05 August 2011

20th Omagh Festival: more news

The BIB has just received its own copy of the flyer for this year's Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival (2-4 Sept. 2011) at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone (see our post for 19 July).

We're delighted to take in the fact that the US guests this year include the magnificent and pioneering Footworks dance team; the Omagh festival led the way among Irish bluegrass events in featuring Appalachian dancing. Omagh's example is still not as widely followed as it might be, and it'll be good to see a first-class team of American cloggers back on the main stage. They'll be dancing, we assume, to live music by the BanjaBill All Stars, led by Bill Whelan.

[We assumed wrong. Bill himself assures us that the Turtle Duhks (Canada) will be playing for Footworks. Bill's All Stars will consist of himself, Ben Keogh, and Mick Daly of the Lee Valley String Band.]

Lineup and schedule details are not yet on the Festival website, so use the flyer, in its Dangem version, for reference.

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