Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival

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Country and Region IrelandWaterford
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Dunmore East, County Waterford, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
Mick Daly
Dunmore East, County Waterford
Phone: (353) 51-383-133
Fax: (353) 844-643
Email: bluegrass@eircom.net

Festival Description

The annual Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival has evolved over the years to meet the tastes of roots music fans. Mick Daly, the musical visionary, who founded the festival back in 1995 has seen a lot of genre defying acts take to the free stages of Dunmore East. “It has been a really exciting journey for all of us involved. We are delighted with this year’s line up, particularly the return of the Martini Cowboy and the debut appearance of Wookalily. Both of these acts have strongly defined blues and bluegrass traits. However over the years we have seen everything from old time country, futuristic newgrass and rhythm and blues – that is the beauty of the festival!”

Roots music pilgrims flock to Co. Waterford for the free, family orientated festival. The programming features a wide selection of bands, playing 50 free gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Festival Dates August 22 - 25, 2013
Festival Links http://www.discoverdunmore.com/

Festival Events:

Headliner 2012:
  • Jack Grace, aka The Martini Cowboy
    • Headline stealer Jack Grace and his band make a welcome return to Europe’s largest free bluegrass festival, the 18th Guinness International Bluegrass Festival which takes place in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford from August 23rd to 26th. This will be the 18th year in which fans of bluegrass, country, rhythm, roots, new grass and blues descend on the picturesque fishing village to enjoy free music events played throughout the village’s pubs and hotels. Mick Daly, Festival Founder and Organiser, was delighted that the King of Bluegrass, Jack Grace, is to return to headline the August Festival. “We are thrilled that Jack is back! He is undoubtedly one of the world’s most renowned bluegrass artists and is a firm favourite at the Dunmore Festival.” Jack’s style of music has been described by Time Out New York as “gritty down home country as it should be.” Having played with a host of music legends such as Doc Watson, Junior Brown, Norah Jones and Wayne Hancock, the legend Jerry Lee Lewis said of him “He’s like that Cash kid, but good!” Mick Daly added “The Jack Grace Band brings a unique New York Urban style to bluegrass and is definitely not to be missed, particularly as it will be literally on our doorstep this summer.” For more information visit http://jackgrace.com/


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