What’s on: August 2019

Summer season is quiet on the bluegrass front, with most events taking place towards the end of the month. This includes two of the biggest festivals of the year in Didmarton and Omagh, as well as a number of tours from US bands.

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Festivals and picking weekends

Two of the UK’s longest running bluegrass festivals – Didmarton and Omagh – take place on the last weekend of the month, both offering a variety of acts from across North America and Europe.

Glebe Farm Bluegrass and Beyond Music Camp is a picking weekend that features workshops, an open mic and scratch band concerts.

Purbeck Valley may be a folk festival but gets a mention here as the organisers have always had a soft spot for bluegrass. This year is no different, with Hot Rock Pilgrims and Midnight Skyracer featuring on the bill.

8th – 11th: Glebe Farm Bluegrass & Beyond Music Camp, near Congleton, Cheshire.
15th – 18th: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, near Swanage, Dorset.
30th – 1st Sep: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Cotswold Airport, near Cirencester.
30th – 1st Sep: Bluegrass Omagh Festival, Omagh, Northern Ireland.


Two US bands make their UK debut this month, and although neither is strictly bluegrass they should be of interest to fans. Bill and the Belles are a Tennessee quartet rooted in the music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, whilst Hoot and Holler hail from North Carolina and deliver Appalachian old-timey roots.

California’s Front Country are touring in early September, but they scrape into this guide by performing at Bluegrass Omagh on the last day of August.

22nd – 8th Sep: Bill and the Belles (USA) View tour dates.
23rd – 4th Sep: Hoot and Holler (USA) View tour dates.
31st – 8th Sep: Front Country (USA) View tour dates.

Other gigs

London’s Lunch Special begin a series of gigs over the next few months with the following August dates:

22nd: The Boot, St Albans
30th: The Lamb, Surbiton

In addition to the already mentioned Purbeck and Didmarton festivals, Midnight Skyracer play Cornwall Folk Festival (23rd) and Twinwood Festival (25th).

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