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The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend is part of the annual Earagail Arts Festival. It is brought to you in partnership with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.Situated along Donegal’s
The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend is part of the annual Earagail Arts Festival. It is brought to you in partnership with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Situated along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend allows the perfect opportunity for you to mix culture and exploration as one delves into a county steeped in musical tradition and stunning undiscovered, wild landscapes. It features a host of local and international artists with guided walks, seisiún trails, workshops and concerts. You certainly won’t struggle for something to suit every type of traveller.
The festival kicks off with the Mouthpiece Open Mic on the 10th at the Cottage Bar in Letterkenny at 9pm. On Thursday starting at 1pm will be an afternoon of free seisiúns in the stunning surroundings of Glenveagh Castle. Renowned local artists such as Diane Ní Chanainn & Manus Lunny are joined by Greek Irish bouzouki duo Duo Zouk, the bluegrass and old timey Americana of the Morgan O Kane Band and the young trad supergroup Coirm.
Some of the other acts appearing over the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend are Lankum who will be appearing on Friday. They are a Dublin based band whose close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pins you to the seat and revives the spirit. On Saturday you can see Moonlight Benjamin creating a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo and 70’s US blues rock, and many more acts over the festival.
For all the latest information and purchasing tickets for ticketed events, please check out the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend at eaf.ie. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitterfor the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +353 74 916 8800.
10 (Wednesday) 9:00 pm - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
The inaugural Claremorris Folk Festival will run from Saturday 20th July to Sunday 21st July 2019. There will be four stages to choose from. You will have the choice of
The inaugural Claremorris Folk Festival will run from Saturday 20th July to Sunday 21st July 2019. There will be four stages to choose from. You will have the choice of the Main Stage, a Marquee Stage in Market Square, a Studio Stage at Claremorris Town Hall and an Acoustic Stage.
Amongst the artists who will be performing at this exciting festival are Ultan Conlon & The Night Owls, The Lost Brothers, Seamus Fogarty, Joshua Burnside, Emma Langford, Junior Brother, The Whileaways, Goitse, Cúig, award-winning poet Stephen Murphy and many more.
For the duration of the Claremorris Folk Festival, there will be a Farmers & Craft Market running in Gilligans Lane. Here you will be able to tempt your taste buds with a wide selection of artisan food. Organic Seaweed from Connemara, Chilli sauces from Athenry, 100% raw honey from Sliabh Aughty, homemade chutneys, Jams, oils and dressings will all available to sample and to take home. There will also be beautifully carved wood work and paintings from artists such as Spiddal’s Fiona Concannon on display.
For all the latest festival information including booking tickets, please check out the Festival website at claremorrisfolkfestival.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email [email protected].
20 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 21 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Claremorris Folk Festival CommitteeEmail: [email protected] Claremorris Folk Festival, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
This Festival honours the balladeer Sean McCarthy and takes place annually in Finuge, Co. Kerry over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It is now in its 25th year.Sean McCarthy was
This Festival honours the balladeer Sean McCarthy and takes place annually in Finuge, Co. Kerry over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It is now in its 25th year.
Sean McCarthy was born in Listowel on July 5th 1923. He was one of a family of ten children. He attended Listowel Primary School, where his teacher for a time was Dr. Bryan McMahon, who once said of Sean that “he was always a special person, I’ll even go so far as to say he was unique.”
Among his best known songs are “Shanagolden”, “Red Haired Mary”, “Highland Paddy”, “Murphy’s Volunteers”, “Step it out Mary”, “Mountain Tae, (Hills of Connemara) and “In Shame Love, In shame”.
He played a major role in promoting “The Rambling House” on Radio Kerry, which is now continued at Sheahan’s Thatched House, Finuge over the winter months.
The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend provides a fitting tribute to an individual who will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.
This years Memorial Weekend will start on Thursday 1st August with an Art Exhibition with Shaun Johnson & Christie Roache. This will commence at 7pm in the Thatched House.
On Friday 2nd Annmarie O’Riordan will be in concert at 8pm in Teach Siamsa.
Saturday 3rd will see a Children’s Art with Artist “Mary Finucane” from 11.30am to 1pm. This will be held at The Thatched House and will cover Art, Clay, Sculpture & Paint. Later on for those interested, you can assemble at the Thatched House for a walk around Finuge with Catriona McCarthy. Then for a discussion on Biodiversity & Wildflowers with Cathy Eastman, Kerry Earth Education Project & Botanist Catriona McCarthy. This will start at 2pm in the Thatched House.
Between 4 and 6pm McCarthy’s Bar will be the place to be for an afternoon Trad Music Session. So come along and enjoy some great trad music. All musicians most welcome.
At 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa we will see the final of the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. Admission for this event will be €10.
Sunday 4th will see music with “Heart and Soul” between 6 and 8pm in McCarthy’s Beer Garden.
Then at 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa the final of the Mick McCarthy Story Telling Competition will be held with Special Guest TV Personality Katherine Lynch. Admission for this will be €10. Later on in the evening there will be music with the Premier Blue Boys starting at 10.30 pm in McCarthy’s Bar.
On Monday 5th at Teach Siamsa will see The Rambling House, between 3.30pm – 5.30pm, all Musicians & Singers are most welcome with light refreshment being served.
The Annual Bank Holiday BBQ will take place in the Beer Garden of McCarthy’s Bar between 5pm and 7pm. This will be followed with music by “Fastest Fingers’’ with Michael O’Brien at 7pm in McCarthy’s Bar bringing the weekend to a close.
Please visit the website at www.finugeweekend.com for the latest information about the Weekend. If you have any queries about the Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend then email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 904 9371.
1 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Finuge, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend as the sounds of Folk and Traditional music echo from the
The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend as the sounds of Folk and Traditional music echo from the streets, pubs and Marquee Concerts along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Over the years this Festival has hosted all of the great names from the Irish folk and trad scene since the heady days of the late 1970’s and today it continues to offer itself as a vital platform for emerging folk and traditional music talent with its annual Showcase Competition which offers a prize fund of €1,000 plus the opportunity to perform at the festival.
The Festival commences on Thursday 1st August at 7.30pm with the opening of the Barry Britton Art Exhibition in the Abbey Centre. Then at 8pm in Dorrians Hotel the weekend festivities kick off with the annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival Céilí Night.
Acts appearing in the Marquee this year are for Friday night, Seamie O’Dowd & Friends, Luka Bloom and Sharon Shannon & Band. On Saturday night it will be the turn of Brian Deady, BackWest and Moxie. Then on Sunday night, the final night on stage will be The Stunning, Dave Munnelly Band and Coda.
Along with the Marquee Concerts there will be plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, busking competitions, fringe events, céilithe and the showcase competition making this another memorable festival weekend.
For all the latest festival information, tickets and showcase competition details please check the Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival out on Facebook or Twitter visit the festival website at ballyshannonfolkfestival.com.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 297 3295.
2 (Friday) 9:00 am - 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The 69th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda and has grown over the years to be the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. With
The 69th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda and has grown over the years to be the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. With attendance numbers in excess of 500,000 one can truly see its importance. Its significance is cultural, economic and social and is a tribute to all those who kept the cultural traditions of Ireland alive down through the decades.
For a great many musicians, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers at local Fleadhanna so as to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion.
For others, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a unique and welcoming festival featuring the very best of traditional arts and offering a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.
The Fleadh will have a significant emphasis on youth with children’s mid-morning sessions organised to run from Monday through to Thursday from 11am – 12pm in the Barbican Centre. It will also offer an extensive youth programme which aims to increase student’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encourage them to become actively involved in the Fleadh. Families will be well catered for with lots of events at Seachtain na Gaeilge and the Mid Morning Sessions in the Barbican Centre.
Tickets are available to purchase and the line-up of events, activities and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 11th through to Sunday 18th August 2019, is available to view at fleadhcheoil.ie. You can also follow Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
11 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 18 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various Venues around Drogheda
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Drogheda Fleadh Executive Committee[email protected] Drogheda Fleadh Executive Committee, c/o Louth County Council Civic Offices, Fair Street, Drogheda, A92 P440
The 20th 'Gig’n the Bann' Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 12th and finish on the 15th September. This festival has become one of
The 20th ‘Gig’n the Bann’ Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 12th and finish on the 15th September. This festival has become one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.
The ethos of ‘Gig’n the Bann’ is to bring together musical traditions across all cultural divides and the direction pursued in recent years has been to incorporate the Ulster Scots tradition alongside Traditional Irish music. This has greatly enhanced audience participation in a diverse range of events. It has also meant that people from different sides of the community have become exposed to music, song and dance that they may not have been familiar with before.
The ‘Gig’n the Bann’ programme for 2019 again includes the usual mix of Concerts, Traditional Music Sessions, 5K Run and Walk, Praise Service, Family Fun Day and Art Exhibition. There is also the opportunity to hear world class Pipe Bands at the ‘Pipe’n the Bann’.
‘Gig’n the Bann’ continues to grow each year from strength to strength with the organising committee striving to bring top performers to an audience that would rarely have an opportunity to see them perform live.
Artists/Groups appearing this year include Sharon Shannon, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh, Dave & Michelle Sheridan, Alan Costello and Eoghan O’Brien, Chris Madden & The Lucky Ducks and Portglenone CCE.
So whether you want to join one of the sessions or listen to the sound of the pipes and drums or attend one of the many concerts or outdoor events over the course of the weekend there will be something for the whole family with class entertainment on the banks of the Bann!
For more information about ‘Gig’n the Bann’ and to view the programme of events or for information about accommodation in the area, please visit www.gignthebann.com.
Tickets for the concerts may be purchased in Portglenone from All Occasions and Moments. Alternatively, they can be reserved by emailing [email protected].
For the latest up to date information about the festival, please visit the Gig’n the Bann Facebook Page. If you have any queries, then please call +44 (0)28 2582 1743 or send an email to [email protected].
12 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 15 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Gig'n The Bann Festival CommitteeEmail [email protected] or call +44 (0)28 2582 1743