The Bands

The BAND Festival Lineup

All These Great Bands, And More To Come!

We are very proud to present this amazing, ever growing lineup at the first ever Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy Festival

We are assembling a top line-up of Bluegrass musicians, as well as multi-talented Nashville inspired bands.

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

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 Hillybilly Rednecks

An incredible 7-piece from Co. Donegal the Hillybilly Rednecks are infamous on the Irish Bluegrass music scene. Filling dance floors all over the County the Hillybilllys will be bringing the heart & soul of Bluegrass music to Dunfanaghy & helping to launch the first BAND Festival!

The Dirty Beggars

After being greatly missed The Dirty Beggars are making a much-anticipated return to the stage in 2017. Hailing from Scotland the Celtic-infused Americana 5-piece have played many memorable shows including live on the streets of Nashville. The BAND Festival is delighted to be a part of their explosion back on the Bluegrass Scene!

Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig

Virginia-born Cathryn Craig has built a strong reputation as performer and songwriter singing with musicians such as Chet Atkins & The Righteous Brothers. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances with folk/rock band Strawbs and also with Mary Hopkin. Their first ever performance in Donegal will display Nashville music at its finest! Ticketed Event

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!”

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!

Alec Somerville

Originally from Canada, Banjo Legend Alec Somerville, now finds home in Co.Donegal. Alec plays his music in the 'Clawhammer' style on the 5 string banjo. He has a large repertoire of music and songs, many of which were taken overseas by the early Scots and Irish settlers; and a real knowledge of the music which eventually gave birth to Country Music and later to Bluegrass!

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!

Geordie McAdam & Friends

A legend on the bluegrass scene throughout Ireland and the founding member of the extremely popular Broken String Band, Geordie’s fiddle playing is nothing short of extraordinary. Along with a close group of incredibly skilled musicians Geordie & Friends will be leading brilliantly vibrant sessions throughout the festival.


Regulars on the Irish Festival scene Woodbine are an Irish bluegrass band with their own distinctive sound. With three lead vocals, powerful harmony and exciting instrumentals they play a riveting mix of traditional & contemporary Bluegrass!


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!

Many more to be announced....