26 February 2006

Calendar 2017-18

The calendar is frequently updated, and past events are transferred to the separate calendar archive post. All events in the Irish bluegrass festival season for which we have dates can be found below. Some items of country music news, prepared by the Country Music Association of Ireland, can be seen here.

A few important and/or accessible events outside Ireland are also listed. UKBluegrass.com used to have a special festival directory with a map, but this is now unfortunately defunct. A select list of over sixty festivals in Europe is on the EBMA website.

Bands and event/venue organisers: if your session or event is not shown here, contact the editor. Punters: please note that tour schedules often have to be changed, so before you go to a show, please check that the date and place are still the same as when you first noted it down.

Regular fortnightly or monthly events are shown at the appropriate dates. To avoid overloading the calendar, here is a list of gigs and sessions held EVERY WEEK:

Monday: Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city
The Critters, LV bar, MacCurtain St., Cork city
The 'Drunkard's Hiccups' session, Old Time Music Dublin, Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8, from 8.00 p.m.
Blue Light Smugglers, Blue Light Pub, Barnacullia, Co. Dublin, 9.30 p.m.

Tuesday: Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session, Sin E bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 9.00 p.m.
Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan's, 7 Douglas St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Wednesday: Bluegrass & old-time gig/session, Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210

Thursday: Tin Box Company bluegrass gig at Delaney's (Knocklyon Inn), Knocklyon, Dublin, 9.00 p.m. Contact Martin Kavanagh (087-2504505)
Knotty Pine String Band, Sally O’Brien's, John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.; all players welcome, adm. free
Sacred Harp shape-note singing sessions, Camden Palace, Camden Quay, Cork city, 7.00-9.00 p.m.; all welcome
Banjaxed Bluegrass Band, Curragower bar and restaurant, Clancy Strand, Limerick city
Royal Roots session, Beggy's bar, Bridge St., Navan, Co. Meath; bluegrass, old-time country, American folk, Cajun, and gospel; from 9.30 p.m., all musicians welcome
Broken String Band, The Dirty Onion, 3 Hill St., Belfast BT1 2LA
Clew Bay Critters, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 10.00 p.m.

Friday: Bluegrass session [may contain Irish music!], Cryan's Bar, Bridge St., Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, after 9.00 p.m.
Watery Hill Boys, Carberry's, North Strand, Drogheda, Co. Louth
'Lush Friday Roots Roustabout session': Noriana Kennedy, Mark McConville (guitar, vocals), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass)/Tom Portman (Dobro) or Liz Coleman (fiddle), McGinns, Dock Rd, Galway; 10.00 p.m. (check in case of conflicting gig)
Sacred Harp singing session, 80 Cook St., Dublin 8; 7.00-9.00 p.m.; admission free, all welcome; ring 0872355978
Wookalily (with opening acts), John Hewitt Bar, Belfast, 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free
Oldtown Rounders, An Púcán, Forster St., Galway city, 6.00-9.00 p.m.
Ox Mountain Session (old-time music) McGarrigles, O'Connell St., Sligo, 5.30-8.00 p.m.; all welcome

Saturday: Old-time music session [now established for many years and still going!]: Bill Whelan, Ben Keogh, & friends, the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 4.30-7.00 p.m.
Count Me In, Ellie May's, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, 3.00-6.00 p.m.

Sunday: Well Enough Alone, the Kilkenny Shop restaurant, Nassau St., Dublin 2, 2.15-4.15 p.m.
Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city, 7.30/8.00 p.m. onwards
Americana session, Brady's, Barrack St., Cork city
'Roots, Blues, Honkytonk Sunday Session': Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell (guitar, vocals), Kelvin Busher (double bass), Salthouse, Ravens Terrace, Galway; 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Erdini, the Chasing Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Breadwinners, the Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4, from 6.00 p.m.


If you first heard about an event from the Bluegrass Ireland Blog, we'll appreciate it if you tell the organisers that.


JANUARY 2017

Sun. 1st: Rackhouse Pilfer, Drury's, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo

Mon. 2nd: 45th anniversary of the death of Arthur Lee 'Red' Smiley

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Sat. 7th: Wookalily, the Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 12th: The Special Consensus (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 13th: The Special Consensus (USA), Baker's Bar, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 7.30 p.m.
110th anniversary of the birth of Ezra Cline
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th: The Special Consensus (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 8.30 p.m.
The Henry Girls & Friends, Redcastle Hotel, Moville, Co. Donegal' doors 7.00 p.m., €10
Niall Toner Band, Milford Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow town, €20

Sun. 15th: The Special Consensus (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Mon. 16th: The Special Consensus (USA), The Anvil Inn, Portarlington, Co. Laois, 8.30 p.m.

Tues. 17th: The Special Consensus (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 18th: The Special Consensus (USA), Strand Bar Roots Room, Strandhill, Co. Sligo, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 19th: The Special Consensus (USA), Dicey Reilly's Pub & Off-Licence, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 19th-Mon. 23rd: 18th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, venues in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty, Co. Clare; The Special Consensus (USA; Sun.), Cup O’ Joe, full lineup here and on Facebook

Thurs. 19th-Sun. 5th Feb.: Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow, Scotland: Sarah Jarosz, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Southern Tenant Folk Union, the Mark O'Connor Band, Dirk Powell, and the Special Consensus, many more; brochure downloadable here

Fri. 20th: The Special Consensus (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 8.00 p.m.
Wookalily, Clubeo, Leo's Tavern, Crolly, Co. Donegal, 10.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Mill Bar, Frederick St., Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 10.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 21st: The Special Consensus (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.00 p.m.
The Whileaways, Duncairn Cultural Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Co. Antrim BT14 6BP
Two Time Polka, Bunratty Folk Park, Bunratty Castle: Haybarn, 1.00-1.45 p.m.; Castle Main Guard, 4.00-4.45 p.m.; adults €15, family €35
Two Time Polka, McGregor's Bar, Sixmilebridge, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 22nd: The Special Consensus (USA), Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 3.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, The Old House, Sixmilebridge, 3.00 p.m.; adm. free

Mon. 23rd: The Special Consensus (USA), Colfers Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, 8.30 p.m.
80th anniversary of the birth of Polly Lewis

Tues. 24th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), the White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Wed. 25th: Sarah Jarosz (USA), St Werburgh's church, Dublin; doors 8.00 p.m., show 8.30; €19.99 (part of Temple Bar Tradfest)

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Factor One (singer/songwriters), Collette Donoghue (contemporary), Pat McSweeney (Americana), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Sarah Jarosz (USA), First Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Fri. 27th: Two Time Polka, Old School House, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, adm. €15 (€12 under 12s & over 60s); doors 7.30 p.m. Tel. 087 4148651

Sat. 28th: Two Time Polka, The Kasbah, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 11.00 p.m.; adm. free. Tel. 021 4871388 (part of White Horse Winter Music Festival)
Chatham County Line (USA), Whelan's, Dublin 2, €16.50; doors open 8.00 p.m.

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


FEBRUARY 2017

Wed. 1st: Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
The Special Consensus (USA), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m., €17 (€15)

Thurs. 2nd: The Special Consensus (USA), the Errigle Inn, Belfast, 8.30 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Bangor Castle, Valentine Rd, Bangor, Co. Down
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 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.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), The Model, Sligo town
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), the Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co. Meath, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 19th: Bertram Levy in these islands (shows only in England)

Sat. 4th: The Special Consensus (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Roe Valley Arts Centre, 24 Main St., Limavady, Co. Londonderry
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Murphy's, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
The Mulligan Brothers (USA), the Old Courthouse, Antrim town. 7.30 p.m.

Sun. 5th: The Special Consensus (USA), Banteer Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
Rayna Gellert, Kai Welch, & Jamie Dick (USA), Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast
Old Hannah with Wire & Wool (Scotland), Whelans, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

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

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 10th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 10th-Sun. 12th: 23rd FOAOTMAD Old-Time Music Festival, Gainsborough, England; details here

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

Mon. 13th: 90th anniversary of the birth of James Monroe 'Jim' McReynolds

Wed. 15th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Ann Louise Certain Scruggs

Fri. 17th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroys, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Sat. 18th: Woodbine retirement party for Richard Hawkins, Athy GAA Centre, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town

Sun. 19th: Rackhouse Pilfer, John The Miners, Carrick, Co. Sligo

Mon. 20th: Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigles, Sligo town

Tues. 21st: 90th anniversary of the birth of Don Reno
Niall Toner Band, Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Thurs. 23rd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Shane & Paul Hennessy, HueGrass, JoJo O and the Woods (USA), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), McGregors Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 8464509 (The Bridge Complex fundraising concert)
Rackhouse Pilfer, Convention Centre, Dublin

Fri. 24th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Old Church Rooms, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 2749301
I Draw Slow, supported by Lisa Loughrey (The Mariannes), Old Dara Cinema, Main St. North, Naas, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m., €20; all profits to Naas Food Bank
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Weigh Inn, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Sat. 25th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Edmond Stanley
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Roots Concert Room (upstairs), Craineens Bar, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 085 2513986
Greenshine, Eileen's Tea Rooms, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelan's, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sun. 26th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Levi’s Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m. Box office: 028 37118
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Mon. 27th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m. Tel. 087 7921771 / 087 6492514
Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigles, Sligo town


MARCH 2017

Wed. 1st: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Bakers Bar, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 1702021

Wed. 1st-Sun. 5th: 13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival; Darrell Scott (USA), 2nd-3rd; many more

Thurs. 2nd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Rossmore Theatre, Rossmore, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 4481086

Fri. 3rd: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 051 391656
Rackhouse Pilfer, Belfast Empire, Belfast
The Whileaways, Christ Church, Portumna, Co. Galway, 8.10 p.m.

Fri. 3rd-Sat. 4th: Tommy Jarrell Birthday Celebration, Historic Earle Theatre, 142 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, NC; 7.00-9.00 p.m. Fri., 1.30-3.00 p.m. Sat.; $11 or season pass

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 5th: 7th Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St Maries of the Isle primary school, Bishop St., Cork city (associated events 2-3 and 6 Mar.)

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Firkin Crane Theatre, John Redmond St., Shandon, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.; support act Greenshine. Tel. 021 4507487
Darrell Scott (USA), Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, 8.00 p.m.; €25 /€22
Rackhouse Pilfer, Abbey Hotel, Donegal town

Sun. 5th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 4148651
Darrell Scott (USA), The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Mon. 6th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Douglas Flint 'Doug' Dillard

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 8th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 1804870

Thurs. 9th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 22566
Darrell Scott (USA), Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Fri. 10th: Wookalily, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armaggh city, 7.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 01 8020898
The Henry Girls, album launch, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Sat. 11th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 6900714

Sun. 12th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.30 p.m.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Mannions Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 2296018
Darrell Scott (USA), Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town

Mon. 13th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Mon. 13th-Wed. 15th: Darrell Scott (USA), Songwriting intensive workshop, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Wed. 15th: The Whileaways support the Saw Doctors, Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2

Thurs. 16th: The Whileaways support the Saw Doctors, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Fri. 17th: The Whileaways, Swords Castle, Co. Dublin, 4.00 p.m. (St Patrick's day celebration)
Two Time Polka, Mastersons Steakhouse, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. 7.00-9.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 01 8903855

Sat. 18th: Two Time Polka, the Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Start 10.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Sun. 19th: The Whileaways, The Gallery Sessions, Co. Galway

Tues. 21st: Chris Thile at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2; performance workshop at 3.00 p.m. (€10), concert at 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 25th: Two Time Polka, open air, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. 3.00-4.00 p.m. Adm. free (Opening of the Deise Greenway in Kilmacthomas)

Mon. 27th: The Whileaways, concert with NUIG Orchestra, NUIG, Galway

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

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Maeve Toner (vocals/autoharp), Ciaran Moran (contemporary singer/ songwriter), Carpe Diem (Americana trio), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

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



APRIL 2017

Sat. 1st: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Niall Toner Band, Crocanoir, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

Sun. 2nd: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Dublin Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, 3.00 p.m.; adm. free
Knotty Pine String Band, 'Both Sides Now': Crossmaglen Rangers GAC, Newry, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m.

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

Tues. 4th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 5th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Wed. 5th-Sun. 9th: Ards International Guitar Festival, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down

Thurs. 6th: 'Wayfaring Stranger with Phil Cunningham', BBC2 NI TV, 7.00 p.m. (first of three instalments)

Fri. 7th: Brooksie Wells & Round Hill (USA), Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Sat. 8th: Wookalily, Queen's Hall, Newtownards, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m. (part of Ards Guitar Festival)

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

Thurs. 13th: 'Wayfaring Stranger with Phil Cunningham', BBC2 NI TV, 7.00 p.m. (second of three instalments)

Fri. 14th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome

Sat. 15th: Rackhouse Pilfer, The Furniture Shop, Grange, Co. Sligo

Sun. 16th: Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town

Mon. 17th: Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigle's, Sligo town

Thurs. 20th: 'Wayfaring Stranger with Phil Cunningham', BBC2 NI TV, 7.00 p.m. (last of three instalments)

Fri. 21st: Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroy's, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Sat. 22nd: The Henry Girls, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; €16 / €13 (advance), €18 / €15 (door)
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Strand, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Sun. 23rd: Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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

Fri. 28th: Wookalily, Shindig Voodoo Rooms, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Rackhouse Pilfer, Kyteler's Inn, Kilkenny city (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Two Time Polka, South County Bar, West Village, Douglas, Cork, 10.30 p.m., adm. free; 021 4891574

Fri. 28th-Sun. 30th: 4th Annual Mountain Roots Music Weekend, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry: High Plains Tradition (USA), others; various times and venues: check Teacht Thar Saile Folk Club.com; 085 251 3986

Fri. 28th-Mon. 1st May: Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city

Sat. 29th: Woodbine, Clubhouse Hotel, Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
The Henry Girls, Playhouse Theatre, Derry city: 1.30 p.m. matinee, £11/£8; evening (8.00 p.m.) £14/£11 (part of Boswell Tribute, City of Derry Jazz Festival)
JigJam, Inishbofin Arts Festival, Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway
Rackhouse Pilfer, Percy Whelan's, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Sun. 30th: Lands End, The Pumphouse, Kilkenny city, 4.00 p.m.; The Marble City, Kilkenny city, 10.30 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Woodbine, Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m. (part of Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Limelight, Glenties, Co. Donegal
Two Time Polka, Fertha Bar, Main St., Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, 4.00-6.00 p.m., adm. free; 066 9472023


MAY 2017

Middle Tennessee State University Arts production, 'Walking in sunlight: the life and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon', to tour Ireland; to book for school performances, contact Dr Virginia Donnell by e-mail

Mon. 1st: Foghorn Stringband (USA), Feile Na Bealtaine, Dingle, Co. Kerry 3.00 p.m., venue TBA
Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's Bar, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 6.30 p.m.
High Plains Tradition (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; 087 792 1771

Tues. 2nd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome
High Plains Tradition (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Parnell St, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; 085 850 2289

Wed. 3rd: High Plains Tradition (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; 068 22566
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m., €20/ €15/ €10 (students) (online booking fees apply); 01 6787188

Wed. 3rd-Sun. 7th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; Foghorn Stringband (USA), Nick Gareiss (USA), Allison de Groot (USA), Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Tim O'Brien (USA) & Jan Fabricius, many more

Thurs. 4th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.30 p.m.; 087 989 8560; 058 46455
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 7.30 p.m., €14/ €12; 0402 38529
American epic (film) at Séamus Ennis Arts Centre (SEAC), Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; non-members €5 (advance), €7 (door)

Fri. 5th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Church of Ireland, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.; 086 302 7976
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford town, 8.00 p.m., €16/€14; 053 9122144

Sat. 6th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Wookalily, the Tap Room, Newcastle, Co. Down
High Plains Tradition (USA), Pikers Lodge, Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, 8.30 p.m.; 086 262 8567
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m., €35/ €30/ €25; 086 3753380
Two Time Polka, Sarah Walker Gallery, The Pier, Castletownbere, Co. Cork; doors open 8.00 p.m., E15; 027 70387

Sun. 7th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.; 087 229 6018

Tues. 9th: Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 8.00 p.m., €16/ €14; 01 2724030

Wed. 10th: April Verch Band (CAN), Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), glór, Ennis, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m., €18/ €16; 065 6843103

Thurs. 11th: April Verch Band (CAN), Portico, Portaferry, Co. Down
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m. (Clonmel World Music)
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m., €17/ €14; 094 9023733
Thunder and Rain (USA), McGregor's Bar (upstairs), Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m. (Sixmilebridge Folk Club presentation), 086 8464509

Fri. 12th: April Verch Band (CAN), Old Courthouse Theatre, Antrim town
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Ballyboughal Hall, Ballyboughal, north Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m., €10
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
Tim O'Brien (USA) & Jan Fabricius, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), McGrory's Hotel (The Back Room), Culdaff, Co. Donegal, 9.00 p.m., €10; 074 9379104
Thunder and Rain (USA), Central Hotel, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m. (Clonbony GAA fundraiser), 087 6881650

Sat. 13th: April Verch Band (CAN), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
The Henry Girls, Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon town, 8.00 p.m.; €15
Tim O'Brien (USA) & Jan Fabricius, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m.
Darol Anger & Republic of Strings (USA), Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 8.00 p.m., €15/ €12; 045 448327
Official launch of 11th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.30 p.m.; music by the Breadwinners
Thunder and Rain (USA), The Old Still, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 10.00 p.m., 086 0454458

Sun. 14th: April Verch Band (CAN), Black Box, Belfast
Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Thunder and Rain (USA), The Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork (double act with Greenshine), 8.30 p.m., 087 7921771
Rackhouse Pilfer, John The Miners, Carrick, Co. Sligo, 7.00 p.m.

Mon. 15th: April Verch Band (CAN), private event, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Thunder and Rain (USA), Merry Bar and Restaurant, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (upstairs), 9.00 p.m. (Dungarvan Singers Club presentation), 087 064 0542

Tues. 16th: 10th anniversary of the death of James Wallace Lewis
April Verch Band (CAN), Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Thunder and Rain (USA), Mitchelstown Library, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, 11.00 a.m., 025 41939; Mallow Library, Mallow, Co. Cork, @ 3.00 p.m., 022 21821

Wed. 17th: April Verch Band (CAN), The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
We Banjo 3, Whelan's, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2, with special guests JigJam, doors 8.00 p.m., €15 (first of eight shows, 17-26 May; details here)
Thunder and Rain (USA), Charleville Library, Charleville, Co. Cork, @ 11.00 a.m., 063 89769; Kanturk Library, Kanturk, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m., 029 51384; O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m., 023 8833250

Thurs. 18th: Thunder and Rain (USA), Spailpin Fanach, South Main St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m. Support act Venetian Blue. 087 7921771

Fri. 19th: Thunder and Rain (USA), Millstreet Library, Millstreet, Co. Cork, 11.30 a.m., 029-21920
Newmarket Library, Newmarket, Co. Cork, 3.30 p.m., 087 7921771
Nosh and Coffee Restaurant, Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Litfest 2017, Midleton, Co. Cork, 7.30 p.m.

Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: 15th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany (with Adiaha's Bluegrass Day of workshops on Sun.)

Sat. 20th: World Fiddle Day
The Henry Girls, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford town, 8.30 p.m.; €18
Thunder and Rain (USA), House concert plus workshops. Workshops start 7.00 p.m., followed by concert. For details tel. John (087 7921771) or Susanne (087 6913980)
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town, 11.00 p.m.

Sun. 21st: Two Time Polka, The Brewery Tap, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 6.00 p.m., adm. free; 057 9321131
Thunder and Rain (USA), The Welcome Inn, Garryspillane, Co. Limerick, 5.00 p.m., 087 7921771
Rackhouse Pilfer, Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 10.30 p.m.

Mon. 22nd: Thunder and Rain (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m. Support act The Pioneers. 087 7921771

Thurs. 25th: The Henry Girls, Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin, 8.00 p.m.; €16/€14
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Sarah Something (contemporary), Sarah Buckley (contemporary), and Clarksville (acoustic pop), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 25th-Sat. 27th: 20th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival, ‘t Trefpunt, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands

Fri. 26th: Wookalily, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 8.00 p.m.
The Henry Girls, Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, 7.30 p.m.; €25
Rackhouse Pilfer, The Strand Bar, Sligo town, 10.30 p.m.

Sat. 27th: Aoife O’Donovan, Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin 2; €19.25
The Henry Girls, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 8.30 p.m.; €18/€16
Rackhouse Pilfer, INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 28th: Rackhouse Pilfer, Spells Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, 8.00 p.m.
The Whileaways, Killarney Beerfest 2017, INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Wed. 31st: The Henry Girls, The Dock, St George's Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, 8.30 p.m.; €20/ €18


JUNE 2017

Fri. 2nd: Two Time Polka, Old School House, Clashmore, Co. Waterford. Adm. €15/12. Doors 8.00 p.m. 087 4148651 (part of Strings & Things Festival)

Sat. 3rd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Drury's, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo, 8.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Holohans Bar, Slaney Place, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Adm. free. 10.30 p.m. 0539235743 (part of Strawberry Roots Festival)

Sun. 4th: JigJam, Clancy Brothers Festival, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
JigJam, Mick McCarthy Millennium Centre with Mike Denver, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th on Teeling, Sligo town, 11.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, the Harley Bar, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Adm. free. 10.00 p.m., 064 6671554 (part of Ireland Bike Fest)

Mon. 5th: Cardboard Fox (GB) with Cup O' Joe, Sunflower Folk Club, 65 Union St., Belfast
Rackhouse Pilfer, McGarrigles, Sligo town, 9.30 p.m.

Tues. 6th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome
Cardboard Fox (GB), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Underhill Rose (USA), Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down

Wed. 7th: Basstree String Band (GB), Craigdarroch Hotel, Moniaive, Scotland
The Original Five (Sweden), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 9.30 p.m.
Cardboard Fox (GB), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Croc an Óir house concert, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
Underhill Rose (USA), Sunflower Bar, Belfast

Thurs. 8th: Basstree String Band (GB), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
The Original Five (Sweden), Mullarkey's, Clifden, Co. Galway, 9.30 p.m.
The Horsenecks, Myles McCann's Bar, 7 John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 9.00 p.m.
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Connolly's Bar, Kinvara, Co. Galway
Underhill Rose (USA), Colfer's Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Fri. 9th: Basstree String Band (GB), Jesters Bar, Westport, Co. Mayo
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, The Bru Bar, Cork city
Underhill Rose (USA), McAuley Place, Sallins Rd, Naas West, Co. Kildare
The Original Five (Sweden), McGing's, High St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 10.00 p.m. (part of Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival)

Fri. 9th-Sun. 11th: 11th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: The Horsenecks (UK/USA), Jock & Vera (UK), The Vanguards (UK), Cardboard Fox (UK), Jaywalkers (UK), Fox & Branch (USA), The Old Yellers (USA), The Original Five (Sweden), Greenshine (Ireland), Rye River Band (Ireland), Corner Boy (Ireland), Rocky Top String Band (Ireland), Tim Rogers (Ireland), Evan Lyons (Ireland), others TBC

Sat. 10th: The Original Five (Sweden), Clew Bay Hotel, James St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 12.00 p.m. (part of Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival)
Basstree String Band (GB), the Weigh Inn, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
JigJam, Moyglass Music Festival, Moyglass, Co. Tipperary
Niall Toner Band, Milford Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow town, €20 (part of Carlow Arts Festival)
Two Time Polka, Masonic Hall, Linenhall St., Limavady, Co. Londonerry. Adm. free. 8.00 p.m. (part of Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival)
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Levis' Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Sun. 11th: Watery Hill Boys, Clarke's Bar, St Peter's Court, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 6.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Frank Owens Marquee, Main St., Limavady, Co. Londonerry. Adm. free. 2.00 p.m. (part of Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival)
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare
The Original Five (Sweden), Bridge St. Pub, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 4.00 p.m.
The Original Five (Sweden), Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway city, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 13th: Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Secret Garden Cafe, Galway city

Wed. 14th-Thurs. 15th: The Horsenecks, Joe Wattys Bar, Kilronan, Inishmore, Co. Galway, 7.00 p.m.

Thurs. 15th: Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo, Tanyard Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Fri. 16th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
The Whileaways, The Big Red Barn, Headford, Co. Galway (part of Headfest Festival)
The Horsenecks, Kenny's Bar, Main St., Lahinch, Co. Clare, 7.00 p.m.

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

Fri. 16th-Sun. 18th: Low Country Bluegrass Festival, Oelegem, Belgium: nine bands including Rawhide (BE), Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB)

Sat. 17th: 10th anniversary of the death of Larry Richardson
The Horsenecks, The Greyhound, O'Curry St., Kilrush, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Cork Summer Show, Curaheen Rd., Entertainment Zone. 12.15 p.m. (part of Cork Summer Show)
Two Time Polka, The Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. 10.00 p.m. Adm. free. 021 4772209

Sun. 18th: Wookalily, Mount Stewart, Co. Down (daytime); the Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down (evening)
The Horsenecks, Doolin Folk Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare, 7.00 p.m.

Mon. 19th: The Horsenecks, The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

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

Fri. 23rd-Sun. 25th: First Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy (BAND) Festival: Niall Toner Band, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Woodbine, Shawn Jones, Erdini, Two Time Polka, Geordie MacAdam, more TBA

Fri. 23rd-Sun. 25th: Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Pijnackerplein, Rotterdam, NL: Sierra Hull (USA), Barcelona Bluegrass Band (E), many more; adm. free

Fri. 23rd: Two Time Polka, The Shibeen at the Oyster Bar, Main St. Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, adm. free; 10.30 p.m. 074 9136039 (part of BAND Festival)

Sat. 24th: Two Time Polka, Arnolds Hotel, Main St. Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, adm. free; 6.30 p.m. 074 9136039 (part of BAND Festival)

Sun. 25th: Two Time Polka, Molly's Bar, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, adm. free. 2.30 p.m. 074 9100050 (part of BAND Festival)

Thurs. 29th: The Henry Girls, Cairde na Cruithe, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth


JULY 2017

Sat. 1st: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Bluestack Mountain Boys, Lissan House, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m., £15; details here

Sun. 2nd: 10th anniversary of the death of Ray Elwood Goins
Two Time Polka, The Haven Hotel, Dock Rd., Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, adm. free. 8.00 p.m. 051 383150

Sun. 2nd-Sun. 9th: 40th Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA, USA

Tues. 4th: 80th anniversary of the birth of Bill Vernon
Cup O' Joe, Ulster American Folk Park (part of American Independence Celebrations, 10.00-17.00)
The Petersens (USA), Merry's Bar and Restaurant, Lower Main St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 087 064 0542
Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Tues. 4th-Sat. 8th: Home with the Henry Girls (part of Earagail Arts Festival)

Thurs. 6th: The Petersens (USA), McGregor's Bar and Restaurant, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 8464509
Launch party for 4th Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2: acts include Beef Supreme (Carlow)

Fri. 7th: The Petersens (USA), Muintir na Tire Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m., with support act Aroundo (Irish trad.) Tel. 087 691 3980
Wookalily, Portico, Portaferry, Co. Down

Fri. 7th-Sat. 8th: 2nd Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare: Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, Evan & Amy Lyons (Fri.); Clem O'Brien, Watery Hill Boys (Sat.); Woodbine both nights

Sat. 8th: Outlaw Country Show, Alley Theatre, Strabane, 8.00 p.m.
The Petersens (USA), St Patrick's Gateway, Patrick's Hill, Waterford city, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 051 843 589
Cup O' Joe, July celebrations, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Two Time Polka, East Village Bar, Douglas, Co. Cork, adm. free. 10.30 p.m. 021 7367000

Sun. 9th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
The Petersens (USA), Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), Church of Ireland, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 302 7976

Mon. 10th: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.; €45, €39.50, €32.50
The Petersens (USA), Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m. Tel. 087 792 1771

Tues. 11th: Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), Chez Le Fab Restaurant, Arthur's Quay, Limerick city, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 962 1769

Wed. 12th: Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), Jeff and Tristan Scroggins (USA), and Carrigcove (Irish trad), The Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 045 4458

Thurs. 13th: Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p,m. Tel. 068 22566

Fri. 14th: Jim Lauderdale (USA), Triskel Christchurch, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.
Wookalily, supporting Martha Wainwright in the Soma Festival, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 14th-Sun. 16th: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal; Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road (USA), Garrett Newton Band (USA), the Petersens (USA), Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (USA), Jeff and Tristan Scroggins (USA), Woodbine, others TBC

Sat. 15th: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, St Anne's Park, Raheny, Dublin, noon-1.45 p.m., adm. free (part of St Anne's Park Rose Festival 2017)
Two Time Polka, Wild Atlantic Barn Dance, Community Centre, Ballinspittle, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m.; tickets (€10): 087 6287556
Pilgrim St, Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath, 9.00 p.m., €15
Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol, TN/VA) begins programme of events commemorating 1927 Bristol Sessions

Sat. 15th-Sun. 16th: Wookalily, Dalriada Fest, Glenarm Castle, Co. Antrim

Sat. 15th-Sat. 22nd: Michael and Sullivan Tuttle of The Tuttles with A.J. Lee (USA) in Ireland; e-mail Maureen Tuttle Roddy

Sun. 16th: Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down
Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town. Adm. free. Start 3.30 p.m. Tel. 053 9122303

Fri. 21st: Two Time Polka, O'Drisceoils Bar, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, adm. free. 10.30 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Gilroy's, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Sat. 22nd: Two Time Polka, The Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, adm. free. 10.00 p.m. 021 4772209
Cool Hand String Band, the Weigh Inn, 6 Kevlin Rd, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Rackhouse Pilfer, Granny Annie's, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Sun. 23rd: Mass commemorating Vinny Baker, St Camillus Nursing Centre, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, 10.30 a.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Wed. 26th: The Whileaways & the Saltwater Ensemble, Galway Arts Festival, Galway city, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 27th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim: Bluestack Mountain Boys, Prairie Jaywalkers, 7.30 p.m., £10. (Talk on the history of bluegrass music in Halfway House Hotel, 3.00 p.m.; adm. free)
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 28th: Rackhouse Pilfer, The Empire, Belfast

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

Sat. 29th: Rackhouse Pilfer, White Hag Brewery Fest, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Rackhouse Pilfer, 5th On Teeling, Sligo town

Sun. 30th: Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Co. Laois; Woodbine
Jim Lauderdale (USA) with Beth Nielsen Chapman (USA), National Concert Hall, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, Dergfest, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone
Two Time Polka, Phil Murphy Weekend, Colfers Bar, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford. Adm. €5. Start 3.00 p.m. Tel. 051 561159


AUGUST 2017

Tues. 1st-Sun. 6th: Twelfth La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), many more

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

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: 4th Dublin Blues Roots & Brass Festival, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra, many more TBA; 7.00 p.m. to closing time, adm. free

Sat. 5th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Wookalily, Bennigans, Derry city

Sat. 5th-Sun. 6th: 'Bluegrass on the Walls', Derry city: Erdini, Cup O'Joe, Knotty Pine String Band, Tennessee Hennessees, Cool Hand String Band (part of Maiden City Festival)

Wed. 9th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Larry Richardson

Wed. 9th-Thurs. 10th: Viper Central (CAN), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 10th: 90th anniversary of the birth of James Henry 'Jimmy' Martin

Fri. 11th: The Henry Girls, 7 Hills Blues Festival, Armagh city
Viper Central (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, with Ulaid & Duke Special
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 12th: The Whileaways, 'Gigs in the Garden', Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin (as special guests opening for Donovan)
Viper Central (CAN), Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down

Sun. 13th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Viper Central (CAN), Enler Delta Blues Club, Comber Rec F.C., Comber, Co. Down

Tues. 15th: Viper Central (CAN), Groucho’s, Richhill, Co. Armagh

Wed. 16th: Viper Central (CAN), the Weigh Inn, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Thurs. 17th: Viper Central (CAN), Ballyholme Yacht Club, Open House Festival, Bangor, Co. Down

Fri. 18th: Viper Central (CAN), the White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Sat, 19th: 20th anniversary of the death of Ray 'Curly Ray' Cline

Sun. 20th: Viper Central (CAN), Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Tues. 22nd-Wed. 23rd: Viper Central (CAN), Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Thurs. 24th-Sun. 27th: 23rd Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: I Draw Slow, Viper Central (CAN), Pine Marten, Molly + Blackbriar Band, Mons Wheeler Band, The Backyard Band, more TBA

Fri. 25th: Viper Central (CAN), Colfer's Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Sun. 27th: 80th anniversary of the birth of James Dee 'J.D.' Crowe
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down

Wed. 30th: Viper Central (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Thurs. 31st: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free


SEPTEMBER 2017

Fri. 1st-Sun. 3rd: 26th Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone: Dale Ann Bradley (USA), Viper Central (CAN), Robirohi (EST), Flats & Sharps (GB), Dirty Beggars (Scotland), Rackhouse Pilfer, the Whileaways, more TBA; weekend pass £35

Fri. 1st-Sun. 3rd: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Glos. GL7 6BQ, England; details TBA
The Whileaways, Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone (many other acts TBA)

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 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: Cup O'Joe (supporting Daoirí Farrell), Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast (part of BEATROOT)

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

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

Fri. 8th-Sun. 24th: 3hattrio (USA) available for bookings: contact Brookfield Knights agency (UK)

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

Fri. 15th-Sun. 17th: 14th Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: 9th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Scotland: The Ballinger Family Band with Matt Flinner (USA), The Horsenecks (USA/ England), Dapper McDans (Scotland), The Reckless Abandoners (England), Hot Rock Pilgrims (England), François Vola Trio (France), Legs Levens Appalachian Clog Dancers (Cumbria), Wayward Jane (Scotland)

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

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 28th-Sun. 8th Oct.: Mala & FyrMoon (CH) in Ireland, available for bookings

Sat. 30th: Fifth Italian Bluegrass Meeting, Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona, Italy
Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth, details TBA


OCTOBER 2017

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Thurs. 5th-Sat. 7th: The Whileaways (northern tour with Moving on Music; details TBA)

Sat. 7th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath, details TBA

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

Thurs. 12th: Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2

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

Sat. 14th: The Whileaways, Dingle Folk Festival, Co. Kerry

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

Thurs. 19th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 20th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 21st-Mon. 23rd: 5th Annual Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Munich String Band (D), Propane Bros (UK), Malina Bros (CZ), John Nyhan, the Kellehers, Leo Hayes, Bill Forster, plus pickers from Sixmilebridge Folk Club

Sun. 22nd: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast

Mon. 23rd:

Tues. 24th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 25th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Thurs. 26th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 27th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Sligo Live (Hawk's Well Theatre), Sligo town

Sat. 28th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down

Sun. 29th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town
80th anniversary of the birth of Roland 'Sonny' Osborne

Tues. 31st: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Bluebird Cafe, Bangor, Co. Down


NOVEMBER 2017

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 10th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 16th: 50th anniversary of the first recording of 'Rocky Top' (writers Felice and Boudleaux Bryant), by the Osborne Brothers

Fri. 24th-Sun. 26th: FOAOTMAD old-time fiddle and banjo workshop weekend, Wye Valley Youth Hostel, Goodrich, near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England; tutors Jane Rothfield (USA) and Gabrielle Macrae (USA)

Sat. 25th: Rhiannon Giddens (USA), Vicar Street, Dublin

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


DECEMBER 2017

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, the Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.

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

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

Sun. 10th: Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down

Sat. 30th: 80th anniversary of the birth of John Cowan Hartford

Sun. 31st: 15th anniversary of the death of James Monroe 'Jim' McReynolds


MAY 2018

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (USA) in ireland for two-week tour; details TBA

Fri. 25th: Sixtieth anniversary of first performance by the New Lost City Ramblers

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