Gower Bluegrass Festival returns
A COLD day on Gower hardly conjures up images of the sun- baked Mississippi Delta.
But the blues will be heading to South West Wales next month as the popular Gower Bluegrass Festival returns.
There will be a host of bands and musicians lining up to entertain the crowds at the three-day event, which will once again take place at the Gower Heritage Centre.
One of the organisers of the event Roland Emmanuel, said the festival had gone from strength to strength since it was launched back in 2005.
"This year we will have some of the best of British with Dalebilly and the Blossom Hill Bluegrass Band and also an outstanding guitarist from Usk, Chris Moreton," he said.
"The Whitefern Mountain String Band will also be on, who are a local band from the Swansea and Neath area.
"I started out in music around 12 years ago and one of my aims was, if possible, to get a music festival on.
"It started out in 2005 and it was just one day then, but it has been extended and now we have three days. It has gone from strength to strength."
This year's festival will take place on the weekend beginning Friday, September 6.
Mr Emmanuel added there was a thriving music scene in and around Swansea.
"It is very very good around here, there are lots of good local bands," he said. "We hold acoustic sessions for musicians on the first Wednesday of each month at the Buck in Pontlliw and on the third Thursday of each month at the Welcome Inn in Llangyfelach.
"On the Friday night there will be a concert, Saturday will feature acoustic sessions around the heritage centre, and in the afternoon there will be another concert too.
"On Sunday there will be more concerts.
"There will also be workshops for musicians on guitar, banjo, mandolin and the dobro (slide guitar) and a gospel singing session at the Mount Pisgah Chapel as well."
To book tickets for the festival contact the Gower Heritage Centre on 01792 371206.