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Co. Waterford, Ireland

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Vickers VimyWith some top international bands lined up for the 24th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, the homegrown musical talent is also making serious noises on the bluegrass and country scenes.

Mayo’s Vickers Vimy is a folk and Americana band that have worked with the late John Martyn, as well as The Hothouse Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Mundy. They released their first album Vol 1: That Vinyl Scratch in 2013 and since the release of their second album, Atlas of Hearts, in March 2018 this four-piece have regularly graced radio airwaves across the country.

Comprising of Ed Drea (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fintan Hanley (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonies), Eamonn Mulderring (drums, percussion, piano, accordion, midi, harmonies) and Ciarán Byrne (bass, guitars), Vickers Vimy will play a series of free gigs throughout the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival filled with rich eclectic sounds that anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings.

Fintan Hanley said, “We’re delighted to be included in the line-up this year. There is so much good original Irish music at the moment and it’s great to see the Dunmore East Bluegrass festival enthusiastically supporting the Irish music scene.”

Another Irish act to make their Dunmore East Bluegrass debut is Navan based Pilgrim St. The seven-piece outfit bring a broad range of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass to their concerts across the country.

Having been together for over four years, Pilgrim St have played some of the finest arenas in Ireland including Vicar Street and Electric Picnic and Dunmore East Bluegrass festival-goers can expect a lively and energetic performance from Navan’s finest.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser, is delighted to welcome homegrown talent to the festival this year.  “Bands like Vickers Vimy, Pilgrim St, Woodbine, and Mons Wheeler have been pioneering bluegrass, Americana and blues in Ireland for years and have lifted the profile of what once was a very niche music genre.”

pilgrim 450“They’ve introduced this type of music to a cohort of new fans and that’s what rejuvenates the festival year after year.  We’re looking forward to hearing them on the stages over the four days and they certainly will make a big impression on anyone who likes a good lively, toe tapping tune.”

The 24th Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday evening, August 23rd at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, and heralds the start of 14 bands, playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

New sounds making waves at Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival

Now in its 24th year, the Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, is still proving as alluring as ever for top music acts, as some of the industry’s greatest bluegrass and country music acts line up for the free four-day festival in the Co. Waterford village from August 23rd to August 26th 2018.

Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm ‘n’ roots are in for a real musical treat as the picturesque village’s International Bluegrass Festival will feature 14 artists playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

Headlining this year’s festival is Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, an old school country roots band that effortlessly blends rock, folk and country. Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt has earned a reputation as an assertive yet gentle and unassuming singer whose “voice and the interplay of the guitar and mandolin gives this band their unique complex sound, a clear-sounding mash-up of American, bluegrass, fold and honky-tonk” according to Elmore Magazine. At 2015 MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the US, the Honeycutters received fantastic reviews.

Making a return to Dunmore East is California’s Whiskey Deaf. Fiddle player Annie Staninec was born and bred on bluegrass music, has toured the world and featured on countless albums with renowned country, Cajun and blues artists, while John Kael, an established songwriter, has been playing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass for over twenty years.

Having taught in some of the most prestigious music camps in the country, John and Annie will give two traditional bluegrass guitar and fiddle workshops on Friday, August 24th. Places are €10 and pre-booking is essential.

Some perennial favourites returning to Dunmore East’s Bluegrass Festival include Demolition String Band, Woodbine, Mons Wheeler Band and the Backyard Band. New acts to line up in 2018 are Brother’s Parker, Pilgrim Street, Kiss My Grass, Bert and Henry, Charlie Reader, Vickers Vimy, and Whistle.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser is delighted with the calibre of both first-time and returning bands playing at the festival. “We have a great line-up of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, roots and Americana acts this year. We are excited about welcoming the Honeycutters to Dunmore for the first time, but also equally excited about the return of some of the big names that have appeared over the years. Many of the bands that play the Dunmore Bluegrass Festival feed off the fantastic energy of the crowd and the fact that it is set to a stunning coastal backdrop is a bonus.”

“Over the past decade or so the festival has evolved organically and while bluegrass is still at the very heart of the festival there is a more eclectic offering of music, such as rockabilly, country and Americana. A lot of the young, up-and-coming acts are making waves on the bluegrass scene and we’re thrilled to have an exciting line up bringing their energy and vibrancy to the festival.”

“The festival appeals to die-hard bluegrass fans who have been visiting Dunmore for decades, but it also has a broader appeal to those who simply like good toe-tappin’ music, in a beautiful seaside setting, under the sun!”

The 24th Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday evening, August 23rd at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, and heralds the start of 14 bands, playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

For more information visit this website or keep up to date on the Discover Dunmore East facebook page.

In the new EastEnders spin-off Redwater, Kat and Alfie Moon pitch up in a seaside village in Ireland where Jessie Wallace's Kat hopes to track down the son she gave up for adoption 33 years earlier. But this close-knit community has secrets of its own and events soon take a sinister turn. The six-part drama was filmed in Dunmore East, a fishing village in County Waterford with a lovely beach, a little harbour and sheltered coves.

A new BBC drama - 'Redwater' was filmed in our own lovely Dunmore East village last April/May 2016. Two of the main characters from Eastenders; Alfie and Kat Moon, travel to Ireland to the fictional village of Redwater to find Kats son - and a tale with twists and turns ensues!

The 23rd Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival lineup for 2017 features headlining act "I Draw Slow".
Download the Bluegrass Festival 2017 brochure.

There is a public information meeting on Tuesday April 25th 2017 regarding the August commemoration of the rescue of Kapitan Kurt Tebbenjohanns and the loss of UC44 and two trawler minesweepers and their crews in Dunmore waters in 1917.  The meeting will be held in the Three Sisters Inn at 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Attached is the draft programme for the August event.

Join us on July 1st, 2nd AND 3rd for our Family Friendly Music Festival!

Please note that "A village Ramble with Ray McGrath" has been change from Sunday to Saturday, 12pm.

Dunmore East Restaurants

Eat & Drink

From a morning cappuccino (or evening, we don't believe in rules) to a late night pint in one of our great local pubs, or an evening meal in an award winning restaurant, Dunmore East has a great selection of places to eat and drink.
Dunmore East Location


Getting to Dunmore East could not be easier. It's only a one hour journey from Cork airport and two hours from Dublin Airport.

Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass Festival

The 24th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival lineup for 2018 features headlining act "Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters". The festival takes place from August 23rd - 26th 2018
Dunmore East Spring Golf Classic

Golf Classic

A 4 person Team event open to members of Golf Clubs affiliated to their home Golfing Union who have Certified Club Handicaps;

Dates: 29th April - 2nd May 2019


Whether it's the sea air or the relaxed holiday vibe that does it, one thing is for sure, the people of Dunmore East, County Waterford are a happy bunch of people. Have a look at our video of Dunmore and see why!
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