USA), private concert
Two Time Polka, The Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 021 4772209
Launch party for 13th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.30 p.m.; music by The Vanguards (GB)

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
Greg Blake (USA), private concert

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
Jim Hurst (USA), Jim Hurst (USA), 'Live' on radio, Longford town

Sun. 19th: Kristy Cox (AUS), Unitarian Church, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Jim Hurst (USA), PJ's, Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon

Mon. 20th: Barwick & Siegfried (USA), Ballymore Acoustic Gigs, Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
Jim Hurst (USA), Merry's, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (double bill with Rick Shea)

Tues. 21st: Barwick & Siegfried (USA), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Jim Hurst (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Coachman, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (double bill with Rick Shea)

Wed. 22nd: David Freeman born 1939
Jim Hurst (USA), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2

Thurs. 23rd: Jim Hurst (USA), Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Fri. 24th: Jim Hurst (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly, support by Niall Hughes, Hugh Taggart, and John Denby; DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m., €13 (€15 on door)

Sat. 25th: Jim Hurst (USA), American Bar, Belfast

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

Fri. 31st: Two Time Polka, Rackards Bar, Rafter St., Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, adm. free, 10.00 p.m.; 053 9233747 (part of Strawberry Roots Festival)
J.D. Wilkes (USA), supported by the OXO Boys, the Grand Social, Dublin, 8.00 p.m., €15 online
McKay & Leigh (USA), Levis' Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Fri. 31st-Sun. 2 June: 2nd 'From Albion to Appalachia' weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, England; old-time workshops, jams, concert, dance


JUNE 2019

Sat. 1st: Two Time Polka, Holohan's Bar, Slaney Place, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, adm. free, 10.00 p.m.; 053 9235743 (part of Strawberry Roots Festival)
McKay & Leigh (USA), Bridge Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

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

Sun. 2nd: Two Time Polka, main stage (open air), Clashmore, Co. Waterford, adm. free, 4.30 p.m.–6.00 p.m.; 087 4148651 (part of Strings & Things Festival)
McKay & Leigh (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Mon. 3rd: The Local Honeys (USA), White Horse Sessions, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
McKay & Leigh (USA), Sessions in the House, Derry city

Tues. 4th: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.
McKay & Leigh (USA), Finns Bar, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

Wed. 5th: Red Herring (NL), the American Bar, 65 Dock St, Belfast
The Local Honeys (USA), harmony singing workshop, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry, 11.00 a.m.
Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), Riverside Cafe, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Thurs. 6th: Red Herring (NL), Groucho's, Richhill, Co. Armagh
The Local Honeys (USA), The Rusty Spur, Claudy, Co. Londonderry, 8.00 p.m.
McKay & Leigh (USA), the White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Fri. 7th-Sun. 9th: Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo; McKay & Leigh (USA), 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

Mon. 10th: Jessica Pearson & the East Wind (CAN), Wiley Fox, Dublin
Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 12th: Jessica Pearson & the East Wind (CAN), Pier Head Hotel, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo
Chance McCoy (USA), Whelan's Upstairs, Wexford St., Dublin 2
Elizabeth LaPrelle and Sandy Newlin LaPrelle (USA), old-time/ Appalachian singing workshop, the Cobblestone, 77 King St. North, Dublin 7, 6.00-7.00 p.m., €10; followed by trad singing session with Elizabeth and Sandy as guests (adm. free)

Wed. 12th-Thurs. 13th: Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), John Berry's Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry (with Eilis Kennedy)

Thurs. 13th: Jessica Pearson & the East Wind (CAN), the American Bar, 65 Dock St., Belfast
Chance McCoy (USA), the White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Ophelia Trio, Blue Light Pub, Barnacullia, Co. Dublin, 6.00-9.00 p.m. (adm. free)

Fri. 14th: Jessica Pearson & the East Wind (CAN), the Cobblestone, Dublin
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), Levis's Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Chance McCoy (USA), the American Bar, 65 Dock St., Belfast
JigJam, Buddy's Big Shed, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sat. 15th: Pilgrim St, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath
Chance McCoy (USA), the Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
JigJam, Luker's, Main St., Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly (part of RiverFest 2019)

Sat. 15th-Mon. 17th: Big Chimney Barn Dance (USA), Doolin Folk Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare

Sun. 16th: Chance McCoy (USA), Roisin Dubh, Galway city
Ophelia Trio, Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson St., Dublin 4, 6.00 p.m. (free entry)
Niall Toner Band, Club D'Art, Carlow, 6.30 p.m., €15
Two Time Polka, Entertainment Zone, Cork Summer Show, Curaheen Rd, Cork city, 12.00 noon

Mon. 17th: Chance McCoy (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 20th: Opening night of










  • 3rd BAND Festival, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; Hillbilly Rednecks, Arnolds Hotel, 8.00 p.m., with surprise guests

    Fri. 21st-Sun. 23rd: 3rd BAND Festival, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; Mules & Men, Two Time Polka, Erdini, many more

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

    Sat. 22nd: The Brothers Blue (USA), the Patriots Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

    Sun. 23rd: Niall Toner Band, the Wild Duck, 17/20 Sycamore St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2, 6.30 p.m., €15

    Tues. 25th: Niall Toner Band, release of single and video 'Myles Walter Keogh'

    Thurs. 27th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Sarah Buckley, Elva MacGowan, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
    Bluegrass/ Americana Night: Jesse Janes, Cool Hand String Band, the Points, 44 Dublin Rd, Belfast BT2 7HN, 8.30-11.30 p.m.; tickets (£9) available online

    Sun. 30th-Fri. 5th July: Nick Gareiss with Maeve Gilchrist, An Chúirt Chruitreachhta Annual International Harp Festival, An Grianán, Termonfechin, Co. Louth


    JULY 2019

    Thurs. 4th-Fri. 5th: Bands wanted to play at Durty Nelly's, Bunratty, Co. Clare

    Sat. 6th: 'Roots Freeway' returns to RTE Radio One, 1.00 p.m.

    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
    Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
    Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

    Fri. 12th-Sat. 13th: 4th Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, Athy, Co. Kildare; Alecia Nugent (USA), Woodbine, Watery Hill Boys, Gerry Madden, Clem O'Brien

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

    Sun. 14th: Sideline (USA), the Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
    Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Old School House, Clashmore, Co. Waterford

    Mon. 15th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

    Tues. 16th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

    Wed. 17th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

    Thurs. 18th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
    Pilgrim St, Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

    Fri. 19th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Seisiuin Fhanada, Fanad, Co. Donegal
    Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town, 8.00 p.m., €20/18 (under 18s); book online
    Roy Thompson, Johnny Tanner, and Gary Gene Ferguson (USA), 'Songwriters in the Round', DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m. +353 87 682 5306, €13 (€15)

    Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: 12th Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Alecia Nugent (USA), King Blue, the Henry Family, sessions hosted by Mel Corry (Fri.) and Tony O'Brien (Sun.)

    Sat. 20th: Alecia Nugent (USA) and band, Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal
    Roy Thompson, Johnny Tanner, and Gary Gene Ferguson (USA), 'Songwriters in the Round', Moy River Folk Club, Moy River B&B, near Cloonacool, Co. Sligo, 8.00 p.m.; 071 9121903 or 087 2512030 (hosts Pat and Rita; bring your own beer!)
    Two Time Polka, the Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 021 4772209

    Sun. 21st: Gary Ferguson (USA) with Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, Dorney Bridge, Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, 6.00 p.m, 077 1626 7625; minimum donation of £12.50; contact John at dorneybridge@gmail.com
    Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Monroe's, Galway city (part of Galway International Arts Festival)
    Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town (open air), 3.30 p.m., adm. free; 053 9122303

    Mon. 22nd: Thomas Copeland, Johnny Tanner, and Gary Gene Ferguson (USA), 'Songwriters in the Round', the Old Forge, 8 John St., Randalstown, Co. Antrim BT41 3AD; 028 9447 9777

    Tues. 23rd: Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8.00 p.m., €25; book online

    Wed. 24th: Caludo (CH), Ryan's Bar, Kilkenny city
    Tanner, Ferguson (USA), Murray, and Henry, Sessions in the House Listeners Club, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry, 07927900171/ 07565273265; info@sessionsinthehouse.com

    Wed. 24th-Thurs. 25th: Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Fiddlers Green Festival, Rostrevor, Co. Down ('In conversation with Tommy Sands', Thurs.), £25; book online

    Thurs. 25th: Caludo (CH), Sin E, Cork city
    Tanner, Ferguson (USA), Murray, and Henry, the Red Room, Cookstown, Co, Tyrone, BT80 9UR, 8.00 p.m.; contact Sharon Loughrin (sharonloughrin05@yahoo.co.uk, 077 36837779)
    The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Lynda Lucas, Joanne Quigley, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), O'Regan's, Schull, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Fri. 26th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass & Folk Cross-Community Festival, Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim: Geordie McAdam and Wilson Davis, Watery Hill Boys, Bluestack Mountain Boys; 7.30 p.m., £10
    Caludo (CH), Crowleys’s Bar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
    Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Main St., Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry, 8.00 p.m., £20; book online
    Niall Toner, Gary Gene Ferguson (USA), and Colin Henry, 'Songwriters in the Round', Art Bank, 88 Main St, Ballinapark, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, 8.00 p.m., €15; +353 53 937 5200
    Mama's Broke (CAN), the Cobblestone, Dublin, doors 20.00, €14
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Hackett's, Cork city

    Sat. 27th: Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, McGrory's Hotel, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m., €18/€15; book online
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Waterford city (part of 'Summer in the City 2019')

    Sun. 28th: Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 8.00 p.m., £17/ £15; book online
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town

    Mon. 29th: Caludo (CH), Matt Molloy's (Yard Bar), Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo
    Niall Toner and Richie Foley with Ray Barron and Hank Wedel, Cork (details TBA)

    Wed. 31st: Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), The Underground Venue, Dublin

    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
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Tully's, Waterford city

    Fri. 2nd-Mon. 5th: Blues, Roots & Brass Festival, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2: Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Desert Aces, many more

    Sat. 3rd: Caludo (CH), JJ Harlows Bar, Roscommon town
    Two Time Polka, Revolution Bar, Apple Market, 6.00 p.m., adm. free; Tully's Bar, O'Connell St., 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 051 301639 (part of Spraoi Festival)

    Sat. 3rd—Sun. 4th: Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Whelan's Blues Roots and Brass Festival, Wexford St., Dublin 2

    Sat. 3rd-Sat. 10th: Maiden City Festival, Londonderry/Derry city; details TBA

    Sun. 4th: Niall Toner Band, St Enda's, Rathfarnham, Dublin, 3.00-5.00 p.m.; admission free
    Two Time Polka, The Munster, Bailey's, New St., 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 051 843178
    Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Gorey Market House Festival 2019, Gorey, Co. Wexford

    Mon. 5th: Tan and Sober Gentlemen (USA), Róisín Dubh, Galway city

    Sat. 10th: Niall Toner Band, Codys, Rahanna (private party)

    Fri. 16th: Liz Moriondo & Rob Maclean (USA), the Beehive, Ardara, Co. Donegal

    Sat. 17th: Liz Moriondo & Rob Maclean (USA), the Rusty Spur, Claudy, Co. Londonderry

    Sun. 18th: Liz Moriondo & Rob Maclean (USA), McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo

    Tues. 20th: Liz Moriondo & Rob Maclean (USA), Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

    Wed. 21st: The Petersens (USA), O Gliasain's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

    Thurs. 22nd: The Petersens (USA), Coachman's Bar, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

    Thurs. 22nd-Sun. 25th: 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford; Liz Moriondo & Rob Maclean (USA), Pilgrim St, 19th Street Band (USA), Raglan Rodeo, Alfi, Lands End, Mons Wheeler Band, Kiss My Grass, Whistle, Charlie Reader; 'phone (+353 (051) 878832; mobile: +353 (087) 2562899), e-mail

    Fri. 23rd: The Petersens (USA), Ballinvreena Community Hall, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

    Sat. 24th: The Petersens (USA), the Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

    Sun. 25th: The Petersens (USA), St Mary's Church of Ireland, Emmet St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

    Mon. 26th: The Petersens (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

    Fri. 30th-Sun. 1st Sept.: 28th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (USA), Front Country (USA), Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Bill asnd the Belles (USA), Hoot and Holler (USA), Buffalo Gals (UK/USA), Paris Texas - the band (B), Bailey Mountain Cloggers (USA), more TBA


    SEPTEMBER 2019

    Sun. 1st: (Third day of 28th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone)

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

    Wed. 4th-Thurs. 12th: Gary Rinehart, upright bass player from Kansas, in Ireland (Mountrath, Co. Laois) and keen to learn of bluegrass jams, sessions, events etc.; contact by e-mail.

    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: Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa(USA), Pilgrim St, many more


    OCTOBER 2019

    Brandon Lee Adams & Johnny Staats (USA) on tour in Ireland; details TBA

    Tues. 1st-Wed. 2nd: Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa (USA) available for bookings in Ireland

    Sat. 5th-Sun. 6th: Niall Toner, solo, Cork Folk Festival

    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

    Fri. 25th: Level Best (USA), TBA

    Sat. 26th: Level Best (USA), Crusoe's Coffee Shop, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry


    NOVEMBER 2019

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

    Wed. 13th.: Riley Baugus (USA), Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

    Thurs. 14th: Riley Baugus (USA), The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

    Fri. 15th: Riley Baugus (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

    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


    JANUARY 2020

    Thurs. 16th-Sun. 2nd Feb.: Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow


    FEBRUARY 2020

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


    MARCH 2020

    Fri. 6th-Sat. 7th: 5th Barcelona Bluegrass Camp, Centre Civic La Sedeta, Barcelona, Spain


    MAY 2020

    Wed. 6th-Sun. 17th: 10 String Symphony (USA) in Ireland; details TBA






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