26 February 2006

Calendar 2015

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 Dublin, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, from 9.00 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 (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
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
Wookalily (with opening acts), John Hewitt Bar, Belfast, 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free
Oldtown Rounders, An Púcán, Forster St., Galway city, 7.00-9.00 p.m. (throughout summer 2014)

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 2015

Fri. 2nd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: Christmas Special, 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 9th: The Special Consensus (USA) on the John Murray show, RTE Radio 1, shortly after 9.00 a.m.
The Special Consensus (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 10th: The Special Consensus (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 11th: The Special Consensus (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 4.00 p.m.

Mon. 12th: The Special Consensus (USA), the Anvil Inn, Portarlington, Co. Laois

Tues. 13th: The Special Consensus (USA), JJ Smyth's, 12 Aungier St., Dublin 2

Wed. 14th: The Special Consensus (USA), Barry's Public House, Grange, Co. Sligo, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 15th: The Special Consensus (USA), Black Box, Belfast (Out To Lunch Festival), 1.00 p.m.
The Special Consensus (USA), Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 15th-Mon. 19th: 16th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, Sixmilebride and Bunratty, Co. Clare: Special Consensus (USA) (Sun.), Niall Toner, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, many more

Thurs. 15th-Sun. 1 Feb.: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, Scotland; complete list of artists

Fri. 16th: The Special Consensus (USA), Errigle Inn, Belfast, 9.00 p.m.

Sat. 17th: The Special Consensus (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 18th: The Special Consensus (USA), Winter Music Weekend, Bunratty/Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, all day

Wed. 21st: Punch Brothers (USA), National Concert Hall, Dublin 2: performance workshop 3.00 p.m.; concert (support by Caoimhin O Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman: Laghdú) 8.00 p.m., €25

Fri. 23rd: Fish & Bird (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m., €16 / €13

Sun. 25th: The Special Consensus (USA), The Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
Songwriting workshop (11.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.) with Niall Toner, at Crowley's Musician Centre, the Oliver Plunkett, 116 Oliver Plunkett St., Cork city; entry fee €70, includes free dinner; for bookings 'phone Sheena (087 9023080) or book through the Centre's website

Mon. 26th: The Special Consensus (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 27th: The Special Consensus (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 28th: Cathal Cusack (guitar), Tim Hawkins (fiddle), Richard Hawkins (banjo): old-time tunes run-through, upstairs at the Glenside, Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14 (details here)

Thurs. 29th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew (Spats Davenport, gtr; Con Butler, bs; Gerry Fitzpatrick, dob; Cathy McEvoy, fdl; Christian Volkmann, hca; Dave Hardy, sax/clt; plus Richard Hawkins, bjo); special guests Laura Slattery (contemporary), the Flukey Ukes (ukulele ensemble), Jak Jones (contemporary); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 31st: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon


FEBRUARY 2015

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 5th-Sun. 8th: SPBGMA 41st Anniversary Bluegrass Awards Show & 32nd Annual Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN

Fri. 6th: KingBlue, Market Place Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m., £11.00

Fri. 13th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 13th-Sun. 15th: FOAOTMAD old-time music festival, Gainsborough, Lincs., England

Sat. 14th: I Draw Slow, Whelan's, Dublin 2; doors open 8.00 p.m., €15
Launch of new Niall Toner album, Working on love

Sun. 22nd: Sacred Harp group singing session, Megaw Room, Newtownbreda (St John’s) Presbyterian Church Hall, 374-8 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, 7.30-9.30 p.m.; adm. free (donation of £1 suggested); presented by Belfast Sacred Harp and Open House Festival

Wed. 25th: Cathal Cusack (guitar), Tim Hawkins (fiddle), Richard Hawkins (banjo), John Heaney (bass): old-time tunes run-through, upstairs at the Glenside, Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14 (details here) [scrubbed because of day-job pressures]

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew (Spats Davenport, gtr; Con Butler, bs; Gerry Fitzpatrick, dob; Cathy McEvoy, fdl; Christian Volkmann, hca; plus Richard Hawkins, bjo); special guests Tom Horan (country/folk), Davie Fury (contemporary folk), and Damien Browning (contemporary). 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 28th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
Watery Hill Boys, The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; SOLD OUT


MARCH 2015

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.
Southern Tenant Folk Union, Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.; €13.50 (€12.00 + €1.50 booking fee). Bookings: e-mail or tel. 042 9352697
Jim Lauderdale (USA), solo show at Whelan's, Dublin 2, presented by Ubangi Stomp Club; tickets €15, available in advance from WAV tickets (1890 200 078)

Wed. 4th: Southern Tenant Folk Union, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, 8.00 p.m.; all tickets £10 (incl. complimentary interval refreshments). Bookings: 0044 (0) 28 7083 1400
Old Town Rounders on Galway Bay FM Radio

Wed. 4th-Sun. 8th: 11th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

Thurs. 5th: Southern Tenant Folk Union, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 8.00 p.m.; £12 (£10 concs). Bookings: 0044 (0)28 9250 9509

Fri. 6th: Southern Tenant Folk Union, Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 8.00 p.m.; €15. Bookings: 071 9855 833 or e-mail

Sat. 7th: Well Enough Alone, Arthurs, 28 Thomas St., Dublin, 4.00-7.00 p.m.; with acoustic duo Carron (3.00-4.00 p.m.)
Southern Tenant Folk Union, Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; €15 on door, €12 early bird tickets available. Bookings: 0504 90204
Old Town Rounders, the Gig Room, Community Centre, Kinvara, Co. Galway, 8.30 p.m.; tickets €10/€8 at door

Sat. 7th-Sun. 8th: Country To Country 2015, Dublin (also locations at different dates in Britain, Sweden, and Norway)

Sun. 8th: Southern Tenant Folk Union, Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, doors 8.00 p.m.; €12 adv. or €14 on door. Bookings: WaV box office, tel. 1890 200 078

Thurs. 12th: New Breadwinners, Annesley House, 70 North Strand Rd, Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; advance booking at www.eventbrite.ie, €12 (part of Five Lamps Arts Festival)

Fri. 13th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 13th-Sun. 15th: European Bluegrass Gathering, Schwere Reiter Strasse 15, 80637 Munich, Germany (combined with 5th Munich Bluegrass Festival, 3rd European Bluegrass Pioneer Awards, and EBMA Annual General Meeting)

Mon. 16th: Woodbine, Tuohy's, Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.

Tues. 17th: Woody Pines (USA), Rising Sons Brewery, Cork

Wed. 18th: Woody Pines (USA), Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
The Devil Makes Three (USA), Whelan's, Camden St., Dublin 2

Thurs. 19th: Woody Pines (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
The Devil Makes Three (USA), Members' Bar, Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliffe Road, Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5HQ; doors open 8.00 p.m.; tickets £16.50 + £1 booked online in advance, £20 on the door (Open House Festival production)

Fri. 20th: Woody Pines (USA), Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Sat. 21st: Woody Pines (USA), The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
KingBlue, the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.; SOLD OUT

Sun. 22nd: Janet Dowd and band, Scarva Visitor Centre, Main St., Scarva, Co. Down, 2.00 p.m.
Woody Pines (USA), Ubangi Stomp Club event (upstairs at Whelan's), Dublin 2

Mon. 23rd: Woody Pines (USA), Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew; special guests Martha Keenan (folk), Dublin City Rounders (alt. country/swing), and The Dorians featuring Lynda Lucas (Americana); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 27th: Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band, upstairs at the Four Trees, Moira, Co. Down, 8.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 28th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band, Edenmore Golf and Country Club, near Moira, Co. Down, 8.30 p.m., adm. free
Black Bottle String Band, Ocean Hotel, Dock Rd, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford


APRIL 2015

Wed. 1st: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, Kaleidoscope Night, Odessa Club, Dublin 2

Thurs. 2nd: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sat. 4th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, 'The House Presents', Annesley House, 70 North Strand, Dublin

Sun. 5th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Woodbine, Leech's Bar, Wolfhill, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 6th-Fri. 10th: 20th Sore Fingers Week, England

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.

Tues. 7th-Wed. 8th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, teaching residency, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick

Thurs. 9th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare

Fri. 10th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, workshop (3.00 p.m.) and concert (8.30 p.m.) at Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Thurs. 30th-Sun. 10th May: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast


MAY 2015

Rayna Gellert (with Jeff Keith) in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, May-June; details TBA

Fri. 1st: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), St George's church, Belfast (part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in association with Real Music Club); doors open 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m., £12.00 (seating unreserved)
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Keane's Bar, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.; tel. 087 8886820

Fri. 1st-Mon. 4th: 18th Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city: Woodbine, Breathnach's, John St. (Fri.), 10.00 p.m.; Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St. (Sat.), 10.00 p.m.; Springhill Hotel, Waterford Rd. (Sun.), 10.00 p.m.

Fri. 1st-Mon. 4th: Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Weekend (presented by Teacht Thar Sáile Folk Club), Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry: Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Dizzy Blues Band, New Breadwinners

Sat. 2nd: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Culturlann Ui Chanain, Derry city
Woodbine, Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m.
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; tel. 087 7069935

Sun. 3rd: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city
Woodbine, Springhill Hotel, Waterford Rd., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m.
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; tel. 087 7069935

Mon. 4th: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.; tel. 087 2296018

Tues. 5th: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Whelan's, Dublin 2
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 8464509 (Sixmilebridge Folk Club Concert)

Wed. 6th: April Verch Band (CAN), The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 4153285

Thurs. 7th: April Verch Band (CAN), St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Blackrock GAA Club, Church Rd, Cork City, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 2944821

Thurs. 7th-Sun. 10th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork (Foghorn Stringband (USA), 8-10 May)

Fri. 8th: April Verch Band (CAN), Wexford Opera House, Wexford town
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Copper Mine Museum, Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 027 73218

Sat. 9th: April Verch Band (CAN), Triskel, Christchurch, Cork city
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 9898560

Sun. 10th: April Verch Band (CAN), Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771; support by Jacob's Ladder

Mon. 11th: Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771; support by New Breadwinners

Tues. 12th: April Verch Band (CAN), Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway

Wed. 13th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.
April Verch Band (CAN), The Sugar Club, Dublin 2

Thurs. 14th: April Verch Band (CAN), Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Thurs. 14th-Sat. 16th: 15th European World of Bluegrass Festival (EWOB), Voorthuizen, the Netherlands: Cup O' Joe (Fri.), JigJam (Sat.), many others

Fri. 15th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 8.00 p.m.
April Verch Band (CAN), Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Fri. 15th-Sat. 16th: 13th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Sat. 16th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m. [SOLD OUT]

Mon. 18th-Sun. 31st: The Petersens (USA) family bluegrass band in Ireland; promoters and event organisers can contact the band through their website

Wed. 20th: April Verch Band (CAN), Black Box, Belfast

Thurs. 21st: April Verch Band (CAN), Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 22nd: April Verch Band (CAN), Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

Fri. 22nd-Tues. 26th: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA) in Ireland: at Baltimore, Co. Cork, 22 May, other details TBA; contact by e-mail

Fri. 29th-Sun. 31st: Coastline Bluegrass Music Event (Facebook; Twitter), Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, North Wales


JUNE 2015

Fri. 12th-Sun. 14th: 9th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fri. 12th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Westport, Co. Mayo (as part of Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival)

Sat. 13th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Monroe's Live, Galway city

Wed. 17th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Barry's Pub, Grange, Co. Sligo

Thurs. 18th: The Railsplitters (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Fri. 19th: The Railsplitters (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Sat. 20th: The Railsplitters (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), The Cobblestone, 77 North King St., Dublin

Sun. 21st: The Railsplitters (USA), FREE

Wed. 24th-Sat. 27th: International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY


JULY 2015

Thurs. 2nd-Sun. 5th: 27th International North Wales Bluegrass Festival, Conwy, North Wales

Fri. 10th-Sun. 12th: 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival, Athy, Co. Kildare (Facebook); 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B), Patuxent Partners (USA), others TBC

Tues. 14th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), Ireland (venue tbc)

Wed. 15th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny

Thurs. 16th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny

Fri. 17th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), FREE

Sat. 19th-Wed. 29th: Vincent Cross in Ireland (at De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Wed. 22nd); e-mail for bookings


AUGUST 2015

Tues. 4th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 5th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), DC Music Club, Dublin 2

Thurs. 6th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), McCrory’s, Culdaff, Co. Donegal

Fri. 7th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Tim Eriksen (USA), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m., €15/13

Sat. 8th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

Sun. 9th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Belfast (venue tbc)

Fri. 14th: 55th anniversary of Don Owens's 'Blue Grass Day', Watermelon Park, Berryville, VA: first one-day all-bluegrass event

Thurs. 27th-Sun. 29th: 21st Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford


SEPTEMBER 2015

Thurs. 3rd-Sat. 5th: 50th anniversary of Carlton Haney's 'First Annual Roanoke Blue Grass Festival', Fincastle, VA: first multi-day all-bluegrass event, and first to be billed as a 'festival'

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England (Facebook)

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: Sweet Sunny South American Oldtime Music Festival, Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Hastings, Sussex, England

Tues. 15th: Betty and the Boy (USA), Ireland (venue tbc)

Wed. 16th: Betty and the Boy (USA), Ireland (venue tbc)

Thurs. 17th: Betty and the Boy (USA), McCrory’s, Culdaff, Co. Donegal

Fri. 18th: Betty and the Boy (USA), Balor Arts, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Sat. 19th: Betty and the Boy (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

Sun. 20th: Betty and the Boy (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Tues. 29th-Sat. 3rd Oct.: International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC, USA


OCTOBER 2015

Thurs. 1st-Sun. 4th: Cork Folk Festival: New Rope String Band (GB), many others TBA

Fri. 23rd-Mon. 26th: 6th Balla Bluegrass Festival, details TBA

Wed. 28th: Sara Grey & Kieron Means (USA/GB), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, €15/13


NOVEMBER 2015

Fri. 6th-Sun. 8th: Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Camp, taught by Larry Kernagis (USA), Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

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