26 February 2006

Calendar 2017-19

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.
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.


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


SEPTEMBER 2017

Fri. 15th-Sun. 17th: 14th Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

Sat. 16th: Two Time Polka, Ronnie's, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. Start 9.00 p.m., adm. free; 074 9136101 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival)

Sun. 17th: Two Time Polka, Arnold's Hotel, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. 2.00-4.00 p.m., adm. free; 074 9136208 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival

Tues. 19th: Laura Cortese (USA), De Barra's Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork (part of Clonakilty Guitar Festival)

Thurs. 21st: I Draw Slow, St Kevin's Church of Ireland, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow, 8.00 p.m., €20.00 (part of Music under the Mountains 2017)

Fri. 22nd: Rackhouse Pilfer launch new album Solar/Lunar, Sixth on Teeling, Sligo town; doors open 9.00 p.m., €11

Sat. 23rd: The Henry Girls, Theatre Royal, Waterford city< Two Time Polka, O'Mara's Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare; 10.30 p.m., adm. free; 065 9056286 (part of Che do Bheatha Festival)

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: 9th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Scotland: Ballinger Family Band with Matt Flinner (USA), The Horsenecks (USA/ England), Dapper McDans (Scotland), The Reckless Abandoners (England), Hot Rock Pilgrims (England), François Vola Trio (France), Legs Levens Appalachian Clog Dancers (Cumbria), Wayward Jane (Scotland)

Sun. 24th: The Henry Girls, Ballymaloe Grainstore, Co. Cork

Tues. 26th-Sat. 30th: IBMA World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC

Wed. 27th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Burkett Howard 'Buck'/'Josh' Graves

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Kate Dineen, Joyce Murphy, and Ruth Egan (contemporary folk), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 28th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

Fri. 29th: Two Time Polka, The Empire Bar, 42 Botanic Ave., Belfast, Co. Antrim; 10.30 p.m., adm. free
Old Hannah, Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Tara Building, Tara St, Dublin 2
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), The Cobblestone, Dublin, with CUA

Sat. 30th: Fifth Italian Bluegrass Meeting, Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona, Italy
Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.,€15
Two Time Polka, upstairs in Oliver Plunkett Bar, Cork city; 11.30 p.m., adm. free; 021 4222779 (part of Cork Folk Festival)
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry


OCTOBER 2017

Mon. 2nd: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Crane Lane, Cork city

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 4th: Pine Marten, Kaleidoscope Night, Bello Bar, Dublin
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Thurs. 5th-Sat. 7th: The Whileaways (northern tour with Moving on Music; details TBA)

Fri. 6th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Moy River Folk Club, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo

Fri. 6th-Sun. 8th: Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, TN

Sat. 7th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath, details TBA

Sun. 8th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Pine Marten, Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Thurs. 12th: Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2

Fri. 13th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Knotty Pine String Band with the Drunken Lullabies, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; 8.00 p.m., £15.00
'Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music: his life and music' - presentation by John Nyhan to the monthly Country Music Circle, City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, 11.00 a.m.

Sat. 14th: The Whileaways, Dingle Folk Festival, Co. Kerry

Sat. 14th-Sun. 15th: Irish Steel Guitar Festival, Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin

Thurs. 19th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 20th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Munich String Band (D), The Village Pump, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Fri. 20th-Sun. 22nd: Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare: Slocan Ramblers (CAN; Sat.), Malina Brothers (CZ), Munich String Band (D). Propane Brothers (UK), Roger Green (USA), Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Kevin & Neil Garratt (UK), John Nyhan, Leo Hayes, Bill Forster;
Fri., Sat. and Sun. concerts €15 each; combined tickets (all three nights) €30, book at 0868464509

Sat. 21st: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Bunratty, Co. Clare
Tom Chapin (USA), Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2: family show 3.00 p.m., grown-up show 8.00 p.m.; tickets

Sun. 22nd: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Belfast; doors 7.30 p.m., £13/£10

Mon. 23rd: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), The Stormy Teacup, Limerick city: doors open 8.00 p.m., support act 8.20, Brennen & Noel on stage 9.00 p.m., €7

Tues. 24th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Munich String Band (D), Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city (midnight gig, free admission)
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Finn's Pub, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m.
Funeral of Tom Paley at Golders Green crematorium, north London, 3.00 p.m., followed by session at Cecil Sharp House (5.00-8.00 p.m.)

Wed. 25th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Munich String Band (D), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Thomas Connolly Bar, Sligo town, 9.30 p.m.

Thurs. 26th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Munich String Band (D), Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, details TBA
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Bridge St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.

Fri. 27th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Sligo Live (Hawk's Well Theatre), Sligo town
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Leafy Greens Cafe, James St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.30 p.m. (ticketed event with very small capacity; more info at the venue)
Two Time Polka, Hamlets Bar, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 6.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Fri. 27th-Mon. 30th: Balla Bluegrass Festival, Mannion's and The Olde Woods, Balla, Co. Mayo: Munich String Band (D), Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (USA), Woodbine, Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, more TBA

Sat. 28th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin; doors 8.00 p.m., sh0w 8.30; €16/€13 (in advance), €18/€15 (at door)
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down
Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 4.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Sun. 29th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town
The Henry Girls, Achill Harp Festival, Co. Mayo
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 4.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 4.30 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209; Briar Rose Bar, Douglas Rd, Cork, 10 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4291686.

Mon. 30th: Two Time Polka, Briar Rose Bar, Douglas Rd, Cork, 6.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 429168


NOVEMBER 2017

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Rockies GAA Club, Blackrock, Cork
Michael Miles (USA), concert, Paddy Burke's, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway; doors open 8.15 p.m., support by Brian McGrath (tenor banjo)

Sun. 5th: George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2

Mon. 6th: George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
Michael Miles (USA), concert, details TBA

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 8th: Michael Miles (USA), 'From Senegal to Seeger', Athy Community Arts Centre, Co. Kildare

Fri. 10th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 11th: The Henry Girls, Allingham Arts Festival, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Michael Miles (USA), Al Ras Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, Barcelona

Sun. 12th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Mon. 13th: The Paperboys (CAN), Black Box, 18-22 Hill St., Belfast; (028) 90 24 44 00

Tues. 14th: The Paperboys (CAN), Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down

Wed. 15th: The Paperboys (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, 10 Raheen Rd, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music); 052 6122140

Tues. 21st-Sat. 16th Dec.: 9th Bluegrass Jamboree: festival of bluegrass & Americana music, 24 venues in Germany and Austria (Facebook)

Sat. 25th: Rhiannon Giddens (USA), Vicar Street, 59 Thomas St., Dublin
Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 26th: Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), Coughlan's, 7 Douglas St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 27th: Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
I Draw Slow, the Cinema, Main St., Naas, Co. Kildare (in aid of Naas Food Bank)

DECEMBER 2017

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Niall Toner presents a new series of 'Roots Freeway' on RTE 1, 11.00 p.m.

Tues. 5th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 8th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m. (CANCELLED because of weather conditions)

Sun. 10th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down

Sun. 17th: I Draw Slow, the Grand Social, Dublin 1; doors 8.00 p.m., show 8.30; €15.00

Mon. 18th: Special jam session at McNeill's, Capel St., Dublin: US guests Julie Chiles (fiddle), Zeb Gambill (mandolin, guitar)

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Alfie Trebble Band (Americana), Michael Lawlor (folk), Tom Horan (Americana), Vicky Sargeant (contemporary), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Greenshine with Sean Ryan, guests Brendan Begley, Colm Murphy, Alec Finn, at Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 9.00 p.m.; 'phone or text 087 2238040 for reservations
'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), St Mary's Church of Ireland, Tipperary town​, 7.30 p.m., in concert with local trad and jazz group The Badgers; free concert, with collection in support of Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre Tipperary Town

Fri. 29th: Two Time Polka, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 30th: Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Start 10.00 p.m.; adm. free; tel. 021 4772209
'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), Villierstown Church Hall, Villierstown, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, 7.30 p.m., in concert with members of Comeraghs Comhaltas – Cuil na Smear; tickets €10, all proceeds to Villierstown Church Hall Restoration Fund

Sun. 31st: Two Time Polka, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Start 10.30 p.m.; adm. free; tel. 021 4871388


JANUARY 2018

Mon. 1st: Woodbine, Touhy's Bar, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.30 p.m.

​Tues. 2nd: 'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), ​Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 8.00 p.m., in concert with Niall Hughes (double bass), Paul Kelly (fiddle), Luke Coffey (drums), Hugh Taggart (guitar); free concert

Fri. 12th: Dorris Paul Warren died, 1978

Mon. 15th: Peter Van Kuykendall born, 1938

Thurs. 18th-Mon. 22nd: 19th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, details TBA (Facebook)

Thurs. 18th-Sun. 4th Feb.: Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland

Fri. 19th: Two Time Polka The Old House, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Sat. 20th: Two Time Polka McGregor's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Sun. 21st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Ó Gliasáin's Concert Room (new venue), Sixmilebridge, 3.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka O'Gliasáin's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 4.30 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Mon. 22nd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.
Tues. 23rd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Thurs. 25th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Rossmore Theatre, Rossmore, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 448 1086
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Aine Holland (contemporary), Aine Furey with N.C. Lawlor (contemporary folk), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 26th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 029 56239
Ballydehob, Co. Cork: Propane Brothers (UK), Levis's Corner House Bar, 10.00 p.m.; Hubert Murray Bluegrass Band (IRL), Rosie's Bar, 10.00 p.m. (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass')

Sat. 27th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), headline concert, Community Hall, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; Hubert Murray Bluegrass Band (IRL),, Levis's Corner House Bar, 10.00 p.m.; Propane Brothers (UK), Rosie's Bar, 10.00 p.m. (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass'); tel. 086 837 0518; e-mail
Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Two Time Polka, The Kasbah, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 11.00 p.m.; adm. free; 021 4871388 (part of Ballincollig Winter Music Festival)
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Roisin Dubh, Galway city

Sun. 28th: Levis's Corner House Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork: jam session, lunchtime (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass')
Martin Harley (UK) and Daniel Kimbro, the Printworks, Dublin Castle: 'Folk Gala' with Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer and I Draw Slow (part of Dublin Tradfest)
Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 414 8651
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Dolan’s, Limerick city

Mon. 29th: Hayseed Dixie (USA), Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St., Cork city

Tues. 30th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 085 850 2289
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Whelan’s, Wexford St., Dublin 2

Wed. 31st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22566
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Empire Music Hall, Belfast


FEBRUARY 2018

Thurs. 1st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Mannion's Pub, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 229 6018

Thurs. 1st-Sun. 4th: 44th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & 35th National Convention & Band Championship. Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN

Fri. 2nd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 0044 7736 837779

Sat. 3rd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Nesbitt Arms, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 690 0714

Sun. 4th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 977 8347

Thurs. 8th-Sun. 11th: FOAOTMAD old-time music festival, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England (tickets available to general public from 1 Jan. 2018)

Fri. 9th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 16th: Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (USA), The American Bar, 65 Dock St., Belfast
Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Ballinderreen Community Centre, Co. Galway, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 16th-Sun. 18th: First Annual Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering, Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare (Facebook)

Sat. 17th: Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (between Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, and Birr), 9.00 p.m.
Chris Luquette and the Old American Folk Trio (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. (doors open 8.00); tickets €16 / €13 (advance booking), €18 / €15 (door)

Sun. 18th: Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Coughlan's, Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 22nd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 24th: 'Banjo 11/ The Banjo Event of the Year', Eagle Music Shop, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, England: Greg, Janet, and Jamie Deering, Kruger Brothers, Pat Kelleher, Bill Forster, many others

Mon. 26th: Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones (USA), old-time workshops, concert, and jam in Sin E, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 6.30 p.m., details here; contact Derek Copley, 087 2726007 or e-mail

Wed. 28th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

MARCH 2018

Thurs. 1st: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Matt Molloy's, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fri. 2nd: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
The Whileaways, Gateway Hotel, Swinford, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 4th: Eighth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St Maries of the Isle N.S., Bishop St., Cork city; details on Sacred Harp Singers of Cork website

Sat. 3rd: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin [POSTPONED]
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4

Sun. 4th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork [CANCELLED because of inclement weather]
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), Enler Delta Blues Club, Newtownards, Co. Down

Mon. 5th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
I Draw Slow, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m., €15 (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)
Sydney 'Syd' Nathan died, 1968

Tues. 6th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Sixmilebridge Folk Club, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare
Don Stover born, 1928

Wed. 7th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Clayton Hotel, Belfast (part of Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival)

Wed. 7th-Sun. 11th: 14th Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Convention, Belfast

Thurs. 8th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Fri. 9th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Empire Bar, 42 Botanic Ave., Belfast, 10.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 10th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary)

Thurs. 15th: The Whileaways, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Fri. 16th: The Whileaways, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Sat. 17th: Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town, 12.30 p.m., adm. free, 053 9122303; T. Morris, Monck St., Wexford town, 4.30 p.m., adm. free, 053 9124323

Sun. 18th: Woodbine, Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 22nd: The Whileaways, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Fri. 23rd: The Whileaways, Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Sat. 24th: The Whileaways, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Mon. 26th: Greenshine, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m., €12 (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)

Thurs. 29th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Liam Ora, Lucas Hennessy (Dave Hennessy & Lynda Lucas), and 'Bua', 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 30th: The Lowest Pair (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Two Time Polka, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m., adm. free
Woodbine, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois, 9.30 p.m.

Sat. 31st: The Lowest Pair (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin


APRIL 2018

Fri. 6th: East of Monroe (USA), private engagement

Sat. 7th: East of Monroe (USA), Moy River B&B, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo, 8.00 p.m. (tickets 071 9121902)
Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 045 4458

Sun. 8th: East of Monroe (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Muintir na Tire Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 691 3980

Mon. 9th: Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Village Arts Centre, The Square, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Tues. 10th: Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), O Gliasain's Pub Concert Room, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 086 846 4509

Thurs. 12th: East of Monroe (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 13th: East of Monroe (USA), St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th: East of Monroe (USA), Blackrock National Hurling Club ('The Rockies'), Cork city

Mon. 16th: Musical tribute to Larry Roddy, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2: I Draw Slow, Mick Hanly, Kevin Conneff, Paul Kelly, Frankie Lane, John Murphy, Niall Toner, John Spillane, Roy Thompson, Clive Barnes, Niamh Parsons, Caoimhe Hogarty; €15 (all proceeds to Dublin Simon Community)

Thurs. 19th: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Marrowbone Bookstore, Dublin, 7.00 p.m.; Sin E (downstairs), Ormond Quay, Dublin, 9.30 p.m.

Fri. 20th: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Sat. 21st: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Shoot the Crows, Sligo town, 6.00 p.m.; The Strand Bar, Strandhill, Co. Sligo, 10.00 p.m.
Mules & Men, Horseman's Inn, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Sun. 22nd: Mules & Men, Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Runah (contemporary), Pat McSweeney (Americana), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 26th-Sun. 29th: 31st MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC

Sat. 28th: Launch party for 12th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo: Rosa Kinsella, Mules & Men, 9.30 p.m., adm. free


MAY 2018

Thurs. 3rd: Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs (USA/CZ), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; 087 792 1771

Fri. 4th: Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs (USA/CZ), Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m.; 087 977 8347

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: 5th Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Weekend, Co. Kerry: Mules & Men, Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs (USA/CZ), more

Fri. 4th-Mon. 7th: 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city

Fri. 4th-Mon. 7th: Crossover Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, Cheshire, England: Molly Tuttle (USA), many more

Sun. 6th May: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), JJ Harlow's, The Square, Roscommon town

Mon. 7th: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), Cleere's Bar & Theatre, Kilkenny city (part of 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival) [SOLD OUT]

Tues. 8th: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
Benjamin Edward 'Benny' Martin born, 1928

Wed. 9th: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA), Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 10th-Sat. 12th: European Bluegrass Festival Voorthuizen, NL; organised by Bluegrass Voorthuizen, details TBA

Thurs. 10th-Sun. 13th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; details TBA

Fri. 11th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan), Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 8.00 p.m. (part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival)
Brittany & Natalie Haas (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin; doors 8.00 p.m., €13 / €10 (advance), €15 / €12 (on the door)

Fri. 11th-Sat. 12th: 16th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Sat. 12th: I'm With Her (USA), Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 12th-Sun. 13th: Bluegrass Weekend, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois: Prairie Jaywalkers (Sat., 9.00 p.m.); Woodbine (Sun., 9.00 p.m.); 'Early Bird' pickin' session, Sun. afternoon

Sun. 13th: Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.

Tues. 15th: Woody Pines (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 16th: Woody Pines (USA), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Thurs. 17th: Woody Pines (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Dorris Paul Warren born, 1918

Fri. 18th: Woody Pines (USA), Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Fri. 18th-Sun. 20th: 'Albion to Appalachia' residential weekend commemorating Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles song-collecting in Appalachia, 1918; Halsway Manor, Somerset, England

Sat. 19th: World Fiddle Day
Woody Pines (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 19th-Sat. 26th: Old Time Music Week, La Fuente, Andalusia, southern Spain

Fri. 25th: Alec Somerville, Dalbeattie Acoustic Club, Maxwell Arms, Dalbeattie, Scotland, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 31st: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Mick Brady & Chris Burke, Mick McNally, Lucas & Hennessy, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free


JUNE 2018

Fri. 1st: Two Time Polka, the Harley Tent, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry, 10.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Ireland BikeFest 2018)

Sat. 2nd: Two Time Polka, Holohan's Bar, Slaney Place, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, 10.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Strawberry Roots Festival)

Sun. 3rd: Two Time Polka, main stage (open air), Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 7.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Strings & Things Festival)
Two Time Polka, Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, 11.30 p.m., adm. free (part of Enniscorthy Roots Festival)

Wed. 6th: The Small Glories (CAN), Colfer's Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Thurs. 7th: Hot Rock Pilgrims, Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Gold Heart Sisters (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
The Small Glories (CAN), Coughlan's Bar, Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 8th: Two Time Polka, Lighthouse Bar, Allihies, Co. Cork, 10.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Michael Dwyer Festival)
Hot Rock Pilgrims, Cobblers Bar, Westport, Co. Mayo, doors 9.30 p.m. (part of Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival)
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
The Small Glories (CAN), Cleere's Bar & Theatre, 28 Parliament St., Kilkenny city, 9.30 p.m., €15

Fri. 8th-Sun.10th: 12th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: Gold Heart Sisters (USA), Buffalo Gals (UK),  G–runs ‘n’ Roses (CZ), Thunderbridge Bluegrass (UK), Hot Rock Pilgrims (UK), Brendan Butler Trio, The Big Muddy, more

Sat. 9th: Hot Rock Pilgrims, Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Co. Mayo (part of Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival)
The Small Glories (CAN), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary)

Sun. 10th: Hot Rock Pilgrims, Spells Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, doors 8.00 p.m.
The Small Glories (CAN), Monroe's Tavern, Galway city, 8.30 p.m.

Mon. 11th: Gold Heart Sisters (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Tues. 12th: Hot Rock Pilgrims, Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.

Wed. 13th: Mules & Men launch debut single 'Procrastination blues', American Bar, Belfast, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 14th: Two Time Polka, Kennedy’s Bar, Sendlinger-Tor-Platz 11, 80336 Munich, Germany, 10.00 p.m., adm. free
Hot Rock Pilgrims, The Secret Garden, Galway city, doors 7.00 p.m.

Fri. 15th: Two Time Polka, Kilians Bar, Frauenplatz 11, 80331 Munich, Germany, 9.00 p.m., adm. free
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), American Bar, Belfast
Hot Rock Pilgrims, Levis's Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Fri. 15th-Sat. 16th: 46th Banjo Jamboree, Čáslav, Czech Republic (oldest bluegrass festival in Europe)

Sat. 16th: Two Time Polka, main stage (open air), Rindermarkt, 80331 Munich, Germany, 9.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Irish Bayrisch Festival)
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Leo's Tavern, Meenaleck, Co. Donegal
Hot Rock Pilgrims, Strand Bar, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, 10.00 p.m.

Sun. 17th: Two Time Polka, main stage (open air), Rindermarkt, 80331 Munich, Germany, 3.00-5.00 p.m., adm. free (part of Irish Bayrisch Festival)
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), house concert, Derry
Hot Rock Pilgrims, Blue Light, Sandyford, Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 19th: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Finn's Bar, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

Wed. 20th: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Bridge St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Thurs. 21st: Edward Windsor 'Eddie' Adcock born, 1938
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Fri. 22nd: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Levis', Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: 2nd BAND Festival, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; Mules & Men, Two Time Polka, Erdini, Hillbilly Rednecks, Wookalily, Rye River Band, The Burying Ground, more

Sat. 23rd: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), house concert, Westport, Co. Mayo

Sun. 24th: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Elga Fox, Gillian Tuite, Blue Light Smugglers, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 30th: Rye River Band, Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St. Lower, Dublin 8, 10.00 p.m.


JULY 2018

Tues. 3rd: Chris Jones, Sally Jones, and Joanna Jones (USA/CAN), Mallow Library, Thomas Davis St., Mallow, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m., tel. 087 792 1771; house concert, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m. (places limited), tel. 087 792 1771; support at house concert by Pat Horgan of Dizzy Blues Band

Thurs. 5th: Mitchell Franklin 'Mitch' Jayne (the Dillards) born, 1928
Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast; £5.00; doors 8.30 p.m., show 9.00

Fri. 6th: James Wallace Lewis (Lewis Family) born, 1928
Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Moy River Folk Club house concert, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo; bookings 071 9121902; €20 (includes complimentary beer/wine and supper!)
Two Time Polka, Oliver Plunkett Bar, Cork city, upstairs, 10.00 p.m. Adm. free; 021 4222779

Sat. 7th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Mullarkeys, Clifden, Co. Galway

Sun. 8th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry; 8.00 p.m.; €15 / €12; prebooking essential, 066 9478956/ admin@techamergin.com
Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.

Sun. 8th-Wed. 18th: First leg of tour by California Feetwarmers (USA: ragtime, '20s jazz, swing)

Mon. 9th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, The Record Break, Lower Market St. Carpark, Ennis, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m.; +353 65 670 6817; €15
McLain Family Band (USA), Dungarvan Singers Club, Merry's Bar and Restaurant (upstairs), Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 064 0542

Tues. 10th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, private party, Westport, Co. Mayo
Béla Fleck born, 1958
McLain Family Band (USA), Steamboat Music, 4 Steamboat Quay, Limerick city, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 165 2278

Wed. 11th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Roots Room, Kennedy's Bourbon Bar, Sligo town, 8.00-11.00 p.m.; +353 87 274 5389
McLain Family Band (USA), Spells Bar, Pound St., Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 191 4355

Thurs. 12th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Sessions in the House, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry; recording session
McLain Family Band (USA), Clew Bay Hotel, James St., Westport, Co Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 757 0958

Fri. 13th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; 8.30 p.m., +44 7747 120659
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 13th-Sat. 14th: Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, Athy, Co. Kildare; Friday night: Evan & Amy Lyons (Tipperary), Prairie Jaywalkers (Cork), Woodbine (Athy); Saturday: Pat Kelleher (Cork) with Joe Zejac (USA), Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry (Belfast), Clem O'Brien Unit (Athy)

Sat. 14th: Rye River Band, Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St. Lower, Dublin 8, 10.00 p.m.
McLain Family Band (USA), The Merry Monk, Killala Rd, Kilmoremoy, Ballina, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 255 7188

Sun. 15th: 'Songwriters in the Round', DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2: Gary Gene Ferguson (USA), Mary Greene, Roy Thompson, and Hank Wedel; 087 682 5306
McLain Family Band (USA), Church of Ireland, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m., tel. 086 302 7976

Mon. 16th: McLain Family Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m., tel. 087 792 1771
Launch of Kevin Martin's A happy type of sadness: a journey through Irish country music (Mercier Press), Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.; all welcome

Tues. 17th: McLain Family Band (USA), O Gliasan's Pub (concert room), Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m., tel. 086 846 4509 (Sixmilebridge Folk Club Presentation)
California Feetwarmers (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 18th: McLain Family Band (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m., tel. 068 22566
California Feetwarmers (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 19th: McLain Family Band (USA), Market House, Miltown Malbay, Co .Clare, 9.00 p.m., tel. 087 688 1650
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; outdoors or in the Old Schoolhouse. Tel. 087 414 8651

Fri. 20th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Mannion's Pub, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m., tel. 087 229 6018

Fri. 20th-Sun. 22nd: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), McLain Family Band (USA), Mules & Men

Sun. 22nd: Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town, open air, 3.30 p.m. Adm. free; 053 9122303

Wed. 25th: Raymond McLain, the Price Sisters, and students from Kentucky Center for Traditional Music: free concert, The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, 2.00 p.m.; admission by advance booking only

Thurs. 26th: Raymond McLain, the Price Sisters, and students from Kentucky Center for Traditional Music: free concert, The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, 7.00 p.m.; admission by advance booking only

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Susan Mary Ward, Future Fears, Aine Holland, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Rapidgrass (USA), TBA

Thurs. 26th-Sun. 29th: Second leg of tour by California Feetwarmers (USA: ragtime, '20s jazz, swing)

Fri. 27th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass & Folk Cross-Community Festival, Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim: Mules & Men, Prairie Jaywalkers, 7.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Skibbereen Arts Festival: Bridge St., Skibbereen, Co. Cork, open air, 9.30 p.m. Adm. free.
Rapidgrass (USA), TBA

Fri. 27th-Sat. 28th: International Beer & Bluegrass Festival, Poole, Dorset, England

Sat. 28th: Rye River Band, Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St. Lower, Dublin 8, 10.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Mallow Arts Festival: Ocanas Bar, Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork, 10.00 p.m. Adm. free; 02258263
Rapidgrass (USA), TBA

Sun. 29th: Raymond McLain, Price Sisters, Woodsheep (USA): Summer Choral Concert at Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery, 121-2 James St., Dublin, 5.30 p.m.; free but ticketed
Two Time Polka, Phil Murphy Weekend: Colfer's Bar, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 3.30 p.m. Adm. TBC; 051 561159
Rapidgrass (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Mon. 30th-Fri. 3rd Aug.: Bluegrass fiddle and mandolin workshops by Heidi Carson-Hair (O'Connor Method approved teacher), White Park Bay Bothy, Co. Antrim, 4.00-5.30 daily; £60 for the week, £15 per session; for info phone 07739026811


AUGUST 2018

Wed. 1st-Sun. 5th: 13th La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France: lineup includes Molly Tuttle, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Rapidgrass (USA), Red Wine (I), I Draw Slow, Pine Marten (IRL)

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 5th: Whelan's Trad & Folk Festival 2018, Wexford St., Dublin 2; I Draw Slow (Sat.), many others

Sat. 4th: Phantompickers, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, 2.00-3.30 p.m. (part of CoCo Markets Summer of Music)
Rye River Band, Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St. Lower, Dublin 8, 10.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Bailey's, New St., Waterford city; open air, 4.30-6.00 p.m., adm. free; Tully's Bar, O'Connell St., Waterford city, 11.30 p.m., adm. free; 051 301639 (part of Spraoi Festival)

Sun. 5th: Two Time Polka, The Three Shippes, William St., Waterford city, 10.30 p.m., adm. free; 051 843178 (part of Spraoi Festival)

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

Fri. 10th: Two Time Polka, Mitchell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; open air, 2.00-2.45 p.m., adm. free; Moran's Bar, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 052 6122294 (part of Clonmel Busking Festival)

Fri. 10th-Sat. 11th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), Limavady, Co. Londonderry (part of Stendhal Festival)

Sat. 11th: Two Time Polka, Charlemont Arms Hotel, Upper English St., Armagh city, 10.00 p.m., adm. free; 0044 283752 2028 (part of 7 Hills Blues Festival)

Sun. 12th: Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Armagh City Hotel, Friary St., Armagh city, 9.00 p.m., adm. free; 0044 283751 8888 (part of 7 Hills Blues Festival)

Wed. 15th: Benjamin 'Ben' Eldridge born (Seldom Scene), 1938
'Mean Mary' James (USA), Bridge St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Thurs. 16th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin
Pat Burgess, Paddy Faughnan, Joe Thoma, Crowley’s Bar, Henry St., Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Fri. 17th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), Crusoe's Coffee Shop, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 17th-Sun. 19th: Dublin Blues, Roots & Brass Festival, Whelan's. Wexford St., Dublin 2; Mules & Men, many others

Sat. 18th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city

Sun. 19th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Thurs. 23rd: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Demolition String Band (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Thurs. 23rd-Sun. 26th: 24th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters (USA), the Brothers Parker (USA), Whiskey Deaf (4-piece) (USA), Demolition String Band (USA) (Sat., Sun.), Woodbine, Pilgrim St, Mons Wheeler Big Band, Backyard Band, Custer's Last Band (Paul Nolan), Bert & Henry (UK), Kiss My Grass, Charlie Reader, Vickers Vimy, Whistle

Fri. 24th: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Demolition String Band (USA), Moy River B&B, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Sat. 25th: Cork All-Day Sacred Harp Singing, St Fin Barre's Cathedral Hall, Dean St., Cork city, 10.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. (singing from the Shenandoah Harmony on Sun. 26th, see Sacred Harp Singers of Cork website)

Sun. 26th: Two Time Polka, Haven Hotel, Dock Rd., Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, 6.00 p.m., adm. free; 051 383150

Mon. 27th: Demolition String Band (USA), The Sky and the Ground, 112 South Main St., Wexford town, 8.00 p.m.
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Tues. 28th: Demolition String Band (USA), Finn's Bar, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

Wed. 29th: Demolition String Band (USA), Bridge Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Merry's Bar and Restaurant (upstairs), Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 064 0542

Thurs. 30th: Demolition String Band (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo
Whiskey Deaf duet (USA), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Fleming's Bar, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 781 4781
Marisa Anderson (USA), Black Box, Belfast; doors 7.45 p.m.; $14/ £10 (presented by Moving On Music)

Fri. 31st: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Spailpin Fanach Bar (upstairs), 29 South Main St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Fri. 31st-Sun. 2nd Sept.: 27th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; Darin & Brooke Aldridge (USA), Mike Compton & Joe Newberry (USA), the Demolition String Band (USA), Whiskey Deaf (USA), Fellow Pynins (USA), the Allen Family Reunion (CAN), Old Salt Collective (BE), Midnight Skyracer (UK), Old Baby Mackerel (UK), Geordie McAdam, the Henrys (Colin, Janet, and James), Two Time Polka, Broken String Band, Northern Exposure, Bluegrass Festival Choir


SEPTEMBER 2018

Sat. 1st: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), E.J. Morrissey's Pub, Dublin St., Carlow town, Co. Carlow, 10.00 p.m.; tel. 086 257 6343

Sat. 1st-Sun. 2nd: Second and third days of 27th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Sun. 2nd: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Mon. 3rd: Whiskey Deaf duet (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Steamboat Music Shop, Steamboat Quay, Limerick city, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 165 2278

Tues. 4th: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 085 850 2289

Fri. 7th: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), The Merry Monk Bar and Restaurant, Kilalla Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 255 7188

Wed. 5th: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), St John's Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22 566

Fri. 7th-Sun. 9th: Sweet Sunny South Old Time American Music Festival, Music at the Buildings, Ashington, West Sussex, England

Sat. 8th: Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), The Beehive Bar, Main St., Ardara, Co. Donegal, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 690 0714

Sun. 9th: Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.
Brothers Parker Bluegrass Band (USA), Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 229 6018
Gwenifer Raymond, Whelan's (upstairs), Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 11th: Vickers Vimy, Acoustic Yard Sessions, Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Sat. 15th: Landless (four-part harmony; supported by Eilís Lavelle, harp), Upper Gallery, the MAC, Belfast; doors open 9.00 p.m.; £12/ £8 (book online)

Sun. 16th: Woodbine, Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m. [CANCELLED]
Pilgrim St, Theatre Royal, Waterford city

Wed. 19th: Lawrence Carlton Haney born, 1928

Wed. 19th-Sat. 22nd: 44th Annual Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA

Thurs. 20th: Midnight Run (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 093 354 54

Fri. 21st: Sacred Harp Dublin, Friary Centre, Cook St., Dublin 7, 7.00-9.00 p.m. (part of Culture Night 2018)
Midnight Run (USA), O Gliasain's Pub, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m.; admission free (part of Culture Night 2018); concert preceded by talk with music on Irish connections and influence on bluegrass; 086 846 4509

Sat. 22nd: Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Midnight Run (USA), Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; 051 391 656
Old Hannah, St John the Baptist Cathedral, John St., Cashel, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m., €14 (part of Cashel Arts Festival)

Sun. 23rd: Pilgrim St, Black Box, Belfast
Midnight Run (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; 029 56 239, 087 792 1771

Mon. 24th: Midnight Run (USA), Merry's Bar and Restaurant, Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; 087 064 0542

Tues. 25th: Midnight Run (USA), St John's Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; 068 22 566

Tues. 25th-Sat. 29th: IBMA's World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC

Wed. 26th: Midnight Run (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 27th: Midnight Run (USA), Lissan House, Drumgrass Rd, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.; 02886 763 312 or Eventbrite online.
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Emma Butler (contemporary), Enda O'Connor (folk-rock), Ben Prevo (blues guitar), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 28th-Sun. 30th: 10th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland; Midnight Run (USA), many others


OCTOBER 2018

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

Sun. 14th: Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 18th-Sat. 20th: Opening of new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in Owensboro, KY

Sat. 20th: Pilgrim St, Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. Sligo

Tues. 23rd: Maybelle Addington Carter died, 1978

Fri. 26th-Mon. 29th: 10th Balla Bluegrass Festival, Balla, Co. Mayo; details TBA

Sat. 27th: Alison Krauss (USA) at 3Arena, Dublin, with Counting Crows; doors 5.30 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Pilgrim St, Balor Arts Theatre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal


NOVEMBER 2018

Tues. 6th: Belfast Bluegrass Session, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 15th: This Is How We Fly (IRL/USA/SE), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

Mon. 19th: Punch Brothers (USA), National Concert Hall, Dublin; 8.00 p.m., €30, €27.50, €25

Fri. 23rd: Pilgrim St, Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Sat. 24th: Sacred Harp Dublin celebrate Isaac Watts Day; singing 14.00-17.30, Robert Emmet Community Development Centre, Usher St., Dublin 8; all welcome, no experience necessary, loaner books available
Pilgrim St, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co. Kerry


DECEMBER 2018

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

Sun. 9th: Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, An Bhun Abhainn, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 6.00-8.00 p.m.

Sat. 15th: Pilgrim St, Tara Na Ri, Navan, Co. Meath

Wed. 26th: Travis Lewis (Lewis Family) born, 1958

Sun. 30th: Michael Dennis 'Mike' Auldridge born, 1938


JANUARY 2019

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

Thurs. 17th-Mon. 11th Feb.: Special Consensus (USA) tour of Ireland and Britain; details TBA

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

Thurs. 24th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Fri. 25th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny city

Sat. 26th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), TBC

Sun. 27th: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (USA), Out To Lunch show, Black Box, Belfast

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

Thurs. 31st: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Derry city (venue TBC)


FEBRUARY 2019

Fri. 1st: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Sat. 2nd: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Portico, Portaferry, Co. Down

Sun. 3rd: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast

Tues. 5th: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 6th: Lonesome Ace Stringband (CAN), Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny city


MAY 2019

Fri. 3rd: Pete Seeger born, 1919

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

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