26 February 2006

Calendar 2016

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

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

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

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

Monday: Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city
The Critters, LV bar, MacCurtain St., Cork city

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

Tuesday: Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session, Sin E bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 9.00 p.m.


Wednesday: Bluegrass & old-time gig/session, Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210
The New Breadwinners, Chancery Inn, Ormond Quay, Dublin, 9.00 p.m.

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

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

Saturday: Old-time music session [now established for 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 2016

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

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

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

Fri. 15th: Wookalily, the Limelight, Belfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thurs. 11th: The Whileaways, Coughlans Bar, 7 Douglas St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Fri. 19th: The Whileaways, The Tearoom Sessions, Brewery Lane Theatre & Arts Centre, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 26th: The Whileaways, Cleeres, Kilkenny city, 8.30 p.m.


MARCH 2016

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

Sat. 5th: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

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

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

Fri. 11th: Woody Pines (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Sat. 12th: Woody Pines (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sun. 13th: Woody Pines (USA), Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletown Bearhaven, Co. Cork

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

Thurs. 24th: Locust Honey (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Sat. 26th: Locust Honey (USA), Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sun. 27th: Locust Honey (USA), JJ Harlow's, Roscommon town

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

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


APRIL 2016

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

Fri. 29th-Mon. 2nd May: Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city: various venues


MAY 2016

Thurs. 5th: Russell de Carle (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)

Thurs. 5th-Sun. 8th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; lineup TBA

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

Fri. 6th: Russell de Carle (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Sat. 7th: Russell de Carle (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sun. 8th: Russell de Carle (USA), Belfast (venue TBC)

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


JUNE 2016

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

Sat. 4th: 2 Stroke String Sessions (old-time), Mountpleasant Inn, Ranelagh, Dublin, from 10.30 p.m.; adm. free

Tues. 7th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Wed. 8th: Kentucky Cow Tippers (UK), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

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

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


JULY 2016

Fri. 8th-Sat. 9th: Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, Athy, Co. Kildare: Woodbine, Hamilton County Ramblers; (USA); picking session on Sat. afternoon; venues and other details TBC

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

Thurs. 28th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Folk Festival Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, near Larne. Co. Antrim; 7.30 p.m.: lineup TBC


AUGUST 2016

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

Thurs. 25th-Sun. 28th: 22nd Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford; Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley in concert (Sat., Sun.), €20 (bookable by e-mail from 14 Feb. 2016); more details TBA


SEPTEMBER 2016

Fri. 9th: Twentieth anniversary of the death of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe

Fri. 23rd-Sat. 24th: EBMA Bluegrass Gathering, Haus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg, Germany

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

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


OCTOBER 2016

Fri. 28th-Mon. 31st: 8th Balla Bluegrass Festival, Balla, Co. Mayo: dates and details TBC

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