2016 Bluegrass Calendar

Here is a list of 2016 festivals that we’ve been notified of:

4-5th March. Bristol Bluegrass & Americana Festival, BS1 5JG.    07779 111569

28th March – 1st April. Sorefingers. Kingham School, Gloucs. http://www.sorefingers.co.uk

6-8th May. Orwell, Ipswich. orwellbluegrass.co.uk/

14-15th May. Battlefield Bluegrass Festival, Naseby.  07931 307039

20-22nd May. The Wharf Bluegrass Weekend. Worcester, WR6 6TB. http://www.wharfbluegrass.com/

16th April. Somerset Bluegrass Day. Wellington

30th May Bluegrass in Bloom – St Julians, Sevenoaks https://www.facebook.com/stjuliansclub/posts/817409851676895

3-5th June. Coastline Bluegrass Festival, Llangollen. http://www.coastlinebluegrass.co.uk/

9-13th June. Tamworth, B77 3LH, Staffordshire. www.tamworthbluegrass.co.uk

10th-12th June, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland. http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/

17-19th June. Steeple Morden, East Anglia. http://www.eabg.co.uk/

24 – 26 June Bluegrass picking weekend at Clyro Court ( http://www.clyrocourt.co.uk/ ) just outside Hay-on-Wye

24 to 26 June British Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation’s summer school – Bluegrass workshop by Mike Pryor and Richard Holland http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/summer%20school.htm

30thJune–3rdJuly. North Wales Bluegrass Festival, Conwy. www.northwalesbluegrass.co.uk

8-10th July.  Holford Arms picking w/e at Knockdown near Didmarton. www.theholfordarms.co.uk

14-17th July. South Essex Bluegrass Festival. http://southessexbluegrass.co.uk/

22-23rd July. Beer & Bluegrass, Poole. http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Poole/St-Aldhelms-Hall-/Beer-and-Bluegrass-2016/12587716/

28th July. Bluegrass night at Cairncastle, Larne, Co Antrim. https://www.facebook.com/Cairncastle-Ulster-Scots-136932219707793/?fref=nf

5-7th August. Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival. http://www.surreybluegrass.com/

11-14th August. Pick Your Own Festival, Cheshire. http://pickyourown.org.uk/wp/

25-28th August. Dunmore East festival, Co Waterford, Ireland

25-28th August. Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. http://www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/

2-4th September. Didmarton, Gloucs. http://didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/

2-4th September Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co Tyrone. http://nmni.com/bluegrass

9-11th September. Gower Bluegrass Festival, South Wales. http://gowerbluegrass.co.uk/

16-18th September. Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Newquay. www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk/

23-25th September. Moniaive Bluegrass Festival, Scotland. www.moniaivebluegrass.co.uk/

Details as notified at time of publication. No guarantee is given for accuracy


8th Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016 at The Bristol Folkhouse, 40A Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG.  

 Concert Friday night.  Workshops, open mic, open jam and concert Saturday.

 Bands appearing:

 The Ben Somers String Band

The Grass Snakes

Heather Bristow

The Hogranch

The Jolenes

The Kentucky Cow Tippers

The Vanguards

 Friday only ticket  £15  Saturday only ticket  £17  Both days ticket  £29

Banjo, fiddle and guitar workshops (Saturday morning) £25

RNLI Charity Concert 27 Feb 16 – Croydon

RNLI Charity Concert update

27th Feb 2016, 24th annual Charlie Gaisford memorial charity concert for the RNLI

at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, 7pm to 11.30pm with


Molly and the Blackbriar band,

The Biggin Hillbillies,

Joe Hymas (from Hayseed Dixie),

Norbert Shroeder (top German guitarist from Orange Blossom Sound),

The Vanguards,

Sarah and Martin,

Dave Plane,

The One Tree Hillbillies,

Blue Mountain

plus many more!