Preview: Didmarton and Omagh bluegrass festivals

Two of the longest running festivals on the UK bluegrass calendar take place from 30th August to 1st September, and both feature exciting lineups with talent from Europe and North America.

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is now in its 31st year, and is held at Cotswold Airport (formerly Kemble Airfield), near Cirencester. Top of the bill are Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy from the USA, while a wide variety of British acts fill the rest of the weekend. This includes Midnight Skyracer, Flats and Sharps, Jaywalkers and Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band. Along with three days of performances, Didmarton also offers music and dance workshops, an open mic and a barn dance at the end of the Saturday evening concert.

Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy

Meanwhile, over in Northern Ireland, Bluegrass Omagh celebrates its 28th year. This festival is one of the largest outside North America, attracting around 7000 visitors every year.

The lineup is filled with acts from the USA, with headliners Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers appearing alongside Front Country, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Bill & The Belles and Hoot & Holler. You’ll also be able to see Paris Texas Band from Belgium, as well as plenty of British and Irish acts.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

Both festivals take place from 30th August – 1st September. For all the details, head on over to the official Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass Omagh websites.