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Published on June 2nd, 2010 | by NaRocRoc


Looking for something different this bank holiday weekend?

Then why not head along to the inaugural Greystones Americana & Roots Weekend which takes place over this coming June bank holiday weekend. The first of its kind in Co Wicklow, the festival will feature lots of fine live music, family activities and master-classes, oh and the sun may well shine! And better still all music events are a recession busting FREE of cover charge!

The festival will feature bluegrass, roots and alt country acts from both sides of the Atlantic. You can be sure they’ll be bashing out all kinds of Americana goodness. It’s an all day event Saturday and Sunday, buskers are welcome and there will be an abundance of sessions. There’ll be a good old timey atmosphere, banjos, washboards and a full pig on a spit barbecue for that down home authenticity! For the kids there’ll be bouncy castles, face painting, hot dogs and a rodeo bull!

Festival PosterArtists lined up include the magnificent I Draw Slow, an alt-country, folk, roots, old-time Americana band, The Oxo Boys who will be brewing up an Americana storm, and The Big Muddy and B & The Honeyboys, two well-renowned acts on the local Americana scene. Also playing will be The Niall Toner Band who are considered the most authentic bluegrass band in the country. Traditional legends like Al O’ Donnell and Phelim Drew will be bringing their unique brand of folk to Greystones, and a washboard master-class from world renowned player Wayne Waits from Columbus, Ohio will take place on the Sunday. And sure why not?!?

The festival will take place in the one venue with two stages, The Beach House, Greystones, from Friday the 4th through to Sunday the 6th of June. For more info visit: www.rootsweekend.com

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