Dunmore East set to celebrate 20 years of bluegrass

Bluegrass makes a welcome return to Dunmore East, Co. Waterford as the Guinness International Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 years of great bluegrass, blues, country and honky-tonk music.
This year the 20th Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will take place on August 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2014 and American quartet, Boxcar Preachers, is set to headline Ireland’s longest running free bluegrass festival.
The Boxcar Preachers from Austin, Texas first played at the Bluegrass Festival back in 2006 and festival founder Mick Daly is delighted that the old time outlaw country band is back for the 20th festival.
“The Boxcar Preachers created a great buzz in Dunmore East back in 2006 so we felt it would be apt to have them back as the Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 great years.”
Bruce Gardner, co-founder of the band and Craig High got together almost thirteen years ago when they realised they came from similar musical stock.  The music they play is perhaps more reminiscent of the era of Bonnie and Clyde or John Dillinger, but their outlaw connection goes back to the romantic days of the Wild West when train robberies began to spread like an epidemic. 
According to Mick, “Since the Bluegrass Festival started back in 1994 the committee has been dedicated to growing the event and making it a fantastic weekend for music lovers, tourists, locals and families.”
“This year we plan to have more high calibre local and international bluegrass, country and blues acts playing free throughout the village over the three day festival.  The pubs and hotels in Dunmore will have a full live music schedule from afternoon to nightfall, with all gigs absolutely free.”
The festival will also feature plenty of family focused fun with food stalls, children’s entertainment in the Park and lots of activity throughout the village.
Mr. Daly was also pleased to confirm that some great UK and Irish acts will be performing over the Festival, with the return of Southern Welfare, the Mons Wheeler Band and Land’s End.
Land’s End is an edgy Bluegrass combo that debuted in Dunmore East in 2012 and returned in 2013. The band, made up of members from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Canada, performs music strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, but each member brings a distinctive sound of their own musical tradition to the musical arrangements of the band.”
“It’s a great line up befitting of our twentieth year of bringing great bluegrass music to Dunmore East.  Visitors can expect to hear a wide mix of bluegrass, country, blues, rhythm, swing and honky-tonk over the three day festival.”
The 20th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 21st at Azzurro Restaurant and heralds the start of three days of bands, playing almost 50 gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.
For more information about all free events at the 20th Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit www.discoverdunmore.com.
This year’s line – up for the 20th Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival includes:
Boxcar Preachers
Down and Out Bluegrass Band
Land’s End
The Mons Wheeler Band
Southern Welfare
Black Bottle String Band
Greasy Coat String Band
Dublin City Rounders

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