BLUEGRASS Festivals and Picking Weekends (as of February 2022)
Please check with the venue or organiser before the event
Sore Fingers Summer School –
11th – 15th April
Sore Fingers Summer Schools is Europe’s leading organisation for bluegrass and old-time music camps, offering world class tuition for all the instruments played in bluegrass as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.
Crossover Festival –
29th April – 2nd May
Crossover Festival is an American Bluegrass, Oldtime, Americana and Country music event . Set in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside on a farm site which includes a quirky indoor Opera Theatre where we host our amazing concerts with quality sound . A whole range of workshops in all related instruments at different levels from beginners to masterclasses from a selection of our outstanding performers . Children under 18 free with accompanying paying adult.
The venue also boasts many separate rooms where workshops, stalls, dance and sessions take place . Ticket price includes camping for this 4 day bank holiday weekend.
Battlefield Bluegrass Festival –
7th May – Spring Into Bluegrass
All day event at Naseby Village Hall 9.00am to 11.30pm, jamming, open mic. special events, workshops, evening concert with top UK bands.
21st – 24th July – Weekend Festival
Headline Ruben Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys (Italy). Workshops, Slow Jams, special events and featuring our Single Mic. Band Competition with prizes, and the new Open Mic. Competition with prizes.
26th November – Last Chance Saloon
All day event, with jamming, workshops, special events, and an evening concert with top UK bands.
Arisaig Americana Music Festival –
3rd – 5th June – Weekend Festival
Third annual festival held in Arisaig, West Highlands, Scotland.
Tickets available mid-March
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival –
10th – 12th June – Weekend Festival
After two years of on line events, Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival will return to live and in person event over many venues in the centre of Westport, Co. Mayo.

The festival will welcome 15 different acts from the US, UK, Germany, Czech Republic and from Ireland.

The program will feature pub gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops as well as the much loved Gospel Hour, Square Dance and the Mystery Gig….

Among the acts are the world renown Henhouse Prowlers (Chicago), Award winning Stillhouse Junkies (Colorado) and California Old Time band SLO County Stumblers to name but a few.

Tickets for the main concerts are now available via the festival’s website
East Anglian Bluegrass Festival –
9th – 13th June – Weekend Festival
Clyro Court – Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro, Hay-On-Wye –
24th – 26th June – Picking weekend.
A weekend of camping and informal picking in the hotel and its spacious grounds. Book camping and hotel accommodation on 01497 820033.
The Junction Bluegrass Bresfest –
1st – 3rd July – Weekend Festival
The Junction. News Lane, Rainford, St.Helens WA11 7JU.
Contact or call 07725 268954 for more details
A Bluegrass weekend of camping and picking in `Old` South Lancashire town of Rainford. The weekend will allow full use of the Junction Pub and its large function room and marquee. Very large camping area in view of the East Pennines. Stage and PA system available as well as full toilet block and soon to be installed shower unit. All details to follow – see our Junction Bluegrass FB page.
For the pickers – for addicted people please pick Bluegrass responsibly and with respect, put a smile on your face and join in whatever your level of play.
Bluegrass & Beyond Music Camp. Glebe Farm near Congleton
4th – 7th August – Picking, Workshops, Open Mic and Concert. Full details to follow.
Grassy Valley & Old-Time Pick. Pontypool
12th – 14th August

Panteg House, Greenhill Rd, Griffithstown, Pontypool NP4 5BE
The weekend begins on the afternoon of Friday the 12th of August and will run until Sunday the 14th. Admittance will be from 3:00 pm on Friday the 12th. The full schedule will be updated nearer the time, but the broad themes are as follows.​
On Friday night Panteg house and the grounds will be open for picking sessions and there will be an open stage hosting local musical talent with a slightly wider remit than Bluegrass and Old Time. 
On Saturday there will be a programme of workshops and an afternoon concert in addition to picking sessions.​
Sunday will close the weekend with an early afternoon concert.
Artists and Bands already scheduled:

  • Taff Rapids
  • The Moretons
  • Willow Station
  • More to follow

Tickets £15-£25 and further details from

Didmarton Festival – Cotswold Airfield.
2nd – 4th September, Early Bird Tickets on sale 9am 1st March.
With tickets going on sale from 1st March 9am, we thought you’d like to know who you’re going to see at Didmarton 2022. So we are delighted to announce the following bands have been booked to perform, we think it’s a wonderful range of music and hopefully more than a little something for everyone! If you head to the Line-Up page of our website you’ll find a Spotify playlist with some of the bands you’ll hear this year too, so why not drop by and find out just how great they all sound. The website will also soon be updated with biogs of all the bands performing, so keep an eye open for updates.

  • The Slocan Ramblers (Canada)
  • Flats & Sharps
  • The Firecrackers
  • The Stompin’ Dave Bluegrass Band
  • Sapphire Storm
  • Bearlands
  • The Rip-Roaring Success
  • Jaywalkers
  • Jaeja (Iceland/UK)
  • The Fountaineers
  • The Vanguards
  • Carrivick Sisters
  • Pet Yeti
  • The Boatswain Brothers
  • Phil Davidson Band
  • Boston Boys Bluegrass Band

Join us 2nd-4th September, it’s going to be an amazing weekend!

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Dumfries & Galloway – full details to follow
23rd – 25th September