The BAND Festival

Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy

The BAND Festival

23-25 June 2017 - Dunfanaghy, County Donegal

Welcome to the Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy Festival

We have assembled a top line-up of Bluegrass musicians, as well as multi-talented Nashville inspired bands. The festival will be taking place in the charming village of Dunfanaghy, surrounded by the awe-inspiring scenery of Donegal.

With an incredible amount of free performances, as well as a number of ticketed special performances, there is something for everybody at The BAND Festival

Some Confirmed Artists

The Unholy Gospel Band

Established & led by The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson, The Unholy Gospel Band combines the incredible skills of 5 well established musicians. Their uplifting music explores multiple genres from folk, soul & country while adding their own Unholy Gospel twist! “We Ain't Holy but the Music is Gospel!”

Two Time Polka

Hailing from County Cork the Two Time Polka are an Irish Cajun band and a highlight of any festival they play! With a distinctive sound that has its roots in Cajun, Zydeco, and Bluegrass music they produce a spectacularly vibrant show!

The Niall Toner Band

The Niall Toner Band have recorded and released six all-original CDs, and signed a US record deal with Pinecastle Records in 2012. They have toured the USA, Germany, Holland and the UK, appearing at many prestigous Festivals, including Merlefest in North Carolina!

Ticketed Event


Dunfanaghy, County Donegal

Some of Ireland's most beautiful beaches, cliffs, headlands, forest parks and scenry can all be found in the area around Dunfanaghy. The location of Dunfanaghy makes it the perfect base for visiting the beautiful north west.

The village overlooks the magnificant Horn Head, is adjacent to the blue flag Kilahoey beach with its golden sands and crystal clear water, and is a short drive to the picturesque harbour at Portnablagh, the blue flag beach at Marble Hill, Ards Forest Park, Ards Friary, Doe Castle, the Rosguill Peninsula, the Fanad Peninsula, Glenveigh National Park.

Dunfanagy is also located right on the Wild Atlantic Way! Perfect!

Contact Us

The year 2017 will be the first year of The Band Festival.

We are currently constructing a line-up of quality Bluegrass & Nashville inspired musicians. If you are part of a band, or know of a good band, please contact us.

We are also seeking sponsors for this the first year of the festival. If you would be in a position to offer sponsorship to help to bring The Band Festival to life, again, please contact us.

Major Sponsor - The Shandon Hotel

We are extremely grateful to The Shandon Hotel for stepping in as our major sponsor. The recently refurbished and reopened Shandon makes a massive active contribution within the community, as well as the massive employment that it provides, and the spin-offs for all the local shops.

The hotel’s new proprietors have invested heavily in its refurbishment in order to bring the Shandon Hotel & Spa to a new level of luxury. The accommodation, food and amenities at the Shandon Hotel are all top class, and the friendliness of the staff is exceptional.

The Shandon Hotel continues to flourish as one of the most desired location for weddings in the North West of Ireland.