great-northern-catskills.JPGGreene County Music Festivals Attract Major Performers Throughout the Year Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County will play host to a variety of music festivals in 2013, including a brand new country music festival in June featuring today's chart-topping country music superstars.   Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain kicks off June 13 with three days of star-studded country music and entertainment. The festival features Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry and Hunter Hayes, as well as Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Blackberry Smoke and Willie Nelson & Family. Ticket packages start at $120 for all three days of live music. Early bird discounted tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, February 1 at 10 am on VIP ticket options, mountainside camping, resort accommodations and more are available online. Additional Great Northern Catskills music events for 2013 include:   Blues Hall of Fame Night at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville on February 16. The New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert includes performances by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Bill Sims Jr., Michael Packer and Sonny Rock. Tickets are available at or at the door for $30. East Durham Irish Festival at the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre is scheduled for May 25 and 26, and promises to offer international entertainment, free camping and family-friendly fun. The line-up includes artists from across the country and Ireland. Past acts include Searson, Barley Juice, Andy Cooney Band, Kitty Kelly and performances by Irish Step Dancers. Tickets range from $12 to $16. Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain is one of the top music festivals in the country. The revelry kicks off June 6-9 with live performances by Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Primus, Dispatch, The Avett Brothers and more. General admission passes are currently available online at Three day, non-camping passes are $170 and four-day passes are $195. Four and three day camping and festival combination passes are available for $227 for the four day combined pass and $202 for the three day. Catskill's Irish Arts Week in East Durham is slated for July 14-20. Enjoy a week of Irish music, dancing, vendors, crafts and family-friendly fun. Admission to daily ceilithe, superstar concerts and afternoon lectures is free. Experience Irish culture and arts and participate in painting workshops, jewelry making, weaving and carving classes. The festival concludes with the Andy McGann Traditional Music and Dance Festival on July 20. Tickets are $20 at the gate. For more information on the Catskill's events line-up, visit About Greene County: Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation's first wilderness. Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. This 705,500 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events.  Learn more about Catskills packages and musical events at  ###