19 June 2015

The SMB Folk Club - onward and upward!

Thanks to Brendan Walsh and his organising team from the Sixmilebridge Folk Club in Co. Clare for news of two major coming events of interest to BIB readers.

Since 2000 the Club - which among its many activities runs monthly and seasonal sessions, concerts, and classes in traditional music - has presented the annual Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, with its unique combination of musical genres. Next year's event (enlarged from 'Weekend' to 'Festival') will be held from Thursday 21st to Tuesday 26th January 2016, with over seventy musical events, plus set-dancing and poetry, in the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty, including the Castle (photo) and Folk Park. Look out for further details: on the website or Facebook, and on the BIB as soon as we receive them. Brendan, as festival director, can be contacted at 086 8464509.

Three months before then, moreover, the Club will present (9-11 October 2015) the Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, with twenty-five sessions, gigs, or concerts, and an international lineup. This is a development from the Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival which has been held with success over the last two years in the Castle, the Folk Park, and adjacent venues in Bunratty, Co. Clare. Note the change of date this year, from late September to early October. More details will be released soon.

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