19 May 2011

Openings for bluegrass and old-time at the Weigh Inn Bar, Co. Tyrone

Thanks to Ignatius Donnelly, owner of the Weigh Inn Bar, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, who has been discovering bluegrass over the last three years through the annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park, and sends what should be welcome news for both visiting and home-grown bands: he aims to generate more interest in the music in the Omagh area and promote bluegrass nights in the Weigh Inn.

Mr Donnelly is interested in contacting bands who are looking for a Tuesday night date to fill out their schedule - primarily visiting bands, but by no means excluding bands from Ireland. He writes:

I have secured the Water Tower Bucket Boys [USA; see photo above, and the video on the Weigh Inn's live entertainment page] in September and it is their type of up-tempo old-time bluegrass that is appealing.

While experience has shown Tuesday nights in summer to be viable, any time of the year (and including Friday and Saturday nights) would be open for consideration if a price can be agreed. Budget is important, as the Weigh Inn holds only 80/90 seated.

Bands who are interested can contact Ignatius by e-mail.

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