John Martyn tribute festival

Thomastown’s again the venue for a festival of music this weekend.

Thomastown’s again the venue for a festival of music this weekend.

The annual event is a tribute to Scottish folk legend John Martyn, who spent his final years living in the area. His band will again return to the town to bring their magic alongside a number of other acts.

It kicks off on Friday with a number of fringe events, notably Then Came the Wheel with support from a solo Thomas Donoghue in Murphy’s Bar, Johnny Warren Band in O’Hara’s and a blues night in The Bridgebrook Arms. All start between 8.30pm and 9pm.

On Saturday the fun starts from 5pm in Carroll’s Market Yard with The John Martyn Band featuring Iarla O’Lionaird, Ultan Conlon, James Yorkston, Jacqui McShee, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty, Ben MacCaoilte and Chris Campbell. Tickets for this cost €25.

Then from 9pm there’ll be fringe events in the Jerpoint Inn, The Salmon Pool, Murphy’s Bar, O’Hara’s Bar and The Sportsman’s Bar.

The John Martyn Band is back up in Carroll’s Market Yard on Sunday with a 3pm start, this time with Mundy, Mik Pyro, Leslie Dowdall, Doug Morter, Deetrich, Philip Donnelly, Cian Finn and Peter Lloyd.

From 4pm The Sportsman’s hosts live music while later action’s in The Salmon Pool and The Jerpoint Inn.