26 February 2006

Calendar 2014

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.
Old-time music jam, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, from 9.00 p.m.

Tuesday: The Mountaineers (acoustic country/roots), International Bar, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, 9.30 p.m.
Southern Welfare and Hugh Taggart (gtr), Nicky's Bar, Mayor's Walk, Waterford city, from 9.00 p.m.; all bluegrass musicians/singers welcome
Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session: starts again from 14 Jan. 2014, every week in Sin E bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 9.00 p.m.

Wednesday: The McGrane Family & Friends, the Old Punch Bowl, Booterstown, Co. Dublin, 9.00 p.m.
Bluegrass & old-time gig/session (Broken Strings band), Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210
The Sundown Sessions, The Raven Bar, 100 South Main St, Cork city: Rattlesnake County (broad mix of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana), from 9.30 p.m., open to all (see YouTube clip of 'Caleb Meyer')

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
Breffni Bluegrass with Tom Hanway in JP's, Cavan town
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

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

Saturday: Old-time music session [now established for 13 years and still going!]: Bill Whelan, Ben Keogh, & friends, the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 4.30-7.00 p.m.
Dunadry Bluegrass Militia, Ellie May's, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, 3.00 p.m. (weekly from 1 Dec. 2012)

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.
Slim Pickins, Sin E, 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7, 9.00-11.00 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 2014

Wed. 1st: Two Time Polka, O'Flaherty's Bar, Dingle, Co. Kerry. Start 4.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 066 9151983

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast; 028 90 641410

Sat. 11th: Earl Scruggs Center opens in Shelby, North Carolina

Tues. 14th: Weekly bluegrass jam in central Dublin resumes: from 9.00 p.m., Sin E, Lower Ormond Quay

Thurs. 16th: High Plains Tradition (USA), supported by Woodbine (Athy) and Della Belle (Dundalk), the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087-9762337

Thurs. 16th-Mon. 20th: Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, Sixmilebridge/Bunratty, Co. Clare; full lineup here (High Plains Tradition (USA) with Martin Gilmore, Fri. 17th, Sat. 18th, Sun. 19th); Tim Rogers & Clew Bay Critters; many more; tel. 086-1571847, e-mail

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

Mon. 20th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 087-7921171

Tues. 21st: High Plains Tradition (USA), Church of Ireland church, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086-3027976
Martin Gilmore (USA), O’Neill’s Bar, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m., with Jacob's Ladder (vocal harmony group); tel. 086-8168692

Wed. 22nd: Martin Gilmore (USA), Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade, Cork city, 1.00 p.m.; tel. 021-4924919
High Plains Tradition (USA), Dolan's Bar, Dock Road, Limerick city, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 061-314483

Thurs. 23rd: Martin Gilmore (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Co. Waterford, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087-0640542
High Plains Tradition (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068-22566

Fri. 24th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Tearoom Sessions, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 087-1205353
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Seamus Ennis Cultural Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 25th: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
High Plains Tradition (USA), Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 087-2296018
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band, Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary; 9.00 p.m.; for tickets, text 087 2238040

Sun. 26th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Pikers Lodge Hotel, Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, 7.30 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 086-2268567
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Festival of American Country, Bluegrass and Roots, Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Mon. 27th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Pikers Lodge Hotel, Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan, 8.30 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 086-2268567
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), The Stage Inn @ Mick Murphys, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

Tues. 28th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Cunningham's Upstairs Venue, Main St., Kildare, Co. Kildare
Elephant Revival (USA), Clonmel World Music, Raheen House Hotel, Co. Tipperary

Wed. 29th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Barry’s, Grange, Co. Sligo
Elephant Revival (USA), Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford city

Thurs. 30th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), The Black Box, Belfast
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (f), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Tom Horan (folk/country), Mike & Carena (Latin folk), Emma Butler (contemporary); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Sligo Film Society, The Model, the Mall, Sligo town, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 31st: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Regional Cultural Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal


FEBRUARY 2014

Sat. 1st: Sacred Harp singing to celebrate second birthday of Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin, 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m., the Franciscan Friary (new room, accessible from 80 Cook St.)
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Sun. 2nd: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Matt Molloy's, Westport, Co. Mayo
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Tilt, 451 Ormeau Road, Belfast, 5.00-7.30 p.m.

Mon. 3rd: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Crosshaven Film Club, Cronin's, Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; also at Riverbank Arts Centre, Main St., Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 4th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), available for booking
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), St John's Arts & Heritage Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.
Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, Ormeau Road, Belfast, from 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 5th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

Thurs. 6th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Ballymoney Town Hall, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim (part of the 'Cultural Crossings' programme)

Fri. 7th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

Sat. 8th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Marketplace Theatre, Armagh city, Co. Armagh
Dublin Bluegrass Collective at Tumbleweed Love Sessions, the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, from 8.30 p.m.

Sun. 9th: Well Enough Alone, the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St., Dublin, 2.15-4.15 p.m.; the Grand Social (Saucy Sundays showcase night), 6.30-7.15 p.m.

Tues. 11th: Stray Birds (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 12th: Stray Birds (USA), the Black Box, Belfast, 7.00 p.m.

Thurs. 13th: Stray Birds (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 14th: Stray Birds (USA), the Lodge, Mallow, Co. Cork

Fri. 14th-Sun. 16th: FOAOTMAD old-time music festival, Gainsborough, Lincs., England

Sat. 15th: Stray Birds (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Prison Love, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2; doors 8.00 p.m., show 9.00 p.m.; entry €10 (includes access to Whelan's late bar and club)

Sun. 16th: Stray Birds (USA), Whelan's, Dublin 2
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Galway Film Society, Town Hall Theatre, Galway city, 8.15 p.m.

Mon. 17th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 18th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Ramor Film Club, Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan, 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 22nd: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon

Mon. 24th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Athenry Film Club, Athenry, Co. Galway, 8.15 p.m.

Tues. 25th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Fermanagh Film For All, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 8.00 p.m.; also at Clonakilty Film Club, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 26th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Rockabill Film Society, Skerries, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 27th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (f), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Jasper Rua (contemporary guitar), Ciara O'Connor (contemporary folk), Lynda Lucas & the Natural Born Heathens (Americana); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 28th-Sun. 9th Mar.: 10th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival; Jim Lauderdale, many others


MARCH 2014

Sun. 2nd: Wookalily, You Me and the Sea, Titanic Concert Room, Holiday Inn, Belfast; doors 1.00 p.m., show 1.30 p.m.; seated £5 (part of Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival)

Thurs. 6th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Sailearna Film Club, 8.15 p.m.

Mon. 10th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), East Cork Cinema Club, Great Island Community Centre, Orelia Terrace, Cobh, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; also at Sulan Film Society, Briery Gap Cultural Centre, Main St., Macroom, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 12th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Abbey Centre, Tirconaill St., Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 13th: Wookalily, Love Coffee, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

Fri. 14th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour View Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome

Sat. 15th: Rackhouse Pilfer, album launch, Model Arts Centre, Sligo, 7.30 p.m., €10
The Blood Red Mountain band, Arthur's Bar, fifth floor of the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, 2.45 p.m.

Sun. 16th: Niall Toner with Richie Foley (mandolin), Kelvin Busher (bass), and Johnny Gleeson (dobro), Stag's Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2, 4.00-6.00 p.m., adm. €8
Belfast Sacred Harp singing session, Newtownbreda (St John’s) Presbyterian Church Hall, 374-8 Ormeau Road, Belfast, 7.30-9.30 p.m., adm. free (suggested donation £1)
Rackhouse Pilfer, album launch, Model Arts Centre, Sligo, 7.30 p.m., €10
Woodbine and Della Belle, Molly's Bar, Frederick St., Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 9.00 p.m., adm. €7

Mon. 17th: The Blood Red Mountain band, the Arrol suite, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, 2.00 p.m.; Arthurs Bar, ibid., 3.45 p.m.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 8.00 p.m.
Mohill Bluegrass Festival present a raffle (for one night's B&B with dinner for two at Lough Rynn Castle); tickets €3, draw in O'Brian's Bar, Mohill, Co. Leitrim; music by Bees Knees

Tues. 18th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Kilkenny Film Club, Set Theatre, Kilkenny city, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 19th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church St., Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 21st: Rackhouse Pilfer, album launch, Whelan's, Dublin 2

Sat. 22nd: Rackhouse Pilfer, album launch, Monroe's, Galway city

Sun. 23rd: Rackhouse Pilfer, Crockett's on the Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mon. 24th: The Isaacs (USA), Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 7.00 p.m.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Naas Film Club, Moat Theatre, Naas, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 25th: The Isaacs (USA), Craigavon Civic Centre, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, 7.00 p.m.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.; also at Cinemax, the Quay, Bantry, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.
The Revelers (USA; Cajun), Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Wed. 26th: The Isaacs (USA), the Spires Centre, Belfast, 7.00 p.m.
The Revelers (USA; Cajun), the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Thurs. 27th: The Revelers (USA; Cajun), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music series)
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (f), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Sue Callaghan (contemporary folk), Alan Begley (Americana), Mongoose (contemporary folk); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 28th: The Revelers (USA; Cajun), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town

Sat. 29th: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
The Revelers (USA; Cajun), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Sun. 30th: The Revelers (USA; Cajun), Whelans, Dublin 2


APRIL 2014

Wed. 2nd: Rackhouse Pilfer, Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city

Thurs. 3rd: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Cork Cine Club, St John's Central College, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Fri. 4th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Newcastle West Film Club, the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.
Janet Holmes with Colin Henry and Dick Farrelly, Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m., €15 (€13)
Rackhouse Pilfer, Eddie Murphy's, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: Spells Spring Bluegrass Weekend, Spells Bar, Pound St., Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon: Fri. 4th: Well Enough Alone (Dublin), Fri. 9.00 p.m.; acoustic bluegrass session, Sat. 6.00 p.m.; Down and Out Bluegrass Band (Belfast), Sat. 9.00 p.m.; acoustic bluegrass session, Sun. 5.00 p.m.; Rackhouse Pilfer (Sligo), Sun. 7.00 p.m.

Sat. 5th: Janet Holmes with Colin Henry and Dick Farrelly, Punch Bowl, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Empire, Belfast

Sun. 6th: Alec Somerville and the 'Canadian soldiers banjo' on BBCTV 'Antiques Roadshow'
Tish Hinojosa and Anny Celsi (USA), Whelan's Upstairs, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.30 start; €14 (€12)
Tumbling Bones (USA), Tigh Neachtain, Galway, 9.00 p.m.

Tues. 8th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, Co. Westmeath, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 10th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Whelan’s, Dublin 2

Fri. 11th: The Whileaways (Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce, Noelie McDonnell), Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway city, 1.00 p.m.
Tumbling Bones (USA), McGing’s, Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.30 p.m.
Tangled Roots (Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane, Paul Kelly, Brendan Begley, and Mike Hanrahan), Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m., €17 (€15 reserved in advance)
The Whileaways, (Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce, Noelie McDonnell), Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m., €13

Fri. 11th-Sun. 13th: Bluegrass Weekend, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway: Southern Welfare at Rafterys Rest

Sat. 12th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, 8.30 p.m.

Sun. 13th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Mannion’s, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 14th-Fri. 18th: Sore Fingers Summer School, Kingham Hill School, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Tues. 15th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.
Tumbling Bones (USA), Sea Rod Inn, Doohoma, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 16th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Aras Inis Gluaire Community Centre, Belmullet, Co. Mayo (afternoon performance)

Thurs. 17th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Tech Amergin Community Arts and Education Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.
Tumbling Bones (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 19th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Tumbling Bones (USA), Myles K. McCann's, Omagh, 7 John St., Co. Tyrone, 10.30 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Strand Bar, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Sun. 20th: Record Fair, Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, from 10.00 a.m.; adm. free
Tumbling Bones (USA), Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Dublin Bluegrass Collective take part in Battle of Clontarf (1014) millennial celebrations, Dublin

Mon. 21st: Tumbling Bones (USA), Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Tues. 22nd: Tumbling Bones (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone (booking necessary)

Thurs. 24th: Wookalily, AER Music Club, Ards, Co. Down
Tumbling Bones (USA), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford town, 8.30 p.m.
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (f), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Michael McIver (classical guitar), Grace Tallon (contemporary), Dave Hardy (clarinet/sax); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 25th: Tumbling Bones (USA), supported by Woodbine, Athy GAA Club, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 25th-Sun. 27th: Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering, Clareen, Co. Galway: concerts, workshops, sessions

Sat. 26th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Sun. 27th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, 9.30 p.m.

Tues. 29th: Tumbling Bones (USA), Crane Bar, Galway city, 9.00 p.m.


MAY 2014

Thurs. 1st: 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

Fri. 2nd: Rackhouse Pilfer, the Greyhound, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Woodbine, Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny city (Kilkenny Roots Festival)

Fri. 2nd-Sat. 3rd: 12th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 4th: Vantastival, Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth: Prairie Dawgs (Dublin), many others

Fri. 2nd-Mon. 5th: 17th Kilkenny Roots Festival

Sat. 3rd: Woodbine, Clubhouse Hotel, Kilkenny city (Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Molly's Bar, Frederick St., Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 9.00 p.m., adm. €7

Sun. 4th: Woodbine, Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny city (Kilkenny Roots Festival)

Tues. 6th: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 7th: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Balleybofey, Co. Donegal
The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m

Thurs. 8th: Birds of Chicago (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West (USA), Whelan’s, Dublin 2

Thurs. 8th-Sun. 11th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; artists TBA

Fri. 9th: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West (USA), Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork

Thurs. 15th: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

Fri. 16th: Rackhouse Pilfer, the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Gone to Grass, the Crane Bar, Galway city

Sat. 17th: World Fiddle Day

Mon. 19th: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Ballymore Acoustic Gigs, Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

Wed. 21st: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin

Fri. 23rd: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Thurs. 29th-Sat. 31st: 17th European World of Bluegrass Festival, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands


JUNE 2014

Wed. 4th: Paperboys (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Fri. 6th-Sun. 8th: Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, North Wales LL20 8SW

Fri. 13th-Sun. 15th: 8th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: Loose Moose String Band (UK), Corn Potato (USA), Battenkill Ramblers (D), Down and Out Bluegrass Band (NI), Hat Fitz & Cora Robinson (AUS), Miriam Donohue, Sullivan Brothers, Rocky Top String Band, Tim Rogers & Friends, others TBA

Sun. 15th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Tues. 17th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 18th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Myles K. McCann’s, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 19th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Fri. 20th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Open House Festival, Belfast

Sat. 21st: Woodbine, Áras Inis Gluaire (Belmullet Arts Centre), Belmullet, Co. Mayo
Corn Potato String Band (USA), J.J. Harlow’s, Market Square, Roscommon town, Co. Roscommon

Sun. 22nd: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Tues. 24th: Gala concert in commemoration of Vinny Baker, Mullingar Park Hotel

Thurs. 26th-Sat. 28th: International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY: Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Dave Grisman, many more (full lineup on website)

Fri. 27th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Source Arts Centre, Cathedral St., Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Sat. 28th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin



JULY 2014

Fri. 11th-Sun. 13th: 24th Athy Bluegrass Festival, Athy, Co. Kildare; New Essex Bluegrass Band (GB), Woodbine, others TBA

Wed. 16th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), The Set Theatre, Kilkenny city; 056 7721728 or Rollercoaster 056 7763669

Thurs. 17th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Whelan's, Dublin 2; 1890200078

Fri. 18th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Coughlan's Live, Cork (sold out)

Fri. 18th-Sun. 20th: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal: Woodbine, others TBA

Sat. 19th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanover, Headford, Co. Galway; 093 35454

Fri. 25th-Sat. 26th: Knockanstockan Independent Music & Arts Festival, Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow: I Draw Slow, many more

Mon. 28th-Fri. 1 Aug.: The Hot Seats (USA), available for bookings; contact Brookfield Knights agency


AUGUST 2014

Sat. 2nd: The Hot Seats (USA), Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sun. 3rd: Hot Seats (USA), Bluegrass Picnic in the Park, Bangor, Co. Down (part of Open House Festival summer holiday season)

Thurs. 7th-Sun. 10th: Clonmel Busking Festival, Co. Tipperary: bluegrass bands wanted - contact Elaine Lyons via Facebook

Fri. 8th: Wookalily, Mohill Bluegrass Festival, Mohill, Co. Leitrim; others TBC

Thurs. 21st-Sun. 24th: 20th Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford


SEPTEMBER 2014

Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: 19th Annual United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention, Lomas Hall, Stannington, South Yorkshire, England

Fri. 26th-Sun. 28th: Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Tues. 30th-Sat. 4th Oct.: International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC, USA

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