26 February 2006

Calendar 2015-16

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 9.00 p.m.

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


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

Thursday: Tin Box Company bluegrass gig at Delaney's (Knocklyon Inn), Knocklyon, Dublin, 9.00 p.m. Contact Martin Kavanagh (087-2504505)
Knotty Pine String Band, Sally O’Brien's, John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.; all players welcome, adm. free
Sacred Harp shape-note singing sessions, Camden Palace, Camden Quay, Cork city, 7.00-9.00 p.m.; all welcome
Banjaxed Bluegrass Band, Curragower bar and restaurant, Clancy Strand, Limerick city
Royal Roots session, Beggy's bar, Bridge St., Navan, Co. Meath; bluegrass, old-time country, American folk, Cajun, and gospel; from 9.30 p.m., all musicians welcome
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, 7.00-9.00 p.m. (throughout summer 2014)

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

Sunday: Well Enough Alone, the Kilkenny Shop restaurant, Nassau St., Dublin 2, 2.15-4.15 p.m.
Lee Valley String Band,
Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city, 7.30/8.00 p.m. onwards
Americana session, Brady's, Barrack St., Cork city
'Roots, Blues, Honkytonk Sunday Session': Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell (guitar, vocals), Kelvin Busher (double bass), Salthouse, Ravens Terrace, Galway; 7.00-9.00 p.m.
Slim Pickins, Sin E, 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7, 9.00-11.00 p.m.


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


JANUARY 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MARCH 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


APRIL 2015

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

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

Sat. 4th: Bog Standard Stringband, Pennsylvania Log Barn, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.
Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, 'The House Presents', Annesley House, 70 North Strand, Dublin

Sun. 5th: Bog Standard Stringband, Pennsylvania Log Barn, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.
Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Woodbine, Leech's Bar, Wolfhill, Co. Laois, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 6th: Bog Standard Stringband, Pennsylvania Log Barn, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Fri. 10th: Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, workshop (3.00 p.m.) and concert (8.30 p.m.) at Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin [POSTPONED]
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 24th: Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly, DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m.; €15 (€13 booked in advance) (Musiclee.ie production)

Sat. 25th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon; banjo tuition by Howard Walker
Down and Out Bluegrass Band, the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Dublin Bluegrass Collective, open bluegrass session, McLoughlin's Bar, 73 Upper George's St., Dun Laoghaire, from 9.00 p.m. (monthly series; next on 23 May)

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew; special guests Liam & Mary (Americana), Clare Dunne (contemporary), and DK Tuesdays (acoustic rock); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

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


MAY 2015

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

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

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

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

Sat. 2nd: Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin, all-day singing (10.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.), Franciscan Friary, Merchant's Quay, Dublin 8; pot-luck lunch; all welcome
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Culturlann Ui Chanain, Derry city
Woodbine, Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m.
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; tel. 087 7069935

Sun. 3rd: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Watergate Theatre, Parliament St., Kilkenny city, 7.30 p.m. (Kilkenny Roots Festival)
Woodbine, Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd., Kilkenny city, 10.00 p.m.
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry; tel. 087 7069935

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

Tues. 5th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan (2015 'I'm With Her' tour), Whelan's, Dublin 2
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 086 8464509 (Sixmilebridge Folk Club Concert)

Wed. 6th: April Verch Band (CAN), The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, 8.30 p.m., €15/€12; 071 9650828
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 4153285
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 7th: April Verch Band (CAN), St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m., €12/€10; 068 22566
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Blackrock GAA Club, Church Rd, Cork City, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 2944821
Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Local, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.

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

Fri. 8th: April Verch Band (CAN), Wexford Opera House, Wexford town, 8.00 p.m., €16/€14; 053 9122144
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Copper Mine Museum, Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 027 73218
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome; from 8.30 p.m.; monies collected on this night will go to Nepal appeal

Fri. 8th-Sun. 10th: 3rd Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway: Mick Moloney, JigJam, many others; 5-string workshops by Bill Forster, 2.00-5.00 p.m. Sat.; full programme here

Sat. 9th: April Verch Band (CAN), Triskel Christchurch, Cork city, 8.00 p.m., €15/€12; 021 4272022
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 9.30 p.m.; tel. 087 9898560

Sun. 10th: April Verch Band (CAN), Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre, Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m., €20 (tickets from Fiddle Fair); 086 3753380 (info only)
Martin Gilmore Trio (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 7921771; support by Jacob's Ladder

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

Tues. 12th: April Verch Band (CAN), Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway, 8.00 p.m., €12/€10, tickets on the door; 095 21699 (info only) (Promoted by Clifden Arts Society)
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Siopa Ceoil an Daingin / Dingle Music & Coffee Shop, 7.30 p.m.; John Benny's, 9.00 p.m., Dingle, Co. Kerry

Wed. 13th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.
April Verch Band (CAN), The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m., €18/€13; 01 4750224 (Promoted by Music Network)

Thurs. 14th: April Verch Band (CAN), Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 8.00 p.m., €16/€14; 01 2724030
Foghorn Stringband (USA), Crane Bar, Galway city

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

Fri. 15th: Foghorn Stringband (USA), The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 8.00 p.m.
April Verch Band (CAN), Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 9.00 p.m., €16/€14; 041 9833946

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

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

Tues. 19th: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA) and The Petersens (USA), the Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 021 4651511 & 021 4651555

Wed. 20th: April Verch Band (CAN), Black Box, Belfast; doors 8.00 p.m., £12/£10

Thurs. 21st: April Verch Band (CAN), Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
The Petersens (USA), Kanturk Library, Kanturk, Co. Cork, 11.00 a.m.; tel. 029 51384
The Petersens (USA), Millstreet Library, Millstreet, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m.; tel. 029 21970
The Petersens (USA) and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 2530955, 063 8184

Fri. 22nd: April Verch Band (CAN), Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA) and The Petersens (USA), Christ Church, Main St., Innishannon, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 021 4775361, 087 7921771

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

Sat. 23rd: A Family Music Day - 'The Families That Play Together': The Petersens (USA), and the Kelleher Family, from Dripsey, Co. Cork (Pat, banjo, guitar, vocals; Lorna, guitar, vocals; Ricky, guitar, bass, vocals), Mallow Library, Mallow, Co. Cork, 3.00 p.m.
and
Christ Church Church of Ireland, Ballyhooly Castle Grounds, Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 2659496

Sun. 24th: The Petersens (USA), St Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 3.00 p.m.; concert in aid of Hope Foundation and Church Repair Fund; tel. 087 225 7983
Robirohi (EST), Temple Christian Fellowship, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim (morning); Maghaberry Elim Church, Co. Antrim (evening); all welcome; ring Tommy Vance (07834243009) for info/bookings

Mon. 25th: Robirohi (EST), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.; all welcome; ring 07736837779 (after 6.00 p.m.)
J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), Ubangi Stomp Club, Dublin

Tues. 26th: J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Wed. 27th: J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city
Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band, Halfway House, Ballygally, Co. Antrim, 8.00-9.00 p.m. (Cairncastle Ulster Scots monthly soiree)

Thurs. 28th: J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew (house band) plus special guests Helene (France), Rhapsody (male choir), Seanie Vaughan (contemporary); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 29th: J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Co. Cork

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

Sat. 30th: DanGem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Main St., Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Sun. 31st: J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.


JUNE 2015

Tues. 2nd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs, Errigle Inn, 312-20 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.

Tues. 9th: Flats and Sharps (GB), the Red Room (Ireland's premier house concert venue), Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 11th: Flats and Sharps (GB), 'Beer and Bluegrass' evening, the Empire, Belfast

Fri. 12th: House Devils (GB), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m.; €15 (€13 reserved)
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Westport, Co. Mayo (as part of Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival)

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

Sat. 13th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Monroe's Live, Galway city
House Devils (GB) (at Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival)

Sun. 14th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Shoot the Crows, Sligo town
Flats and Sharps (GB), Monroe's Live, Galway city
House Devils (GB), Roisin Dubh, Galway city

Mon. 15th: House Devils (GB), 'Welcome Home To Enniscrone', Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Tues. 16th: The Railsplitters (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Flats and Sharps (GB), Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city

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

Fri. 19th: The Railsplitters (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry
Niall Toner, DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2 (CD launch celebration); tickets via e-mail

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

Sun. 21st: The Railsplitters (USA), The Green Room, Black Box, 18-22 Hill St., Belfast BT1 2LA

Wed. 24th: Thirtieth anniversary of the start of a meeting in Nashville (June 1985) that resulted in the formation of the IBMA

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

Thurs. 25th: I Draw Slow, Whelans, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2, €15; doors 8.00 p.m.

Sat. 27th: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Secret Garden Music Festival, Kilpoole Hill, Wicklow town

Sun. 28th: Niall Toner Band, The Bailey, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, 4.00 p.m. (part of Strawberry, Culture, & Food Fest); relaunch of We Dig Roots! agency at interval
Dublin Bluegrass Collective, McLoughlin's, Dun Laoghaire, 5.00-8.00 p.m. (open bluegrass session)

JULY 2015

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

Fri. 3rd: Woodbine, private party, Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois

Fri. 3rd-Sun. 5th: American Independence Weekend at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone: Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys (CAN)

Sat. 4th: Drummartin Country Market official opening, Drummartin, Co. Sligo , 10.30 a.m.-12.30; features 'American country and bluegrass music'

The Green Grass Hooley Boys, Eugene’s Bar, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 10.00 p.m.
Dublin Bluegrass Collective, McLoughlin's, Dun Laoghaire, 2.00 p.m.
Dublin Bluegrass Collective, My Meat Wagon, Smithfield, Dublin, 8.00 p.m.

Sun. 5th: The Green Grass Hooley Boys, Durty Nelly's, Bunratty, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.

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

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

Mon. 13th: Patuxent Partners (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork

Tues. 14th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Patuxent Partners (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Wed. 15th: Hillfolk Noir (USA), Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny
Patuxent Partners (USA), Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.

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

Fri. 17th-Sun. 19th: 8th Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal (contact Patsy McGill, +353 (0)74-9537949, 087-6900714): Patuxent Partners (USA), KingBlue, Woodbine, others TBC

Tues. July 21st: Vincent Cross, Abner Brown's Barber Shop, 6 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6

Wed. 22nd: Vincent Cross, the Sitting Room Session, De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Thurs. 23rd: Vincent Cross, De Burgo's, Galway city (Galway Fringe Festival)

Fri. 24-Sat. 25th: Dublin Bluegrass Collective, Knockanstockan Festival, Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow

Fri. 24th-Sun. 26th: Blue Grass Weekend, Rafterys Rest, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway: Martin Gross Band (Germany), others TBA; all-day dobro tuition on Sat. 25th; for schedule of tuition, costs, and bookings, contact Peter Larkin (087 995 3555; e-mail)

Sat. 25th: Vincent Cross, The Little Blue Room, Longford town

Sun. 26th: Vincent Cross, McGing's, Westport, Co. Mayo

Wed. 29th: Vincent Cross, Anchorage Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Wed. 29th-Sun. 2nd Aug.: Tenth La Roche Bluegrass Festival, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France

Thurs. 30th: Cairncastle Ulster Scots Folk Festival Bluegrass Evening, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, near Larne. Co. Antrim; 7.30 p.m.: Broken String Band, Watery Hill Boys, KingBlue
Vincent Cross, the Lansdowne Session, Belfast

Fri. 31st: Vincent Cross, supported by the Dublin Bluegrass Collective, the Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin

Fri. 31st-Sat. 8th Aug.: Maiden City Festival, Derry city; details TBA


AUGUST 2015

Sat. 1st: Vincent Cross, Americana Music Workshop, Athlone
Cairncastle Ulster Scots Folk Festival soiree, Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim, 7.30 p.m.: Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band

Sun. 2nd: Vincent Cross, house concert, Galway city

Tues. 4th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

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

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

Fri. 7th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Tim Eriksen (USA), DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 9.00 p.m., €15/13
Willie Watson (USA), Queens Parade Methodist Church, 4 Queens Parade, Bangor, Co. Down

Sat. 8th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Willie Watson (USA), Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, 8/9.00 p.m.

Sun. 9th: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (USA), Belfast (venue TBC)
Willie Watson (USA), Coughlan’s Live, 7 Douglas St., Cork city

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

Sat. 22nd: The Stray Birds (USA), the Black Box, Belfast

Tues. 25th-Mon. 14 Sept.: Whiskey Deaf (USA: John Kael, Annie Staninec) in Ireland; available for fiddle workshops and other events

Thurs. 27th-Sun. 30th: 21st Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: Whiskey Deaf (USA), Demolition String Band (USA), Vabank Unit (CZ), Cup O' Joe, Jigjam, Mons Wheeler Band, Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Barefoot Jenny; more acts TBC


SEPTEMBER 2015

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

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: 24th Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone: Claire Lynch Band (USA), Demolition String Band (USA), Viper Central (CAN), CC Smugglers (GB), Bill Faster (SK), Niall Toner Band, KingBlue, Geordie McAdam & Friends, Wookalily, Broken String Band, Northern Exposure, Tom Sweeney, 'Songs for all the family', Prison Love, Watery Hill Boys, Bluegrass Festival Choir; full weekend pass £35.00 (online booking)

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

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

Sat. 5th: Woodbine, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois

Sat. 12th: Petunia & Nathan Godfrey (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat. 26th-Sat. 3 Oct.: Autumn old-time-music workshop week, La Fuente, south-eastern Spain; tutors Beverly Smith, John Grimm, Kate Lissauer, others

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


OCTOBER 2015

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

Tues. 6th: Corn Potato String Band (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 9th-Sun. 11th: Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare; 25 sessions/ gigs/ concerts, details TBA

Fri. 16th: 30th anniversary of first public meeting of International Bluegrass Music Association, at the Blair School of Music auditorium, Nashville, TN, 16 Oct. 1985

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

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


NOVEMBER 2015

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


JANUARY 2016

Thurs. 21st-Tues. 26th: Shannonside Winter Music Festival, Sixmilebridge and Bunratty, Co. Clare; Brendan Walsh, 086 8464509

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