The 10th festival will feature top bands from the USA, Scotland, Ireland and Italy playing hard driving Bluegrass and Old Timey music.
Instrument workshops and jamming in the hotels and streets of Moniaive for 3 days.
Keep an eye on this site for more information after Easter 2018.
We look forward to seeing you all again.
When: Fri September 28 7:30 pm - Sun September 30 10:00 pm

Past Events

Basstree String Band in Concert at The Coach House, Moniaive

The Basstree String Band with roots in Norwich and Lincolnshire play classic and contemporary bluegrass with close harmonies and blistering instrumentals. Their musicianship is top notch with a respect for tradition and with played with soul. Howard Burton is a sought after bluegrass banjo player, who has led banjo workshops at numerous UK festivals and at the Sore Fingers School in the Cotswolds, placed at the Galax Fiddlers Convention and teaches banjo from his home in Norwich. Mark Jones is a flatpick guitarist, having studied the genre in the UK and East Tennessee whilst working at Steve Kaufman's Palace Theatre. Mark and Howard have played bluegrass together for over 25 years and also are part of The Dude Coopers, an established band active on the UK festival circuit since 2007. Asa Hardy-Brownlie is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a background in traditional American music and Gypsy Jazz. He performs bass duties as well as main and harmony vocals.
Tickets £10 on the door or phone Paul and Anja on 01848 200272 to reserve a seat.
When: Wed June 7 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tildon Krautz in Concert @ The Coach House, Moniaive

anti rational rabbit folk.

About Tildon Krautz:
1. folk based themes heading in several irrational directions
2. of folk descendense, but without obscene language
3. whatever tildon krautz plays

Tickets £10 on the door on the night or phone Paul and Anja on 01848 200272 to reserve a seat.
When: Fri June 9 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Flats and Sharps in Concert

Based in Penzance, Cornwall, this outstanding young acoustic band are said to blur any divisions between Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Pop. Preforming a mix of their own highly original material as well as Bluegrass classics, these five young men consistently entertain, charm and thrill their audiences. With spine-tingling and pure five-part vocal harmonies, and astonishing instrumental virtuosity, they leave delighted listeners calling for more. All take lead vocals in turn, with show-stopping surprises!
Tickets: £10 - purchase online or phone 01848 200272 to reserve seats or pay on door (subject to availability).
When: Fri July 28 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

9th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival 2017

Bluegrass and Old Timey Music plus workshops and plenty of jamming in the campsite, streets and hotels.
Campsite opens on Thursday 21st @ 12 noon and closes on Monday 25th @ 12 noon.
When: Fri September 22 2017 7:30 pm - Sun September 24 5:00 pm


Blueflint Live Reviews
“All eleven songs from the new album were played impeccably and it was clear that Blueflint have incorporated elements of urban alt-folk and indie pop into their signature Americana/bluegrass sound. These heartwarming songs were lovingly crafted in Edinburgh and the pleasing traces of Scots accents in the vocals underscored the honesty, integrity and uncompromising nature of the narratives and lyrics.

Clare Neilson and Deborah Arnott are both fine lead vocalists and their close harmonies are stunning.

This was a sparkling gig from Blueflint, whose fine songcraft and musicianship was enhanced further by the warmth and feelgood factor they generate in live performance. With gigs such as this and a critically-acclaimed new album, Blueflint seem set fair to widen their audience and fan-base further still.” Fatea

“Stories of heartbreak, revenge and plenty more drama besides pepper the lyrics of ace Edinburgh bluegrass banjo duo of Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson…Their sublime delicate vocal harmonising adds a layer of achingly melancholy beauty to every song…their wonderful take on Americana could warm the coldest of hearts.” The List 5 Stars *****
When: Sat October 14 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Moniaive


The Horsenecks
With roots in Portland, Oregon and Liverpool, England The Horsenecks play a dynamic mix of American roots music that they bring to life with the high-energy performance of a group of people who love the music they play. Top-shelf musicianship and a love of the lost art of Old Time music are swiftly making them a well-loved and highly respected staple in the traditional music scenes in the US and the UK.

Gabrielle Macrae; Fiddle, banjo, guitar
Barry Southern; Banjo, fiddle, guitar
Chris Marshal; Bass
Dave Searson; Guitar

"...on every track their talent is self evident......Gabrielle’s fiddle playing has a real energy and a complexity
that is stunning......Barry’s banjo style is jaw dropping whether
he is playing the open back banjo and clawhammer style to
produce melodic and mellow tones or the bluegrass picking
style..." -Sue Rooke, OLD TIME NEWS No. 84 Winter 2015-16

When: Fri November 17 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Joe Newberry and April Verch in Concert

Joe Newberry & April Verch are both master musicians, and their duo collaboration is fuelled by a shared passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music, blending folk, bluegrass and old time Americana, with ballads, joyful fiddle tunes and poignant original and traditional songs.
Joe Newberry is a top notch banjoist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a guest star on 2016’s popular Transatlantic Sessions live tour and his award-winning songs have been recorded by artists including Ricky Skaggs and the Gibson Brothers. Joe also performs with a variety of other bands and musicians including mandolin legend Mike Compton. Joe regularly teaches guitar, singing and clawhammer banjo across the USA and Europe, and is a charismatic performer who charms audiences wherever he goes.
April Verch is a world class fiddle player, step dancer and singer from Canada’s Ottawa Valley, who started step dancing at age three and playing the fiddle at age six! April has countless awards, ten albums and sixteen years of touring around the world under her belt with her own trio the April Verch Band. Passionate about sharing her skills and passing on folk traditions, April also makes master classes, workshops and camps a regular part of her touring activity.
These two hugely talented musicians have now come together for this very special duo project. Their voices blend in harmony, their instrumental playing is unsurpassed, and the addition of April’s spectacular step dancing takes their performance to another level! Their first duo album Going Home was recently released on Apple Music.

"Verch’s lively, expressive fiddle is served well by Newberry’s understated rhythm work. The joy and immediacy captured in this album are unmistakeable."
- International Bluegrass
When: Sun April 15 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bluegrass Instrumental Tuition by An All American Cast

Gold Heart (USA) will deliver children's instrumental workshops in two local schools on Friday 15th June. These will be followed by open workshops on Saturday June 16th @ 11am-1pm for any child accompanied by a responsible adult. Instruments included: bluegrass banjo (Garry McFadden) fiddle, mandolin, double bass and guitar.

For further information about the above children's events and/or to book a place on the children's instrumental workshops on Saturday 16 June please phone Paul or Anja on 01848 200272.

On Saturday June 16th The Carpenter & May Band with Kai Gold will hold workshops for adults on bluegrass banjo, mandolin, fiddle, double bass and guitar. These will run from 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm and will be followed by a slow jam between 4pm & 5pm (5 hours in total).
Adult classes will be limited to a maximum of 15 students per instrument.

Saturday night will feature Gold Heart & The Carpenter & May Band in an "All American Bluegrass Concert."

On Sunday morning Gold Heart will be invited to play in the Gospel service at St. Ninian's Church, Moniaive.

Sunday 12noon - 2pm The Carpenter & May Band will deliver a workshop on 'stagecraft.'

Bluegrass sessions can be held at The Craigdarroch Arms Hotel and The George Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets for the Adult Workshops & the Evening "All American Bluegrass Concert" are available to purchase now on the MMBF Ticket webpage.

For further information about the above events please phone Paul or Anja on 01848 200272.
When: Fri June 15 8:00 pm - Sun June 17 2:00 pm

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado in Concert

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.

Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion ?Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief! The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 21 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association . West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America's (SPBGMA) “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native, 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association's Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.
01848 200272
When: Wed July 18 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm