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This September sees the second Fingal Fleadh and Fair take place in Swords. The medieval grounds of Swords Castle and the Main Street in Swords Village will host a programme of
This September sees the second Fingal Fleadh and Fair take place in Swords. The medieval grounds of Swords Castle and the Main Street in Swords Village will host a programme of workshops and recitals.
This event celebrates the strong tradition of music in the Fingal community and will be centred around participation and performance with free Workshops and Concerts by some of the biggest names in traditional Irish music. It is geared very much for all the family with something for everyone to enjoy.
John Spillane will be returning again this year and performing his ‘Songs We Learned in School’ set which proved to be very popular last year.
Swords Castle will be the key venue for the event with free concerts featuring Lumiere, Kíla, Danú, The Whileaways, The Dixie Micks, John Spillane, The Mulcahy Family, Niamh Parsons and many more.
Also in the castle grounds there will be an Artisan Food, Drink & Craft Fair.
This year there will be a Street Seisiún Competition which will take over Swords on Saturday the 8th with the Main Street closed to traffic.
During the festival there will a ‘Session Trail’ around the town which will feature a mixture of performances and open sessions by musicians from all over the country.
The Fingal Fleadh is the perfect place to meet up with all of your friends for a few tunes and to enjoy a weekend of great music.
If you have any queries regarding the Fingal Fleadh & Fair, please email: [email protected]
For all the latest up to date information, please visit the Fingal Fleadh & Fair Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/FingalFleadhFair
6 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Swords Castle, Pharmacy, Bridge Street, Swords, Ireland
Back for its eighth year, Dingle Tradfest will provide lovers of traditional music with a varied programme of events from Thursday the 6th of September until Sunday the 9th of
Back for its eighth year, Dingle Tradfest will provide lovers of traditional music with a varied programme of events from Thursday the 6th of September until Sunday the 9th of September.
As part of the festival programme there will be a host of concerts, dance workshops, walks and session trail which includes Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs throughout the town of Dingle.
Sean-nós/Irish dancing lovers will get a chance to see renowned dancer and teacher Edwina Guckian and five times world champion Irish dancer David Geaney in action. Edwina will also give a workshop in Sean-nós dance over the weekend.
Friday will see An Saol ó Dheas/RnaG being broadcast live from the Tradfest by RTE in Curran’s Pub. This will start at 12pm.
Every year to date, Dingle Tradfest has been a massive success featuring some of the best trad talent on offer and this year will be no exception.
With the festival being held in one of Ireland’s most scenic towns located on the Dingle Peninsula, a place which is well known for its rugged beauty and exceptionally clean beaches where better to enjoy an end of Summer festival.
Full details of events for this years Dingle Tradfest, will be available at the official website www.dingletradfest.ie shortly. In the meantime, for the latest up to date information concerning Dingle Tradfest please visit either Dingle Tradfest on Facebook or Dingle Tradfest on Twitter.
If you have any queries, then please call +353 (0)86 850 4551 or send an email to [email protected].
6 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Dingle Tradfest CommitteeDeirdre Granville on +353 (0)86 850 4551 or email [email protected] Deirdre Granville, John Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry
The 5th Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds will take place in Ballinasloe from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. A weekend which was established to commemorate the life of Larry Reynolds but also
The 5th Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds will take place in Ballinasloe from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. A weekend which was established to commemorate the life of Larry Reynolds but also to promote the East Galway Style of Music and to encourage and develop Irish Music, Heritage and Culture in the region.
The weekend festivities will actually commence on Thursday night at 9pm with the Singers Circle in the Dunlo Tavern.
The opening Concert, ‘Up Close and Personal’ in Gibbons’ Pillar House featuring Singer Orlaith Keane accompanied by Colm Naughton on banjo-mandolin and Catherine McHugh on Piano. This promises to be a superb evening of Irish Songs and Music. Tickets are €15 and can be booked online here.
There will Music, Traditional Singing & Sean Nós Dance Workshops with some of the finest tutors in the business, a Photo Exhibition of “Larry Reynolds & and other Musicians from East Galway”, a Farmers Market and Craft Exhibitions on the street, a Pub Session Trail, an Historical Walking Tour of Ballinasloe, a Lecture on ‘The East Galway Style of Music’ in Ballinasloe Town Library, a Céilí Mór in Gullane’s Hotel with the Ui Bhriain Céilí Band all the way from Kerry, a Junior Session in The Dunlo Tavern, as well as many other trad seisiúns during the weekend.
If you would like to attend the Céilí Mór tickets can be purchased online by clicking Céilí Tickets.
For the third year running Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds will host an Open All-Ireland Fiddle Competition which has a prize fund of €250 with the Larry Reynolds Perpetual Trophy for 1st Place and a Trophy for 2nd Place.
Full details of all the events for this years Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds, are available on the official website www.larryreynoldsweekend.com.
In the meantime, for the latest up to date information on Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds, please visit Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds on Facebook.
If you have any queries, then please call +353 (0)87 904 6140 or send an email to [email protected].
The town of Ballinasloe looks forward to welcoming you and will be alive with Irish Music, Heritage & Culture, don’t miss it!
7 (Friday) 9:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland
Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 791 6510 Secretary Feile Cheoil Larry Reynolds Mary Feeney, Gortbrack-Moor, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
The 19th 'Gig’n the Bann' Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 13th and finish on the 16th September. This festival has become one of the
The 19th ‘Gig’n the Bann’ Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 13th and finish on the 16th 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 2018 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 The Whistlin’ Donkeys, Chris Madden and The Lucky Ducks, The Recollective, Tim Edey, Seán Keane and Ciaran O’Kane.
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].
13 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Gig'n The Bann Festival CommitteeEmail [email protected] or call +44 (0)28 2582 1743
The 14th Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend will take place in Cootehill, Co. Cavan starting on Friday the 14th of September. It is a festival of music, singing and dancing remembering
The 14th Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend will take place in Cootehill, Co. Cavan starting on Friday the 14th of September. It is a festival of music, singing and dancing remembering the Mohill accordion player and lilter, Gerry Whelan that has become firmly established as one of the highlights on the Co. Cavan annual calendar of events. The Gerry Whelan event started on July 8, 2005, with a memorial concert and since then has become an annual weekend event that has grown from strength to strength over the years.
There are a lots of great events happening over the weekend which are listed in the programme including a Memorial Concert, Music Workshops, Caint agus Comhrá, Singing/Storytelling, Street Music, Rambling House, Folk Club and Pub Sessions.
Friday evening at 8pm in the Drumlin Theatre will see the Memorial Concert and Official Opening by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Guest artists appearing will include Pat Mc Cabe with Micheal Curran, Ronan Warnock and Fergal Mullen; Barry Conaty 2017 Double All Ireland Flute and Tin Whistle Champion; The Rafter School of Dancing; Cootehill CCE Junior Group; Ray Lawlor, Mickey McDonnell and friends; plus visiting artists.
A series of Workshops will be held on Saturday in St. Michael’s Hall between 10am and 1pm. The workshops and tutors will be for Fiddle: Noreen McManus; Tin Whistle: Sean Walsh; Button Accordion: Michael Curran; Banjo: Daithi Kearney.
The fee for a place on one of the Workshops is €10 (a Family Discount is available). These workshops are a great opportunity to learn from some of Ireland’s most talented musicians. To book your place on one of the workshops, please visit Workshop Info & Registration.
The workshops will be followed by a tutor led session in Drumlin House at 2.30pm, other musicians are welcome to join in. There will be lots of other great entertainment to follow with music, singing and dancing for all the family to enjoy.
If you have any queries regarding the Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend, or would like to book Concert Tickets then please call +353 (0)87 637 2862 or +353 (0)87 772 3595.
In the meantime, get the dates in your diary and don’t miss out on a great weekend of Music, Dancing, Singing and Craic this September!
14 (Friday) 9:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Cootehill CCE BranchEmail [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 257 0471 Cootehill CCE, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Music Under the Mountains is an annual festival of traditional Irish music hosted in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. The festival has been in running since 1991 and over the years has attracted
Music Under the Mountains is an annual festival of traditional Irish music hosted in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. The festival has been in running since 1991 and over the years has attracted some of the country’s biggest names in traditional Irish music including The Chieftans, Altan, Liam O’Flynn, The Kilfenora Ceili Band and Martin Hayes to name but a few!
The festival generally runs during the third weekend of September each year providing a weekend packed full of concerts and sessions hosted by local and visiting musicians. This year it will run from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd of September. Since 1996 ‘Music Under the Mountains’ aim has been to support The Laura Greaves Music School, which provides musical tuition to children in the greater Hollywood area.
Weekend tickets covering admission to all events requiring tickets are available for just €45 or for individual events requiring tickets and can be obtained by visiting Tickets.
This years Music Under the Mountains Festival will commence Friday night at 8pm with a Concert in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland featuring two giants of Breton Music for an intimate performance with Jean-Michel Veillon on Flute and Yvon Riou on Guitar. The admission fee for this concert is €20.
There will be a series of Workshops held on Saturday morning in the Hollywood Centre starting at 10.30am. The Workshops and Tutors will be Flute: Jean-Michel Veillon; Guitar: Yvon Riou and Fiddle: Paul Bradley. The cost per workshop is €10.
In the afternoon, the Music In The Woods sponsored walk will occur. For those who wish to participate, meet up in the village at 2pm. The walk will be through the scenic Hollywood forest to the sound of live traditional music. A true musical trail!
Later on in the afternoon at 4pm, a presentation titled The Irish Fiddle Celebrated, about the Irish national fiddle tradition will be given by master fiddlers Paddy Glackin and Dermot McLaughlin. This will be held in the Hollywood Centre.
The Concert Saturday evening will be held in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland and start at 7pm. It will feature Seán Óg Potts on Uilleann Pipes, Paul McGrattan on Flute, Paddy Glackin on Fiddle and Dermot McLaughlin on Fiddle. The admission fee for this concert is €20.
Later on in the evening at 8pm there will be a session in the Hollywood Inn with music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier and Friends.
On Sunday at 12.30pm in Tutty’s Bar, Helen Diamond will be hosting the Annual Singing Session. All singers are welcome to participate.
At 6pm in St. Kevins Church of Ireland, the Closing Concert for this years Music Under the Mountains Festival will commence with Gay McKeon on Uilleann Pipes. The admission fee for this concert is €20.
Later on in the evening at 8pm there will be a session in the Hollywood Inn with more music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier and Friends.
Full details of all the events for this years Music Under the Mountains Festival, are available on the official website musicunderthemountains.com.
If you have any queries concerning the festival, then please visit queries.
21 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 23 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Hollywood, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Music Under the Mountains Festival Committeehttps://musicunderthemountains.com/contact-us-2/ Music Under the Mountains Festival Committee, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The 10th Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival in memory of the late Johnny Doherty, a local fiddle legend, starts on Friday the 21st of September in heritage town of Ardara in Co
The 10th Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival in memory of the late Johnny Doherty, a local fiddle legend, starts on Friday the 21st of September in heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal. The festival is a traditional music and dance festival where there will be something for everyone to enjoy, with Concerts, Céilís, Barn Dances, Sean Nós, Set Dancing, Workshops, Pub and Street Sessions based around the traditional music of the area.
The Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival attracts people from all over the world to Ardara for a veritable feast of traditional music and dance.
Friday evening will see the festivals Opening Concert start in the Beehive Bar at 8pm with Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney with special guests Gaelic singers Mischa MacPherson and Kim Carnie.
Finishing the evening off there will be Sets & Céilí with ‘The Duntally Céilí Band’. This will start at 10pm in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel.
On Saturday between 11am and 1pm in the Heritage Centre there will be a Sets & Céilí Workshop tutored by ‘Clement Gallagher’ with another Workshop in the afternoon running between 2pm and 4pm. This time it will be the Two Hand Dance Workshop tutored by ‘Ann Connaghan & Connie McKelvey’. Also in the afternoon starting at 2pm in the Beehive Bar for those interested there will be a Gaelic Singing Workshop.
Dance The Tune with ‘Stephen Gallagher’ will be between 4pm and 5pm at Riverside Park.
The Nesbitt Arms Hotel will see a return visit of ‘Cherish The Ladies’ in concert starting at 8pm.
On Sunday between 11am and 1pm in the Heritage Centre there will be a Sean Nós Dance Workshop tutored by ‘Joe McGuigan’.
Later on at 3pm in the afternoon it will be Sets & Céilí with ‘The Emerald Céilí Band’ in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel.
The finale concert for the weekend with ‘The Friel Sisters’ will start at 10pm in the Beehive Bar.
There will be Street and Pub Sessions occurring all weekend throughout the town.
For details of the all of the events, activities and performances, please visit www.johnnydohertyfestival.com.
If you have any inquiries regarding the Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival, or would like to book tickets for one o the concerts, please email: [email protected] or call Pat McGill on +353 (0)87 690 0714.
For the very latest information about the festival, please visit the festivals Facebook page.
21 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 23 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Johnny Doherty Festival CommitteePat McGill, Phone: +353 (0) 74 9537952; Mobile: +353 (0) 87 6900714; Email: [email protected] The Johnny Doherty Festival, Main St., Ardara, Co. Donegal
In September 2018, the Frank Harte Festival will once again celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Frank Harte. Born in the village of Chapelizod in Co. Dublin in 1933,
In September 2018, the Frank Harte Festival will once again celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Frank Harte. Born in the village of Chapelizod in Co. Dublin in 1933, where his father Peter owned The Tap public house. He was introduced to traditional Irish songs at the age of fourteen, when he heard a tinker singing The Valley of Knockanure and selling ballad sheets at a fair in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Since his teens, Frank was fascinated with songs that tell stories and was an avid collector for many years.
The first Frank Harte Festival took place in 2006 and since its inception has become a focus for traditional singing. It is organised and run by An Góilín, the leading promoter of traditional singing in Dublin, this festival will once again celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Frank Harte, a close associate and friend of the Club.
This years invited guests include Skipper’s Alley (Dublin), Máire Ní Chéileachair (Cork), Michael McGonigle (Donegal), Maggie Ericson (USA), Eamonn Hunt (Cork/Dublin) and Anne Skelton (Mayo).
The official opening of the Frank Harte Festival happens Friday night starting at 8pm. This will be followed by a Singing Session featuring the invited guests. Entry costs €5 but is included in the weekend ticket.
Saturday will see a Singing Workshop commencing at 11am. The Workshop will be presented by Anne Skelton and will cost €10 but is included in the weekend ticket.
At 1:30pm an illustrated talk about The Muskerry Singing Tradition: Past Present and Future will be presented by Máire Ní Chéileachair. Admission to this talk is Free. Later on in the afternoon at 3pm there will be a Singing Session. Admission to this session is Free.
The Grand Concert featuring the invited guests will start at 8pm. Entry costs €20 but is included in the weekend ticket.
Sunday will see a Singing and Walking Tour, Inside the Pale, starting at 11am. Booklet €3.00. Then later on in the afternoon there will be a Singing Session and Final Farewell to the invited guests starting at 3pm. Entry costs €3 but is included in the weekend ticket.
Please note that Weekend registration covering all events is available at a cost of €35.
Full details of all the events for this years Frank Harte Festival, are available on the official website www.goilin.com.
In the meantime, for the latest up to date information on the Frank Harte Festival, please visit Frank Harte Festival on Facebook.
If you have any queries, then please call Fergus Russell on +353 (0)87 672 4714, Máire Ní Chróinín on +353 (0)86 294 0652 or Jerry O’Reilly on +353 (0)86 816 1557. You can also email your queries to [email protected].
21 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 23 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
The Teachers' Club
The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
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
The O'Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber, Co. Meath honours the poet, composer and harper Turlough O'Carolan, who was born there in 1670, with a series of events commencing on the
The O’Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber, Co. Meath honours the poet, composer and harper Turlough O’Carolan, who was born there in 1670, with a series of events commencing on the 5th of October and running until the 7th of October. This year will see the festival celebrating its 31st year.
The Official Opening of this years O’Carolan Harp Festival will performed by Dan Toole in the George Eogan Cultural & Heritage Centre at 8pm followed by Friday nights concert featuring the Masters of the Celtic Harp, Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson two of Ireland and Scotlands foremost Harpers. The very popular Meath Harp Ensemble directed by Dearbhail Finnegan will also be taking to the stage and then to finish off the concert it will be the turn of Harp & Hang with Marianne Gubri & Paulo Borghi. To finish off the evening there will be an open session in Dee Local Pub.
Starting Saturday morning at 9am, Registration for the workshops and competitions commences in the O’Carolan College. It is advised that for those wishing to attend the workshops or compete in one of the competitions that they book their places ONLINE due to the popularity of these workshops and competitions.
The Harp Workshops will run from 10am until 1pm and will be taught through the oral tradition and will focus on Irish traditional music. The Tutors for this years Harp Workshops will be Gráinne Hambly, Cormac De Barra, Kim Fleming, Rachel Hair (Scottish), Marriane Gubri (Breton). Tutors will be allocated on the day.
Also on Saturay between 10am and 5pm there will be a Harp Makers Exhibition where you can try the latest Salvi Harps or treat your harp to a service.
The O’Carolan Harp Festival’s Saturday nights Concert will again be in the George Eogan Cultural & Heritage Centre and will feature Rachel Hair from the Highland village of Ullapool, a prominent performer in the Scottish Traditional Music scene and a much sought after performer, composer and tutor of the lever harp. Following on will be three of the country’s finest musicians, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill & Brian McGrath who are sure to give a dazzling performance. A night not to be missed! Then to complete the evening, there will be an open session. This time the venue will be Keogan’s Pub, all musician’s welcome.
Sunday the October 7th will begin with a Traditional Mass (Aifreann Traidisúnta) in St John the Baptist church at 11am. Music will be provided by members by the O’Carolan branch of Comhaltas.
For more information and to view the full programme of events, please visit the O’Carolan Harp Festival website.
Tickets for concerts, competitions and workshops are available for online purchase by clicking the link Book Tickets.
For the latest up to date information about the festival, please follow it on Facebook. If you have any queries concerning the festival, then please call Dearbhail Finnegan on +353 (0)87 618 6305 or send an email to [email protected].
5 (Friday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Nobber, Co. Meath, Ireland
Nobber O'Carolan Harp Festival CommitteeDearbhail Finnegan, Festival Chairperson, Phone: +353 (0)87 618 6305; Email: [email protected]
The Glenties Fiddlers Weekend is a major gathering of fiddle players established in 1983 and held annually in The Highlands Hotel, Glenties on the first weekend in October. This popular event
The Glenties Fiddlers Weekend is a major gathering of fiddle players established in 1983 and held annually in The Highlands Hotel, Glenties on the first weekend in October. This popular event is for anyone interested in fiddle music with the formal programme including classes, a concert with special guest fiddle players, talks and occasional recitals.
Friday night is always the occasion for some great fiddle music as players from all over Ireland arrive in Glenties for the weekend. Fiddle players from the Scottish tradition are commonly featured as are both young and established players from the Donegal tradition. Workshops for persons who have already achieved a level of playing are provided during the course of the weekend.
What makes this festival special is its emphasis on the fiddle and on the Donegal style, The Donegal style is quite different and distinctive compared to the relatively homogenous styles and tune traditions of the rest of the country. Add to that the dedication of those who travel to the festival and the natural warmth and character of the local Donegal musicians, and you have a recipe for a weekend of great craic and tremendous music.
On Saturday at 1pm there will be a talk given by Rónán Galvin on Musicians of the Mountcharles area.
The Concert on Saturday night is a highlight of the Glenties Fiddlers Weekend. It will be in The Highlands Hotel, starting at 9pm. Performing in the concert will be Fiddlers Doireann Glackin (Dublin), Archie McAllister (Scotland), Aidan O’Donnell (Donegal) and Sinead & Catriona Kennedy (Meath/Donegal).
Then on Saturday & Sunday between 11 and 12.30pm there will be Fiddle Workshops.
For further information and up to date details on this event please visit donegalfiddlemusic.ie or Facebook. Alternatively, you can either send an email to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 340 9019 if you have any queries.
5 (Friday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
The 12th Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend based around the town of Sligo, is a bilingual event composed of singing workshops, sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a field trip.
The 12th Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend based around the town of Sligo, is a bilingual event composed of singing workshops, sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a field trip. It features local and visiting singers, speakers, academics and storytellers. There will be plenty of trad sessions to enjoy. It is dedicated to the art of traditional singing, which is thankfully alive and well in Sligo and surrounding areas.
Although the weekend is focussed on the enthusiast, it will also be of interest to those who would like to learn more about the art of traditional singing.
The weekends events are based around the Yeat’s Country Hotel which is situated at Rosses Point on the coast.
This festival is named in honour of Frank Finn, who died tragically in 2011. As well as being a composer he was also a great singer and a founding member of the organising group.
5 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Yeats Country Hotel
Rosses Point, Sligo, Ireland
Long established as one of the country’s most intimate and welcoming festivals, Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from October 12th – 14th for its 12th year. As
Long established as one of the country’s most intimate and welcoming festivals, Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from October 12th – 14th for its 12th year. As in other years, the festival will feature an array of musical activities including instrumental and vocal workshops, tutor’s recital, heritage walks & talks, sessions for all levels and early years’ participatory events.
Workshops will be held on Saturday in Urbleshanney School with registration between 10am and 11am. The workshops will commence at 11am and continue until 3pm with a break for lunch between 1pm and 1:30pm. The workshops will be followed by a tutor’s recital at 3:30pm, classes will be held in the following instruments: Fiddle, Concertina, Flute, Banjo, Accordion and Harp.
This years Tutors are Tony Linnane (Fiddle, Clare), Liam O’Brien (Concertina, Clare), Éamonn O’Riordan (Flute, Limerick), Paraic Mac Donnchadha (Banjo, Waterford), Conor Connolly (Accordion, Galway) and Sabina McCague (Harp, Monaghan)
A highlight of Scoil Cheoil na Botha is the ‘Cornagilta Concert’ with this years concert featuring Tommy Fiztharris (Flute) and Dónal McCague (Fiddle), takes place in the intimate and atmospheric setting of the early 19th century neo-gothic schoolhouse. As seating is limited it is essential to book if you wish to attend this concert. To make a booking please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 386 2080
Sessions will occur over the course of the weekend in local establishments. Full details of the sessions and their location is available by visiting anbhoth.ie.
For further information and up to date details on this event please visit anbhoth.ie or follow on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)86 386 2080 or +353 (0)86 255 9831 if you have any queries.
12 (Friday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Scotstown, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
This years Feile Strokestown kicks off with a céilí featuring the Killina Céilí Band in a Tribute to Joe Donoghue on Friday. On Saturday in Scoil Mhuir there will be a series of Workshops held. They will run
This years Feile Strokestown kicks off with a céilí featuring the Killina Céilí Band in a Tribute to Joe Donoghue on Friday.
On Saturday in Scoil Mhuir there will be a series of Workshops held. They will run from 10am until 1pm. The cost per participant will be €25 with family discounts available. The Workshops and Tutors will be for Accordion: Daithí Gormley; Flute: Orlaith McAuliffe; Fiddle: Eileen O’Brien; Concertina: Caroline Keane and Piano accompaniment: Dr. Geraldine Cotter.
On Saturday afternoon at 2pm in The Percy French Hotel the Flute Forum will offer a rare glimpse into the playing of some of Roscommon’s finest exponents of the flute. The players will demonstrate and talk about what makes Roscommon flute playing so distinctive and also so popular among flute players the world over. The panel will also take questions from audience members and this promises to be a hugely popular event unique to Feile Strokestown. Following on from the Flute Forum there will be a number of CD Launches.
This years headline concert will be on Saturday evening where for the first time ever in concert, brothers Seán and James Keane will be performing with Garry O’Briain in The Percy French Hotel. The opening support group will be Daithi Gormley, Orlaith McAuliffe, Dylan Carlos and Catherine McHugh.
On Sunday afternoon in The Percy French Hotel will see Songs and Stories of Percy French, with songs by Tommy McDermott, quotes and anecdotes from Sean Beirne and from Germany, classical guitarist Hilke Billerbeck.
During Feile Strokestown, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in most of the local Pubs. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvelous free entertainment open for all to attend. Please visit feilestrokestown.com for details of the Session Trail.
For full details of the programme and to book tickets for events please visit feilestrokestown.com or follow on Facebook for the latest details. If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected].
12 (Friday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Feile Strokestown Festival CommitteeEmail: [email protected] Feile Strokestown Festival Committee, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
This October sees the 4th annual Foxford Traditional Weekend getting underway from the 18th until the 21st of October. It promises to be a packed weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Song &
This October sees the 4th annual Foxford Traditional Weekend getting underway from the 18th until the 21st of October. It promises to be a packed weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance for all ages with Concerts, Master Classes, Workshops, Sean-nós dance competitions, Music sessions and lots, lots more.
Kicking off this years Foxford Traditional Weekend will be a concert featuring legendary singers Eleanor Shanley, Cathy Jordan, Colm O’Donnell and Don Stiffe. Also on stage with them will be Pat Coyne, David Doocey and Stephen Doherty. The concert will start at 8pm in St. Joseph’s Secondary School.
Friday night at 7pm in Cruiser’s will see Teen Trad. This is a platform for younger musicians (13+) to perform. This event will include proficient teenage musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers from all parts of Ireland and promises to be a ‘mighty gathering’. The standard and quality of music from this generation is inspiring. The performances will be followed by a session.
A series of Workshops and Masterclasses will run on Saturday and Sunday. All Workshops are Intermediate/Advanced level apart from the Masterclasses, Improvers Tin Whistle & Sunday Classes. The Masterclasses are open to proficient musicians, who are well able to play/learn reels and jigs by ear. Please note that places in these classes are limited and booking is essential.
Saturday afternoon will see the Sean-nós dancers being put through their paces on with the Sean-nós dancing competitions. These will start at 4pm in the Mayfly Hotel. There will be individual competitions for the male and female competitors with both junior and senior categories catered for. Music will be provided by Tom & Stephen Doherty.
The Féile Concert starting at 8pm in the Mayfly Hotel on Saturday night will feature ‘Guest Tutors’, Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly as well as many visiting musicians, singers, dancers and weekend tutors. This promises to be a fabulous evening of music, song and dance.
During the Foxford Traditional Weekend, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in all seven local Pubs. Participating in them will be some of Ireland’s finest musicians. These sessions will be happening at different times, day and night and are marvelous free entertainment open for all to attend. All musicians are invited to join in one of the many sessions or initiate their own. Please visit Session Trail for full details.
For full details of the programme and to book tickets for events and places on the Workshops/Masterclasses please visit foxfordtraditionalweekend.com or follow on Facebook for the latest details. If you have any queries, then please call +353 (0)86 399 9774 or send an email to [email protected].
18 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - 21 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Foxford, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Foxford Traditional Weekend Festival CommitteeTel: +353 (0)86 399 9774 or Email: [email protected] Foxford Traditional Weekend Festival Committee, Shanwar, Foxford, Co. Mayo, Ireland
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