THE 23rd annual Athy Bluegrass Music Festival will take place from July 12 to 14 featuring a host of top class bluegrass bands and solo artists.
The main concerts will be held in the Athy GAA Centre with other gigs and picking sessions at various venues in town.
The festival brings bluegrass fans from all over Ireland and abroad to Athy. This year there are new additions as well as old favourites.
New bands include Down and Out Bluegrass Band from Belfast, The Watery Hill Boys from Drogheda and Way Out West from Westport. Fiddle player George Kaye of The Smokey Mountain Ramblers from the 60’s/70’s era will be the special guest of host band Woodbine.
Tom Corbett mandolin/vocalist (USA) will be the guest of The Sullivan Brothers. Also on the bill are Bending The Strings featuring the great banjo playing of Martin Cooney. Clem O’ Brien will make a rare solo appearance playing some great guitar and singing songs from some of the bluegrass greats.
This is a great weekend of the finest acoustic music to be had anywhere in Ireland and is well worth a visit. For more visit www.athy-bluegrass.com or contact 085 1656685.