26 February 2006

Calendar 2014-15

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: 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, 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
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
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 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), supported by Brittany Haas (f), Jordan Tice (gtr), Paul Kowert (bs); DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2

Thurs. 8th-Sun. 11th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork: Aly Bain, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Stephanie Coleman & Cleek Schrey, This Is How We Fly (inc. Nick Gareis, dancer), New Rope String Band, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, & Jordan Tice, many others

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

Tues. 13th: John Lowell Band (USA), Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade, Cork, 11.30 a.m.; tel. 021 4924919
John Lowell Band (USA), O'Neill's bar, Main St., Buttevant, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 8168692 (Bluegrass session; musicians welcome)

Wed. 14th: John Lowell Band (USA), Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 8599615 / 086 8464509

Thurs. 15th: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast
John Lowell Band (USA), St John's Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22566
Lowell 'Banana' Levinger (USA), Colfer’s, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Fri. 16th: Rackhouse Pilfer, the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Gone to Grass, the Crane Bar, Galway city
John Lowell Band (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Ballinagaul, Ring, Co. Waterford, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 0640542 / 087 9898560
Lowell 'Banana' Levinger (USA), Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival launch party, McGing's, Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.: music by the Molly Hicks

Sat. 17th: World Fiddle Day
John Lowell Band (USA), Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 0402 38529
Lowell 'Banana' Levinger (USA), Highway Inn, Crusheen (near Ennis), Co. Clare, with special guest Ron Kavana; €12

Sun. 18th: John Lowell Band (USA), Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 8300069
Lowell 'Banana' Levinger (USA), Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2

Mon. 19th: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Ballymore Acoustic Gigs, Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
John Lowell Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771

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

Thurs. 22nd-Sun. 25th: Ballyhooly Arts Festival, Ballyhooly, Co. Cork: music programme includes Down & Out Bluegrass Band, Gordon & Rose, P.J. Power, John Nyhan, many others

Fri. 23rd: Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried (USA), Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry
Concert and CD launch commemorating Chris Twomey, Spailpin Fanach, 27-9 South Main St., Cork city: Lee Valley String Band, Steam Packet Company, Stokers Lodge, Niall Toner, Johnny Moynihan, Johnny Butler, Jim O'Donnell; 9.00 p.m., adm. €15

Mon. 26th: Winding-up session in Ballyhooly Arts Festival

Thurs. 29th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr/vocals), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Richard Hawkins, Tim Hawkins & Cathal Cusack (trad. American), Ballyhorsey Sandpit (Americana), HueGrass (Americana); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Thurs. 29th-Sat. 31st: 17th European World of Bluegrass Festival, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands; Well Enough Alone, many others

Fri. 30th-Sun. 1 June: 4th Fire in the Mountain Festival, Cwmnewidion Isaf, Cnwch Coch, Aberystwyth SY23 4LL, west Wales

Sat. 31st: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
Woodbine, Tuohy's Bar, Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.; 087 0675752


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

Sat. 7th: Prison Love, Whelans Upstairs, Dublin 2; kickoff 9.00 p.m. sharp; adm. €10 (includes access to late bar and club)

Fri. 13th-Sun. 15th: 8th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: Loose Moose String Band (UK), Corn Potato String Band (USA), Battenkill Ramblers (D), Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Hat Fitz & Cora Robinson (AUS), Miriam Donohue, Sullivan Brothers, Rocky Top String Band, Tim Rogers & Friends, Jock Tyldesley & Vera van Heeringen (UK), Watery Hill Boys; plus Luthiers' Showcase, Mando Mhaigh Eo, and more

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

Wed. 18th-Thurs. 26th: 16th Open House Festival, Belfast: Cup o' Joe at the Farmers' Folk Club (Thurs. 19th); Corn Potato String Band, Sunflower Bar (Fri. 20th); The Whileaways, Green Room (Sat. 21st); Hillbilly Hell featuring Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Empire Music Hall (Sat. 21st); shape-note singing session with Belfast Sacred Harp (Sun. 22nd)

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

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

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, Greville Arms Hotel, Pearse St., Mullingar, Co. Westmeath; doors 7.00 p.m., show 7.45 p.m.

Thurs. 26th: Niall Toner Band, Café du Journal, 17A Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Co. Dublin (part of the Crescent Sessions series), 8.00 p.m.; doors open 7.30 p.m.; tickets €12 at the door

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

Sun. 29th: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Sweeneys, Dame St., Dublin 2, 5.00-6.00 p.m., adm. free


JULY 2014

Fri. 4th: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, U.S. Ambassador's Residence, Phoenix Park, Dublin, 5.00-6.00 p.m.
Woodbine, Tuohy's Bar, Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 10.00 p.m.; 087 0675752
The Bluegrass House Band leads a celebration of American Independence Day, Raftery's Rest, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway
Well Enough Alone, Residents' Hotel (Living Room Bar), Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 10.00 p.m.-midnight

Tues. 8th: Rattlesnake Annie plus Berea Bluegrass Trio (Al White, Ryan Blevins, Sam Gleaves), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

Wed. 9th: Berea Bluegrass Trio (Al White, Ryan Blevins, Sam Gleaves), Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

Fri. 11th-Sun. 13th: 24th Athy Bluegrass Festival, GAA Club, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare; New Essex Bluegrass Band (GB), Ferguson & Ferguson (USA) (Sat.-Sun.), Nelson, Crosby, & Crosby (USA), Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Della Belle, Woodbine, Bending the Strings, Clem O'Brien, the Chanders Family

Sat. 12th: Prison Love, Go Metro music stage, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, 2.00-2.45 p.m. (part of City Spectacular Festival)

Sun. 13th-Sun. 3 Aug.: Pe & Pe (CZ) in Ireland: details here

Mon. 14th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs), 9.00 p.m., €12

Tues. 15th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Crocanoir, Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 16th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), The Set Theatre, Kilkenny city; 056 7721728 or Rollercoaster 056 7763669
Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), De Barra's Folk Club, 55 Pearse St., Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m., €5

Thurs. 17th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Whelan's, Dublin 2; 1890200078
Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 18th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Coughlan's Live, Cork (sold out)
Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Rockies Club, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, 9.30 p.m.

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

Sat. 19th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanover, Headford, Co. Galway; 093 35454
Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Tech Amergin Art Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 21st: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Kenny's, Main St., Lahinch, Co. Clare, 9.30 p.m.

Tues. 22nd: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.
Count Me In Bluegrass Band, Jonny the Jug, Holywood, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.

Wed. 23rd: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Coast Road, Ballygally, Co. Antrim: Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Janet Holmes, Count Me In Bluegrass Band; plus workshops in Cairncastle village on bluegrass history (23 July) and fiddle making (25 July)
Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 24th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Sunflower Club, Belfast, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 25th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA), Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, 9.00 p.m.

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

Fri. 25th-Sat. 27th: Whelan's Bluegrass, Country, and Roots Festival (25-27 July), 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2; 8.00 p.m. each night, adm. free

Sat. 26th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA) with Charlie McGettigan, Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.

Sun. 27th: Ferguson & Ferguson (USA) - Ferguson, Holmes, & Henry Reunion, Phil Murphy Weekend, Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Thurs. 31st: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr/vocals), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (fdl), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Joey Magic (Americana), Lynda Lucas & Erin Achenbach (folk/country); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free


AUGUST 2014

Fri. 1st-Sun. 31st: Open House Bangor Festival 2014, Bangor, Co. Down (see Sun. 3rd)

Sat. 2nd-Sun. 3rd: Bluegrass Weekend (part of Maiden City Festival, Derry city): 'Bluegrass on the Walls' (Sat. afternoon) Tennessee Hennessees, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Wookalily, Count Me In, Broken String Band, Murder Balladeers; 'Youngtime Bluegrass' (Sat. evening) concert in the Craft Village: Cup o' Joe, No Oil Paintings, Noriana Kennedy; 'Bluegrass Brunch' (Sun.) in the Craft Village: Janet Holmes & Colin Henry, Wookalily, White Mansions, Murder Balladeers

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), 3.00-5.00 p.m.
Hot Seats (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Swan Lane (Ardboyne Hotel), Navan, Co. Meath, adm. €10

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

Fri. 8th-Sun. 10th: 4th Mohill Bluegrass Festival, Mohill, Co. Leitrim;
Down & Out Bluegrass Band, Count Me In, Wookalily, Cool Hand Dukes, The Cat's Meow

Sat. 16th: Woodbine, Killybegs, Co. Donegal (postponed sine die)

Thurs. 21st-Sun. 24th: 20th Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: Boxcar Preachers (USA), Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Land’s End, Mons Wheeler Band, Southern Welfare, Black Bottle String Band, Newfoundland, Greasy Coat String Band, Dublin City Rounders, Barefoot Jenny

Fri. 29th-Sun. 31st: 23rd Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone: Dale Ann Bradley (USA), Love Canon (USA), The Outliers (USA), April Verch Band (CAN), 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/BE), Robirohi (EST), Rackhouse Pilfer, White Mansions; more TBA

Fri. 29th-Sun. 31st: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire GL7 6BQ, England

Sun. 31st: I Draw Slow, Bluegrass Picnic, Ward Park, Bangor, Co. Down, 3.00-5.00 p.m. (finale of Open House Festival Bangor)


SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Fri. 26th-Sun. 28th: Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

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


OCTOBER 2014

Sat. 11th: Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Sun. 12th: Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski, Millennium Forum, Derry city


JANUARY 2015

Thurs. 15th-Sun. 1 Feb.: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, Scotland


MAY 2015

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


JUNE 2015

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

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