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.
So many gigs you’ve no chance to see them all!
We’re planning 18 gigs in 11 venues in three days, and we’re hoping to bring 15 acts from Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA …
What would a festival in Ireland be without sessions?
We know that musicians want to join in, and we make sure that our Festival is second to none for opportunities to play with the best in the world. From our organised Big Ass Bluegrass session to intense impromptu gatherings in quiet pubs, Westport is a picker’s heaven!
Want to learn techniques from world-renowned masters?
We’ve got you covered. We plan Workshops and Masterclasses with the best musicians and teachers, giving you access to tips and techniques in perfect settings to learn.
… and more?
Music, all year round, all across the country
Not content with a three-day festival in Mayo in June, we’re putting on folk, bluegrass, cajun and country shows nationwide throughout the year.
- Furey’s Pub, SligoSpell's Bar, BallaghaderreenMannion’s Bar, BallaBlackrock GAA Club, CorkMatt Molloy's, Westport
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.