Performers

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival is now renowned for its carefully curated showcase of talent. Enjoy.

Gold Heart Sisters

Gold Heart Sisters

Gold Heart, featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle) have been touring worldwide and astounding audiences with their vibrant personalities, tight harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. The band is joined on stage by their father, Trent on bass, and their brother, Kai on banjo. With over twelve years in the music scene, hundreds of live performances and four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is an outstanding act in every sense.

Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals

The hottest new Anglo-American dance show on the scene, featuring high-energy percussive step dance, the dynamic Buffalo Gals Stampede, brings you some of the country’s best Appalachian dancers alongside the captivating mountain sounds of Bluegrass and early Country music of roots circuit favourites the Buffalo Gals Old Time Country String band.Combining a love of traditional sounds with fresh arrangements and a talent for humour and entertainment, Buffalo Gals’ music appeals to all; accompanied by Buffalo Gals Stampede’s awe-inspiring percussive, driving, rhythmic stepping, these dynamic flat-footers promise you an intoxicating show to remember.

Daoiri Farrell

Daoiri Farrell

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band (Est. 2005) hail from the south west of England, and have for over a decade been thrilling audiences country-wide with their own brand of energetic, self-penned, single-mic bluegrass. Now a five-piece, the band consist guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and double bass, as well as impressive 5 part harmonies and excellent original songwriting. An exciting live act not to be missed, and they are thrilled to be heading back to Westport for the 2018 festival.

Ben Paley & Tab Hunter

Ben Paley & Tab Hunter

BEN and TAB have been playing together for long enough to know better, first in Brighton scratch-band the Aardvarks, later in the infamous bluegrass-rockers The Wild Turkey Brothers (who toured in support of The Levellers and Chumbawumba). Their duo work includes the launch of Evolving Traditions 2, Mrs Casey Music's compilation of the best of young British folk musicians, at the Barbican; working with Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman on the music for the Fox feature film Ravenous, and supplying incidental music for Channel 4's Grand Designs. They have impressed audiences at Fulbeck International Fiddle Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and Brigg Fiddle Festival with sensitive interpretations of traditional tunes from the British Isles, Europe and America: their range of material reflects their shared love of all traditional music, and they play Irish, American, Swedish and Eastern-European tunes with equal measures of passion, skill and authenticity. 

The Brendan Butler Trio

The Brendan Butler Trio

Brendan Butler has been on the folk and bluegrass music for scene here for over 20 years.  He has played in many musical settings, bands and loose associations, but is best known for his work with the Lee Valley String Band since the mid-90s. He has been playing mandolin, singing high and lonesome with those boys since he returned to Ireland from Kentucky in 1994.

 

The Tennessee Hennessees

The Tennessee Hennessees

The Tennessee Hennessees have in been in the forefront of the bluegrass scene in N. Ireland for many years.

All five members of the band have been playing together sessions as well as working on other session since the band’s headline show at the 2009 festival.

The Invisible Jug Band

The Invisible Jug Band

The Invisible Jug Band are a rag tag collective of some of Galway's finest musicians inspired by music of the 20s & 30s. Their music is a mix of jug band meets ragtime, country blues and bluegrass. They released their debut album in March 2018.

Des Harrington: vocals, washboard, harmonica
Conal Byrne: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Fergus Packman: vocals, double bass
Sean Hatton: mandolin
Juliana Erkkonen: fiddle
Cian Mulligan: 5-string banjo

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers is an ex-patriot musician from the USA...

After several trips as a visiting musician and student, he has made Ireland his home for 20 years and has been performing teaching and promoting music on both sides of the Atlantic for even longer. He has performed on RTE radio and television BBC television TG4 in a variety of combinations. Best known as the founding fiddler for the Rough Deal Stringband, he has also played with The Tolka River Delta Boys, The Great Western Squares and many others. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and currently plays with The Clew Bay Critters, Mando Mhaigh Eo and The Bog Standard Stringband.

The Big Muddy

The Big Muddy

This fantastic, Dublin based trio, play high energy folk,country and bluegrass. Their first ever visit to the festival promises to be an unforgettable one

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Bernie Pháid & Dave Clancy

Bernie Pháid & Dave Clancy

Bernie Pháid's engaging presence and soulful songs captivate audiences as she effortlessly transmits a love of story and song that spans generations.

Hailing from the cultural wellsprings of the Dingle Peninsula, with roots firmly planted in her tradition, Bernie’s latest album, Síol, sees her reach out to explore and find her voice in the hills of Appalachia as she seamlessly weaves Traditional Irish and American folk songs. Collaborating with Bernie on guitar and in an easy close-harmony style singing is Galways own Dave Clancy. This duo have been captivating audiences with their achingly honest ballads and uplifting, rootsy numbers both at home and abroad in the short couple of years that they have worked together.

Dave is an experienced music teacher in his own right. With over 20 years experience, playing different genres from country to rock, a multi-instrumentalist, equally at ease playing pedal-steel, piano, mandolin or guitar.

 

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