The Eighth Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15, 2014.


Once again, the beautiful seaside town of Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland will attract bluegrass and folk lovers from near and far, music will fill the bars and streets and the whoops and hollers of appreciative audiences will bounce off the walls.


Building on the massive success of last year’s festival, we've been hard at work, pulling together yet another fabulous line-up featuring the best bluegrass and the finest folk for your listening pleasure! And it’s shaping up to be another fantastic three days of music, fun and frolics, with phenomenal concerts, free gigs galore and shed loads of sessions …


This year, acts from the UK, mainland Europe, America and Australia, as well as plenty of Irish acts from all over the island, will be attending the much-loved multi-venue festival.


Find out more here

Past festivals

The gigs

  • The Sullivan Brothers

    Date: June 13, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    Venue: Clew Bay Hotel

    Price: Free

    Now, alongside The Brand New Companions, The Sullivan Brothers have gone back to their roots playing original music that is being described as ‘contemporary folk’.

  • Jock & Vera

    Date: June 13, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    Venue: Cobbler's Bar

    Price: Free

    Jock Tyldesley and Vera van Heeringen play Southern Appalachian tunes, songs, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, old-time country, traditional Cajun music and original songs

  • The Corn Potato String Band

    Date: June 13, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    Venue: Westport Coast Hotel

    Price: Free

    Multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US.

  • The Down and Out Bluegrass Band

    Date: June 13, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    Venue: The Jester

    Price: Free

    Hard driving banjo and three part vocal harmonies evoking the golden age of bluegrass, heavily influenced by artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers

  • Battenkill Ramblers

    Date: June 13, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    Venue: McGing's

    Price: Free

    Germany's Battenkill Ramblers’ music is rooted in acoustic folk, with a sound that branches out into a combination of old time, blues, bluegrass and country.

  • The Rocky Top String Band

    Date: June 14, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Venue: Clew Bay Hotel

    Price: Free

    Perennial festival favourites, Mayo’s own Rocky Top String Band are a five-piece who share a common love of the Bluegrass ‘Tongue’

  • The Big Ass Bluegrass Session 2014

    Date: June 14, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Venue: McGing's

    Price: Free

    As usual, most of the festival acts will converge in McGing’s pub on High Street for a big ol’ session – and everyone is welcome to join in.

  • Miriam Donohue

    Date: June 14, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Venue: The Pantry and Corkscrew

    Miriam is a songwriter from Galway with a beautiful voice and an ability to write quirky, catchy folk tunes, making for enchanting live performances

  • Tim Rogers and Friends

    Date: June 15, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Venue: Blousers

    Price: Free

    Every year on the last day of the festival, Tim invites a wide selection of the artists appearing at the festival to join him in an old-timey session of music and craic.

  • Hat Fitz & Cara

    Date: June 15, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Venue: Matt Molloy's

    Price: 10

    A special show of old-timey music that the duo have lovingly put together, original writings of tunes that are steeped in hill country with a taste of Australian and Irish bluegrass flavours