About the Festival

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival is a boutique,3 day event that stages multiple, high quality musical acts from Ireland, Europe, the USA and beyond, all of whom are industry leaders of Bluegrass, American Old-Time and Folk Music.

The festival was established in 2007 and is now widely regarded as the leading bluegrass festival in Ireland. The festival weekend comprises of 3 fully-seated and ticketed evening concerts, a range of informal pub gigs and sessions, a specialised squaredance, a range of workshops, a gospel hour concert, a luthier showcase, an intercultural education exhibition and a record fair.

Over the past 17 years, Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival has operated under the ethos of creating a welcoming environment for both musicians and music fans, while showcasing the beautiful town of Westport.

In 2023, the festival has launch a new flagship project whereby for the first time ever we have created partnership and future collaboration between the festival, the University of Limerick – Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, East Tennessee State University - The Home of Bluegrass, and the Old time and Roots Music studies of Higher Education and The Centre of Popular music at Middle Tennessee State University

The festival organising committee are looking forward to welcome musicians and music fans alike to the beautiful town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland for the 2024 festival which will take place at the weekend of June 7th - 9th.

 

 

Friends & Sponsors of The Festival

IBMARadio BristolClaremorris Folk FestivalLonesome HighwayRotterdam Bluegrass FestivalCalifornia Bluegrass AssociationCuppa Tea TVThe Arts Council Mayo County Council Mescan Brewery Jim Beam Gallagher Guitar Co Mayo.ie Destination Westport Westport DIY Avenir Design East Tennessee State University University of Middle Tennessee Irish World Academy of Music & Dance Enrichment Travel Services The Crooked Road - Virginia Heritage Music Trail Sherry FitzGerald CrowleyTone SlabIBMA Foundation

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