Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival

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Performers 2020

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Announcement

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival, due to take place 5-7 June 2020.

As you all are aware, the world has a battle on its hands. We have been monitoring the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation, and while we always like to remain as optimistic as possible, it has become evident to us that this battle is going to take some time, and it is our duty to play our part, to ensure that life as we knew it will resume as soon as possible. With the cancellation of large public gatherings, the closure of pubs and venues, and the ban on unnecessary travel, we are left with no alternative. The health and safety of our musicians and our festival fans is of the utmost importance to us.

We had a great festival lined up for you, which we know you would have loved, and we would like to thank all our musicians for their willingness to attend in the first place, and now, for their understanding. We hope they will all make it Westport next year, if not before!

If you had already purchased tickets for this year’s festival, we will contact you directly in relation to refunds.

Below is a list of the acts due to perform at our festival, so be sure to support them, buy their CDs, listen to them, share them!

We hope to run some sort of a gathering once we get through all this, to mark our 14th year running, and we will keep you posted in due course. But for now, dear friends, please stay at home, stay safe, and keep listening to music online!

With much love and solidarity,

Uri, Tim, Sarah and Freda

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Program

Published in Temp

Announcement

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival, due to take place 5-7 June 2020.

As you all are aware, the world has a battle on its hands. We have been monitoring the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation, and while we always like to remain as optimistic as possible, it has become evident to us that this battle is going to take some time, and it is our duty to play our part, to ensure that life as we knew it will resume as soon as possible. With the cancellation of large public gatherings, the closure of pubs and venues, and the ban on unnecessary travel, we are left with no alternative. The health and safety of our musicians and our festival fans is of the utmost importance to us.

We had a great festival lined up for you, which we know you would have loved, and we would like to thank all our musicians for their willingness to attend in the first place, and now, for their understanding. We hope they will all make it Westport next year, if not before!

If you had already purchased tickets for this year’s festival, we will contact you directly in relation to refunds.

Below is a list of the acts due to perform at our festival, so be sure to support them, buy their CDs, listen to them, share them!

We hope to run some sort of a gathering once we get through all this, to mark our 14th year running, and we will keep you posted in due course. But for now, dear friends, please stay at home, stay safe, and keep listening to music online!

With much love and solidarity,

Uri, Tim, Sarah and Freda

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About the Festival

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THREE FULL DAYS OF PICKIN’, PLUCKIN’, BOWIN’, BLOWIN’, STRUMMIN’, SLAPPIN’, SLIDIN’ & OLD-STYLE HARMONISIN’ IN IRELAND’S ACOUSTIC-MUSIC CAPITAL, WESTPORT, COUNTY MAYO.

We’d like to invite you to come to what we think is the best little festival in the West of Ireland, the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, in association with Fáilte Ireland and Destination Westport.

For over eleven years, the Festival has featured acts from America, the UK, continental Europe, and of course Ireland – north and south.

Over three days there’ll be a load of gigs, more than one massive session, Masterclasses and Workshops and some local instrument makers will be showcasing their craft to boot.

The festival is organised with the help of a small committee of music lovers who take great care to bring the finest musicians playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass, old time and various styles of folk music.

Over three days there will be dozens of gigs,  plenty of jam sessions, masterclasses and workshops and  a luthier's showcase featuring local instrument makers showcasing their craft. We also provide concerts and workshops specifically for kids.

Festival goers can enjoy a variety of artists as they wander around the town where most of the performances are free and in local pubs and restaurants. In addition every day features an opportunity to attend a special concert event.

Friday night we gather at the Holy Trinity Church to provide an evening featuring artists who specialize in old time music, featuring stringbands  and combos playing old American tunes and songs as well as contemporary sounds based in that rich tradition. Saturday night we move to the fabulous Westport Town Hall Theatre for a grand concert of the finest traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists. As a farewell we spend Sunday evening at festival patron Matt Molloy's famous yard bar where The Clew Bay Folk Club hosts a special evening of folk music.

The Festival atmosphere is warm and open, where everyone – all generations, cultures and walks of life, locals and visitors – feel included and, most importantly, have fun. The audience consists of everyone from seasoned folk and bluegrass ‘buffs’ to casual music fans, plus people just out for the crack.

 

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