Balla bluegrass Festival will return for the 11th time during the October Bank Holiday weekend, taking place from Saturday night (not from Friday as before ). The Festival will keep the structure of two free gigs per night which will be staggered in time, to allow all music fans to enjoy both acts.
The 2019 program will feature an All-Ireland line up and introduce some new acts. Saturday (October 26 ) will see Mayo's own The Rocky Top String band, fronted by brother and sister, Hubie and Sarah MacEvilly, making a welcome return to Mannion's bar; while one of Dublin's leading Bluegrass outfits, Mules & Men, will play The Olde Woods.
Sunday (October 27 ) is bound to be particularly exciting with Ireland's newest bluegrass trio, Galway based The Rocky River Bluegrass Show, and the highly successful Pilgrim St from Navan, both making their first ever Balla appearance. As always, Balla's own band, Colonel Bullshot Rides Again, led by the festival organiser and Mayo's bluegrass ambassador, Tommy 'T-Bone' Lyons, will bring the festival to a close on Monday evening at Mannion's bar.
This festival is always great fun and the last chance in the season for Mayo bluegrass fans to enjoy this music on their doorstep as well as to meet with some of the nation's bluegrass family.
For more details visit the festival's FaceBook page.