Banjo festival tickets on sale shortly

THE banjo festival, in memory of legendary Irish musician Johnny Keenan, is to line out some stellar performances when it makes its debut in Tullamore in September.

THE banjo festival, in memory of legendary Irish musician Johnny Keenan, is to line out some stellar performances when it makes its debut in Tullamore in September.

The Johnny Keenan Banjo festival, which takes place between September 20 and 23, celebrates the very best of Irish traditional, American bluegrass and folk music and attracts a significant number of visitors to the town from around Ireland, Europe, America and elsewhere.

Johnny Keenan, a multi-instrumentalist, was highly regarded as a master banjo player as well as turning his hand to fiddle, low whistle, uileann pipes and guitar but it was also his pioneering thimble picking on the banjo that he was best know for.

The weekend consists of street and pub sessions, nightly seated concerts, masterclass workshops, free outdoor concerts, local craft displays, busking competitions, and late night festival club.

Tickets and weekend passes will be on sale shortly.