A Feast of Bluegrass for Bunratty

A Feast of Bluegrass for Bunratty

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Munich String Band

The Bunratty Bluegrass Festival, one of Ireland’s best annual Bluegrass events, will take place from October 20th to 22nd.

The event hosts an international line-up on par with larger well-established festivals and takes place in Bunratty Village all weekend and in Bunratty Folk Park on Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Bunratty Village venues are intimate and cosy. Better stil,l the venues are all within easy walking distance of each other and the village itself is just off the main N18 Limerick/Galway road. With an abundance of top rate restaurants and the unique Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, you’ll be able to pamper yourself, while enjoying the fantastic music from 8.30pm on Friday to 8.30pm Sunday, and maybe even later!

The headline concerts, feature international artistes such as, the Slocan Ramblers from Canada, the Malina Bros, from the Czech republic, and the Munich String Band from Germany. Included also are a young UK Bluegrass band, the Propane Bros, who include, the Agnew brothers from Cup O’Joe (one of last year’s favourites). Kevin and Neil Garratt  a father and son duo, of the Grove band from the UK, and Roger Green from the USA, along with American duo Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, Katerina Marcia from Spain is a guest with the Malina Bros on Saturday night and this completes our international line up for 2017

The Propane Brothers –
Photo: Max Eiso

Bluegrass  promoter John Nyhan, and the Kelleher’s will ensure the sound systems are top quality, and along with Leo Hayes and Bill Forster our local bluegrass hero’s, they will add rhythm and excitement to the daytime sessions. These are open and welcoming to all bluegrass enthusiasts.

Friday & Sunday concerts are €15 and the headline act on Saturday night is €20. Combined tickets for the 3 concerts are  €35 from the ticket line at 086 8464509.

Once again the Bunratty Folk Park will take centre stage on Sunday the 22rd Oct.

There will be 8 scheduled one-hour performances by most of the bands taking part in the festival. A great way to walk off the excesses of Saturday night, while still enjoying the best of Bluegrass! Normal seasonal entry daily rates apply.

The festival is hosted by a strong team of pickers and organisers from Sixmilebridge Folk Club. They are the backbone that keeps the festival vibrant and exciting every year. A highlight for visiting musicians is the warm welcome from local musicians who meet up to session at over 20 free events, in 7 venues around Bunratty Village.

Full program will be available in September on www.wmw.ie

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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