DylanFest on the Lough
Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough, will take place in Moville, Co. Donegal from August 25th to 28th. It’s the tenth year of the festival.
It will run for 4 days in the sleepy, idyllic town of Moville on the shore of the salmon Lough Foyle which separates the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland.
Donegal is Ireland’s northernmost county but is part of the Republic and north of Northern Ireland around 17 miles north of Derry / Londonderry.
It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Indeed, recently, scenes from the upcoming Star Wars VIII movie were shot in the vicinity to be released at Christmas 2017.
It seems that Luke Skywalker was not marooned on some distant planet but having a whale of a time in Farren’s Bar in Malin Head while filming scenes there.
Stuck Inside of Moville
Said Gerry McLaughlin, the organiser, “We are told by the other acts that come here from abroad that Stuck Inside of Moville is now the biggest DylanFest in Europe. Most of the others take place in one location over one or two days, either indoor or outdoor”.
Moville’s DylanFest takes place in multiple locations both indoor and outdoor over 4 days.
For those 4 days Moville reverberates to the sound of Dylan music played mostly as it was written originally.
Said organiser Gerry “There are a mixture of performances, with some acts playing all the favourites and others playing some of the more obscure songs for Dylan aficionados. There is something for everyone. Indeed, if Dylan fans can play a few songs of their own, there are a number of Open Mics where they can show us what they can do.”
Two of Europe’s top acts will be combining this year for their joint gig in the Caiseal Mara. Al Diesan makes an annual pilgrimage from his home in Sardinia in Italy, via six planes, two buses and four taxis to play at Moville’s annual festival.
Joining him this year, in the festival’s top gig will be Bobby Does Dylan from Scotland. Dylan himself asked to meet Bobby after seeing his clip of Like a Rolling Stone played outside the Oran Mor in Glasgow, where Bobby would later play in front of 9,000 people, and they spent 5 minutes chatting at his hotel when Dylan was next in Glasgow a couple of years ago.
Said Gerry, ” We want to make he 10th one a bit special and so have pushed the boat out a bit to make it so. If you are a Dylan fan this is the place to be in late August”.
See Redcastle Hotel – a luxury hotel just outside Moville with spa, swimming pool, gym and golf course.
See Caiseal Mara Hotel which is in the middle of Moville.
Here is a link to Failte Ireland approved accommodation in the area: http://visitinishowen.com/accommodation
Here is a link to the Hotels in Inishowen; http://visitinishowen.com/accommodation/1/1/hotels