The 9th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Friday, June 12 ~
Sunday, June 14, 2015
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 boutique festival in the West of Ireland, the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, in association with The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland.
In its ninth year, the Festival will feature acts, from America, the UK, Europe, and of course Ireland – north and south – plus the Clew Bay Folk Club.
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 music will be varied, from traditional bluegrass, through old-timey, cajun, blues and just plain old ‘folk’.
Almost everything is free and in local pubs, plus one restaurant but we’re also planning some showcase gigs in a local church and in the Westport Town Hall Theatre and Cultural Centre – if it gets built in time!
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.
- The CreelBlousersHoly Trinity Church, WestportThe Clew Bay HotelMcGing's
Don't just take our word for it …
Aaron Jonah Lewis, Corn Potato String Band
We played 2014 at the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival as one of the headliners and had a completely positive and wonderful experience from beginning to end.
Uri and [the committee] put together a first-class festival, making the most of every performer and every venue.
Peter Winne, Tumbling Bones
We were fortunate to cap off a tour of Ireland with an appearance at the 2013 Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival. It was one of the most fun, best run and all round exemplary festivals we have ever played.