The Michael Dwyer Festival is an annual traditional music festival organised in honour of the late Michael Dwyer, a renowned tin whistle and fiddle player from Ardgroom, Beara, Co. Cork. This
The Michael Dwyer Festival is an annual traditional music festival organised in honour of the late Michael Dwyer, a renowned tin whistle and fiddle player from Ardgroom, Beara, Co. Cork.
This year marks the 20th year of the festival, and the 21st anniversary of Michael Dwyer’s death. An exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances has been organised for the weekend at various venues throughout the village.
The Festival commences on Friday evening at 6pm with an Art Exhibition by Allihies Artists in the Hostel. This will be followed by the opening of the Finn Harper Art Exhibition in the Copper Mine Museum at 7pm.
Music will commence at 8.30pm in O’Neills with Manus Maguire & Emily Flack. Then at 10.30pm Two Time Polka will be on the outside stage at The Light House Bar.
Saturday sees a full programme of events starting with a series of Workshops. The workshops and tutors will be for Singing: Emily Flack; Fiddle: Eoin O’Sullivan; Whistle: Mary Donegan. These will be followed by a Tin Whistle Competition in the Hostel at 12noon.
A lunch time session with Moya Fitzgerald, Liam Lyons, Seanie Hogan, Donal & Katie Lyons will commence at 2pm in the Lehanmore Community Centre. This will be followed at 3.30pm by a ‘Dance performance by young people’ at Jimmy’s.
Reel Women will be performing in O’Neill’s starting at 4pm and at 5.30pm it will be the turn of the Cork Singers Club at Jimmy’s.
A celebratory concert in honour of Michael Dwyer will take place at Allihies Copper Mine Museum featuring John Dwyer, Richard Dwyer & Robert Dwyer, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Manus Maguire, Emily Flack, Mary Donegan, Sean Wholihan & Liam Sherry.
At 9pm the Ceili All Stars will be playing in Jimmy’s and at the Lighthouse Bar, Mike Walsh, Shane Meehan & Jon Hicks will be in session with John Dwyer & Carol Leader being in session at O’Neill’s.
Sunday will start with a lunchtime concert at 1pm in the Hostel featuring Sean Wholihan & Liam Sherry. Later on in the day at 4pm Richie Dwyer & Richard Lucey will be in session at Jimmy’s. Early evening will see a ‘Local Session’ in O’Neill’s at 6pm. Then at 9pm there will be Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in session in Jimmy’s and at the Lighthouse Bar, Moya Fitzgerald, Liam Lyons, Seanie Hogan, Donal & Katie Lyons.
For the latest details of all events and workshops, please visit the festivals Facebook page or the website MichaelDwyer.ie. If you have any queries about the festival, then please send an email to [email protected].
Michael Dwyer Festival Committee[email protected] Michael Dwyer Festival Committee, Allihies, Co. Cork
The Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival takes place in Glengarriff every year around the 3rd week in June with this years festival running from Thursday 21st to the
The Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival takes place in Glengarriff every year around the 3rd week in June with this years festival running from Thursday 21st to the 24th June.
This year will see the 7th running of the festival which has grown from its humble beginnings in 2012 to what is is today, one of the finest line-ups of traditional Irish musicians you will find at any festival around the country. Taking place in the pubs, hotels and restaurants around the village of Glengarriff, you will never have to far to travel to get to the music, whether it is one of the bigger concerts or the more informal Piping For A Pint Session Trail that takes place throughout the weekend. There are also special events and workshops that also take place around the village, so something for everyone.
The festival will commence on Thursday night with Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in concert in The Park Hotel at 8pm. Sharon Shannon will be on stage in The Eccles Hotel on Friday night at 8pm. Then on Saturday, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney will be in concert in Glengarriff Church at 9.30pm.
With ticket numbers for the concerts being limited, it is advisable to book online by clicking Tickets if you wish to attend any of them.
If you’re thirsting for some great trad music, then the Piping For A Pint Session Trail is the place for you. The Sessions were a big hit last year and 2018 promises to be even bigger and better with some great acts, including Ronán Ó Snodaigh, Liam O’Connor, Sean McKeon, Caoimhin Ó Fearghail, Tom Oakes, Katrin Nicoll, Cór Chúil Aodha, Brendan Ring, Niall Keegan, The Diviners, Emer and Tadge Twomey, Caroline Keane, Tom Delany, The Reel Women, Des Geraghty and TRODA.
For those interested, there will also be Uilleann Pipe and Music Workshops occurring during the festival.
if you have any queries then please email [email protected].
june 21 (Thursday) - 24 (Sunday)
Various locations around Glengarriff
Glengarriff, West Cork