Music fans everywhere will be flocking to Dunmore East again this week for the annual Bluegrass festival.
This year’s event runs from this evening until Sunday, with local and international acts performing free gigs all weekend.
Headlining this year’s festival is Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, an old school country roots band that effortlessly blends rock, folk and country. Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt has earned a reputation as an assertive yet gentle and unassuming singer whose “voice and the interplay of the guitar and mandolin gives this band their unique complex sound, a clear-sounding mash-up of American, bluegrass, fold and honky-tonk” according to Elmore Magazine.
Making a welcome return to Dunmore East is California’s Whiskey Deaf. Fiddle player Annie Staninec was born and bred on bluegrass music, has toured the world and featured on countless albums with renowned country, Cajun and blues artists, while John Kael, an established songwriter, has been playing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass for over twenty years.
In total 14 bands will play almost 40 free gigs throughout the village at The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, Azzurro Restaurant, The Strand Inn, Power’s Bar and the Ocean Hotel.