What’s on: September 2019

Bluegrass fans are spoilt for choice this month with a whole host of festivals and several tours from North American bands.


September is a big month for bluegrass festivals, with 5 long-running events taking place in the form of Didmarton, Omagh, Gower, Cornwall and Moniaive. Old-time music is catered for by Sweet Sunny South in West Sussex. Additionally, the Long Road Festival offers a line-up of country, Americana and roots, so should have something of interest for bluegrassers.

30th Aug – 1st Sep: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Cotswold Airport, near Cirencester.
30th Aug – 1st Sep: Bluegrass Omagh Festival, Omagh, Northern Ireland.
6th – 8th: Gower Bluegrass Festival, Gower Heritage Centre, near Swansea.
6th – 8th: The Long Road Festival, Stanford Hall, Leicestershire.
6th – 8th: Sweet Sunny South Festival, Ashington, West Sussex.
13th – 15th: Cornish Bluegrass Festival, near Newquay, Cornwall.
27th – 29th: Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway.


Toronto’s Lonesome Ace Stringband will be performing their “old-time with bluegrass chops” across England, Wales and Scotland. Several USA bands, including Nashville’s Front Country, continue tours they began in August. Homegrown supergroup Midnight Skyracer embark on an autumn tour with dates throughout the month.

22nd Aug – 8th Sep: Bill and the Belles (USA) View tour dates.
23rd Aug – 4th Sep: Hoot and Holler (USA) View tour dates.
31st Aug – 8th Sep: Front Country (USA) View tour dates.
1st – 22nd: Midnight Skyracer (UK) View tour dates.
6th – 22nd: Lonesome Ace Stringband (Canada) View tour dates.

Other gigs

Pet Yeti warm up for their appearance at the Cornish festival with a gig at The Canteen in Bristol (12th).

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band make an appearance at The Lights in Andover (20th).

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