Slane’s Johnston’s Folk Festival celebrated its 10th-anniversary last weekend with a programme of events highlighted by the grand finale featuring the Green Fields of America in the ballroom of Slane Castle on Monday night.
Niamh Parsons got the show on the road on Saturday night with a well-attended gig in the local Protestant church before two separate events caught the publics’ attention on Sunday.
In the afternoon the Navan Silver band performed an open-air concert in the community garden while that evening a celebration of the Darby brothers contribution to local folk music took place in Dolly Mitchell’s bar.
On Monday afternoon a film of the very first concert featuring a number of members of the original Johnston’s folk group, Lucy and Michael Johnston, alongside the legendary Paul Brady who began his career with the band, and Mick Maloney who now fronts the Green Fields of America group took place in the Castle followed by a discussion on what it was like to live through the folk and ballad boom of the 1960’s .
The panel for this included former Pogues member Terry Woods and county Down songwriter Tommy Sands.
Our pictures show the Green Fields group on stage.