24 October 2014

6th Balla Bluegrass Festival - now in progress!

To be exact - about an hour and a half from the publication of this post, the 6th Balla Bluegrass Festival will be in full swing in Balla, Co. Mayo, thanks to Tom Lyons, Chris Mannion, and the rest of the organising team. (Tom is second from right in this fine photo of the Rocky Top String Band at this year's Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival). The venues are Mannions and the Olde Woods on Balla's main street. The schedule, as set out on the Festival's completely refurbished website, is:

Fri. 24th: Tall Pines String Band, Mannions, 8.00 p.m.; Down and Out Bluegrass Band, the Olde Woods, 10.30 p.m.

Sat. 25th: Demolition String Band (USA), Mannions, 3.00 p.m.; Hickory Wind, the Olde Woods, 8.00 p.m.; Tim Rogers & the Clew Bay Critters, Mannions, 10.30 p.m.

Sun. 26th: John Nyhan String Band, Mannions, 8.00 p.m.; the Bread Winners, the Olde Woods, 10.30 p.m.

Mon. 27th: Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, Mannions, 7.00 p.m.

Tom adds: 'As usual we will have a raffle over the weekend for a guitar.' More info from Chris Mannion (094 9365093) or Tom Lyons (087 2296018; 094 9365200; e-mail). A link to a list of accommodation in the Balla area is here.

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