26 February 2006

Calendar 2017

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. UKBluegrass.com used to have a special festival directory with a map, but this is now unfortunately defunct. A select list of over sixty 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 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
The Critters, LV bar, MacCurtain St., Cork city
The 'Drunkard's Hiccups' session, Old Time Music Dublin, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, from 8.00 p.m.
Blue Light Smugglers, Blue Light Pub, Barnacullia, Co. Dublin, 9.30 p.m.

Tuesday: Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session, Sin E bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 9.00 p.m.

Wednesday: Bluegrass & old-time gig/session, Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210

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 shape-note singing sessions, Camden Palace, Camden Quay, Cork city, 7.00-9.00 p.m.; all welcome
Banjaxed Bluegrass Band, Curragower bar and restaurant, Clancy Strand, Limerick city
Royal Roots session, Beggy's bar, Bridge St., Navan, Co. Meath; bluegrass, old-time country, American folk, Cajun, and gospel; from 9.30 p.m., all musicians welcome
Broken String Band, The Dirty Onion, 3 Hill St., Belfast BT1 2LA
Clew Bay Critters, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 10.00 p.m.

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
'Lush Friday Roots Roustabout session': Noriana Kennedy, Mark McConville (guitar, vocals), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass)/Tom Portman (Dobro) or Liz Coleman (fiddle), McGinns, Dock Rd, Galway; 10.00 p.m. (check in case of conflicting gig)
Sacred Harp singing session, 80 Cook St., Dublin 8; 7.00-9.00 p.m.; admission free, all welcome; ring 0872355978
Wookalily (with opening acts), John Hewitt Bar, Belfast, 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free
Oldtown Rounders, An Púcán, Forster St., Galway city, 6.00-9.00 p.m.
Ox Mountain Session (old-time music) McGarrigles, O'Connell St., Sligo, 5.30-8.00 p.m.; all welcome

Saturday: Old-time music session [now established for many years and still going!]: Bill Whelan, Ben Keogh, & friends, the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 4.30-7.00 p.m.
Count Me In, Ellie May's, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, 3.00-6.00 p.m.

Sunday: Well Enough Alone, the 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
Americana session, Brady's, Barrack St., Cork city
'Roots, Blues, Honkytonk Sunday Session': Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell (guitar, vocals), Kelvin Busher (double bass), Salthouse, Ravens Terrace, Galway; 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Erdini, the Chasing Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Breadwinners, the Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4, from 6.00 p.m.


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


JANUARY 2017

Sun. 1st: Rackhouse Pilfer, Drury's, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo

Mon. 2nd: 45th anniversary of the death of Arthur Lee 'Red' Smiley

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

Sat. 7th: Wookalily, the Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 12th: The Special Consensus (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 13th: The Special Consensus (USA), Baker's Bar, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 7.30 p.m.
110th anniversary of the birth of Ezra Cline
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th: The Special Consensus (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 8.30 p.m.
The Henry Girls & Friends, Redcastle Hotel, Moville, Co. Donegal' doors 7.00 p.m., €10
Niall Toner Band, Milford Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow town, €20

Sun. 15th: The Special Consensus (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Mon. 16th: The Special Consensus (USA), The Anvil Inn, Portarlington, Co. Laois, 8.30 p.m.

Tues. 17th: The Special Consensus (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 18th: The Special Consensus (USA), Strand Bar Roots Room, Strandhill, Co. Sligo, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 19th: The Special Consensus (USA), Dicey Reilly's Pub & Off-Licence, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 19th-Mon. 23rd: 18th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, venues in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty, Co. Clare; The Special Consensus (USA; Sun.), Cup O’ Joe, full lineup here and on Facebook

Thurs. 19th-Sun. 5th Feb.: Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow, Scotland: Sarah Jarosz, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Southern Tenant Folk Union, the Mark O'Connor Band, Dirk Powell, and the Special Consensus, many more; brochure downloadable here

Fri. 20th: The Special Consensus (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.
Wookalily, Clubeo, Leo's Tavern, Crolly, Co. Donegal, 10.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Mill Bar, Frederick St., Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 10.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 21st: The Special Consensus (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.00 p.m.
The Whileaways, Duncairn Cultural Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Co. Antrim BT14 6BP
Two Time Polka, Bunratty Folk Park, Bunratty Castle: Haybarn, 1.00-1.45 p.m.; Castle Main Guard, 4.00-4.45 p.m.; adults €15, family €35
Two Time Polka, McGregor's Bar, Sixmilebridge, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 22nd: The Special Consensus (USA), Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 3.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, The Old House, Sixmilebridge, 3.00 p.m.; adm. free

Mon. 23rd: The Special Consensus (USA), Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 8.30 p.m.
80th anniversary of the birth of Polly Lewis

Tues. 24th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), the White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Wed. 25th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), St Werburgh's church, Dublin; doors 8.00 p.m., show 8.30; €19.99 (part of Temple Bar Tradfest)

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Factor One (singer/songwriters), Collette Donoghue (contemporary), Pat McSweeney (Americana), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Sarah Jarosz (USA), First Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Fri. 27th: Two Time Polka, Old School House, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, adm. €15 (€12 under 12s & over 60s); doors 7.30 p.m. Tel. 087 4148651

Sat. 28th: Two Time Polka, The Kasbah, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 11.00 p.m.; adm. free. Tel. 021 4871388 (part of White Horse Winter Music Festival)
Chatham County Line (USA), Whelan's, Dublin 2, €16.50; doors open 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 31st: The Special Consensus (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.


FEBRUARY 2017

Wed. 1st: Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
The Special Consensus (USA), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m., €17 (€15)

Thurs. 2nd: The Special Consensus (USA), the Errigle Inn, Belfast, 8.30 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Bangor Castle, Valentine Rd, Bangor, Co. Down
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 2nd-Sun. 5th: 43rd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & 34th National Convention & Band Championship, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN

Fri. 3rd: The Special Consensus (USA), Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), The Model, Sligo town
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), the Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co. Meath, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 19th: Bertram Levy in these islands (shows only in England)

Sat. 4th: The Special Consensus (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Roe Valley Arts Centre, 24 Main St., Limavady, Co. Londonderry
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Murphy's, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), the Old Courthouse, Antrim town. 7.30 p.m.

Sun. 5th: The Special Consensus (USA), Banteer Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Whelans, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Mon. 6th: The Special Consensus (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.

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

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

Fri. 10th-Sun. 12th: 23rd FOAOTMAD Old-Time Music Festival, Gainsborough, England; details here

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

Mon. 13th: 90th anniversary of the birth of James Monroe 'Jim' McReynolds

Wed. 15th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Ann Louise Certain Scruggs

Fri. 17th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroys, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Sat. 18th: Woodbine retirement party for Richard Hawkins, Athy GAA Centre, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town

Sun. 19th: Rackhouse Pilfer, John The Miners, Carrick, Co. Sligo

Mon. 20th: Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigles, Sligo town

Tues. 21st: 90th anniversary of the birth of Don Reno
Niall Toner Band, Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Thurs. 23rd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Shane & Paul Hennessy, HueGrass, JoJo O and the Woods (USA), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), McGregors Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 8464509 (The Bridge Complex fundraising concert)
Rackhouse Pilfer, Convention Centre, Dublin

Fri. 24th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Old Church Rooms, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 2749301
I Draw Slow, supported by Lisa Loughrey (The Mariannes), Old Dara Cinema, Main St. North, Naas, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m., €20; all profits to Naas Food Bank
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Weigh Inn, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Sat. 25th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Edmond Stanley
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Roots Concert Room (upstairs), Craineens Bar, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 085 2513986
Greenshine, Eileen's Tea Rooms, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelan's, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sun. 26th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Levi’s Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m. Box office: 028 37118
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Mon. 27th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m. Tel. 087 7921771 / 087 6492514
Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigles, Sligo town


MARCH 2017

Wed. 1st: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Bakers Bar, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 1702021

Wed. 1st-Sun. 5th: 13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival; Darrell Scott (USA), 2nd-3rd; many more

Thurs. 2nd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Rossmore Theatre, Rossmore, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 4481086

Fri. 3rd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 051 391656
Rackhouse Pilfer, Belfast Empire, Belfast
The Whileaways, Christ Church, Portumna, Co. Galway, 8.10 p.m.

Fri. 3rd-Sat. 4th: Tommy Jarrell Birthday Celebration, Historic Earle Theatre, 142 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, NC; 7.00-9.00 p.m. Fri., 1.30-3.00 p.m. Sat.; $11 or season pass

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 5th: 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St Maries of the Isle primary school, Bishop St., Cork city (associated events 2-3 and 6 Mar.)

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Firkin Crane Theatre, John Redmond St., Shandon, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.; support act Greenshine. Tel. 021 4507487
Darrell Scott (USA), Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, 8.00 p.m.; €25 /€22
Rackhouse Pilfer, Abbey Hotel, Donegal town

Sun. 5th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 4148651
Darrell Scott (USA), The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Mon. 6th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Douglas Flint 'Doug' Dillard

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

Wed. 8th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 1804870

Thurs. 9th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 22566
Darrell Scott (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Fri. 10th: Wookalily, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armaggh city, 7.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 01 8020898
The Henry Girls, album launch, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sat. 11th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 6900714

Sun. 12th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.30 p.m.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Mannions Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 2296018
Darrell Scott (USA), Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town

Mon. 13th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Mon. 13th-Wed. 15th: Darrell Scott (USA), Songwriting intensive workshop, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Wed. 15th: The Whileaways support the Saw Doctors, Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2

Thurs. 16th: The Whileaways support the Saw Doctors, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Fri. 17th: The Whileaways, Swords Castle, Co. Dublin, 4.00 p.m. (St Patrick's day celebration)
Two Time Polka, Mastersons Steakhouse, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. 7.00-9.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 01 8903855

Sat. 18th: Two Time Polka, the Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Start 10.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Sun. 19th: The Whileaways, The Gallery Sessions, Co. Galway

Tues. 21st: Chris Thile at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2; performance workshop at 3.00 p.m. (€10), concert at 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 25th: Two Time Polka, open air, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. 3.00-4.00 p.m. Adm. free (Opening of the Deise Greenway in Kilmacthomas)

Mon. 27th: The Whileaways, concert with NUIG Orchestra, NUIG, Galway

Tues. 28th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Roy Dean Webb (the Dillards)

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Maeve Toner (vocals/autoharp), Ciaran Moran (contemporary singer/ songwriter), Carpe Diem (Americana trio), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 31st: Rackhouse Pilfer, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, England



APRIL 2017

Sat. 1st: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Niall Toner Band, Crocanoir, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

Sun. 2nd: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, 3.00 p.m.; adm. free
Knotty Pine String Band, 'Both Sides Now': Crossmaglen Rangers GAC, Newry, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.

Mon. 3rd: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)

Tues. 4th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 5th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Wed. 5th-Sun. 9th: Ards International Guitar Festival, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down

Fri. 7th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Sat. 8th: Wookalily, Queen's Hall, Newtownards, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m. (part of Ards Guitar Festival)

Sun. 9th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

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

Sat. 22nd: The Henry Girls, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; €16 / €13 (advance), €18 / €15 (door)

Thurs. 27th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 28th: Wookalily, Shindig Voodoo Rooms, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Fri. 28th-Mon. 1st May: Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city

Sat. 29th: Woodbine, Clubhouse Hotel, Kilkenny city (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
The Henry Girls, Playhouse Theatre, Derry city: 1.30 p.m. matinee, £11/£8; evening (8.00 p.m.) £14/£11 (part of Boswell Tribute, City of Derry Jazz Festival)
JigJam, Inishbofin Arts Festival, Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway

Sun. 30th: Woodbine, Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny city (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)


MAY 2017

Middle Tennessee State University Arts production, 'Walking in sunlight: the life and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon', to tour Ireland; to book for school performances, contact Dr Virginia Donnell by e-mail

Mon. 1st: Foghorn Stringband (USA), Feile Na Bealtaine, Dingle, Co. Kerry 3.00 p.m., venue TBA
Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's Bar, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 6.30 p.m.

Tues. 2nd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 3rd-Sun. 7th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; Foghorn Stringband (USA), Nick Gareiss (USA), Allison de Groot (USA), Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Tim O'Brien (USA), many more

Sat. 6th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Wookalily, the Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down

Wed. 10th: April Verch Band (CAN), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 11th: April Verch Band (CAN), Bangor Castle, Bangor, Co. Down
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m. (Clonmel World Music)

Fri. 12th: April Verch Band (CAN), Old Courthouse Theatre, Antrim town
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Ballyboughal Hall, Ballyboughal, north Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m., €10
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome

Sat. 13th: April Verch Band (CAN), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
The Henry Girls, Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon town, 8.00 p.m.; €15

Sun. 14th: April Verch Band (CAN), Black Box, Belfast
Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Mon. 15th: April Verch Band (CAN), private event, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

Tues. 16th: 10th anniversary of the death of James Wallace Lewis
April Verch Band (CAN), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Wed. 17th: April Verch Band (CAN), The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: 15th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany (with Adiaha's Bluegrass Day of workshops on Sun.)

Sat. 20th: World Fiddle Day
The Henry Girls, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford town, 8.30 p.m.; €18

Thurs. 25th: The Henry Girls, Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin, 8.00 p.m.; €16/€14

Thurs. 25th-Sat. 27th: 20th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival, ‘t Trefpunt, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands

Fri. 26th: Wookalily, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 8.00 p.m.
The Henry Girls, Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, 7.30 p.m.; €25

Sat. 27th: Aoife O’Donovan, Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin 2; €19.25
The Henry Girls, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 8.30 p.m.; €18/€16

Wed. 31st: The Henry Girls, The Dock, St George's Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, 8.30 p.m.; €20/ €18


JUNE 2017

Early June: Burton, Jones, & Brownlie (GB) and Cardboard Fox (GB) in Ireland and bookable for shows

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Tues. 6th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 7th June: Basstree String Band (GB), Craigdarroch Hotel, Moniaive, Scotland

Thurs. 8th: Basstree String Band (GB), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Fri. 9th: Basstree String Band (GB), Jesters Bar, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fri. 9th-Sun. 11th: 11th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: The Horsenecks (UK/USA), Jock & Vera (UK), The Vanguards (UK), Cardboard Fox (UK), Jaywalkers (UK), Fox & Branch (USA), The Old Yellers (USA), The Original Five (Sweden), Greenshine (Ireland), Rye River Band (Ireland), Corner Boy (Ireland), Rocky Top String Band (Ireland), Tim Rogers (Ireland), Evan Lyons (Ireland), others TBC

Sat. 10th: Basstree String Band (GB), the Weigh Inn, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Sun. 11th: Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's Bar, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 6.30 p.m.

Fri. 16th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
The Whileaways, The Big Red Barn, Headford, Co. Galway (part of Headfest Festival)

Fri. 16th-Sat. 17th: Banjo Jamboree (oldest bluegrass festival in Europe), Čáslav, Czech Republic

Sat. 17th: 10th anniversary of the death of Larry Richardson

Sun. 18th: Wookalily, Mount Stewart, Co. Down (daytime); the Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down (evening)

Wed. 21st-Sat. 24th: ROMP (River Of Music Party), Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY (presented by the International Bluegrass Music Museum)

Fri. 23rd-Sun. 25th: First Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy (BAND) Festival: Niall Toner Band, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Woodbine, Shawn Jones, Erdini, Two Time Polka, more TBA


JULY 2017

Sat. 1st: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Sun. 2nd: 10th anniversary of the death of Ray Elwood Goins

Sun. 2nd-Sun. 9th: 40th Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA, USA

Tues. 4th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Bill Vernon

Tues. 4th-Sat. 8th: Home with the Henry Girls (part of Earagail Arts Festival)

Fri. 7th-Sat. 8th: 2nd Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare: Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, Evan & Amy Lyons (Fri.); Clem O'Brien, Watery Hill Boys (Sat.); Woodbine both nights

Sun. 9th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Mon. 10th: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.; €45, €39.50, €32.50

Fri. 14th-Sun. 16th: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Woodbine, others TBC

Fri. 28th-Sun. 30th: 2nd Bluegrass Camp Ireland (Facebook), Headfort School, Kells, Co. Meath; details TBA

Sun. 30th: Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Co. Laois; Woodbine


AUGUST 2017

Tues. 1st-Sun. 6th: Twelfth La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France

Sat. 5th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Wed. 9th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Larry Richardson, 1927

Thurs. 10th: 90th anniversary of the birth of James Henry 'Jimmy' Martin

Sun. 13th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Sat, 19th: 20th anniversary of the death of Ray 'Curly Ray' Cline

Thurs. 24th-Sun. 27th: 23rd Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: I Draw Slow, many more TBA

Sun. 27th: 80th anniversary of the birth of James Dee 'J.D.' Crowe


SEPTEMBER 2017

Fri. 1st-Sun. 3rd: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Glos. GL7 6BQ, England; details TBA

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Fri. 8th-Sun. 10th: Sweet Sunny South Festival (old-time), Hastings, England; details TBA

Fri. 8th-Sun. 24th: 3hattrio (USA) available for bookings: contact Brookfield Knights agency (UK)

Sun. 10th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

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

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

Thurs. 28th-Sun. 8th Oct.: Mala & FyrMoon (CH) in Ireland, available for bookings

Sat. 30th: Fifth Italian Bluegrass Meeting, Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona, Italy 2017


OCTOBER 2017

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

Sat. 7th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Sun. 8th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

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

Tues. 17th-Mon. 23rd: Front Country (USA) available for bookings in Ireland: contact Brookfield Knights agency

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

Fri. 20th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 21st: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Bunratty, Co. Clare

Sun. 22nd: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Belfast (venue TBC)

Mon. 23rd:

Tues. 24th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 25th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Thurs. 26th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Fri. 27th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Sligo Live (Hawkswell Theatre), Sligo town

Sat. 28th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

Sun. 29th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town
80th anniversary of the birth of Roland 'Sonny' Osborne


NOVEMBER 2017

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Thurs. 16th: 50th anniversary of the first recording of 'Rocky Top' (writers Felice and Boudleaux Bryant), by the Osborne Brothers


DECEMBER 2017

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Sat. 30th: 80th anniversary of the birth of John Cowan Hartford

Sun. 31st: 15th anniversary of the death of James Monroe 'Jim' McReynolds

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