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.
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.
Although the only singer/musician in his immediate family, Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) was introduced to the music at a very early age by his parents who shared a keen interest in artists such as Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Frank Harte, Planxty and The Bothy Band and more. Daoirí took up music himself at the relatively late age of 16 and only started to perform at 23, but he has come a long way since then and the early release of his accomplished debut album 'The First Turn', which he recorded in 2009 while studying music on the Ceoiltoir Higher National Diploma in Irish Traditional Music Performance course, in Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), Dublin.
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.
Hot Rock Pilgrims are a bluegrass / old-time super-group featuring some of the most exciting young pickers in the South East of England. Together they will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Hailing from the cultural wellsprings of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, with roots firmly planted in her tradition, bilingual singer and musician Bernie Pháid is a welcome contributor to the vibrant music of this culturally rich area.