26 February 2006

Calendar 2017-18

The calendar is frequently updated, and past events are transferred to the separate calendar archive post. All events in the Irish bluegrass festival season for which we have dates can be found below. Some items of country music news, prepared by the Country Music Association of Ireland, can be seen here.

A few important and/or accessible events outside Ireland are also listed. For a fuller listing of events in the UK, see the calendar pages on the BBMA website and FOAOTMAD website. A select list of festivals in Europe is on the EBMA website.

Bands and event/venue organisers: if your session or event is not shown here, contact the editor. Punters: please note that tour schedules often have to be changed, so before you go to a show, please check that the date and place are still the same as when you first noted it down.

Regular fortnightly or monthly events are shown on the main calendar at the appropriate dates. To avoid overloading the calendar, here is a list of gigs and sessions held EVERY WEEK:

Monday: Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city
Blue Light Smugglers, The Blue Light, Barnacullia Rd, Dublin 18

Tuesday: Dublin Bluegrass circle jam session, Sin E Bar, Ormond Quay, Dublin, 8.00 p.m. to closing time

Wednesday:Bluegrass & old-time gig/session (Broken Strings band), Balloo House, Killinchy, Co. Down, 9.00 p.m.; 'phone 028 9754 1210
The Sundown Sessions, The Raven Bar, 100 South Main St, Cork city: Rattlesnake County (broad mix of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana), from 9.30 p.m., open to all

Thursday: Tin Box Company bluegrass gig at Delaney's (Knocklyon Inn), Knocklyon, Dublin, 9.00 p.m. Contact Martin Kavanagh (087-2504505)
Knotty Pine String Band, Sally O’Brien's, John St., Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 10.00 p.m.; all players welcome, adm. free
Sacred Harp singing session, Unitarian Church, Princes St., Cork city, 7.00-9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Friday: Bluegrass session [may contain Irish music!], Cryan's Bar, Bridge St., Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, after 9.00 p.m.
Watery Hill Boys, Carberry's, North Strand, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Sacred Harp singing session, Franciscan Friary, Cook St., Dublin 8 ; 7.00-9.00 p.m.; admission free, all welcome
Ox Mountain Session (old-time), Tricky McGarrigle's, O'Connell St., Sligo, 5.30-8.00 p.m.

Saturday: Old-time music session: Bill Whelan, Ben Keogh, & friends, The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 4.30-7.00 p.m. (established for many years!)
'Bluegrass and Beyond' session, Ellie May's, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, 3.00-6.00 p.m.

Sunday: Well Enough Alone, Kilkenny Shop restaurant, Nassau St., Dublin 2, 2.15-4.15 p.m.
Lee Valley String Band, Corner House, Coburg St., Cork city, 7.30/8.00 p.m. onwards


If you first heard about an event from the Bluegrass Ireland Blog, we'll appreciate it if you tell the organisers that.


SEPTEMBER 2017

Fri. 15th-Sun. 17th: 14th Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

Sat. 16th: Two Time Polka, Ronnie's, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. Start 9.00 p.m., adm. free; 074 9136101 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival)

Sun. 17th: Two Time Polka, Arnold's Hotel, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal. 2.00-4.00 p.m., adm. free; 074 9136208 (part of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Festival

Tues. 19th: Laura Cortese (USA), De Barra's Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork (part of Clonakilty Guitar Festival)

Thurs. 21st: I Draw Slow, St Kevin's Church of Ireland, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow, 8.00 p.m., €20.00 (part of Music under the Mountains 2017)

Fri. 22nd: Rackhouse Pilfer launch new album Solar/Lunar, Sixth on Teeling, Sligo town; doors open 9.00 p.m., €11

Sat. 23rd: The Henry Girls, Theatre Royal, Waterford city< Two Time Polka, O'Mara's Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare; 10.30 p.m., adm. free; 065 9056286 (part of Che do Bheatha Festival)

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: 9th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Scotland: Ballinger Family Band with Matt Flinner (USA), The Horsenecks (USA/ England), Dapper McDans (Scotland), The Reckless Abandoners (England), Hot Rock Pilgrims (England), François Vola Trio (France), Legs Levens Appalachian Clog Dancers (Cumbria), Wayward Jane (Scotland)

Sun. 24th: The Henry Girls, Ballymaloe Grainstore, Co. Cork

Tues. 26th-Sat. 30th: IBMA World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC

Wed. 27th: 90th anniversary of the birth of Burkett Howard 'Buck'/'Josh' Graves

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Kate Dineen, Joyce Murphy, and Ruth Egan (contemporary folk), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 28th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

Fri. 29th: Two Time Polka, The Empire Bar, 42 Botanic Ave., Belfast, Co. Antrim; 10.30 p.m., adm. free
Old Hannah, Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Tara Building, Tara St, Dublin 2
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), The Cobblestone, Dublin, with CUA

Sat. 30th: Fifth Italian Bluegrass Meeting, Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona, Italy
Pilgrim St, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.,€15
Two Time Polka, upstairs in Oliver Plunkett Bar, Cork city; 11.30 p.m., adm. free; 021 4222779 (part of Cork Folk Festival)
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry


OCTOBER 2017

Mon. 2nd: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Crane Lane, Cork city

Tues. 3rd: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 4th: Pine Marten, Kaleidoscope Night, Bello Bar, Dublin
Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Thurs. 5th-Sat. 7th: The Whileaways (northern tour with Moving on Music; details TBA)

Fri. 6th: Mala & Fyrmoon (CH), Moy River Folk Club, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo

Fri. 6th-Sun. 8th: Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, TN

Sat. 7th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Pilgrim St, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath, details TBA

Sun. 8th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Pine Marten, Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Thurs. 12th: Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Olympia Theatre, Dublin 2

Fri. 13th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Knotty Pine String Band with the Drunken Lullabies, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; 8.00 p.m., £15.00
'Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music: his life and music' - presentation by John Nyhan to the monthly Country Music Circle, City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, 11.00 a.m.

Sat. 14th: The Whileaways, Dingle Folk Festival, Co. Kerry

Sat. 14th-Sun. 15th: Irish Steel Guitar Festival, Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin

Thurs. 19th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Fri. 20th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Munich String Band (D), The Village Pump, Rathangan, Co. Kildare

Fri. 20th-Sun. 22nd: Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare: Slocan Ramblers (CAN; Sat.), Malina Brothers (CZ), Munich String Band (D). Propane Brothers (UK), Roger Green (USA), Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Kevin & Neil Garratt (UK), John Nyhan, Leo Hayes, Bill Forster;
Fri., Sat. and Sun. concerts €15 each; combined tickets (all three nights) €30, book at 0868464509

Sat. 21st: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Bunratty, Co. Clare
Tom Chapin (USA), Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2: family show 3.00 p.m., grown-up show 8.00 p.m.; tickets

Sun. 22nd: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Belfast; doors 7.30 p.m., £13/£10

Mon. 23rd: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), The Stormy Teacup, Limerick city: doors open 8.00 p.m., support act 8.20, Brennen & Noel on stage 9.00 p.m., €7

Tues. 24th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Munich String Band (D), Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city (midnight gig, free admission)
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Finn's Pub, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m.
Funeral of Tom Paley at Golders Green crematorium, north London, 3.00 p.m., followed by session at Cecil Sharp House (5.00-8.00 p.m.)

Wed. 25th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Munich String Band (D), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Thomas Connolly Bar, Sligo town, 9.30 p.m.

Thurs. 26th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Munich String Band (D), Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, details TBA
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Bridge St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.

Fri. 27th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), Sligo Live (Hawk's Well Theatre), Sligo town
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Leafy Greens Cafe, James St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.30 p.m. (ticketed event with very small capacity; more info at the venue)
Two Time Polka, Hamlets Bar, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 6.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Fri. 27th-Mon. 30th: Balla Bluegrass Festival, Mannion's and The Olde Woods, Balla, Co. Mayo: Munich String Band (D), Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (USA), Woodbine, Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, more TBA

Sat. 28th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin; doors 8.00 p.m., sh0w 8.30; €16/€13 (in advance), €18/€15 (at door)
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down
Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 4.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209

Sun. 29th: Slocan Ramblers (CAN), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town
The Henry Girls, Achill Harp Festival, Co. Mayo
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay (USA), Campbell's Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway, 4.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork, 4.30 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4772209; Briar Rose Bar, Douglas Rd, Cork, 10 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 4291686.

Mon. 30th: Two Time Polka, Briar Rose Bar, Douglas Rd, Cork, 6.00 p.m. Adm. free. Tel. 021 429168


NOVEMBER 2017

Sat. 4th: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Rockies GAA Club, Blackrock, Cork
Michael Miles (USA), concert, Paddy Burke's, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway; doors open 8.15 p.m., support by Brian McGrath (tenor banjo)

Sun. 5th: George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2

Mon. 6th: George Kaye and Gerry Madigan, Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
Michael Miles (USA), concert, details TBA

Tues. 7th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Wed. 8th: Michael Miles (USA), 'From Senegal to Seeger', Athy Community Arts Centre, Co. Kildare

Fri. 10th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 11th: The Henry Girls, Allingham Arts Festival, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Michael Miles (USA), Al Ras Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, Barcelona

Sun. 12th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Mon. 13th: The Paperboys (CAN), Black Box, 18-22 Hill St., Belfast; (028) 90 24 44 00

Tues. 14th: The Paperboys (CAN), Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down

Wed. 15th: The Paperboys (CAN), Raheen House Hotel, 10 Raheen Rd, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music); 052 6122140

Tues. 21st-Sat. 16th Dec.: 9th Bluegrass Jamboree: festival of bluegrass & Americana music, 24 venues in Germany and Austria (Facebook)

Sat. 25th: Rhiannon Giddens (USA), Vicar Street, 59 Thomas St., Dublin
Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 9.00 p.m.

Sun. 26th: Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), Coughlan's, 7 Douglas St., Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Mon. 27th: Molsky's Mountain Drifters (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 30th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
I Draw Slow, the Cinema, Main St., Naas, Co. Kildare (in aid of Naas Food Bank)

DECEMBER 2017

Sat. 2nd: Bluegrass session led by Mel Corry and Sean McKerr, Corner House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 2.00-6.00 p.m.
Niall Toner presents a new series of 'Roots Freeway' on RTE 1, 11.00 p.m.

Tues. 5th: Belfast Bluegrass monthly session, upstairs at Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, from 9.00 p.m.; all welcome

Fri. 8th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m. (CANCELLED because of weather conditions)

Sun. 10th: Clew Bay Critters, An Bhunn Abhain, Bridge St., Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Wookalily, Tap Room, The Donard, Newcastle, Co. Down

Sun. 17th: I Draw Slow, the Grand Social, Dublin 1; doors 8.00 p.m., show 8.30; €15.00

Mon. 18th: Special jam session at McNeill's, Capel St., Dublin: US guests Julie Chiles (fiddle), Zeb Gambill (mandolin, guitar)

Thurs. 28th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Alfie Trebble Band (Americana), Michael Lawlor (folk), Tom Horan (Americana), Vicky Sargeant (contemporary), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free
Greenshine with Sean Ryan, guests Brendan Begley, Colm Murphy, Alec Finn, at Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary), 9.00 p.m.; 'phone or text 087 2238040 for reservations
'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), St Mary's Church of Ireland, Tipperary town​, 7.30 p.m., in concert with local trad and jazz group The Badgers; free concert, with collection in support of Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre Tipperary Town

Fri. 29th: Two Time Polka, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 30th: Two Time Polka, Blue Haven, Pearse St., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Start 10.00 p.m.; adm. free; tel. 021 4772209
'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), Villierstown Church Hall, Villierstown, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, 7.30 p.m., in concert with members of Comeraghs Comhaltas – Cuil na Smear; tickets €10, all proceeds to Villierstown Church Hall Restoration Fund

Sun. 31st: Two Time Polka, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Start 10.30 p.m.; adm. free; tel. 021 4871388


JANUARY 2018

Mon. 1st: Woodbine, Touhy's Bar, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 9.30 p.m.

​Tues. 2nd: 'Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass': Georgia Canto Choir with Tim Sharp (banjo), LeAndra Douds (harp), ​Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 8.00 p.m., in concert with Niall Hughes (double bass), Paul Kelly (fiddle), Luke Coffey (drums), Hugh Taggart (guitar); free concert

Fri. 12th: Dorris Paul Warren died, 1978

Mon. 15th: Peter Van Kuykendall born, 1938

Thurs. 18th-Mon. 22nd: 19th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, details TBA (Facebook)

Thurs. 18th-Sun. 4th Feb.: Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland

Fri. 19th: Two Time Polka The Old House, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Sat. 20th: Two Time Polka McGregor's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Sun. 21st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Ó Gliasáin's Concert Room (new venue), Sixmilebridge, 3.00 p.m.
Two Time Polka O'Gliasáin's Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 4.30 p.m.; adm. free (part of Shannonside Winter Music Festival)

Mon. 22nd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.
Tues. 23rd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Thurs. 25th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Rossmore Theatre, Rossmore, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 448 1086
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Aine Holland (contemporary), Aine Furey with N.C. Lawlor (contemporary folk), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 26th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 029 56239
Ballydehob, Co. Cork: Propane Brothers (UK), Levis's Corner House Bar, 10.00 p.m.; Hubert Murray Bluegrass Band (IRL), Rosie's Bar, 10.00 p.m. (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass')

Sat. 27th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), headline concert, Community Hall, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; Hubert Murray Bluegrass Band (IRL),, Levis's Corner House Bar, 10.00 p.m.; Propane Brothers (UK), Rosie's Bar, 10.00 p.m. (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass'); tel. 086 837 0518; e-mail
Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Two Time Polka, The Kasbah, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, 11.00 p.m.; adm. free; 021 4871388 (part of Ballincollig Winter Music Festival)
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Roisin Dubh, Galway city

Sun. 28th: Levis's Corner House Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork: jam session, lunchtime (part of 'Heart & Home: a celebration of Old Times, Good Times & Bluegrass')
Martin Harley (UK) and Daniel Kimbro, the Printworks, Dublin Castle: 'Folk Gala' with Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer and I Draw Slow (part of Dublin Tradfest)
Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 414 8651
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Dolan’s, Limerick city

Mon. 29th: Hayseed Dixie (USA), Cyprus Avenue, Caroline St., Cork city

Tues. 30th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Clonmel Folk Club, Town Hall, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 085 850 2289
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Whelan’s, Wexford St., Dublin 2

Wed. 31st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068 22566
Hayseed Dixie (USA), Empire Music Hall, Belfast


FEBRUARY 2018

Thurs. 1st: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Mannion's Pub, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087 229 6018

Thurs. 1st-Sun. 4th: 44th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & 35th National Convention & Band Championship. Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN

Fri. 2nd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 0044 7736 837779

Sat. 3rd: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Nesbitt Arms, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 087 690 0714

Sun. 4th: Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA), Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 977 8347

Thurs. 8th-Sun. 11th: FOAOTMAD old-time music festival, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England (tickets available to general public from 1 Jan. 2018)

Fri. 9th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Fri. 16th: Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (USA), The American Bar, 65 Dock St., Belfast
Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Ballinderreen Community Centre, Co. Galway, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 16th-Sun. 18th: First Annual Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering, Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare (Facebook)

Sat. 17th: Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (between Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, and Birr), 9.00 p.m.
Chris Luquette and the Old American Folk Trio (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. (doors open 8.00); tickets €16 / €13 (advance booking), €18 / €15 (door)

Sun. 18th: Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Mick Daly; Coughlan's, Cork city, 9.00 p.m.

Thurs. 22nd: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests, 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Sat. 24th: 'Banjo 11/ The Banjo Event of the Year', Eagle Music Shop, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, England: Greg, Janet, and Jamie Deering, Kruger Brothers, Pat Kelleher, Bill Forster, many others

Mon. 26th: Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones (USA), old-time workshops, concert, and jam in Sin E, Ormond Quay, Dublin, from 6.30 p.m., details here; contact Derek Copley, 087 2726007 or e-mail

Wed. 28th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

MARCH 2018

Thurs. 1st: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Matt Molloy's, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fri. 2nd: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Market Place Theatre, Armagh city
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
The Whileaways, Gateway Hotel, Swinford, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.

Fri. 2nd-Sun. 4th: Eighth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, St Maries of the Isle N.S., Bishop St., Cork city; details on Sacred Harp Singers of Cork website

Sat. 3rd: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin [POSTPONED]
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson St. Upper, Dublin 4

Sun. 4th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork [CANCELLED because of inclement weather]
Henhouse Prowlers (USA), Enler Delta Blues Club, Newtownards, Co. Down

Mon. 5th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
I Draw Slow, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m., €15 (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)
Sydney 'Syd' Nathan died, 1968

Tues. 6th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Sixmilebridge Folk Club, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare
Don Stover born, 1928

Wed. 7th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Clayton Hotel, Belfast (part of Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival)

Wed. 7th-Sun. 11th: 14th Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Convention, Belfast

Thurs. 8th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Fri. 9th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
Two Time Polka, Empire Bar, 42 Botanic Ave., Belfast, 10.30 p.m., adm. free

Sat. 10th: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (USA), Leap Castle, Co. Offaly (near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary)

Thurs. 15th: The Whileaways, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Fri. 16th: The Whileaways, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Sat. 17th: Two Time Polka, Centenary Stores, Charlotte St., Wexford town, 12.30 p.m., adm. free, 053 9122303; T. Morris, Monck St., Wexford town, 4.30 p.m., adm. free, 053 9124323

Sun. 18th: Woodbine, Finn's Ale House, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m.

Thurs. 22nd: The Whileaways, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Fri. 23rd: The Whileaways, Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Co. Down, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Sat. 24th: The Whileaways, Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh city, 8.00 p.m. (Moving On Music)

Mon. 26th: Greenshine, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, 8.30 p.m., €12 (Ballymore Acoustic Gigs)

Thurs. 29th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Liam Ora, Lucas Hennessy (Dave Hennessy & Lynda Lucas), and 'Bua', 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Fri. 30th: The Lowest Pair (USA), High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Two Time Polka, Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 10.00 p.m., adm. free
Woodbine, Bob's Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois, 9.30 p.m.

Sat. 31st: The Lowest Pair (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin


APRIL 2018

Fri. 6th: East of Monroe (USA), private engagement

Sat. 7th: East of Monroe (USA), Moy River B&B, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo, 8.00 p.m. (tickets 071 9121902)
Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086 045 4458

Sun. 8th: East of Monroe (USA), The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.30 p.m.
Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Muintir na Tire Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 087 691 3980

Mon. 9th: Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), Village Arts Centre, The Square, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; tel. 087 792 1771

Tues. 10th: Maria Levine with Gathering Time (USA), O Gliasain's Pub Concert Room, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, 8.30 p.m.; tel. 086 846 4509

Thurs. 12th: East of Monroe (USA), Matt Molloy's, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 13th: East of Monroe (USA), St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th: East of Monroe (USA), Blackrock National Hurling Club ('The Rockies'), Cork city

Mon. 16th: Musical tribute to Larry Roddy, Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2: I Draw Slow, Mick Hanly, Kevin Conneff, Paul Kelly, Frankie Lane, John Murphy, Niall Toner, John Spillane, Roy Thompson, Clive Barnes, Niamh Parsons, Caoimhe Hogarty; €15 (all proceeds to Dublin Simon Community)

Thurs. 19th: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Marrowbone Bookstore, Dublin, 7.00 p.m.; Sin E (downstairs), Ormond Quay, Dublin, 9.30 p.m.

Fri. 20th: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Sat. 21st: Sheesham, Lotus & Son (CAN), Shoot the Crows, Sligo town, 6.00 p.m.; The Strand Bar, Strandhill, Co. Sligo, 10.00 p.m.
Mules & Men, Horseman's Inn, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Sun. 22nd: Mules & Men, Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Thurs. 26th: The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew with special guests Runah (contemporary), Pat McSweeney (Americana), 9.30 p.m.; adm. free

Thurs. 26th-Sun. 29th: 31st MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC


MAY 2018

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: 5th Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Weekend, Co. Kerry: Mules & Men, more

Fri. 4th-Mon. 7th: 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny city

Fri. 4th-Mon. 7th: Crossover Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, Cheshire, England: Molly Tuttle (USA), many more

Sun. 6th May: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), JJ Harlow's, The Square, Roscommon town

Mon. 7th: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), Cleere's Bar & Theatre, Kilkenny city (part of 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival)

Tues. 8th: Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman (USA), Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
Benjamin Edward 'Benny' Martin born, 1928

Wed. 9th: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA), Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Thurs. 10th-Sat. 12th: European Bluegrass Festival Voorthuizen, NL; organised by Bluegrass Voorthuizen, details TBA

Thurs. 10th-Sun. 13th: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Co. Cork; details TBA

Fri. 11th: Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, from 8.30 p.m.
I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan), Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 8.00 p.m. (part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival)

Fri. 11th-Sat. 12th: 16th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany

Sat. 12th: I'm With Her (USA), Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.00 p.m.

Tues. 15th: Woody Pines (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Wed. 16th: Woody Pines (USA), Crusoe’s, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry

Thurs. 17th: Woody Pines (USA), Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Dorris Paul Warren born, 1918

Fri. 18th: Woody Pines (USA), Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Fri. 18th-Sun. 20th: 'Albion to Appalachia' residential weekend commemorating Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles song-collecting in Appalachia, 1918; Halsway Manor, Somerset, England

Sat. 19th: World Fiddle Day
Woody Pines (USA), Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 19th-Sat. 26th: Old Time Music Week, La Fuente, Andalusia, southern Spain


JUNE 2018

Fri. 8th-Sun.10th: 12th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo: Gold Heart Sisters (USA), Buffalo Gals (UK),  G–runs ‘n’ Roses (CZ), Thunderbridge Bluegrass (UK), Hot Rock Pilgrims (UK), Brendan Butler Trio, The Big Muddy, more TBA

Thurs. 21st: Edward Windsor 'Eddie' Adcock born, 1938

Fri. 22nd-Sun. 24th: 2nd BAND Festival, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal; details TBA


JULY 2018

Thurs. 5th: Mitchell Franklin 'Mitch' Jayne (the Dillards) born, 1928
Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast; £5.00; doors 8.30 p.m., show 9.00

Fri. 6th: James Wallace Lewis (Lewis Family) born, 1928
Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Moy River Folk Club house concert, Cloonacool, Co. Sligo; bookings 071 9121902; €20 (includes complimentary beer/wine and supper!)

Sat. 7th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry (confirmation pending)

Sun. 8th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Waterville, Co. Kerry; 8.00 p.m.; €15 / €12; prebooking essential, 066 9478956/ admin@techamergin.com

Mon. 9th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, The Record Break, Lower Market St. Carpark, Ennis, Co. Clare, 8.00 p.m.; +353 65 670 6817; €15

Wed. 11th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Roots Room, Sligo town, +353 87 274 5389

Thurs. 12th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, Sessions in the House, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry; recording session

Fri. 13th: Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry, The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; 8.30 p.m., +44 7747 120659

Fri. 13th-Sat. 14th: Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree, Athy, Co. Kildare; Friday night: Evan & Amy Lyons (Tipperary), Prairie Jaywalkers (Cork), Woodbine (Athy); Saturday: Pat Kelleher (Cork) with Joe Zejac (USA), Gary Ferguson (USA), Colin Henry, James Henry (Belfast), Clem O'Brien Unit (Athy)

Fri. 27th-Sat. 28th: International Beer & Bluegrass Festival, Poole, Dorset, England


AUGUST 2018

Wed. 15th: Benjamin 'Ben' Eldridge born (Seldom Scene), 1938

Thurs. 23rd-Sun. 26th: 24th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters (USA), the Brothers Parker (USA), Whiskey Deaf (4-piece) (USA), Demolition String Band (USA), Pilgrim St, Mons Wheeler Big Band, Custer's Last Band (Paul Nolan), Bert & Henry (UK), more TBA

Sat. 25th: Cork All-Day Sacred Harp Singing; details TBA on Sacred Harp Singers of Cork website

Fri. 31st-Sun. 2nd Sept.: 27th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone; details TBA


SEPTEMBER 2018

Fri. 7th-Sun. 9th: Sweet Sunny South Old Time American Music Festival, Music at the Buildings, Ashington, West Sussex, England

Wed. 19th: Lawrence Carlton Haney born, 1928

c.Fri. 21st-Thurs. 27th: Midnight Run (USA) available for bookings

Tues. 25th-Sat. 29th: IBMA World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC

Fri. 28th-Sun. 30th: 10th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland; Midnight Run (USA), many others


OCTOBER 2018

Thurs. 18th-Sat. 20th: Opening of new International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY; details TBA

Fri. 19th-Sun. 21st: Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare: details TBA

Tues. 23rd: Maybelle Addington Carter died, 1978


DECEMBER 2018

Wed. 26th: Travis Lewis (Lewis Family) born, 1958

Sun. 30th: Michael Dennis 'Mike' Auldridge born, 1938

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