Ballymaloe Grainstore has announced the inaugural Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend on the weekend of Friday 30 June, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July. It will be held under the shelter of The Big Shed on the grounds of Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, East Cork.
The Malt & Music Weekend will showcase some of the best Irish bands at work today, both established and emerging. Headline acts are Little Green Cars on Saturday 1 July at 9pm and Jerry Fish on Friday 30 June at 8pm.
The line-up also includes Hurricane Highway whose new album, Exposed, hit No. 1 on the Irish Country charts; upcoming R&B/hip-hop band Shookrah; 'transatlantic soul' act The Niall McCabe Band; audience favourite Hank Wedel with his five-piece band; alt-roots/blues band One Horse Pony; burlesque performer Foxy P. Cox; and a Soul Funktion set by DJ Dr. Quigley.
Beer aficionados can savour a selection from the many impressive artisan brewers raising the bar across Ireland by producing finely-crafted beers based on local ingredients. Among the craft brewers attending are Lough Gill; 12 Acres; Blacks of Kinsale; Stonewell Cider; 8 Degrees; Rascals; Arthurstown; 9 White Deer. A selection of boutique Irish gins and whiskies will also be on hand from distillers such as St. Patrick's Distilling.
And as one would expect from any event at Ballymaloe, there will be a bounty of stands offering varied and delicious food options from Friday evening at 7pm right through to Sunday at 8pm.
See www.ballymaloefestivals.ie for a complete schedule and to book tickets.