Special Performances

The Niall Toner Band | Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

One-Off Performances 2017

The BAND Festival will be hosting over 30 Bluegrass and Nashville events in 10 venues over the weekend.

Apart from 4 events, all will have free admission.

There will be 4 special performances from artists who will be playing in Dunfanaghy for the very first time which will be ticketed.

Niall Toner Band in Concert.

I will let Niall describe what a treat we are all in for by coming to hear his band at The BAND Festival - he can do it far better than me!

Every time the Niall Toner Band do a show, the spirit of so many great artisis lives on in our Songs and Tunes. Folks like Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zant, Doc Watson, Clarenec White, Emmylou Harris, The Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and many more. To share in this spirit, come along to our live show the next time we're in your area, and you'll hear what I mean.

The Niall Toner band will be playing one show only, a highlight of the festival.

Tickets available online, from the Workhouse Dunfanaghy, and Anseo B&B Dunfanaghy.

Niall Toner in Concert.

Our thanks go to the Vestry of the Holy Trinity church here in Dunfanaghy for allowing The Band Festival to use their beautiful church as a venue for this special Niall Toner concert.

Niall is one of Ireland's best known and most respected Bluegrass and American Roots Country Music performer and aficionado. He lists his influences as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family and the wonderful Bill Monroe. Niall presents the RTE Radio One Roots Freeway show, and as well as touring with his full band, he plays an occasional solo concert.

He was thrilled when we suggested a solo concert in the Church of Ireland church, so he is travelling up to Dunfanaghy ahead of his band to do this. With Niall's great sounds, and the setting of the church, we know that this is going to be a very special event.

Tickets available online, from the Workhouse Dunfanaghy, and Anseo B&B Dunfanaghy.

Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby In Concert.

We are absolutely delighted that Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig have chosen to play for the first time in county Donegal at the inaugural BAND Festival.

Reading Brian and Cathryns' musical history is like reading a Who's Who of household names in music: Mary Hopkin, the Strawbs, Chet Atkins, the Righteous Brothers, Joe Brown, Jorma Kaukonen and Nanci Griffith.

Brian, originally from Glenarm, County Antrim, and Kathryn originally from Virginia, met while recording in Nashville. Their concerts have been described as "Staggeringly good...truly magical guitar work, vocals to lift your heart and soul, with songs that are utterly unforgettable."

Over the weekend, Brian and Cathryn will play 2 gigs, both in the small intimate Venue room of Molly's bar.

Tickets available online, from the Workhouse Dunfanaghy, and Anseo B&B Dunfanaghy.

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