Excitement Building For This Weekend’s SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival

Taking place over 17th-19th May, SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival returns for its third year at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, and what a feast of bluegrass/Americana/old-time music it is, featuring the very best in UK and International performing artists.

Opening proceedings on Friday night are Scottish/Australian duo Rain of Animals whose love of all things mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, bluegrass, oldtime, swing, tunes and songs shines through in their performances.  They are followed by Scotland’s newest country supergroup, The Black Denims, who hail from disparate musical backgrounds, blending the disciplines of Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, and Country into their story telling lore.

Opening Saturday night’s concert, multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, now resident in Moniaive, Sarah Jane Scouten will perform with American fiddler Niles Krieger.  They are followed by one of the hottest bluegrass acts in the UK, The Often Herd, whose vibrant, transatlantic sound is deeply coloured by their surroundings; the striking natural and industrial landscapes of Northern England.

Sunday is a more relaxed programme, providing attendees with the opportunity to play and enjoy tunes and songs with fellow musicians and bluegrass music lovers in both the Festival Marquee and The Vault Arts Centre.  Running from 2pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new friends, listen to and learn new music and reflect on another outstanding weekend of live music in Dumfries & Galloway.

Tickets are available online at www.tradmusic.com with some limited tickets available on the door, but you’ll have to hurry as last year’s event was a complete sell-out and with enquiries and bookings already in from across Scotland and the UK, it’s looking like another very busy weekend.