The BAND Festival 2018

Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy

The BAND Festival 2018

22nd - 24th June 2018 - Dunfanaghy, County Donegal

Welcome to the 2nd annual Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy Music Festival

To follow last year's great festival, we are assembling 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.

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Special Performances

Dunfanaghy, County Donegal

Craig & Willoughby

Holy Trinity Church, Dunfanaghy - 22nd June 2018

Nashville based duet Craig & Willoughby will be playing a one-off show in the amazing surroundings of the Holy Trinity Church in Dunfanaghy

Individually they have worked with the likes of the Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstain, May Hopkin, Strawbs and Nanci Griffith. Now they are bringing their own brand of guitar music to Dunfanaghy

Festival Line-Up 2018

All These Great Bands, And More To Come!

We have a whole line-up of incredible performers that we will be announcing every week until the festival kicks off!

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The Knotty Pine String Band

The Knotty Pine String Band have been playing together since the early 90s bringing bluegrass and American roots music to audiences all across Ireland, Europe and the USA! With a strong country-roots influence from the likes of John Prine & Kris Kristofferson the Knotty Pines are always a bluegrass festival favourite & a brilliant new addition to the BAND line-up!

Jody Gallagher

One of Donegal’s finest song writers and musicians Jody has spent many years playing in bands all over Ireland. Firmly rooted in country blues, his finely crafted songs are thought provoking and guaranteed to have you toe tapping. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Jody play a unique acoustic set of his Nashville influenced songs!

The Hot Tamales

A local favourite, The Hot Tamales are known for cooking up a wicked stew of Americana, Old Time Blues and Country with a sprinkling of Raucous Rock n' Roll! A well-established act on the vibrant music scene in the village it wouldn’t be a Dunfanaghy Festival without the incredible Hot Tamales!


Wookalily are a multi-faceted, female-led band who’ve been wowing audiences with their compelling, jazzy blend of bluegrass, folk and alt-country. With folk-gothic troubadour tales, new-time mountain music, glorious melodic hooks and a drum kit which guarantees purists cover their ears. Five women - too girly to be a beat group, too funky to be a folk group, too good to miss!!!

The Remedy Club

This Americana/Roots duo, KJ McEvoy & Aileen Mythen are known for their tight vocal harmonies and intelligent song writing. McEvoy has been singled out for praise as a guitar player of great expressiveness & technical aplomb and Mythen for her stunning vocal performances. Live they are exciting and captivating, veering from intimate & soulful to full on hoedown!

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! If you haven't heard them already come along & see why they are always a favourite in Dunfanaghy!

The Rye River Band

This 5 piece band all the way from Dublin have been performing their mix of predominantly electric guitar and fiddle playing American Roots music across festivals! You will be regaled with old time country folk ballads all the way to "high charged" rhythm and blues. Probably the original Irish Americana band, their music is everything and more you would expect from musicians dedicated to this genre!

Mules 'n' Men

Mules 'n' Men is the new name for the old New Breadwinners! A confusing situation, I know, but hidden within the confusion are some of the finest young musicians from Ireland's Bluegrass scene. Come along and hear them for yourself.

The Burying Ground

We are delighted to be able to include these amazing musicians all the way from Vancouver in The BAND Festival 2018! Steeped in influences from 1920's Ragtime, Country and Western, Mississippi Blues and new Orleans jazz, The Burying Ground have been charming diverse crowds, across all ages and musical tastes, throughout western Canada and the U.S., and now it is Dunfanaghy's turn!


Donegal musicians Erdini are influenced by both their locality and the extensive culture of Ireland and incorporate elements of bluegrass, country, blues, jazz and traditional Irish music. They are well-known for their often raucous performances, blistering solos and scintillating vocal harmonies!

The Hideaways

The Hideaways are an Americana–influenced 3 piece band of singer–songwriters. Their trademark sound features Janine's warm vocals, perfectly matched by Clarke and Roy's harmonies and their understated acoustic and slide guitar accompaniment. A highlight at this year's BelNash Festival & are not to be missed at the BAND Festival 2018!

The Hillbilly Rednecks

A great welcome back to the Hillbilly Rednecks, the incredible 7-piece from Co. Donegal who are fast putting County Donegal high up on the Irish Bluegrass music scene. This band of accomplished and well respected musicians will be once again be bringing the heart & soul of Bluegrass music to Dunfanaghy.


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 2018 will be the second 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 the second 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.

Festival Sponsorship

Independent festivals like ours can't exist without help from our generous sponsors. If you or your company would like to help the festival, we'd love to return the favour by advertising your business on our website and promotional literature

We have a variety of sponsorship packages available and would to here from you. You can contact us from the form here