26 February 2006

Calendar 2016-17

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

Bluegrass session for beginners, McLynn’s pub, Old Market St., Sligo, 9.30 p.m.
The 'Drunkard's Hiccups' session, Old Time Music Dublin, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, from 8.00 p.m. (note new earlier start)
Blue Light Smugglers, Blue Light Pub, Barnaculla, 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.

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 2016

Fri. 1st: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: Holiday Special with the Cabin Crew, Spats Davenport (voc, gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitz (dob), Aisling Davenport (voc), Cathy McEvoy (fid), Christian Volkmann (hca), Richard Hawkins (bjo), Enda O'Connor (cajon); special guests Michael Lawlor (folk), Lynda Lucas (Americana); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE

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

Thurs. 14th-Sun. 31st: Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow, Scotland: Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck, Rayna Gellert, Rhiannon Giddens, many more

Fri. 15th: Wookalily, the Limelight, Belfast

Sat. 16th: Niall Toner, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida

Sun. 17th: Tim O'Brien (USA) and Arty McGlynn, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town

Mon. 18th: Tim O'Brien (USA) and Arty McGlynn, Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway; support by the Whileaways, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 20th: Tim O'Brien (USA) and Arty McGlynn, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Thurs. 21st: Tim O'Brien (USA) and Arty McGlynn, Kenny's Bar, Lahinch, Co. Clare

Thurs. 21st-Mon. 25th: Shannonside Winter Music Festival (Facebook); 80 events at 20 venues in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty, Co. Clare; Brendan Walsh, 086 8464509: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Martin Gilmore with Nick Amodeo (USA), Rackhouse Pilfer, many more

Fri. 22nd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), live on Ray D'Arcy show, RTÉ Radio 1, between 3.00 and 4.30 p.m.

Mon. 25th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m., tel. 087 7921771; support act: Martin Gilmore & Nick Amodeo (USA)

Tues. 26th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Radio Special, live at 8.30 p.m.; tune in online
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane (CAN), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 27th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m., tel. 087 1804870; support act: Martin Gilmore & Nick Amodeo (USA)
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Main St., Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 28th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m., tel. 068 22566
Martin Gilmore and Nick Amodeo (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 9.30 p.m.; 087 9898560
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Tom Horan (country/folk) and We Went Down (contemporary); Con Butler features his own compositions; 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE
The Whileaways, St Werburgh's church, Dublin 8
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane (CAN), Monroe's Live, Dominick St., Galway city, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 29th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; box office 01 8020898; online booking
Martin Gilmore and Nick Amodeo (USA), O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m., with folk/old-time duo Gordon & Rosie; 087 6723156
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane (CAN), An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 30th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon; banjo instruction by Howard Walker
Wookalily, Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Pikers Lodge Hotel, Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, 9.00 p.m., tel. 086 2628567
Martin Gilmore and Nick Amodeo (USA), O'Neill's Bar, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m.; 087 8168692
Two Time Polka, White Horse Winter Music Festival, Ballincollig, Co. Cork; from 11.45 p.m., adm. free; 021 4871388
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane (CAN), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 31st: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m., tel. 087 6900714


FEBRUARY 2016

Mon. 1st: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; €15

Tues. 2nd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), the Main Guard, Sarsfield St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m., tel. 085 8502289 (Clonmel Folk Club presentation)
Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 3rd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Sunflower Pub, 65 Union St., Belfast; doors 8.00 p.m., tel. 07779 721643 (Belfast Bluegrass)
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Space Theatre, SERC, Bangor, Co. Down

Thurs. 4th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 9.00 p.m., tel. 051 561159
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Holywood Yacht Club, Holywood, Co. Down
The Whileaways, Matt Molloy's yard bar, Westport, Co. Mayo; doors 8.30 p.m., €10

Thurs. 4th-Sun. 7th: SPBGMA 42nd Anniversary Bluegrass Awards Show & 33rd Annual Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN

Fri. 5th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), the Brown Trout Inn, Aghadowey, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
The Whileaways, Kilkishen Cultural Centre, Kilkishen, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; bookings at 086 846 4509
Horsenecks (USA/GB), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 6th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), the Arcadia, East Strand, Portrush, Co. Antrim
Horsenecks (USA/GB), The Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 9.30 p.m.
2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 7th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), the Tap Room, Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Horsenecks (USA/GB), Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 7.30 p.m.

Mon. 8th: Horsenecks (USA/GB), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.

Tues. 9th: Horsenecks (USA/GB), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.

Wed. 10th: Horsenecks (USA/GB), Myles K. McCann's, 6 Bridge St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.

Thurs. 11th: The Whileaways, Coughlans Bar, 7 Douglas St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.
Cup O'Joe, Mahon's Hotel, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh (as part of 'An Evening of Music and Praise')
I Draw Slow, Whelans, Dublin 2, €15

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

Fri. 12th-Sun. 14th: FOAOTMAD Old-Time Music Festival, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England: Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Sunny Mountain Serenaders, Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness, the Horsenecks (USA); Old Roustabouts, Roger Jackson, Cath & Phil Tyler, Paul & Clare Sheridan (UK)

Sat. 13th: The Whileaways, Galway Youth Alliance Workshop, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 14th: Booking opens for concerts by Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley at Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival (Sat. 27th, Sun. 28th Aug.), €20 (bookable by e-mail)

Thurs. 18th: Greasy Coat Stringband, supporting The Black Feathers (GB), the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 19th: The Whileaways, The Tearoom Sessions, Brewery Lane Theatre & Arts Centre, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m.
Knotty Pine String Band with Drunken Lullabies in 'Both sides now', Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; 8.00 p.m., £12.00
Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroy's, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, 10.30 p.m.

Sat. 20th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelan's, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, 10.00 p.m.

Sun. 21st: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, St George's Market, Belfast, from 11.30 a.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, !0.30 p.m.

Thurs. 25th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Pat Killalea (guitar), Jo Jo O & the Woods (contemporary); Mary Hennesy (country/Americana); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE

Fri. 26th: The Whileaways, Cleeres, Kilkenny city, 8.30 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 7.30-9.30 p.m., €14/12
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Grand, Killarney, Co. Kerry, !0.30 p.m.

Fri. 26th-Sun. 28th: Sugarloaf Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Greystones, Co. Wicklow: New Breadwinners, Pine Marten (Fri. 9.00 p.m., €8); The Cujo Family (Sat., €10); Folk & Bluegrass Session (Sun. 4.00 p.m., free); HueGrass, Second Wind, Gabby Brady & Eileen McLane, Dublin Bluegrass Collective; 'Jumble Rock Sale' (Sat. 1.00-5.00 p.m.) for CDs, books, records, and magazines

Sat. 27th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon; banjo instruction by Howard Walker
Old Hannah, The Model, Sligo town, 8.00 p.m., €7.50
Rackhouse Pilfer, Campbell's, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 28th: Rackhouse Pilfer, TedFest, Inis Mor, Aran Islands, 10.00 p.m.

Mon. 29th: Deadline for applications to perform in IBMA World of Bluegrass showcase programme: details here


MARCH 2016

Tues. 1st: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 2nd: GorseFire and Cup O' Joe in 'Bluegrass Songwriters' concert, Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast (opening of 12th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Festival and Convention, 2-6 Mar.)

Fri. 4th: Brendan Taaffe, solo concert, Ship Gallery, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 7.30 p.m., £5
Rackhouse Pilfer, Monroes Live, Galway city

Sat. 5th: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free
Brendan Taaffe, singing workshop, Ship Gallery, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. £20. Contact Val by e-mail to register
Rackhouse Pilfer, Coach House, Ballymoate, Co. Sligo

Sat. 5th-Sun. 6th: 6th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St Marie's of the Isles primary school, Bishop St., Cork; registration 10.00 a.m., singing from 10.30 a.m. (singing school on Fri. 4th, 6.00-8.00 p.m.; other weekend events, see Sacred Harp Singers of Cork website)

Sun. 6th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Crockets on the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Wed. 9th: Woody Pines (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 10th: Woody Pines (USA), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 11th: Woody Pines (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Wookalily, Voodoo Belfast, 9-11 Fountain St., BT1 5EA Belfast (part of Women's Work Festival)
Pilgrim St, McGings, Westport, Co. Mayo
Blood Red Mountain Band, McPhail's, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 9.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 12th: Brendan Taaffe, singing workshop, Wisdom Centre, 25 Cork St., Dublin, 10.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m., €65 for the day. Contact Mary by e-mail to register
Woody Pines (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Pilgrim St, Keary's Bar, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Sun. 13th: Brendan Taaffe, singing workshop, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, 10.00 a.m.
Woody Pines (USA), Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletown Bearhaven, Co. Cork

Wed. 16th: Pilgrim St, Beggys, Navan, Co. Meath

Thurs. 17th: Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town, 3.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town; start 1.00 p.m., adm. free; tel. 053 9122303

Fri. 18th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroy's, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Sat. 19th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
Two Time Polka, Grand Parade, Cork (open-air); start 12.15-1.30 p.m., adm. free (part of Cork St Patrick's Festival)
Rackhouse Pilfer, John The Miners, Carrick

Sun. 20th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Mon. 21st: Locust Honey (USA), McCann's, Main St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Tues. 22nd: Locust Honey (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 23rd: Locust Honey (USA), Róisín Dubh, Lr Dominick St., Galway city

Thurs. 24th: Locust Honey (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
I Draw Slow, Coughlan's Live, Douglas St., Cork; SOLD OUT

Sat. 26th: Locust Honey (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Rackhouse Pilfer, Main St. Venue, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Broken String Band and Cup O' Joe, Brontë Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down

Sun. 27th: Locust Honey (USA), JJ Harlow's, Roscommon town
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town

Mon. 28th: Locust Honey (USA), the Greyhound, Kilkee, Co. Clare

Mon. 28th-Fri. 1 Apr.: Sore Fingers Week, Kingham Hill School, England

Tues. 29th: Locust Honey (USA), Sixmilebridge Folk Club, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

Thurs. 31st: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Shane Hennessy, Pat Burgess, and Kate Dineen


APRIL 2016

Sat. 2nd: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 3rd: I Draw Slow, Old Hannah, Lisa O'Neill, Mundy, plus others, the Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey St., Dublin 1, 8.00 p.m., €15

Tues. 5th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome
Tickets for IBMA's World of Bluegrass (27 Sept.-1 Oct.) go on sale

Fri. 8th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 15th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), album launch, Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 Upper English St., Armagh city, BT61 7LB, 8.00 p.m., £12
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Today Show, RTÉ One, 4.10 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroy's Bar, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, 10.30 p.m.

Sat. 16th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), The Meeting Place, Poyntzpass Community Centre, 16-18 Church St., Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh BT35 6SW, 8.00 p.m., £10
Cool Hand String Band, Myles K. McCann's Bar, 7 John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.30 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Weigh Inn Bar Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
The Whileaways, Caring 4 Cillian Fundraising Event, Gibbons's, Shrule, Co. Mayo
Wookalily, Belfast Underground Record Store Day; Game of Thrones Tour Winterfell Set, Strangford, Co. Down

Sun. 17th: Tennessee Hennessees, Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre, Belfast, 11.00 a.m.
Cool Hand String Band, Sallys Of Omagh, 33-35 John St., Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 10.30 p.m.

Mon. 18th: Mile Twelve (USA), The Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 8464509​​ (​a Sixmilebridge Folk Club Presentation)
'Mean Mary' James (USA), The Old Courthouse, 7 Main St., Markethill, Co. Armagh BT60 1PH, 8.00 p.m., £10

Tues​. 19th: Mile Twelve (USA), Radio Special Live, 8.30 p.m.; tune in at C103.ie

Wed. 20th: Mile Twelve (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22566​​

Thurs. 21st: Mile Twelve (USA), Colfer's Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 051 561159​​
Wookalily, Voodoo Belfast

Fri. 22nd: Mile Twelve (USA), Coast Guard Cultural Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; support act Gerry Madden and Friends (bluegrass); tel. 051 391656​​
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, The John Hewitt, Bridge St., Belfast, 9.00 p.m.

Sat. 23rd: Mile Twelve (USA), Tigh An Cheoil, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, ​9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 9898560​

Sun. 24th: Mile Twelve (USA), Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork, 2.00 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771
'Mean Mary' James (USA), Enler Delta Blues Club @ Comber Rec., Park Way, Comber, Belfast BT23 5, 07866687177; 8.00 p.m., £10
Old Drake - Traditional Stringband Music from Virginia: Back Room, the Cobblestone, 77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7; 8.00 p.m., €10
'Music Rising' concert, Stephens St. Car Park, Sligo town: Rackhouse Pilfer, many others

Mon. 25th: Mile Twelve (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771​
Old-time fiddle and mandolin workshops, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, 7.00 p.m. (followed by the regular weekly old-time jam from 8.00 p.m.); 087 2726007 for details

Tues. 26th: 'Mean Mary' James (USA), Royal Hotel, Coagh St., Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8NG, 8.00 p.m., £12

Wed. 27th: Mile Twelve (USA), The Market House, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 6881650​​

Thurs. 28th: Mile Twelve (USA), Nosh and Coffee, Unit 27, Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 2600684​​
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests

Thurs. 28th-Sun. 1st May: MerleFest, Wilkes, NC

Fri. 29th: Pilgrim St, The Glens Arts Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Woodbine, Clubhouse, Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)

Fri. 29th-Mon. 2 May: 3rd Mountain Roots Music Weekend, Cahirsiveen, Co. Kerry: Dizzy Blues Band, Two Time Polka, Mile Twelve (USA); tel. 087 1715949

Sat. 30th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon; banjo instruction by Howard Walker
Wookalily, Lord Mayor's Big City Picnic, Belfast, 3.20 p.m.
Woodbine, Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny city, 4.00 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)


MAY 2016

Sun. 1st: Landsend, Pumphouse, 4.00 p.m.; Breathnach's, 10.00 p.m.; Woodbine, Springhill Court, 10.00 p.m. (all part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Mile Twelve (USA), Mountain Roots Music Weekend, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry
John Denby, Luke Coffey, Lily Sheehan, Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4, 6.00 p.m.

Mon. 2nd: Cup O' Joe, Vegstock CQAF, Belfast, 1.00–1.45 p.m.; adults £4.00, under 12s £2.00
Mile Twelve (USA), Mannion's Bar, Main St., Balla, Co. Mayo, 7.30 p.m.; tel. 087 2296018​​
The Whileaways, O'Flaherty's, Dingle, Co. Kerry (part of Feile na Bealtaine)

Wed. 4th: ​​Mile Twelve (USA), Mallow Library​​​, Mallow, Co. Cork, 3.30 p.m.; ​tel. 087 7921771​
​​Mile Twelve (USA), O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m., with Gordon and Rosie (old-time/bluegrass); tel. 087 6723156​​

Thurs. 5th: Mile Twelve (USA), Mitchelstown Library, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, 11.00 a.m.
Mile Twelve (USA), Millstreet Library, ​​​​Millstreet, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771​​
Russell de Carle (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Thurs. 5th-Sun. 8th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; Dirk Powell, many more

Thurs. 5th-Sat. 7th: 19th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival, ‘t Trefpunt, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands: schedule and lineup

Fri. 6th: Mile Twelve (USA), Charleville Library, Charleville, Co. Cork, 11.00 a.m.
Mile Twelve (USA), Kanturk Library​​​, Kanturk, Co. Cork, ​3.00 p.m.​
Mile Twelve (USA), Thomas Fitzgerald Centre​​, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 3027976​​
Russell de Carle (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Rackhouse Pilfer, Monroes Live, Galway city

Sat. 7th: Mile Twelve (USA), Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade, Cork city, 1.00 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771​
Russell de Carle (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free
Pilgrim St, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford town

Sun. 8th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Thurs. 12th: Murder Murder (CAN), Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Fri. 13th: The Whileaways, Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m.
The Henry Girls, Whelan's Live, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.
Murder Murder (CAN), Whelan’s, Dublin 2

Fri. 13th-Sat. 14th: 14th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Sat. 14th: Murder Murder (CAN), JJ Harlow's, Roscommon town

Sun. 15th: Murder Murder (CAN), Brontë Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Grand, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Mon. 16th: Skip Gorman and Connie Dover (USA), supported by Woodbine, GAA Centre, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare, 9.00 p.m.; adm. €5, spot prizes on the night

Tues. 17th:
Tickets go on online sale for 10th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival

Wed. 18th: The Whileaways, The Roots Room, Strand Bar, Sligo town

Fri. 20th: Wookalily, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.
Official launch of 10th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival (10-12 June)

Sat. 21st: World Fiddle Day
Shawbrook Forest Festival, Co. Longford: Barn Dance Beech Party with Bianca Fachel, St Simeon & the Stylites, and Prison Love; gates open 6.00 p.m., music from 7.00 p.m.
Woodbine, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m., adm. free
Skip Gorman and Connie Dover (USA), Scartaglin Heritage Centre, Co. Kerry, 3.00 p.m.; recording by RTE, 7.30 p.m.

Sun. 22nd: Woodbine with Evan & Amy Lyons, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois, 5.00 p.m., adm. free

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests including Roni Stoneman (USA)
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Sunflower Folk Club, 65 Union St., Belfast

Fri. 27th: Auction night in aid of Cancer Research, the Purty Loft, Old Dunleary Rd, Monkstown, Co. Dublin: I Draw Slow, Eileen Gogan, Larkfield 4
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Empire, Belfast

Sat. 28th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon; banjo instruction by Howard Walker
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co, Tyrone
Rackhouse Pilfer, Frank Owens Bar, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

Sat. 28th-Sun. 29th: 4th Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway: Roni Stoneman (USA), in concert at Clarinbridge Parish Hall with Oldtown Rounders (Sat., 8.30 p.m.)

Sun. 29th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Nancy Blakes, Limerick city
Skip Gorman and Connie Dover (USA), The Gables, Carland, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m., adm. free

Tues. 31st: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), The Roots Room, Strand Bar, Strandhill, Co. Sligo


JUNE 2016

Thurs. 2nd: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Monroe’s Live, Dominick St., Galway city
Hubert Murray Band, the Square Box, Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 2nd-Mon. 6th: K-Fest, Killorglin, Co. Kerry; Oldtown Rounders (Sat. 4th), many others

Fri. 3rd: Roni Stoneman (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. [cancelled]
The Whileaways, Inisbofin Festival, Co. Galway
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Tutty’s Pub, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow
Rackhouse Pilfer, John The Miners, Carrick, Co. Donegal
Hubert Murray Band, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town
Wookalily, in BBC4 TV's 'UK's Best Part-Time Band', 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 5th: Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, Llangollen Pavilion, North Wales LL20 8SW: Sunny Side (CZ), Cup O' Joe (NI), Flats & Sharps, Tilter Wheel, Rip Roaring Success, Biggin Hillbillies, Stompin' Dave Allen, Appalachian dance teams

Sat. 4th: Wookalily, in BBC4 TV's 'UK's Best Part-Time Band', 1.30 a.m.
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Cloughmills June Fair, Cloughmills, Co. Antrim, 2.00 p.m.
2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free [moved to 11 June]
Woodbine, Crocanoir, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
Roni Stoneman (USA), guest spot, Carberry's (Tí Chairbre), 11 North Strand, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Rackhouse Pilfer, Vintage Day, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelans, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
New season of 'Roots Freeway' begins, RTÉ Radio 1, 11.00 p.m.; host Niall Toner
Hubert Murray Band, Private function, Dublin

Sun. 5th: Pilgrim St, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath
Rackhouse Pilfer, Ardara, Co. Donegal
Hubert Murray Band, Mannions Bar, Main St., Balla, Co. Mayo
Woodbine, Cowboys & Heroes Country Music & Americana Festival, Drumcoura City, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

Mon. 6th: Hubert Murray Band, Kenny's, Lahinch, Co. Clare
Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB), Cowboys & Heroes Country Music & Americana Festival, Drumcoura City, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

Tues. 7th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Hubert Murray Band, Kilkee, Co. Clare, venue TBA
'Belfast Bluegrass Bash': Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB)  with Cup O'Joe, Sunflower Public House, 65 Union St., Belfast, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 8th: Kentucky Cow Tippers (UK), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Foghorn Stringband (USA), the Cobblestone, 77 King St. North, Smithfield, Dublin 7, 9.30 p.m., €15; 01 8721799
Wookalily, in BBC4 TV's 'UK's Best Part-Time Band', 10.00 p.m.

Thurs. 9th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Whelans, Dublin 2
Hubert Murray Band, Connemara Radio Station, 11.00 a.m.-12 noon
Hubert Murray Band, Mullarkeys, Clifden, Co. Galway
Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB), McKenna's Bar, 62 Dublin St., Monaghan town

Fri. 10th: Knotty Pine String Band, Drumquin Social Centre, Co. Tyrone
Rackhouse Pilfer, Galway Roast, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 10th-Sun. 12th: 10th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: Roni Stoneman (USA), Foghorn Stringband (USA), Red Wine (I), Kentucky Cow Tippers (UK), Dana Sipos (CAN), Old Hannah, Tim Rogers, Hubie & Sarah MacEvilly, Prairie Jaywalkers, Hubert Murray Band, Ruth Dillon and band, Cup O’ Joe, Pat & Ricky Kelleher, Richard Hawkins & Friends

Sat. 11th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Lukers, Shannonbridge, Co. Clare

Sun. 12th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Doolin Folk Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare
Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB), Mannion's, Main St., Balla, Co. Mayo

Fri. 17th: Roni Stoneman (USA), 'Bluegrass evening', Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim (presented by the Cairncastle Ulster Scots Cultural Group; all welcome)

Sat. 18th: Rackhouse Pilfer, The Strand, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Sun. 19th: Roni Stoneman (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m., £10

Wed. 22nd: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Ryan’s Bar, Kilkenny city, 9.30 p.m.

Thurs. 23rd: Roni Stoneman (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry (with Hank Wedel and Ray Barron)
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
Pine Marten launch debut EP, the Cobblestone, 77 North King St., Smithfield, Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; €10 (€12 with CD)

Fri. 24th: Rackhouse Pilfer, The Grand, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.
The Cat's Meow, the Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
The Whileaways, Canavan's, Tuam, Co. Galway, 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 25th: Roni Stoneman (USA), private party at Rockies GAA Club, Blackrock, Cork city
Wookalily, Our Back Yard Festival, Portadown, Co. Armagh, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Greyhound, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Sin È, Cork city, 10.00 p.m.
Old Hannah, Thomas Connolly, Markievicz Rd, Sligo town
The Whileaways, The Creel, Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 26th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Nancy Blakes, Limerick city
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), house concert, Shanahoe, Co. Laois, 8.00 p.m.

Mon. 27th: Roni Stoneman (USA), Charlies, 2 Union Quay, Cork city (with Hank Wedel and Ray Barron)

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests; 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE

Thurs. 30th-Sun. 3rd July: 28th North Wales Bluegrass Festival, Conwy, north Wales


JULY 2016

Fri. 1st: Blue Light Smugglers, The Merry Ploughboy, Rathfarnham, Dublin, 9.30 p.m.
Cup O' Joe, Mullaghfad Church, Mullynavale Road, Cooneen, Fivemiletown, Co. Fermanagh BT75 0NL, 8.30 p.m.
Knotty Pine String Band, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town

Sat. 2nd: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 3rd: Rackhouse Pilfer, Donegal Town Summer Festival, 9.00 p.m.

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

Thurs. 7th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

Fri. 8th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, with Charlie McGettigan
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Parish Hall, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 8.30 p.m.; 087 9762337
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Strand, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 8th-Sat. 9th: Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree (also on Facebook), GAA Centre, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare: Woodbine, Hamilton County Ramblers (USA) (Sat.), Chanders Family, Evan & Amy Lyons; picking session on Sat. afternoon; evening concerts (8.30 p.m.) Fri. €10, Sat €15; two nights €20

Sat. 9th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry; bookings 068 22566
Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelans, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sun. 10th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Ring, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; 087 921771/ 087 9898560
Rackhouse Pilfer, Crockets on the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mon. 11th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Monroe’s Live, Galway city
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; 087 7921771

Tues. 12th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Matt Molloy’s Acoustic Yard, Westport, Co. Mayo
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), An Spailpin Fanach, 27-9 South Main St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.; 087 7921771/ 021 4277949

Wed. 13th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, Roots Room, Sligo town
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; 087 7921771/ 087 1804870
JigJam, Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, Galway (part of Galway International Arts Festival)

Thurs. 14th: Gary Ferguson (USA) and Colin Henry, The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, with Roy Thompson
Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Durty Nelly's, Bunratty, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; 087 7921771/ 061 361861

Fri. 15th: Rackhouse Pilfer, The Grand, Killarney, Co. Kerry
'Songwriters in the Round': Gary Ferguson, Roy Thompson, Shane Sullivan, Naas Arts and Culture Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare

Fri. 15th-Sun. 17th: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Woodbine, Janet Holmes & Colin Henry, plus many guest pickers; contact Pat at 087 6900714

Sat. 16th-Sun. 17th: Dalriada Festival, Glenarm Castle, Co. Antrim: Down and Out Bluegrass Band (both days)

Sun. 17th: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport, Co. Down, 2.00 p.m.
'Songwriters in the Round': Gary Ferguson, Roy Thompson, Shane Sullivan, Tutty's Bar, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow

Tues. 19th: Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Main Guard, Sarsfield St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; 085 8502289

Wed. 20th: Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Sunflower Bar, 65 Union St., Belfast BT1 2JG, 8.30 p.m.; 0044 7779721643

Thurs. 21st: Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.; 0044 77797120659
The Whileaways, Monroe's, Galway city, 1.00 p.m. (part of Galway Arts Festival)

Fri. 22nd: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, The John Hewitt, Bridge St., Belfast, 9.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Rooskey Heritage Festival, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon
Niall Toner Band, Kilkieran Cottage Restaurant, Castletown, Co. Kilkenny; book seats in advance at 087 1556121

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: First Bluegrass Camp Ireland, Headfort School, Kells, Co. Meath: faculty includes Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Luke Coffey, Paddy Kiernan, more TBA; 087 4110931

Fri. 22nd-Sat. 23rd: Beer and Bluegrass Festival, St Aldhelm's Hall and Gardens, Poole Rd, Branksome, Poole, Dorset BH12 1AD, England: Old Hannah, many others; weekend ticket £25.00

Sat. 23rd: Hamilton County Ramblers (USA), Phil Murphy Weekend, Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 11.00 p.m. (concert starts at 9.00 p.m.); 0877928613/ 051 561159
Rackhouse Pilfer, Mary of Dungloe Festival, Dungloe, Co. Donegal
The Whileaways, Village Theatre, Carrabane, Co. Galway

Sun. 24th: Mass in memory of Vinny Baker (d. 2013), St Camillus Nursing Centre, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, 10.30 a.m.
Niall Toner Band, St Enda's. Rathfarnham, Dublin, 3.00-5.00 p.m.
Woodbine, Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Co. Laois, 4.00 p.m.

Mon. 25th: Dom Flemons (USA), Whelans, Dublin 2

Tues. 26th: Dom Flemons (USA), Coughlans, Cork city

Wed. 27th: Dom Flemons (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway

Thurs. 28th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Folk Festival Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, near Larne, Co. Antrim; 7.30 p.m.: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Watery Hill Boys, Down and Out Bluegrass Band
Dom Flemons (USA), Cleere's, Kilkenny city
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Mick McNally (accordion/Cajun), David Burke (contemporary), Tom Horan (country); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE

Fri. 29th: Dom Flemons (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary)
Two Time Polka, Tower Hotel, The Mall, Waterford city, 10.30 p.m. Adm. free; 051 870129 (Spraoi Festival)

Sat. 30th: The Whileaways, Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford, Co. Mayo [deferred because of clash with sporting event]
Two Time Polka, Three Shippes, William St., Waterford city, 10.30 p.m. Adm. free; 051 843178 (Spraoi Festival)
Brugrass Music Festival, the Wiley Fox, Eden Quay, Dublin: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Huegrass, craft beer launch; inter-band jam finale, doors 8.00 p.m., adm. free


AUGUST 2016

Thurs. 4th: The Whileaways, Oranmore Castle of Song, Oranmore, Co. Galway

Thurs. 4th-Sun. 7th: Eleventh La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France

Sat. 6th: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free
The Whileaways, Campbell's, Headfort, Co. Galway (part of Headfest)
Two Time Polka, Eldon Bar, Dillon St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 10.30 p.m. Adm. free; 052 6122961 (Clonmel Busking Festival)
Dublin Bluegrass Collective play at 10th Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, Headfort School, Kells, Co. Meath (same place as the recent Bluegrass Camp Ireland), between and after films
The Cat's Meow, the Oarsman, Bridge St., Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sat. 6th-Sun. 7th: 'Bluegrass on the Walls', Derry city: Tennessee Hennessees (Armagh), Cool Hand String Band (Tyrone), Cup O' Joe (Armagh), Erdini (Donegal), The Swilly Blue Boys (Donegal) (Des Crerand, leader); on walls (Sat.), in Foyleside Shopping Centre (Sun.)

Mon. 8th: Cleek Schrey (USA), Rothe House, Kilkenny city, 10.30 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Arts Festival)

Wed. 10th: Ricky Skaggs (USA) and friends, 'Those ancient airs' concert, St Canice's cathedral, Kilkenny city, 7.30 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Arts Festival)

Fri. 12th: Cup O' Joe, Q Main Stage, Stendhal Festival of Art, Ballyvelin Rd, Limavady, BT49 0NG, 6.30-7.15 p.m.
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Loft Bar, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal, 10.30 p.m.
Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, Joe Mac's, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Fri. 12th-Sun. 14th: Loudon Wainwright III (USA), three 'Surviving twin' concerts, Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny city (part of Kilkenny Arts Festival)

Fri. 12th-Sun. 14th: 2nd Blues, Roots, & Brass Festival, Whelan's, Camden St., Dublin 2: lineup includes Bluegrass Collective (USA), Pine Marten (Fri., Sat.); Dublin Bluegrass Collective (Sat. 7.00-9.00 p.m.), Niall Toner Band (Sat.), adm. free

Sun. 14th: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Cockle View Cottages, Groomsport, Co. Down, 2.00 p.m.

Wed. 17th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), Riverside Cafe, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Fri. 19th: Two Time Polka, Ballydehob Summer Festival, Ballydehob, Co. Cork. Open air, 10.00 p.m. Adm. free.
Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Greenshine, High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Co. Cork

Sat. 20th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Cobblestone, 77 King St. North, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Sun. 21st: Two Time Polka, Hugh Lynch's Bar, Kilbride St., Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 8.00 p.m. Adm. free; 087 2505422 (Canal Quarter Festival)
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor, Co. Down

Mon. 22nd: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Tues. 23rd: Foghorn Stringband (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo

Wed. 24th: Wookalily, Castleward Estate, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 24th-Sun. 28th: Hotspot to Harbour Roots Revival Festival at the Hot Spot, Greystones, and Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow
; many acts

Thurs. 25th: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA), Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 25th-Sun. 28th: 22nd Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford; Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley in concert (Sat., Sun.), €20 (bookable by e-mail from 14 Feb. 2016); Foghorn Stringband (USA), Betse & Clarke (USA) (Fri.-Sat.); Lands End, Dr Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 (UK), Mons Wheeler Band, Cup O’ Joe, One Horse Pony, Rackhouse Pilfer, Barefoot, New Breadwinners, Dublin Bluegrass Collective with Evan Lyons

Fri. 26th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), Five Glens Arts Festival, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Niall Toner Band with special guests Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly (part of Hotspot to Harbour Roots Revival Festival), Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones, Co. Wicklow); doors open 8.45 p.m.; tickets €13/€15

Fri. 26th-Sat. 27th: Sacred Harp Singers of Cork Sacred Harp Weekend: beginners workshop, Coughlan's, Douglas St., Cork city (Fri. 7.00-9.00 p.m.); all-day singing from The Sacred Harp, St Fin Barre's Hall, Dean St., Cork city (Sat. 10.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.)

Fri. 26th-Sun. 28th: Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare: I Draw Slow, The Whileaways, Tom Portman Trio, many others
Hilden Beer & Music Festival, Lisburn, Co. Antrim: Rackhouse Pilfer Sat., Sun.), Dr Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 (UK), many others

Sun. 28th: Niall Toner (solo), Cavan, venue TBC

Wed. 31st: Betse & Clarke (USA), Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down
Niall Toner (solo), Stockhouse, Trim, Co. Meath


SEPTEMBER 2016

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 4th: 25th Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone: Band of Ruhks (USA), Corn Potato String Band (USA), Betse & Clarke (USA), Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL), Sunny Side (CZ), Red Wine (I), Dr Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 (UK), Two Time Polka, Erdini, Broken String Band, Knotty Pine String Band, Northern Exposure, Geordie McAdam, Woodbine

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 4th: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Glos. GL7 6BQ, England

Sat. 3rd: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Mon. 5th: Talk by Alister McReynolds, 'History of bluegrass', Comber Library, Co. Down 7.30-8.30 p.m.
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, McBride's on the Square, Comber, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m. (part of Ards and North Down Ulster Scots Festival)

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

Wed. 7th: Cup O’ Joe, Jonny the Jig, Holywood, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m. (part of Ards and North Down Ulster Scots Festival)

Thurs. 8th: Betse & Clarke (USA), Belfast American Folk and Roots Club, Black Box Green Room, Hill St., Belfast
Cup O’ Joe, Hop House, High St., Bangor, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m. (part of Ards and North Down Ulster Scots Festival)

Fri. 9th: Twentieth anniversary of the death of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe
Betse & Clarke (USA), Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal
Wookalily, the Square Box, Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m., £8
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Hillsborough Scout & Community Hall, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.; £5 (part of Jolly Rooks Festival)
Two Time Polka, Sandino's Bar, Water St., Derry city; start 10.00 p.m., adm. free, 02871 309297
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 10th: Betse & Clarke (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Cup O’ Joe, 'All the Little Lights' stage, Moira estate, Co. Down (part of Moira Calling festival)
Cup O’ Joe, 'Bread and Blues Night', Courthouse/Market House, Hillsborough, Co. Down, 7.30 p.m.; £10, includes supper (part of Jolly Rooks Festival)
Two Time Polka, Ronnie's, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; start 9.00 p.m., adm. free, 074 9136101 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival)
I Draw Slow, the Milford Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Rd, Carlow, 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 11th: Two Time Polka, Molly's Bar, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, 2.30-4.30 p.m., adm. free, 074 9100050 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival)

Thurs. 15th: The Whileaways, Shoreline Festival, Portumna, Co. Galway

Fri. 16th: Knotty Pine String Band, the Kevlin Suite, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, the Dark Horse, 30-34 Hill St., Belfast, from 7.00 p.m.
Erdini, Chasin Bull, Main St., Bundoran, Co. Donegal ('full electric set')
The Whileaways, Peacockes Hotel, Maam Cross, Connemara; doors 8.00 p.m., show starts 9.00 p.m., €15

Fri. 16th-Sun. 18th: 13th Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4NY; Cup O' Joe, many more

Mon. 19th: Greenshine, Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway (part of Clifden Arts Festival), 10.00 p.m.

Fri. 23rd: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, The John Hewitt, Bridge St., Belfast, 9.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Douglas St., Cork; start 10.00 p.m., adm. free, 021 4961751 (part of Coughlan's Live Music Festival)
Chanters and Strummers present Tennessee Hennessees, Janet Dowd, Mons Wheeler, Never Too Late, Harry Welling, Shades of Blue; compere Leonard Shields; Tandragee Golf Club, Co. Armagh, doors open 7.30 p.m.; tickets £12 (inc. light supper) from Scarva Rea Rooms; info from Denver (079 00343113) or Melvyn (077 71776545)

Fri. 23rd-Sat. 24th: EBMA Bluegrass Gathering, Haus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg, Germany (deferred till spring 2017)

Fri. 23rd-Sun. 25th: 8th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland: 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B), New Essex Bluegrass Band (England), Kentucky Cow Tippers (England), Sweet River Band (France), Stonebones & Bad Spaghetti (Portugal), Seven Sons (Scotland)

Sat. 24th: [CANCELLED] Two Time Polka, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare; start 10.00 p.m., adm. free, 065 9056555 (part of Che do Bheatha Festival) [CANCELLED]
The Henry Girls, Railway Tavern, Fahan, Co. Donegal, special guest Charlie Roth; doors open 9.00 p.m., €10
Wookalily, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 24th-Sun. 2nd Oct.: Bluegrass Tour America with Niall Toner

Sun. 25th-Mon. 26th: Wookalily, Winterfell MiniFest, Strangford, Co. Down (Game of Thrones Visitor Attraction)

Tues. 27th: Greenshine, 'Attic Sessions', Cove Bar, Waterford city, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 27th-Sat. 1st Oct.: International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC, USA

Thurs. 29th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests; 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. FREE


OCTOBER 2016

Sat. 1st: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free
Pilgrim St, the Sally Gardens, Rathkenny, Co. Meath (fundraiser for Newtown United F.C.); 9.30 p.m., €15
Watery Hill Boys, Carberry's, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Sat. 1st-Sun. 2nd: Bruff Bluegrass Festival, Clancy's Bar, Bruff, Co. Limerick: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Well Enough Alone, Tin Box Company

Sun. 2nd: Woodbine, Tuohy's, Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois

Tues. 4th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 7th: Wookalily, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.
Watery Hill Boys, Carberry's, Drogheda

Sat. 8th: Wookalily, Crusoe's Coffee Shop, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 14th: Freakwater (USA), Phil Grimes Pub, 60 Johnstown, Waterford city
Wookalily, 'Roots Fridays', Belfast Empire, 10.30 p.m.

Sat. 15th: Freakwater (USA), Cleere’s Bar and Theatre, 28 Parliament St., Kilkenny city
Wookalily, Spookalily at Brownlow Castle Halloween Party, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 16th: Freakwater (USA), Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2

Wed. 19th: Furnace Mountain (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Thurs. 20th: Furnace Mountain (USA), Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; 068 22566

Fri. 21st: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), recital, Cork City Library, 11.00 a.m.
Furnace Mountain (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Fri. 21st-Sun. 23rd: Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), Demolition String Band (USA), Monogram (CZ), Cup O’ Joe, Woodbine, Greenshine, Pat & Ricky Kelleher, John Nyhan, Leo Hayes, Bill Forster

Sat. 22nd: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), private event, 12.00 noon; recital, St Michael’s church, Blackrock, Cork, 6.00 p.m.; concert at the Rockies Club, Blackrock, Cork, 9.30 p.m.; 087 2944821
Furnace Mountain (USA), Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Belfast
Eagle Music Shop's 'Banjo 10' Anniversary Event, North Light Gallery, Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR, England: includes JigJam, Pat Kelleher, Bill Forster
Wookalily, The Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down, 10.00 p.m.

Sun. 23rd: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare, 3.00 p.m.; 087 7921771

Mon. 24th: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), visit to Lord Mayor, City Hall, Cork; show at Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; 087 7921771

Tues. 25th: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA): Free

Wed. 26th: IMRO showcase in Dublin, 7.00-9.30 p.m.

Thurs. 27th: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), drive back to Cork

Fri. 28th: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA), Spells Bar, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon

Fri. 28th-Mon. 31st: 8th Balla Bluegrass Festival, Balla, Co. Mayo: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA) (Sat.), Woodbine (Sun.); others TBA

Sat. 29th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Sun. 30th: Barry and Holly Tashian & the E-5 Band (USA): Free


NOVEMBER 2016

Tues. 1st: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Thurs. 3rd: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 4th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Coach House Hotel, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, 7.00 p.m., with Rackhouse Pilfer

Sat. 5th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free
Wookalily, The Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 6th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Athy Community Arts Centre, Athy, Co. Kildare, 7.00 p.m.

Mon. 7th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Kilworth Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 7.00 p.m.

Tues. 8th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Sixmilebridge Folk Club, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 7.00 p.m.

Wed. 9th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 10th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music), 8.30 p.m.; 'phone Gerry on (086)3389619

Fri. 11th-Sat. 12th: 15th Al Ras Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: Red Wine (I), many others

Sat. 12th: Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 7.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Square Box, Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m., £12


DECEMBER 2016

Thurs. 1st: 50th anniversary of the death of Carter Stanley

Sat. 3rd: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

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


JANUARY 2017

Thurs. 12th: The Special Consensus (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 13th: The Special Consensus (USA), Baker's Bar, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th: The Special Consensus (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 8.30 p.m.

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.), others TBA

Fri. 20th: The Special Consensus (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 21st: The Special Consensus (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 22nd: The Special Consensus (USA), Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 3.00 p.m.

Mon. 23rd: The Special Consensus (USA), Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 8.30 p.m.

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


FEBRUARY 2017

Thurs. 2nd: The Special Consensus (USA), The Errigle Inn, Belfast, 8.30 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.

Sat. 4th: The Special Consensus (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 5th: The Special Consensus (USA), Banteer Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.

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


MARCH 2017

Sat. 4th-Sun. 5th: 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, details TBA

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


MAY 2017

Fri. 19th-Sat. 20th: 15th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Thurs. 25th-Sat. 27th: 19th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival, ‘t Trefpunt, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands


SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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