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The 4th Banjo & Bovril Festival 2018 - January 24th to 28th 2018

The 4th Banjo & Bovril Festival 2018 - January 24th to 28th 2018

Now in its 4th year, the Banjo & Bovril Festival at The Harbour gives us all something to look forward to at the end of January.


January 24th to 28th.

The Harbour Bar, Bray.


THE PALE (celebrating 25th Anniversary), THE ESKIES, PADDY CASEY and more.

Plus Ukulele lessons for all the family on the Sunday afternoon followed by performances by The Harbour Ukuleles.

And trad sessions daily in the bar.

All shows are FREE.

Join us at The Harbour Bar from Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th January as we celebrate the best in Irish music with some of the country's greatest purveyors of acoustic, trad and folk. 

The festival is a worthy hat-tip to days long gone, when fishermen would come ashore in Bray from time spent on the Irish Sea. 

First stop, The Harbour Bar. 

Here they’d have a cup of Bovril to warm themselves up - before settling into a night drinking porter, singing and playing banjos, guitars, bodhráns, and mandolins.

Paul O’Toole Snr. continued the tradition in later years when short winter days were ended in the bar with a bit of banjo playing, some steaming cups of hot Bovril and a plateful of cheese and crackers. 

And so the tradition continues with music, a bit of craic and a mug of the black stuff at the Banjo & Bovril Festival.

This year we have a music line-up that’s as anticipated as the first mouthful savoured by the fishermen themselves...

*Wednesday 24th January
David Kitt opens this year's festival where he’ll preview songs from his much anticipated new album that’s set to delight fans old and new.
He’s also likely to feature favourites like ‘Song From Hope St’, ‘Me And My Love’, and ‘Another Love Song'.

In the bar, it’s the weekly trad and roots session with Brand New Switcheroo.

*Thursday 25th January
I Draw Slow headline Thursday night.
Increasingly in demand in the U.S., this is chance to catch the exceptional live musicianship from the Dublin roots five-piece.

Trad session with Rake The Ashes in the bar.

*Friday 26th January
The Pale celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the classic Irish debut albums - ‘Here’s One We Made Earlier’ that includes such gems as ‘Butterfly’, ‘Dogs With No Tails’ and ‘Shut Up Venus’.

Trad session with Crooked Jack in the bar.

*Saturday 27th January
The Eskies headline what’s set to be a raucous Saturday night following the release of their 2nd album ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses' in December.
They’re joined on the line-up by Haiku, and The Gabriel G Diges Band.

Trad session with Seodín in the bar.

*Sunday 28th January 
Sunday night's closing party sees Paddy Casey make a welcome return, along with Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley, and Wally Paige & band.

And there’s Ukulele lessons for all the family at 4.30 on the Sunday afternoon followed by performances by The Harbour Ukuleles.

Sunday afternoon trad session with The Lonesome Boatmen 4 - 6pm in the bar.

Plus more to be announced across the 5 days.

Toasties will be on the go in the bar throughout the festival and Fish Bar at The Harbour will be serving the finest fishy fare til late.

And of course, mugs of bovril for all!

Posted by The Harbour Bar on January 09 2018