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
The New Breadwinners, Chancery Inn, Ormond Quay, Dublin, 9.00 p.m.

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.
John Denby, Luke Coffey, & Lily Sheehan, 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

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

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 19th (TBC): Bertram Levy in these islands; details TBA

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

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

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

Tues. 21st: 90th anniversary of the birth of Don Reno

Thurs. 23rd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 25th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Edmond Stanley


MARCH 2017

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

Sat. 4th-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.)

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

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

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

Tues. 21st: Chris Thile at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 23rd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

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

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


APRIL 2017

Sun. 2nd: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

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

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 Pub, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00-9.00 p.m.

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

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


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

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; details TBA

Wed. 10th-Sun. 14th: April Verch Band (CAN) on tour in Ireland for Moving on Music, details TBA

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

Sun. 14th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

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.)

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.


JUNE 2017

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

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

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

Fri. 16th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome

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

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

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


JULY 2017

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

Thurs. 6th-Sun. 9th: 29th North Wales Bluegrass Festival, Conwy, north Wales

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

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


AUGUST 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


OCTOBER 2017

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

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

Fri. 20th-Sun. 29th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN) in Ireland; contact Brookfield Knights agency

Sun. 29th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Roland 'Sonny' Osborne


DECEMBER 2017

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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