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Home grown talent to make waves at Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival

Home grown talent to make waves at Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival

The 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will feature some exciting home-grown musical talent throughout the free four-day festival, which takes place from August 22nd to August 25th.

Pilgrim St is back having made an electric Dunmore East debut in 2018. The seven-piece outfit bring a broad range of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass to their concerts across the country and festival - goers have come to expect a lively and energetic performance from Navan’s finest.

Alfi is a fresh new trio combining Appalachian old-time and traditional Irish music to produce a unique sound. Their music features an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals. Winners of the Molly Award at the Trip to Birmingham Tradfest 2018, band members Fiachra Meek, Alannah Thornburgh and Ryan McAuley have built up a strong following as they play at festivals and venues nationwide.

Lands End members hail from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Gloucestershire. Whilst their music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, each member brings a distinctive sound of their own to the musical arrangements of the band. Playing a mix of original material alongside Bluegrass standards and the odd hint of Celtic and Baltic tastes, Lands End proved hugely popular at the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival when they played in 2012 and 2016.

Dublin’s Raglan Rodeo is a blues and alternative country band playing a mixture of originals and covers, drawing on a wide range of influences ranging from Hank Williams and Carter family classics to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Americana artists.

The Blue Light Smugglers, an acoustic harmony band, are Luke Coffey, Terence Cosgrave and Niall Hughes playing bluegrass, country and swing. This talented and skilled trio can usually be found playing a residency at the Blue Light Pub, nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Hailing from Co. Wexford Kiss My Grass bring an energetic and vibrant bluegrass and rockabilly sound to the festival, while Whistle, a 6-piece Dublin based outfit play Americana-style folk, roots, bluegrass, country and rock ’n’ roll and specialise in multi-part vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, violin, bass, harmonica and mandolin with accordion and more.

Lurgan’s Mons Wheeler Big Band makes a welcome return to the festival and is guaranteed to get the crowds on their feet with their trademark big rockabilly sound.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser, is delighted to welcome the return of homegrown talent to the festival this year. “Whistle, Kiss My Grass, Mons Wheeler, Lands End and Pilgrim St are returning to the festival this year after some amazing performances in previous years. We’re delighted they’re coming back and they create a lively energetic vibe that the audiences love.”

The 25th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday, August 22nd at the Strand Inn and heralds the start of four days of free gigs at The Strand Inn, The Spinnaker Bar, Azzurro Restaurant, Power’s Bar and The Ocean Hotel.

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 26th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will be a one-off special, taking place on Creaden Head on Saturday August 28th, 2021. Max 100 tickets, costing 50 euro, will be sold in order to comply with Covid regulations.
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: 27th April - 30th April 2020


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