Festival Fever: Bennington Irish Music Festival, 8/20-21/11

August 18th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers performing at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival earlier this summer (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

The Bennington Irish Music Festival returns to Bennington’s Colgate Park for the second year this weekend, and of course, the line-up features some of the best regional Celtic talent around, including Hair of the Dog, the McKrells, the all-women Trisklele, the Makem & Spain Brothers and the Berkshires’ own Celtic folksters Rakish Paddy.

But there’s a lot more to the musical festivities than just jigs and reels and pub sing-alongs. This year, they’re mixing up the music a bit with performances by the award-winning bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, as well as the wry bluegrass-meets-Americana foursome Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys.

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