Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the s in the United States Appalachian region. Monroe characterized the genre as: " Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz , and it has a high lonesome sound. Bluegrass features acoustic string instruments and emphasizes the off-beat. Notes are anticipated, in contrast to laid back blues where notes are behind the beat, which creates the higher energy characteristic of bluegrass.
24 August 2020
As you all are aware, the world has a battle on its hands. We have been monitoring the ever-evolving Covid situation, and while we always like to remain as optimistic as possible, it has become evident to us that this battle is going to take some time, and it is our duty to play our part, to ensure that life as we knew it will resume as soon as possible. With the cancellation of large public gatherings, the closure of pubs and venues, and the ban on unnecessary travel, we are left with no alternative. The health and safety of our musicians and our festival fans is of the utmost importance to us. We had a great festival lined up for you, which we know you would have loved, and we would like to thank all our musicians for their willingness to attend in the first place, and now, for their understanding. We hope they will all make it Westport next year, if not before! Below is a list of the acts due to perform at our festival, so be sure to support them, buy their CDs, listen to them, share them!
26 February 2006
THE source for news of bluegrass and old-time music events in Ireland - and more. The calendar is frequently updated, and past events are transferred to the separate calendar archive post. All events in the Irish bluegrass festival season for which we have dates can be found below. Some items of country music news, prepared by the Country Music Association of Ireland, can be seen here. Punters: please note that tour schedules often have to be changed , so before you go to a show, please check that the date and place are still the same as when you first noted it down. Regular fortnightly or monthly events are shown on the main calendar at the appropriate dates. Down, 9.
Having successfully recorded and toured with Steve Earle, bluegrass legend Del McCoury is back once again doing his own very high and lonesome thing. With his latest album, The Family, showcasing the extraordinary virtuosity of his sons Ronnie and Rob, Del finds himself fronting the group described by Earle as the one which now sets the standard by which bluegrass is judged. And it's a very high standard at that. To hear the Del McCoury Band in full flight is one of live music's more thrilling experiences. In short, they are as good as it gets.