Cross Traditional Music Weekend is an annual event that happens in the village of Cross which is located on the Loop Head Peninsula in Co. Clare. Over the weekend you can
Cross Traditional Music Weekend is an annual event that happens in the village of Cross which is located on the Loop Head Peninsula in Co. Clare.
Over the weekend you can enjoy traditional music and dance. The festival begins with a Trad Mass in the scenic Kilballyowen Graveyard on Friday at 8pm. This will be followed by an Open Trad Session in Foley’s Bar which will commence at 9.30pm.
There will be Open Trad Sessions all weekend with everyone welcome. If you fancy, bring along an instrument and join in, or just sit and listen and enjoy the atmosphere and the craic!
The weekend finishes with a Trad Breakfast in Foley’s Bar starting at 11.45am on Sunday, 1st July.
June 29 (Friday) 8:00 pm - July 1 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Cross Trad Music Weekend CommitteeTel: +353 (0)86 085 8153
This year the 25th annual Féile Brian Ború festival will take place in the historical twin-towns of Ballina and Killaloe. It is very much a family orientated festival geared to
This year the 25th annual Féile Brian Ború festival will take place in the historical twin-towns of Ballina and Killaloe. It is very much a family orientated festival geared to providing something for all ages and interests.
The Féile celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (founder of the O’Briens) – the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe.
Enjoy a huge programme of events and fun activities including:
- Spectacular Fireworks Display over the Shannon,
- Historical Talks & Guided Tours,
- Family Fun with Traditional Carnival Games,
- Animal Magic with their Amazing Display of Animals,
- Garden Fete,
- Strut your Mutt Fun Dog Show,
- Children’s Fancy Dress Parade,
- Children’s Art Competition,
- Art Exhibitions & Displays,
- Street Theatre,
- Live Music,
- Glamorous Granny & Groovy Grandad competition,
- Water Sports,
- Farmers Market,
- Traditional Craft Workshops,
- Craft Fair, and much, much more!
Féile Brian Ború is a festival guaranteed to provide fun and entertainment for all the family!
4 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 8 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Killaloe, Co. Clare
This year will see the 46th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 7th through to Sunday the
This year will see the 46th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 7th through to Sunday the 15th of July. It will have musical instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week. It commemorates the town’s best-known Uilleann Piper, Willie Clancy.
Performing the official opening ceremony will be the renowned button accordion player Joe Burke in the Community Centre at 8pm on Saturday the 7th July which will be followed by The ‘Breandán Breathnach’ memorial lecture.
An extremely popular event, students come from all over the world to attend. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal Workshops/Classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. It is geared towards the hundreds of improving and competent musicians, singers and dancers attending the school.
The Workshops/Classes happen during the mornings during the week and are given by up to 150 top players/performers/teachers on Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Concertina, Banjo, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Harmonica, Harp, Traditional Singing, Spoken Irish and Scots Gaelic and Set Dancing. For details regarding enrollment for a workshop/class please click Enrollment.
In the afternoons, lectures at the Community Centre address the cultural and intellectual side of traditional music and then in the evenings there will be Recitals and Céilithe.
Alongside the organised activities, the place will be humming with trad sessions which draw a considerable audience due to their extraordinary quality. These sessions run non-stop, day and night on the streets and in the pubs over the week.
This is without doubt an unmissable event if you have any interest in Irish music.
7 (Saturday) 2:00 pm - 15 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitiors
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitiors from the six counties of Munster will compete for a place in the 2018 All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda.
There will be an abundance of free open-air entertainment during the Fleadh weekend on the Gig Rig with some of Clare and Munster’s finest local musicians and groups taking to the stage in Ennis Town Centre.
With the street sessions, musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join into any of them or they are free to start their own session.
There will be a Street Entertainment Competition on Friday, July 20th in Ennis Town Centre which all musicians are encouraged to enter.
The Fleadh Session Trail will feature a series of Pub Session’s guaranteed to delight all followers of Irish traditional music. With a selection of Ireland’s finest musicians coming to the town, make sure to pay a visit to all the Ennis pubs hosting Irish traditional sessions during the Fleadh weekend, have a drink and listen to some wonderful traditional music, or bring along your own instrument and join in.
For all those with an interest in the Irish Language there will be a venue set aside at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan where a person with only a few words of Irish or none at all, will be as welcome as the fluent speaker. The venue will contain many displays of interesting material and the overseas visitor will always gets a feel for the Irish culture at this venue, ‘Ionad na Gaeilge’ which will be open during the Fleadh weekend.
This week-long festival has something to offer for everybody who enjoys Irish traditional music, song, dance and culture. So for the latest details please click the following link to visit the website Munster Fleadh or on Facebook or on Twitter.
For any queries regarding the event, then please email [email protected].
For inquiries or queries regarding accommodation please phone +353 (0)87 217 7962.
15 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 22 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
This annual festival will see musicans, singers and dancers converge on the Co. Clare village of Clarecastle for its annual Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. This festival is a week-long
This annual festival will see musicans, singers and dancers converge on the Co. Clare village of Clarecastle for its annual Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. This festival is a week-long festival which starts with its official opening in Abbey Hall.
The Céilí at the Crossroads Festival will officially open on Sunday 15th July in Abbey Hall at 8pm with a Comhaltas Concert featuring the Shaskeen Céilí Band.
If you have an interest in either music classes or set dancing then you are in luck. You will have the chance to partake in either the music classes or the dancing or both if you fancy.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there will be Music Classes in the Clareabbey GAA Clubhouse. These classes will run from 7pm – 9pm each evening.
Wednesday will also see the Clare Set Dancing Workshop in Abbey Hall. this will start in the evening at 8pm. There will also be Set Dancing Workshops on Saturday morning in Abbey Hall starting at 11am.
The music and dance classes are open for both beginners and improvers, so all are welcome.
Thursday night will see the John Joe Casey Tribute Night happen in Kate O’Reilly’s Bar starting at 9pm and in Powers Lounge on Friday night at 9pm, the Singers Club will be in action.
Saturday night will see the Céilí Mór with the Star of Munster Céilí Band in Abbey Hall. The Céilí will start at 10pm.
Late afternoon on Sunday there will be a Céilí at Kerins Cross. This will run from 4pm until 7pm.
With wonderful music, song and dance, there will be something for the whole family at the Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. So for a really great week of music, song and dance Clarecastle is definitely the place to be.
15 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 22 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Co. Clare, Ireland
Céilí at the Crossroads Committee Clarecastle, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2018 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare. The closing date for
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2018 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare.
The closing date for applications for this years Meitheal is March 30th.
This years Summer School is open to musicians who are 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2018. Over the week students will live and breathe music under expert guidance with all attendees experiencing…
- Arrangement workshops
- Composition workshops
- Trad Orchestra
- Various other activities
- Finale Concert in The Limetree Theatre
The instrument workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All applicants must send a recording with their application so that they can be graded into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!
At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.
There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrollments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 30th to ensure your place. Please note that Meitheal reserve the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, a full refund will be provided or a place in an alternative workshop will be offered.
During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other artistes and various workshops and presentations. They will also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert in The Limetree Theatre.
23 (Monday) 9:00 am - 27 (Friday) 11:59 pm
St. Flannan's College
St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Co. Clare
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set dancing including open air Céilíthe in Kilrush Square on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be music sessions in the pubs and a singers club. Sean nós and set dancing workshops will take place throughout the festival.
The festivities will kick off on Wednesday night the 1st of August in the Haven Arms at 10pm with the Singers Club with Jerry McNamara.
During the Festival there will be four Open Air Free Céilíthe. These will all happen in the square. The first of these Céilíthe will be on Friday when the Dal gCais Céilí Band will be playing, then on Saturday it will be the turn of the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band, on Sunday it will be the Shandrum Céilí Band in the square and finally on Monday it will be the turn of the Striolan Céilí Band.
On Thursday evening there will be a Seisiun at Teach Cheoil. This will commence at 9pm. The festival will be officially opened on Friday evening at 6.45pm.
There will be a Set Dancing Workshop happening in Teach Cheoil on Friday, the tutor being Mike Mahony and on Saturday, a Sean Nós Workshop, the tutor this time being Aidan Vaughan.
At 8pm on Saturday night there will be a Traditional Concert in Teach Cheoil.
Sunday afternoon in the square there will be a display of Polish and Irish dancing starting at 3pm.
Throughout the festival period there will be Traditional Music Sessions in the towns Pubs.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 085 4834.
1 (Wednesday) 10:00 pm - 6 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Kilrush, Co. Clare