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Westport folk and bluegrass festival - 10th anniversary

June 10-12-2016

What started as one man's dream to promote quality music in Westport, is now one of the leading events on the Irish bluegrass calendar.

Over the past nine years the festival has grown from strength to strength, holding on to its core value of promoting high quality folk and bluegrass music in the amazing surroundings of Westport, co. Mayo, Ireland.

For the 10th festival, the organising team is putting together a unique program with some of the leading acts in the genre alongside some of the festival's old faithful and introducing some new acts to the Irish bluegrass scene.

The festival’s headliners are the much loved Foghorn String Band from the US and one of Europe's leading bluegrass bands, Red Wine.

They will be joined by one of the UK's most promising acts; The Kentucky Cow Tippers, superb Dutch band The Cannonball String Band and Canadian singer songwriter Dana Sipos.

Old Hannah who played the festival launch party will return to one of the festival’s main shows this year.

Tim Rogers and the MacEvillys who have played every festival since 2007 will return for one more hurrah

Hubert Murray (Galway/London),Ruth Dillon (The Molly Hicks) will present their new bands and the future of Northern Ireland bluegrass – Cup O’Joe will also make an appearance.

Richard Hawkins – the back bone of the Irish bluegrass family will host a session for the first time at the festival and Pat Kelleher - master of the long neck banjo will also make a very welcome debut at the event.

Many more acts to be confirmed.

As always the festival will feature many organised and spontaneous sessions, workshops and few surprises!

The festival is promises to be a celebration of the best local, national and international folk and bluegrass music.

Entries Now Being accepted for the May 2016, Mayo International Choral Festival

Now regarded as one of the top four choral festivals in Ireland, the festival committee are looking forward to presenting the winning formula of competitions, street performances and quirky events including a dawn chorus – now known as the event ‘for those rising early on Sunday morning, or for those going home from the celebrations the night before’. The festival is now firmly a fixture in choir’s calendars, not just from Ireland, but from all over the world. “Already choirs from the USA and from Norway have confirmed that they will travel to the festival in May, and have sent representatives to visit the performing and accommodation facilities in Mayo, and to meet the team members of the festival committee” stated Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman. To take part in the festival, International choirs must forward their completed entry forms before 31st December 2015, and choirs from Ireland before January 31st, 2016. The choral festival is unique in Ireland in that it’s the only county-wide festival in the country, and visiting choirs have performed in Ballina, Ballinrobe, Ballintubber, Claremorris, Castlebar, Crossmolina, Killala, Knock, Newport and Westport. Said Edward – “we look forward to next year’s festival which will see many celebration events, as 2016 marks the festival’s fifth year. It’s hard to believe we’ve achieved so much in only four years – to be regarded as one of the top choral festivals in Ireland in such a short time is a remarkable achievement by the committee and the many volunteers and choir members around the county”

The festival is supported by Mayo County Council / Castlebar Municipal District and Failte Ireland.

May 25th – 29th 2016. More details and entry forms on




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