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Bluegrass Music Festival 2015

Time/Date - 14:00 - 18:00, Friday 4 September 2015 - Sunday 6 September 2015

There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store! Get down to the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to enjoy three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass.

24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store! Get down to the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to enjoy three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass including the multi award winning Claire Lynch Band, Demolition String Band, Whiskey Deaf and Viper Central all direct from the USA and Canada. CC Smugglers from England and Bill Faster from the Slovak Republic. With home grown talent from throughout the North and South of Ireland including among others The Niall Toner Band, Prison Love and King Blue, you’ll uncover rhythms that are sure to have your hands clapping, feet tapping and heart racing all weekend long!


Bluegrass Festival 2015
 

What can I enjoy?

Friday & Saturday Party in the Park

Time: Lunchtime ‘til Late

Enjoy our toe-tappin, knee-clappin, finger-pickin’ mini music-marathons on Friday and Saturday. From early afternoon on each day, stroll around the outdoor stages for a feast of non-stop music. As dusk falls, on Friday join home grown, female led band Wookalily at the Main Stage for some timeless songs from the bogs of Northern Ireland to the bayous of Louisiana. They’ll be followed by one of the biggest names in bluegrass this side of the Atlantic, The Niall Toner Band who will delight you with their musical tributes to bluegrass icons like Bill Monroe and Jimmie Rodgers. Then it’s the turn of Viper Central from Canada who will rip it up bluegrass style with sweet n' crunchy harmonies and tight melodic breaks that'll make your heart soar and your feet shuffle and take that high lonesome sound to new places. Friday night will finish off with one of Ireland’s finest acts Prison Love who are best described as a five piece string band, complete with prison uniforms, washboard and a selection of bluegrass, old-timey, gospel, Cajun tunes and songs that sound like a fast train a comin' and that’s all on the first night!

        Niall Toner   Wookalily 
      

From 1.00pm on Saturday we have six stages of music in full flow, singing workshops and afternoon lectures. Our younger visitors can enjoy the multi-talented Tom Sweeney who will be bringing his magical musical melodies and songs to the Ship & Dockside Gallery making it a great day out for the whole family.

        Viper Central    Tom Sweeney

From 7.00pm through to midnight you can enjoy a unique line-up featuring the fresh new sounds of Bill Faster from the Slovak Republic before the New York based Demolition String Band bring their shared passion for bluegrass and mountain music with a bit of country and rock ‘n roll thrown in for good measure to the main stage. Headline act and multi award winning Claire Lynch Band will take the night to another level with vocals, harmonies and musicianship of stellar proportions before CC Smugglers from England making their first appearance at the Festival, will surely delight the crowds with their fast paced and hard driving Americana, folk, blues and country set bringing Saturday night to a perfect end!

Claire Lynch BandSaturday's Award Winning Headline Act: Claire Lynch Band

Friday Line Up Saturday Line Up
Prison Love (Ireland) CC Smugglers (England)
Viper Central (Canada) Claire Lynch Band (USA)
Niall Toner Band (Ireland) Bill Faster (Slovakia)
CC Smugglers (England) Demolition String Band (USA)
Wookalily (Northern Ireland) Viper Central (Canada)
Bill Faster (Slovakia) Prison Love (Ireland)
Demolition String Band (USA) Niall Toner Band (Ireland)
Watery Hill Boys (Ireland) Watery Hill Boys (Ireland)
King Blue (Northern Ireland) King Blue (Northern Ireland)
Geordie McAdam & Friends (Northern Ireland) Broken String Band (Northern Ireland)
 Whiskey Deaf (USA) Geordie McAdam & Friends (Northern Ireland)
Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band  Northern Exposure (Northern Ireland)
  Tom Sweeney Songs for all the Family (Northern Ireland)
  Bluegrass Festival Choir
  Whiskey Deaf (USA)
  Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band

Sunday Bluegrass in the Park

Time: 1.00pm to 7.30pm

Stroll through the outdoor museum as a mix of 16 international and home-grown talented acts fill the air with the infectious sounds of bluegrass and old-time music.

     CC Smugglers   Demolition String Band
  
Listen to a performance by the popular Bluegrass Festival Choir and marvel at the number of home-grown acts now playing Bluegrass and Old-Time music across the country before coming together at the main stage to finish of the Festival in grand style with a finale that will have you singing and dancing along with our visiting artists from near and far!

     Bill Faster   Geordie McAdam

Sunday Line Up  
CC Smugglers (England) Wookalily (Northern Ireland)
Claire Lynch Band (USA) King Blue (Northern Ireland)
Bill Faster (Slovakia) Broken String Band (Northern Ireland)
Demolition String Band (USA) Geordie McAdam & Friends (Northern Ireland)
Viper Central (Canada) Northern Exposure (Northern Ireland)
Prison Love (Ireland) Tom Sweeney Songs for all the Family (Northern Ireland)
Niall Toner Band (Ireland) Bluegrass Festival Choir
Watery Hill Boys (Ireland)  Whiskey Deaf (USA)

McAuley Lectures

McAuley Lecture SATURDAY

McAuley Lecture 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Saturday 5th September.  Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

Remembering The Crooked Road – Exploring the Appalachian folk music trail with Rodney McElrae

Countless emigrants from these islands took with them a strong and rich cultural identity to start afresh in the ‘New World’ of Pioneer America. Many were from Ulster and settled in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee & the Carolinas. The music and song of these ‘backwoods settlers’ influenced the American Folk Music tradition along what is now called The Crooked Road, a folk music heritage trail which today attracts followers of the music from near and far. Omagh’s resident music scholar-archivist and long-time friend of the festival, Rodney McElrae will present another entertaining and informative talk recounting his experiences of touring the Crooked Road where ‘Old-Time’ & ‘Bluegrass’ music icons like The Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers to name but a few, lived and played the music we all love and cherish.

McAuley Lecture SUNDAY

McAuley Lecture 1.00pm-2.00pm, Sunday 6th September, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia with Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in America. Many of these migrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream which merged with sounds and songs of English, German and Cherokee origin. In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaption and change. This afternoon we are delighted to welcome the two authors to the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies to launch the volume, speak about the project and offer the audience an opportunity to ask questions about this fascinating musical journey.

Food & Drink

A food village will be available through the weekend with BBQ and bar. With such a beautiful backdrop, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or a pint and just relax as the sounds of bluegrass music fill the air. The food village and the museum café will offer a wide variety of high quality food options to suit all tastes. A bar serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be open in the Food Village throughout the festival.

Ticket Types

Full Weekend Pass £35.00 - Book Now

(Access to the FULL weekend programme at a 15% discount)
 

Friday Party in the Park - Book Now

Adult £15.00

Child (17 and under) £6.00

Family Ticket £35.00 (A Family Ticket admits up to 5 persons with a MAXIMUM of 2 Adults or a MINIMUM of 1 Adult)

Children 4 years and under are admitted free of charge.


Saturday Party in the Park - Book Now

Adult £15.00

Child (17 and under) £6.00

Family Ticket £35.00 (A Family Ticket admits up to 5 persons with a MAXIMUM of 2 Adults or a MINIMUM of 1 Adult)

Children 4 years and under are admitted free of charge.
 

Sunday Bluegrass in the Park - Book Now

Adult £12.00

Child (17 and under) £6.00

Family Ticket £30.00 (A Family Ticket admits up to 5 persons with a MAXIMUM of 2 Adults or a MINIMUM of 1 Adult)

Children 4 years and under are admitted free of charge.

Book your tickets by visiting the ticket pages linked above or call our Telephone Ticket Hotline on 028 8224 3292

Group Bookings

We offer 10% discount for ADVANCE group bookings of 15 or more persons. Group Bookings can be made through the Ticket Hotline on 028 8224 3292 or by e-mail to breege.osullivan@nmni.com

ACCESS for All

People with Access Needs will be charged the daily adult/child prices shown above and Carers of People with Access Needs will be admitted free of charge.
 

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Bluegrass Music Festival Sponsors

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Ulster American Folk Park Facebook

Festival announcements will be made on our Ulster American Folk Park Facebook Page first!


Terms and Conditions for Bluegrass Party in the Park Facebook Competition

  1. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  2. To enter the competition, Like ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ on Facebook, the competition post include your name and who’d you bring.
  3. Email entrants must have liked the ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ Facebook page to be eligible for the draws.
  4. Only one entry to the draw per address.
  5. Winner will be selected at random.
  6. The competition will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 3 September 2015. Entries received after this will not be included in the draw.
  7. The winner will be notified through a comment on the Facebook competition post on Thursday 4 September.
  8. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ is not responsible or liable for any late, lost or misdirected entries, or entries not received for any reason whatsoever.
  9. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternative is available. 
  10.  Winners of the prize must be aged 18 or over
  11. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ reserves the right to extend the time period of notification date at any time.
  12. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ will choose the winner. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  13. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ reserves the right to verify, at any time during or after the closing of the promotion, the validity of all entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process
  14. The ‘Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh’ reserves the right to suspend or terminate the competition, extend the closing date or amend these terms and conditions
  15. No purchase necessary



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