Music and theatre

23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

Aug 29 2014 - Aug 31 2014
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Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park 2 Mellon Road, Castletown,
T: 028 8224 3292

23rd Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival - A must for all fans of Bluegrass and ...

23rd Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival - A must for all fans of Bluegrass and American Folk music.
There'll be strumming on the porches of log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store at the 23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival.

This famous festival is jam-packed with some of the biggest names in world bluegrass and old-time music including Dale Ann Bradley, Love Canon, The Outliers and April Verch Band direct from the USA and Canada. With plenty of home-grown talent from Sligo's Rackhouse Pilfier and Belfast group, White Mansions, there'll also be a wealth of European talent to enjoy including 4 Wheel Drive from The Netherlands and Robirohi from Estonia.

Friday's Party in the Park

Friday 29 August 2014 from 2.00pm until midnight

Kick start the festival with a Friday feast of non-stop music. Enjoy a toe-tappin, knee-clappin, finger-pickin' mini-music marathon from 2.00pm as a range of artists perform around the park. As dusk falls, join The April Verch Band as they take to the stage in the festival marquee followed by 2013 festival favourites, Rackhouse Pilfer. End the night on the dance floor as Love Canon play bluegrass covers of your favourite 80's hits. With bar and BBQ throughout the evening, enjoy the electric atmosphere of a bluegrass party in the park!

Bluegrass in the Park Afternoon Sessions

Saturday 30th August 2014 from 12noon to 6pm
Sunday 31 August 2014 from 12noon to 6pm

Stroll through the outdoor museum as a mix of international and home-grown talent fill the air with the infectious sounds of bluegrass and old-time music. With six stages of music dotted around the exhibit buildings, uncover rhythms sure to have your hands clapping, feet tapping and heart racing. With children's entertainment, bar and BBQ throughout the afternoon, see the summer out in style!

Evening Concerts 
Saturday 30th August 2014 at 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)

    The Outliers
    Four Wheel Drive & Jolanda Peters
    Dale Ann Bradley
    (Seated event, booking essential)

Sunday 31st August 2014 - 'Spirit of Bluegrass' Gospel Concert at 6.00pm (Doors open at 5.30pm)

    Dale Ann Bradley
    (Seated event, booking essential)

Book a seat in the festival marquee to enjoy bluegrass and old-time music from some of the festival's headline artists. With bar and BBQ throughout the evening, spend Saturday night relaxing in the park! On Sunday, experience the spirit of bluegrass music as two amazing gospel performers take to the stage.

Food & Drink
A food village will be available through the weekend with BBQ and bar. With such a beautiful backdrop, it's the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or a pint and just relax as the sounds of bluegrass music fill the air. The food village and the museum caf will offer a wide variety of high quality food options to suit all tastes. A bar serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be open in the Food Village for the duration of the festival.
During the afternoon Bluegrass in the Park sessions, merchandise stalls will be set up at each music venue. Immediately after each performance you can meet our artists who will be happy to sign autographs, pose for photographs and sell their CDs. Artists performing in the evening concerts will also be selling their CDs within the festival Marquee during the interval and after the concert ends each evening.

Campers and Caravans
If you really want to enter into the festival spirit, then a spot of camping should do just the trick. Omagh Rugby Club is once again offering their nearby lands for festival goers to pitch up a tent or park their caravan or camper van for the weekend. A regular free shuttle bus service will ferry visitors between the museum and the camping grounds each day so you won't even have to worry about finding a parking space.