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Bunratty Bluegrass Festival takes place this October 21 to 23

This year’s Bunratty Bluegrass Festival takes place from October 21 to 23 in the historic and quaint Bunratty Village, Co. Clare, Ireland.

2016 is the year that this fledgling Bluegrass festival develops wings and competes on the national Bluegrass events calendar.

With an international line-up that features Barry, Holly Tashian and the E5 Bluegrass band from the US, Demolition String Band and Monogram from the Czech Republic, you can expect the best of concerts.

Bunratty Bluegrass Festival

Cup O’Joe, a young family trio from Armagh who are making a name for themselves on the international stage will also feature in the concerts, along with Irish bluegrass veterans Woodbine and another family Bluegrass band Greenshine from Cork.

Legendary pickers and session motivators John Nyhan and the Kelleher’s will further enhance the Cork connections. Added to the mix, the local bluegrass supporters, Leo Hayes and Bill Forester along with visiting musicians, and you have the makings of a top quality Bluegrass Festival.

Once again the Bunratty Folk Park will take centre stage on Sunday the October 23. There will be 8 scheduled one-hour performances by most of the bands taking part in the festival. A great way to walk off the excesses of Saturday night, while still enjoying the best of Bluegrass!

Sixmilebridge Folk Club who promote the festival will be catering for those of who are interested in where all this Bluegrass started, so there is two Irish trad sessions thrown in for good measure.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts are priced at €15 and over 20 free pub sessions, you’ll be spoilt for choice without breaking the bank. Weekend concert tickets are available at €30 and can be booked by contacting Brendan here. [from Brendan at 086 8464509, please text to book].

A full program will be posted on the Sixmilebridge Folk Club website here.

Read more about the Bunratty Bluegrass Festival here.


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