Lorraine Jordan does the Ardara Bluegrass Festival

Last week, Lorraine Jordan made the journey from her home in North Carolina, along with her band, to perform at the Ardara Bluegrass Festival held in Donegal in northwestern Ireland. There she did sets of her own material with Carolina Road, and played with the Garrett Newton Band, fronted by her young banjo-picking protégé.

She sent us some photos from the festival to document the trip which she hopes everyone will enjoy.

And this quote from Sean McKerr, a bass player from Lurgan in Northern Ireland, who they met at Ardara and jammed with over the weekend. His reaction encapsulates that of the folks at the festival, when he says, “Ireland has fallen in love with the magic of their music, and Garrett is being hailed as a star.”

Everyone is hoping for a return visit.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.