Bob Dylan tops the bill at Irish music festival

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will top the bill at a new Irish music festival being held in London.

The London Feis will take place in Finsbury Park on 18th June. Booking Dylan is seen as a major coup for the new festival which says it will be an exclusive UK performance.

The organiser of the festival, Vince Power, said: “The inaugural London Feis will be a fantastic addition to the capital’s summer calendar and announcing Bob Dylan for an exclusive UK performance means that the first year will be one to remember. I’ve worked with Bob many times before and am delighted to have him back once again.”

It may seem surprising that Dylan should appear at an Irish music festival but he has been a big fan of Irish music throughout his career.

His interest began way back in the 1960s when he met The Clancy Brothers in New York at the start of the folk revival. The Clancys were already stars at that time while Dylan was just starting out.

They introduced him to Irish rebel songs which he found fascinating.

By Patrick Kehoe

Pat Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dubliners and Planxty.