Three big festivals for September

The summer festival season draws to a close this month with three major bluegrass events in Wales, England and Scotland.

First up, the Gower Bluegrass Festival takes place 6th – 8th September at the Gower Heritage Centre near Swansea. The lineup includes The Often Herd, Blossom Hill and Alden, Paterson & Dashwood, with concerts across the weekend. You’ll also be able to participate in open picking sessions, instrument workshops and a gospel session on the Sunday morning.

The Often Herd

The following weekend, 13th – 15th September, plays host to the 16th Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Held at Hendra Holiday Park near Newquay, the Cornish festival’s USP is that campers can enjoy a bit of extra comfort by hiring a static caravan for the weekend. This year’s lineup offers a lot of variety across two stages, with acts like Cup O’Joe, Leon Hunt and Jason Titley, Down County Boys and Stompin’ Dave. Along with the usual workshops, slow jam and picking sessions, the festival will be running an open mic on the Sunday afternoon.

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa

Finally, the 11th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival takes place 27th – 29th September. This event is held in the rural uplands of Dumfries and Galloway, and features an international lineup including headliners Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa from the USA. Concerts are held indoors in the Glencairn Memorial Institute, and the whole village promises a warm welcome in beautiful surroundings.

For more info on these festivals, including tickets, concert programmes and directions, follow the links to their websites.