Galway Americana Festival

THE GALWAY Americana Festival 2009 programme was launched last Friday at The Crane Bar to a large captive crowd with music provided by the excellent Jeff and Vida Band. The festival runs from September 10 to 13.

Highlights this year include Los Angeles blues men Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan at The Crane, and the rockabilly sounds of Spellbound at Kelly's on Thursday September 10; Nashville bluegrass legends Bill Evans and Megan B Lynch at The Crane, and Maryland-native Mark Brown of Uncle Buckle at Johnston's Hall in Kinvara on Saturday September 12.

Rising Americana stars Erin McDermott and Matt Schrag from Vermont will play the Roisin Dubh on Sunday September 13. Local rock, blues and cajun acts Without George, The Lazy Blues Band and Boucherie will play Monroe's Tavern on September 11, 12 and 13 respectively. Slide guitar maestro and star of RTE's Other Voices music series Clive Barnes will launch his new album Ghost Country at The Crane on Sunday September 13.

The festival will conclude with a barndance, classic American cars show, and talk by Grammy-winning producer PJ Curtis at Galway City Museum. For more information log on to


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