18th year for Dunmore Bluegrass!

Jeff and Vida return to Dunmore Bluegrass

What began in 1995, as a small intimate music session, bringing together an eclectic group of bluegrass musicians, has grown and flourished and this year sees the Guinness International Bluegrass Festival return to Dunmore East, Co. Waterford for its 18th year.
The festival will take place in the picturesque fishing village from August 23rd to August 26th and the festival organisers are delighted to welcome back perennial bluegrass favourite, Jack Grace, aka The Martini Cowboy.
Jack Grace and his band will headline an enviable line up of bluegrass artists for Ireland’s only free bluegrass music festival and fans of bluegrass, country, rhythm, roots, new grass and blues are expected to descend on the picturesque fishing village to enjoy free music events played throughout the village’s pubs and hotels.
The Strand Inn, The Haven Hotel, The Spinnaker, Powers Bar and Azzurro, will play host to dozens of free gigs throughout the weekend with local, national and international bluegrass names playing a variety of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music.
According to Mick Daly, Festival Founder and Organiser, this years festival promises something for all music lovers.  “Headline act Jack Grace brings his own unique urban style to bluegrass, while there will be the more traditional bluegrass names featuring at the festival, such as The Cotton Pickin’ Rodeo Clowns, the Mons Wheeler Band, Land’s End and The Jeff and Vida Band.”
“The Jeff and Vida Band from New Orleans went down a storm when they performed at the festival back in 2009.  We are looking forward to this New Orleans acoustic roots band performing a repertoire of original material spanning from Appalachian bluegrass to alternative country.”
“Visitors can also expect some high energy performances from Galway band Mikey and the Scallywags, returning for their second year and bringing with them a variety of entertainment that ranges from gypsy to bluegrass to folk to storytelling”, he added.
The 18th International Bluegrass Festival will also provide a welcome economic boost for the local economy.  Last year there were almost 20,000 visitors to the village over the three day festival.
The 18thDunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off at 7pm on Thursday, August 23rd at The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant and will feature bluegrass and blues bands, playing free gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.
For more information about the 18thGuinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit www.discoverdunmore.com