Over the festival weekend, music fans will be exposed to a variety of stringband music, from American Old-Time, Folk and country music.
However, the Saturday night concert is dedicated to celebrating bluegrass from all over the world.
This time around, we have three bands including two who are making their Irish debut, and one band comprised of members who have all been on our main stage, but with other groups.
Opening the night are Pet Yeti are a unique voice on the UK bluegrass and roots music scene. Comprised of five of the most accomplished bluegrass musicians in the British Isles (featuring members of Cup O’Joe, Cardboard Fox and Hot Rock Pilgrims) Pet Yeti blend heartfelt yet jovial songwriting with instrumental dexterity and prowess on their debut album Space Guitars.
Next to take for the stage will be Johnny & the Yooahoos: Johnny Schuhbeck, Bastian Schuhbeck, Bernie Huber and Jonas Kollenda. Since 2019, this acoustic quartet from Mühldorf a. Inn in Upper Bavaria have been on the road more and more, proving that folk and country have more to offer than cowboy kitsch and flag patriotism. These men have found their sound, from tradtional bluegrass to folk, pop to classical inspired compositions. The group aspires to keep the balance between staying serious about their art whilst holding a relaxed connection to the audience.
To close the concert we are thrilled to welcome The Kody Norris Show. They are currently taking the US world of bluegrass by storm and this will be their first ever international show.
Call it retro, hillbilly, bluegrass or rockabilly, the group strives for something Kody simply calls "dern good entertainment." Deeply rooted in North American folk music, Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin's showmanship, the Stanley Brothers' harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of Vaudeville. Top notch picking is center stage, but humor and visual flash are part of the entertaining package. Always clad in colorful, tailored suits adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots, the band earns its moniker as a "show." The brand is traditional, clean cut, acoustic and always entertaining.
The foursome is fronted by Norris on guitar and his fiddling "sweetie," Mary Rachel Nalley, Tyler Wiseman on bass, and Josiah Tyree on banjo.
Saturday, June 6th
Westport Town Hall Theatre
Book now: http://westportfolkbluegrass.com/book-online