Balla in Mayo will become the bluegrass capital of Ireland this weekend, when it plays host to the ninth annual festival. Uri Kohen from the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, is once again putting his expertise behind the venture in Balla.

The Munich String Band from Germany will play The Old Woods on Friday and Mannion’s on Saturday (10pm each night). Texas country/folk duo Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, bring their Irish tour to a close with a gig at The Old Woods on Saturday at 8pm.