So it’s official: The Greasy Coat Stringband are returning to the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival this year, which takes place on August 22,23 and 24. We had a great, busy weekend in the picturesque seaside town last year and are delighted to be asked back by Mick Daly and the team organising the festival.
This news is on the back of a great weekend playing around Dublin, at the Mespil Road Irish Village Markets food market on Thursday, then being part of the OK Corral Busking Trail as part of the Dublin Goes Country weekend.
We’re now honing our setlist, to make it vegan-friendly ahead of the upcoming Cornucopia Vegan Summer BBQ Hoedown. There’ll be no Cluck Old Hens cluckin’ in the pot, nor will any Big Eyed Rabbits be getting fried in any pans at this one.
But, yeah, we just wanted to share this great news with you old time fans and hope to see you at Dunmore East this August
Well, just like last year, we were hanging round, twiddling our thumbs wondering what we’d get up to for the summer. And, in between having fun indulging our Irish trad side at the Willie Clancy Summer School and various other sessions with Trad Rocks, we’re now looking forward to a busy August.
On July 24, we’ll be joining the lively Hunt & Gather team for their Midsummer’s Night Party. A week later, on August 2, is the much-awaited Roisin and Luaighaidh’s wedding in lovely, magical Leitrim, followed swiftly by the mouth-watering Cornucopia Summer Vegan BBQ Hoedown. We’ll have a break before joining up with the Jack of Diamonds Festival for the third year in a row, hosting an old time jam in Sweeney’s on Saturday August 17, before joining forces as part of the Bog Standard Stringband (with Ben Keogh and Tim Rogers formerly of the Rough Deal Stringband) in McGing’s, Westport, Co Mayo on August 17. We’re waiting on official confirmation of another massive, exciting date to be finalised in late August. We’ll have another break before the Bog Standard Stringband is assembled once again for the Bunratty Banjo Festival in Bunratty, Co Clare in late September.
As usual, you can catch us on Fridays at Percy Place on the Grand Canal, with Irish Village Markets, where we play and eat and play some more… and maybe eat more too.
So, happy Summer folks and hope to see you round.