22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
A Picker’s Paradise
If banjo pickin’, foot tappin’, mandolin’ pluckin’, barnstormin’, step dancin’, fiddle playin’, double bass clawin’ sessions are for you, then the beautiful picturesque coastal village of Dunmore East in Co. Waterford is the only place to be from August 25th to 28th!
Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, rhythm ‘n’ roots can expect the cream of the musical crop as top class acts line up for this year’s 22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival.
Having played with artists such as Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss, Johnny and June Carter, Ricky Skaggs and Janie Fricke, Grammy nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley play on Saturday (August 27th) and Sunday (August 28th) at the Marquee at the Lighthouse Bistro, at Dunmore East Golf Club.
Also from the USA, traditional folk duo Betse and Clarke who share a love of traditional mountain music and the love of creating new folk music. Real crowd pleasers, Betse and Clarke bring out the very best of old time music alongside inventive new compositions.
The Foghorn Stringband is comprised of four talented master musicians; Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Nadine Landry and Stephen Lind. With eight albums and thousands of live shows under their belts, the band will bring a lively, exciting string band sound to the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival.
The Foghorn Stringband bring together an eclectic cultural and musical mix, drawing influences from not only different parts of the American roots music spectrum, but also from their homeplaces…Washington, Quebec and Minnesota.
Lands End, a young vibrant band of musicians made their Dunmore East Bluegrass debut back in 2012 and are back again in 2016. The band, made up of members from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Canada met at the Sore Fingers bluegrass workshop in Oxfordshire and formed for a one off show. However, the impact they made dictated that they couldn’t possibly stop there and have been gigging throughout Ireland and the UK ever since.
Cup O’Joe is made up of two brothers, Benjamin, Reuben, who along with sister Tabitha, play an energetic style of bluegrass & gypsy jazz music. Back in Dunmore East after a foot-stomping debut in 2015, Reuben plays guitar and mandolin, Benjamin plays upright bass, with Tabitha on banjo and fiddle. When asked to describe their music, it is said to be a fusion of genres, primarily the hard driving sound of bluegrass and a mix of jazz, old time, swing and folk.
This year’s festival line- up also includes a host of big name bluegrass acts including Doctor Bluegrass, Mons Wheeler Band, One Horse Pony, Rackhouse Pilfer, Barefoot and New Bread Winners.
The 22nd Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off in the Spinnaker Bar, Dunmore East non Thursday, August 25th and heralds the start of three days of great bluegrass bands, playing almost 50 FREE gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is the only ticketed gig as the Grammy nominees play the Marquee at the Lighthouse Bistro on August 27th and 28th. All of the other events are free to attend and will take place at the Strand Inn, The Three Sisters, The Spinnaker, Powers Bar and Azzurro. Tickets for Ickes and Hensley (€20) available on www.ticketmaster.ie
For more information about the 22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit www.discoverdunmore.com.