The Harbour Bar Proudly Presents

The Banjo & Bovril Trad Festival

Goodbye January blues and hello Banjo & Bovril! Making a welcome return to The Harbour Bar in Bray, The Banjo & Bovril Festival is back for it’s second year. Set over five days & nights there’s an excellent line-up of music coming your way and the best part – it’s all FREE! Yes, FREE!

It’s a nod to the old tradition of the Banjo & Bovril nights that took place back in the day. When the winter days were coming to a close, the fishermen would arrive in from the sea and head for The Harbour Bar to warm up with steaming mugs of Bovril, before they settled in for a night of singing and playing music. Those nights are coming back to life, so here’s a sneaky peek of what’s in store.

With some of Bray’s favourites and a few of Ireland’s very best, we’re very excited to announce;

Moxie, The Bonny Men, Mundy, Ye Vagabonds, John Spillane, Lisa O’Neill, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Pete Pamf, Pine Marten, Sheila Garry & Elaine Hogan, Pete Cummins, Hank Wedel, Darren Eedens, Bunoscionn and Old Hannah!

Five young Irish musicians making waves on the Irish music scene are Moxie, with their fresh blend of jazz, rock, bluegrass and world music. With The Bonny Men, expect a set of trad tunes bursting with energy from these exceptionally skilled musicians. We can’t wait to hear Mundy, as he’ll be sure to give it socks and squeeze in a few crowd pleasers. Ye Vagabonds are brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn. Following a tour with Glen Hansard, they are garnering attention in Europe as well as at home. In addition, welcome acclaimed singer songwriter John Spillane to the Harbour stage. With her natural flair for storytelling and combined with a unique sound, Lisa O’Neill’s performance promises to be something quite special.

Kila’s Rónán Ó Snodaigh joins forces with Pete “Pamf” Ruotolo on guitar. Dublin based trio Pine Marten will be bringing their Scandinavian, bluegrass influenced folk to the bill. Hailing from Clare, there’s the admired talents of musicians Sheila Garry & Elaine Hogan. Check it out, Grammy Award winner Pete Cummins in the house – winner of Best Contemporary Folk Album. Also paying a visit is guitar slingin’, banjo pickin’ Canadian Darren Eedens, who has been known to stand on tables while belting out tunes! To round off one hell of a festival line up, expect Harbour Bar favourites, with the amazing tradsters Bunoscionn and from Sligo with their own brand of roots, it’s the brilliant Old Hannah. So there you have it folks, Banjo & Bovril Trad Fest is back with a bang!

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