Monday 22 July 2019

Oyster Festival celebrating 40th year with country music extravaganza

Carlingford is set to be a must visit destination for country music lovers this summer as a country music extravaganza has been added to the programme for the Oyster Festival to mark its 40th anniversary.

Ger Long, one of the main organisers behind the festival,and a well-known figure on the country scene nationwide himself, explained that it was decided to do something different this year to mark the festival reaching such a significant milestone.

And as they've always been proud of the family-friendly aspect of the festival, they decided that a programme of country music would make a great match to the already eclectic list of events which take place every year.

'So what we have happening in August is a feast of great music, from some of Irish country's biggest names and some of its rising stars as well, all spread over the five days of the event,' continues Ger. 'But not only that, we've book-ended our country performers with two of the most famous bands in Irish entertainment. We kick things off on Thursday, August 8th with the mighty Fureys, who will be supported by Henry Mac. Closing out the festival on Monday August 12th, we're delighted to be welcoming Bagatelle, with The Wagtails in support that night.'

Other acts playing the festival marquee are Michael English, with John Molloy - one of the stars of this year's Glor Tire, Mike Denver with Aidan Clerkin, in support, and Derek Ryan with Olivia Douglas.

The festival organisers are also hosting a raffle as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, with a top prize of a trip to Portugal for a week with Paul Claffey Tours at the end of September, on one of his fantastic country music trips.

The Argus