30 May 2022

Looking back: Bluegrass Omagh 2022

The BIB editor writes:

The first Bluegrass Omagh festival since 2019 ended yesterday (Sunday 29 May). There was a great deal to enjoy in meeting friends and hearing some of our favourite music in the atmosphere of the Ulster American Folk Park. But there had also been substantial changes in the character of the festival; changes that have aroused strong feelings among some of the most committed and active long-term supporters of bluegrass in this island - see, for instance, the many comments on the most recent post on Pete Toman's Facebook. I had meant to describe today my own experiences at the Park, but these can wait.

A positive few minutes on the festival appeared on BBC NI TV news this evening; the artists visible included Midnight Run and Cup O' Joe.

© Richard Hawkins

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