Type Folk Music
This year sees the 39th Cork Folk Festival commencing on the 3rd of October and running until the 7th October. This is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capitol,
This year sees the 39th Cork Folk Festival commencing on the 3rd of October and running until the 7th October. This is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capitol, Cork. Over the years the festival has emerged as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe.
Since its birth in 1979, the Cork Folk Festival has earned a well deserved reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars. The festival has a unique atmosphere, taking in 14 of the city’s famous venues, but it also feels intimate, despite its diversity in venues. Whether it’s local foods; Tripe and Drisheen, or a Bodhrán Workshop, Fiddle Concert or Trad Session that you’re after, the festival is well catered and all at minimal cost. Put short, it’s an old school festival for audiences who appreciate world class acoustic music.
Headlining this years Cork Folk Festival will be the wonderful singer from Yorkshire, Kate Rusby. The five day festival will also include a performance by Dave Flynn’s 20 piece Irish Memory Orchestra with special guest accordion player Máirtín O’Connor. Another concert at this year’s 5 day festival will be three of Ireland’s most famous musicians, Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne – KGB. This year the festival has commissioned west Cork harpist, Máire Ní Chathasaigh to write a piece of new music to commemorate the founding of the festival in 1979. The new music will be performed by Nollaig Casey, her sister Mairéad and a host of Cork Musicians at St Finn Barre’s Cathedral. For the first time during the folk festival will feature Fado music from Portugal, travelling from Lisbon to sing in Cork will be Claudia Aurora and her band.
The festival line up is huge this year and includes John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley & Pete Coe, Seamus Begley, The Whileaways, The Casey Sisters, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, The Lee Valley String Band, Ye Vagabonds, Greenshine, Hanora George, Desi Wilkinson & Patrick Moulard from Brittany, Kevin Burke, Máire Ní Cheileachair, Jean-Michel Veillon and Yvon Riou, Two Time Polka, Gals at Play, Striolán Céilí Band, Blind Poets, Rowan Piggott, Seán Ó Sé, Cork Singers Club and Cork Pipers Club.
For more information about the Cork Folk Festival and to view the full programme of events, please visit www.corkfolkfestival.com.
Tickets for events and concerts, including season tickets, are available by visiting www.proc.ie/tickets. Please remember that some of the free events may require prebooking so it is best to check the festival programme for events requiring this.
For the latest up to date information about the festival, please follow the festival on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries concerning the festival, then please call +353 (0)21 431 7271 or send an email to [email protected].
3 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland
Cork City CouncilPhone: +353 (0)21 431 7271; Email: [email protected] Arts @ Civic Trust House, 50 Popes Quay, Cork
TradFest is Ireland's largest festival of trad, folk music and beyond showcasing not only the wealth and variety of Irish musical talent but also top international acts. It started out as
TradFest is Ireland’s largest festival of trad, folk music and beyond showcasing not only the wealth and variety of Irish musical talent but also top international acts. It started out as a small niche trad festival back in 2006 and from its modest beginnings has gone from strength to strength over the past decade. It offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall. This years TradFest takes place from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th of January.
TradFest will be featuring a wealth of talent including: Andy Irvine, Brenda Castles, Bríd Harper & Arty McGlynn/Seána Davey & Stephen Doherty, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Carlos Núñez, Cathy Davey, Daoirí Farrell, David Kitt & Inni-k, Dori Freeman, Eleanor McEvoy plus support Anna Mieke, Freddie White, Stockton’s Wing with Les Barker, Jerry Douglas/Teddy Thompson/Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Jim Page, John Sheahan & Michael Howard, Kate Rusby, Kathy Mattea, Lindisfarne, Liz Carroll & Jimmy Keane, Loah/Sive, Mark Redmond & Patrick Fitzpatrick, Martha Guiney & Aisling Lyons, Martin Harley & Stephen James Smith, Paddy Casey, Phelim Drew, Radie Peat, Ré plus support Kern, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Steeleye Span, The Black Feathers & The Once, The Fureys, The Henry Girls, The Kane Sisters & The Friel Sisters, The Kilkennys, The Lost Brothers, The Young Folk, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Danú/The McGoldrick Trio/The Green Fields of America.
That’s just for starters. As usual, venues will include many historical and iconic buildings including the grandeur of City Hall, Dublin Castle, the intimacy of The Pepper Canister Church, St Michan’s Church, the breathtaking nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral, City Assembly House, Richmond Barracks, Rathfarnham Castle, The Workmans Club.
Alternatively, if you have any queries, you can send an email to [email protected] or call +353(0)1 960 2300.
23 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Dublin
Templebar, Dublin, Ireland