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November 30th, 2015 @ 11:12

Date for your Diary: Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival 2016

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival

10th Anniversary

10th-12th June 2016

What started as one man's dream to promote quality music in Westport, is now one of the leading events on the Irish bluegrass calendar.

Over the past nine years the festival has grown from strength to strength, holding on to its core value of promoting high quality folk and bluegrass music in the amazing surroundings of Westport, co. Mayo, Ireland.

For the 10th festival, the organising team put together a unique program with some of the leading acts in the genre alongside some of the festival's old faithful and introducing some new acts to the Irish bluegrass scene.

The festival’s headliners are the much loved Foghorn String Band from the US and one of Europe's leading bluegrass bands, Red Wine.

They will be joined by one of the UK's most promising acts; The Kentucky Cow Tippers ,superb Dutch band The Cannonball String Band and Canadian singer songwriter Dana Sipos.

Old Hannah who played the festival launch party will return to one of the festival’s main shows this year.

Tim Rogers and the Macevillys who played every festival since 2007 will return for one more hurrah

Hubert Murray (Galway/London),Ruth Dillon (The Molly Hicks) will present their new bands and the future of Northern Ireland bluegrass – Cup O’Joe will also make an appearance.

Richard Hawkins – the back bone of the Irish bluegrass family will host a session for the first time at the festival and Pat Kelleher  - master of the long neck banjo will also make a very welcome debut at the event.

Many more acts to be confirmed.

As always the festival will feature many organised and spontaneous   sessions, workshops and few surprises such as secret gigs.

The festival is promising to be a celebration of the best local, national and international folk and bluegrass music.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Westport.

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