More blues than you can use at Dunfanaghy festival

More blues than you can use at Dunfanaghy festival
By Eamonn McFadden eamonn.mcfadden@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The seaside village of Dunfanaghy and surrounds is gearing up for one of the top live music weekends in the north west.

The annual Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues weekend is due to get underway on next Thursday evening and see the start of a busy programme of music with over 40 bands playing for five days and nights.

This is the ninth year of the event and it has grown since its inception into one of the biggest festivals in the region.

This year's programme sees some of the top names in jazz, big band, blues, american, and many other genres of quality live music play in a range of venues.

Festival founder , Donald Craig said a big development for the event has been the move to team up with the St Michael's GAA Club who have agreed to allow their grounds and facilities for camping over the five day event.

He stated: “We can confirm that we have teamed up with St Michael's GAA Club who have kindly agreed to allow their grounds and facilities for camping over the full jazz and blues weekend.”

The online booking link is on their website and facebook page and the cost is just €10 per night, per person, whether you are in a tent, camper van, caravan etc. It will have 24/7 security and the cost includes use of the showers and bathroom facilities.

The event also collects money for local charities.

Donal added: “It is only a few minutes walk from the village out the Horn Head Road so makes for a handy base all weekend. If you book in online for the full five nights you get the last night for free”.

Among this year's acts are The Miranda Rosenburg band, the Henry Girls, Paul Buckley Band,, The Ukulele All Stars, Oddsocks, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, The Euphonics, Portobello, The Limavady Big Band, The Clandestinos, The New Bread Winners, In Their Thousands, The Lonesome Highway Blues band, Rab McCullough, Crow Black Chicken and Mark Braidner Band, among many others.

For more information see www.dunfanaghyjazzandblues.com.