Thousands are heading to Longford for a festival that celebrates American and Irish folk and traditional music.

The Johnny Keenan Banjo festival is held in the memory of the multi-instrumentalist Irish musician.  The event dedicated to Irish traditional and American folk music is attracting hundreds of international musicians to Longford Town.

The streets of the midland town of Longford are awash this weekend with banjo players from all over Europe and the United States.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 September 2004. The reporter is Ciaran Mullooly.