Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival

Jun 05 2020 - Jun 07 2020
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Various Venues, Westport, Mayo,

Three days of the best local, national and international folk and bluegrass music played in eleven different venues around Westport, Co. Mayo.

You are invited to come to what is thought to be the best little festival in the West of Ireland, the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

For over thirteen years, the Festival has featured acts from America, the UK, continental Europe, and of course Ireland – north and south.

The festival is organised with the help of a small committee of music lovers who take great care to bring the finest musicians playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass, old time and various styles of folk music.

Over three days there will be dozens of gigs, plenty of jam sessions, masterclasses and workshops and a luthier's showcase featuring local instrument makers showcasing their craft. The Festival also provides concerts and workshops specifically for kids.

Festival goers can enjoy a variety of artists as they wander around the town where most of the performances are free and in local pubs and restaurants. In addition every day features an opportunity to attend a special concert event.

On Friday night festival goers gather at the Holy Trinity Church for an evening featuring artists who specialize in old time music, featuring stringbands and combos playing old American tunes and songs as well as contemporary sounds based in that rich tradition. Saturday night it moves to the fabulous Westport Town Hall Theatre for a grand concert of the finest traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists. As a farewell, spend Sunday evening at festival patron Matt Molloy's famous yard bar where The Clew Bay Folk Club hosts a special evening of folk music.

The Festival atmosphere is warm and open, where everyone – all generations, cultures and walks of life, locals and visitors – feel included and, most importantly, have fun. The audience consists of everyone from seasoned folk and bluegrass ‘buffs’ to casual music fans, plus people just out for the crack.