Americana fest goes west
Not to be outdone by Kilkenny's annual Rhythm'n'Roots hooley, Galway is hosting its very own Americana festival from Wednesday to Sunday in various venues around the city. The best in international and local folk/country/bluegrass and roots music from the Appalachians to the Macgillycuddy's Reeks will descend on the City of the Tribes. Folk super-group The Unwanted featuring Cathy Jordan play The Crane Bar on Wednesda,; while American singer/songwriter Joe Pug plays the Roisin Dubh on Friday.
There's also a night centred around Jim Rooney, the Nashville-based producer/songwriter, who has worked with such greats as John Prine and Alison Krauss, in the Roisin Dubh next Saturday. Special guests on the night include the 'Clontarf Cowboy' Philip Donnelly.
And BBC broadcaster Charles 'Dr Rock' White -- the biographer of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard -- gives a talk on Saturday in the City Museum.
The highlight of Sunday's offering include a show by US troubadour Buddy Mondlock at the Cava Restaurant.
For details see www.galwayamericanafestival.com