Banjo & Bovril Festival
Join us at The Harbour Bar, Bray from Wednesday 23rd - Sunday 27th January as we celebrate the best in Irish music with some of the country's greatest purveyors of acoustic, trad and folk. The festival is a worthy hat-tip to days long gone, when fishermen would come ashore in Bray from time spent on the Irish Sea. First stop, The Harbour Bar. Here they’d have a cup of Bovril to warm themselves up - before settling into a night drinking porter, singing and playing banjos, guitars, bodhráns, and mandolins. Paul O’Toole Snr. continued the tradition in later years when short winter days were ended in the bar with a bit of banjo playing, some steaming cups of hot Bovril and a plateful of cheese and crackers. And so the tradition continues with music, a bit of craic and a mug of the black stuff at the Banjo & Bovril Festival. This year we have a music line-up that’s as anticipated as the first mouthful savoured by the fishermen themselves.