The annual Galway Bay Irish Music Festival begins next Thursday and runs through Sunday, Oct. 28 at venues in Ocean Shores and Hoquiam.
There will be 25 bands participating this year from Washington, Oregon, California, Canada, New York, Chicago and Ireland. Venues are Ocean Shores Convention Center and Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores and the 8th Street Ale House in Hoquiam.
The event opens Thursday night with music at Galway Bay and the 8th Street Ale House.
The Ale House will feature a crab boil that night and three bands. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30. Reservations are required for this event and tickets (dinner included) are $25.
On Friday and Satrday nights, all three venues will have music.
Tickets for all events are available at the 8th Street Ale House in Hoquiam or Galway Bay in Ocean Shores or by calling (360) 289-2300. All-venue passes for the four-day event run $60. Individuay-day tickets run from $5 to $20, depending on the time, day and site. Minors are not allowed at the 8th Street Ale House; minors are not allowed at Galway Bay after 5 p.m. on Friday, all day on Saturday, and Sunday before 5 p.m.; minors are allowed at the Ocean Shores convention center all days until 10 p.m.
Acts scheduled to appear are: The Young Wolf Tones from County Kildare, Ireland, Town Pants from Vancouver, Canada,
Oliver Mulholland from Derry, Ireland, Molly’s Revenge from Santa Cruz, Calif., Burren Boys from Olympia, Darby O’Gill from Portland, Lads of Tallymore from Chicago, Whiskey Dicks fromVancouver, Canada, Maggie’s Fury from Bellingham, The Bog Hoppers from Seattle, Molly Malone Dancers from Portland, Cul an Ti from Portland, Sons of Malarkey from Portland, Ray Carney from County Mayo, Ireland, Erin McNamee from Seattle, New Shilling from Dublin, Ireland, and & Portland, Stout Pounders from Seattle, Hank Cramer & Friends from Winthrop, The Bowi Band from Seattle, Grafton Street from Portland, Rose Laughlin from Chicago, Beltain from Portland, Dan Connoly from Seattle, Chris Clements from Scotland and Crooked Jack from Portlaiose, Ireland.
Saturday at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, there will also be a vendor village and activities for children.