The festival takes place from August 22nd - 25th If banjo pickin', foot tappin' mandolin' pluckin', barnstormin', step dancin' fiddle playin', double bass clawin' sessions are for you, then the beautiful picturesque coastal village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford is the only place to be from August 22nd to August 25th. Their tracks feature an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals. Dublin band Raglan Rodeo are renowned for their blend of originals and covers.
THE source for news of bluegrass and old-time music events in Ireland - and more. Donegal, has signed with them to bring out his sophomore album early next year, with a first single - 'Many moons ago', featuring Sarah Jarosz - to be released this coming September. This follows his successful and critically-acclaimed debut album North country
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Having successfully recorded and toured with Steve Earle, bluegrass legend Del McCoury is back once again doing his own very high and lonesome thing. With his latest album, The Family, showcasing the extraordinary virtuosity of his sons Ronnie and Rob, Del finds himself fronting the group described by Earle as the one which now sets the standard by which bluegrass is judged. And it's a very high standard at that. To hear the Del McCoury Band in full flight is one of live music's more thrilling experiences. In short, they are as good as it gets. Born in North Carolina in , Del McCoury's first experience of music was hearing what he calls his mother's "mountain blues". And as she sang Barbara Allen, his brother began teaching him a few chords on the guitar. That music, which Kentuckian Monroe was basically inventing back then, was characterised by high-pitched vocals and furious instrumental breaks. They called it bluegrass, and among its devotees was the young Elvis Presley, who recorded Blue Moon of Kentucky at almost the first chance he got.
As you all are aware, the world has a battle on its hands. We have been monitoring the ever-evolving Covid situation, and while we always like to remain as optimistic as possible, it has become evident to us that this battle is going to take some time, and it is our duty to play our part, to ensure that life as we knew it will resume as soon as possible. With the cancellation of large public gatherings, the closure of pubs and venues, and the ban on unnecessary travel, we are left with no alternative. The health and safety of our musicians and our festival fans is of the utmost importance to us.