James Morrison Traditional Music Festival 2019

The James Morrison Traditional Music Festival is run during the weekend of the August Bank Holiday in Riverstown, Co. Sligo. The festival is organised by Riverstown CCE. This year will see the 27th time this festival has run. The festival commemorates the musical genius of James Morrison who was born in Drumfin near Riverstown in 1893. He emigrated to America in 1915 and became famous for his band which played in the Irish Dance halls of Manhattan in New York. He was also a composer and teacher of Irish music. He, together with Michael Coleman and Paddy Killoran (all from Sligo) introduced the “Sligo Style” of fiddle playing which has continued to be played in New York to the present day.

The James Morrison Traditional Music Festival focuses on providing a real traditional experience featuring trad pub sessions, day and night, a gala concert, open air céilís, a symposium and a children’s workshop at the Morrison Teach Ceoil. The festival will be officially opened on Friday evening by Gerry Phelan, in The Morrison Teach Ceoil at 7.30pm. This will be followed by The James Morrison Commemorative Concert in Riverstown Community Hall starting at 9pm.

Saturday will see a Wildlife Art Workshop with Gordon D’Arcy in Morrison Teach Ceoil from 11am. Then at 1pm The John Callaghan Memorial Sean-Nós Dancing Competition will take place in Riverstown Community Hall.

At 6pm there will be a musical tribute at the James Morrison Memorial in Drumfin followed by commemorative address given by Jason McGuiness at 8pm in Teach Ceoil. A Singing Session led by Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin will take place in The Corner House Pub at 7.30pm. Caitríona will also be launching her CD “Songs from the Mists”. There will be Ceol agus Craic on the street with Fergus & Anthony from 8.30pm.

For Sunday the James Morrison Traditional Music Festival sees Aifreann na Féile, taking place at 12.30pm. An afternoon Céilí on the Diamond will start at 3pm with the Collis Family featuring Eileen & Kevin and the Bróga Bríomhar Dancers. Children can enjoy Face Painting and a temporary tattoo session with John and Lucy. A Junior Session will take place in The Corner House Pub starting at 5pm hosted by Michael Hurley and Eimear Mulvey. Then at 7 pm the Symposium in Morrison Teach Ceoil will honour the life and times of Sheila O’Dowd.

Bank Holiday Monday, sees the closing session beginning at midday in the Corner House Pub.

For full details of the programme and for the latest information concerning the James Morrison Traditional Music Festival, please visit Riverstown CCE on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. More information about the festival and its background can be found on jamesmorrisonfestival.com.

If you have any queries, then please call Padraig Kerins on +353 (0)87 670 7329, Louise King on +353 (0)86 391 6761 or Martin Enright on +353 (0)86 055 1027.

Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Weekend Moyasta

The Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Weekend, is one of the most authentic and friendliest festivals you are likely to find. It is held at Garrihys Bar in Moyasta, near the stunning Loop Head peninsula and named after three celebrated local musicians, Ellen ‘Nell’ Galvin, PJ Crotty and his brother Peadar Crotty.

Musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers are invited every year to perform for the weekend. This year marks its 17th year with it going from strength to strength each year. The weekend features a great line-up of sessions, ceilis, dancing and music classes.

The Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Weekend kicks off on Friday night at 8pm with a Seisiún. On Saturday afternoon, there will be free music and dance workshops. These will be between 12 and 4pm and are always well attended. The Workshops/Classes will cover Tin Whistle, Concert Flute, Fiddle, Brush Dance and Séan Nós Dancing. Also on Saturday there will be a visit to the green (weather permitting) with a short prayer and a few tunes and an afternoon Seisiún in Garrihy’s which will include a host of very talented young musicians. Then at 5pm the evening Seisiún will begin and will continue well into the night.

Sunday starts off with Mass in St Flannans Church, Lisdeen at 9.30am followed by a visit to Lisdeen Cemetery to the graves of Nell Galvin and Peadar Crotty. Then later on there will be an afternoon Seisiún which will commence at 2pm. Between 7 and 10pm there will be the Seisiún Mór in the Front Bar and from 10pm onwards a Ceilí in the Lounge.

For more information about the Weekend, please visit www.nellgalvin.ie and for the latest up to date information visit the Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Weekend Facebook Page. If you have any queries, then please call +353 (0)87 283 0511 or send an email to [email protected].


Kilcar Fleadh 2019

The Kilcar Fleadh – Fēile Cheoil Chill Chartha is a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance in South West Donegal. The Fleadh features Music and Dance Workshops, Concerts, Live Street Music, Céilí and Set dancing, Illustrated Talks and Traditional Pub Sessions.

This year, the Kilcar Fleadh takes place from Monday 5th to Saturday 10th August with registration for various Workshops in Áislann Chill Chartha from 11am on Monday.

The Kilcar Fleadh proudly boasts that it probably has the best value in music workshops of any festival. The Workshops generally cover Fiddle, Guitar, Accordion, Tin Whistle and Dancing. There is usually also a daily free 1 hour Workshop for the Irish Language.

These Workshops are available with top tutors every day from Monday to Friday. In order to avoid disappointment you may book in advance for the workshops by emailing [email protected] or telephone +353 (0)87 979 0549 or +353 (0)87 970 9540 or at Áislann Chill Chartha on Monday the 5th August between 11am and 1.30pm.

The official launch of the Fleadh will happen on Monday evening at 7pm, with the very popular ‘Ramblin’ Session’, meeting in the village and walking out to the home of Francie & Mici Dearg, the renowned local fiddle players where there will be a session and a dance in their driveway.

There will be fun for all the family on Tuesday evening at the Crossroads Dance. The Ceilí will start at 8.30pm. On Wednesday in Kilcar Parish Hall at 8.30pm there will be a concert featuring the workshop tutors and friends.

‘Echoes in the Glen’ a unique event that has proved very popular especially with visitors takes place as usual on Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm. There will be a  complimentary bus service from outside Áislann Chill Chartha at 7pm.

The very popular ‘Heritage Day’ takes place on Friday between 1pm and 7pm. This will be held in Áislann Chill Chartha. It will cover displays and demonstrations of local arts and crafts with live music. You will be able to see rope making, home baking, spinning and weaving, hand knitting and sheep shearing.

Saturday sees the closing Concert with Ceol na gConallach – The Donegal Sessions. This will be held in Kilcar Parish Hall or Áislann Chill Chartha.

Throughout the week, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in the local Bars over the festival and on the streets. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.

For more information about the Kilcar Fleadh please visit kilcar.ie. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. If you have any queries regarding the Fleadh, then please send an email to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 970 9540 or +353 (0)86 193 1873.

Feakle International Festival of Traditional Music 2019

The Feakle International Festival of Traditional Music celebrates the best of Irish traditional music, especially the distinctive style of East Clare, with five days of traditional music, song, dance and theatre with workshops, lectures, concerts, ceili’s, set dancing, sessions and open-air events.

The Festival will be officially opened on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Hall by legendary Musician and Composer, Eileen O’Brien followed by a Music Recital with many of the talented young musicians from East Clare under the tutorship of Mary MacNamara.

This years Festival will see the debut performance in Clare of The Martin Hayes Quartet. Some of the other acts appearing include Garadice and Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Cormac Begley & Steve Cooney, Catherine McEvoy, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh & Jack Talty and many, many more.

Workshops in Fiddle, Accordion, Concertina, Flute, Banjo, Guitar, Tin Whistle, Traditional & Sean-Nós Singing, Sean-Nós Dancing and Set Dancing will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm. If you would like to attend one of the Workshops then you may book online before you arrive. You can enrol at the workshop venue from 9am onwards on Thursday 8th August or make enquiries at the Festival Office from 3pm on Wednesday 7th August. Please note that a degree of competency is required for all instrumental workshops.

The prices for the Instrument and Singing Workshops are €25 per day or €60 for 3 days and for the Sean-Nós Dancing and Set Dancing Workshops it is €10 per day or €25 for 3 days.

There will also be a Children’s Art Workshop running from Thursday to Saturday between 2pm and 5pm each day at a cost of €5 per day and a Sean-Nós Dancing for Children Workshop on Saturday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm again at a cost of €5.

Throughout the Feakle International Festival of Traditional Music there will be traditional music sessions occurring in all of Feakles Pubs. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.

The Festival Office is based in the Community Centre and will be open from 3pm on Wednesday the 7th of August. There you can get information, buy CDs, T-Shirts and book and collect pre-booked tickets. For events requiring an admission fee, tickets are available to purchase online at Glor and can be picked up at the Festival Office.

For details of the line-up of events, activities and performances, which will take place every day from Wednesday 7th through to Monday 12th August 2019, please visit FeakleFestival.ie. You can also follow on Facebook for the very latest information.

If you have any queries regarding the Feakle Festival, please email [email protected] or call Gary Pepper on +353 (0)61 924 322/+353 (0)87 967 8020 or Tina Nelson on +353 (0)87 647 3537.

Féile Ceol na Locha 2019

Féile Ceol, Damhsa, Ealaíon, Ceardlann, Siúlóidí, Óige na Locha, Seisiúin Ceol & Craic gach Oíche.

The annual Féile Ceol na Locha Summer School in the Gaeltacht area of Tourmakeady, will take place this year from the 12th to the 16th of August. It is a music, culture and language school sponsored mainly by Údaras na Gaeltachta and An Comhairle Ealaíon, and is held at Coláiste Mhuire, with all tuition provided through the medium of Irish.

Now in its 21st year, the school provides training at beginners and intermediate level in the following subjects: button accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, harp, flute, bodhrán, guitar, concertina, sean-nós dancing, irish singing, art and conversational Irish. Most of the teachers are back year after year.

During the week there will be evening sessions in the local pubs where the tutors, students and locals will be playing.

Registration for the Classes/Workshops will commence in Coláiste Mhuire on at 9.30am on Monday. The Classes/Workshops then take place during the mornings between 10am and 1.30pm. The Summer School is open to all ages from 9 years of age, no upper limit.

For the 5 to 9 years age category, there is Óige Ceol na Locha. The activities include games, art, singing.

On the final day of the summer school the teachers and students will participate in a finale concert at Coláiste Mhuire. This concert provides a great opportunity for all the participants to play and dance together.

Then, early on Friday evening there will be a Barbeque for everyone.

Over the years, the school has taken on an international flavour, with participants coming from the UK, Europe and the USA.

As already mentioned, all tuition is through the medium of the Irish language.

For full details of the Summer School and to register for a place, please visit the ceolnalocha.com website. You can also follow on Facebook for the very latest information.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Ceol na Locha Summer School, please email: [email protected] or call +353 (0)94 954 4295, +353 (0)87 116 2058 or +353 (0)87 648 4078 for more information.

Valentia Island King Scallop Festival

This year will see the 10th annual Valentia Island King Scallop Festival taking place on the 20th & 21st July in Knightstown. This family friendly festival provides entertainment for the whole family including live music in the local pubs and busking on the streets. There will also be a number of fishing and sports competitions. Family oriented events such as Face Painting, Scallop-shell Painting and a Kiddies Talent Show will also be happening. Then there is a Kid’s Aquathon (swimming & running), a really super event showing that kids can do it just as well, if not better, than the adults.

Then of course on the food front, there will be the Cookery Demonstrations and plenty of stalls offering freshly cooked scallops which will have been cooked in numerous different ways for you to sample. On Sunday evening the highlight of the Valentia Island King Scallop Festival will be the annual ‘cook off’ which will result in the crowning of Mr King Scallop 2019. This competition aims to find the most talented scallop chef in Valentia.

Throughout the weekend there will be Live Music from the Festival Stage on the seafront, a Country Market and Craft Fair and Watersports and on Sunday afternoon the annual Blessing of the Boats in the harbour.

For all the latest festival information, please check out the Festival website at valentiaisland.ie. You can also follow on Facebook for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)66 947 6985.

Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend

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.

Wings Food Fest

This summer Wings Food Fest is back, and will have a superb line-up of wingtastic activities for you to enjoy. The festival will kick off on Friday, July 19th with an evening of wings with rocking music from 6 pm; then continuing on daily from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, July 20th and Sunday the 21st.

Wings Food Fest is dedicated to the mighty chicken wing which come in all kinds of sizes, flavours and heat and includes a street food market, hot wings challenge, live music and much more. There will be over 30 food carts and pop up kitchens selling chicken wings, a barbecue pit, a fun fair, and even live music and DJs.

The festival is a great family friendly festival with plenty to enjoy over the weekend for both young and old. It will certainly be wing-mania as thousands of wing lovers from all over Ireland will flock to Bray for the weekend for this annual event.

Entry to the event is free but charges apply with food, craft vendors and selected competitions.

For all the latest festival information, please check out the Festival website at wingsfoodfest.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)1 496 9883.

Westport Scoil Cheoil

Westport Scoil Cheoil (Westport Music School) is a week-long traditional Irish summer school which takes place every July. The aim of the week long music school set in the beautiful, historic Atlantic coastal town of Westport is to facilitate all ages and competencies to learn Irish music at this renowned summer school.

Westport Scoil Cheoil is now recognised as a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event in Ireland. Attendance is officially recognised as CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for teachers, by the Irish Government. Attendance, is not however, confined to teachers and many people from diverse nationalities attend, with ages ranging from 4 years to 84 years of age!

Instruction is provided at three levels of competency (Beginner, Intermediate and Master) with this years tutors being for Fiddle: Tara Breen, Zoë Conway & Kate Heneghan; Button Accordion: Christopher Maguire, Darragh Healy & Cian McNamara; Concertina: Aisling Lyons & Chloe Feeney; Flute: Emer Mayock & Karl Doherty; Harp: Alannah Thornburgh & Maggie Heneghan; Bodhrán: Dale McKay & Brendan Keegan; Guitar: John McIntyre, Tom Lyons & John Deane; Banjo / Mandolin: Noel Kilkenny & Mícheál Healy; Tin Whistle: Dec Cafferky, Caoimhe Kilkenny & Noreen O’Sullivan; Sean-nós dancing (all levels): Liam Scanlon and Amhránaíocht / Singing: Meaití-Jo-Sheamais Ó Fatharta & Edel Vaughan.

Participants may also partake part in a wide range of afternoon and evening activities from playing in music sessions in the local pubs to learning how to Céili Dance, attending the amazing tutor concert or busking on the beautiful streets of Westport.

Westport Scoil Cheoil is an ideal family event at a cost of €85 per participant, which covers all tuition, and is inclusive of evening activities. By the end of this course, participants will have acquired more knowledge about the playing of Irish music – whatever level of competency they have had at the beginning of the week. They will have built up a social network in the Irish traditional music community and have the best learning experience of music whilst having the best fun ever!

For all the latest information, please check out the Westport Scoil Cheoil website at westportscoilcheoil.com. You can also follow on Facebook for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 918 5838 strictly between 16.00hrs and 21.00hrs GMT.

Allihies Inspires 2019

Allihies Inspires is a unique festival of words, walks and food taking place in Allihies which is the pearl of the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled between rocky hills and the Atlantic Sea, the area is a treasure trove of hidden beaches, waterfalls, caves and ancient ruins. The light and energy of the place has inspired many artists and writers for generations.

Although focusing on literature, the ethos of the festival is to achieve an ‘overall cultural experience’. The programme for this year’s Allihies Inspires includes poetry readings in the Copper Cafe, workshops, book launches, competitions, walks, a bumper craft market, a seafood supper and live music at night in the cosy village pubs.

You will get a chance to hear writers Cónal Creedon, Carina McNally, Anita Brohail, Danny Denton, Niall O’Sullivan, Claire Zwaartmann, Diarmuid Hickey, Julie Goo and Anita Brohail and more who will be reading.

Two of the weekends workshops will be the Weekend Poetry Workshop with Sarah Byrne and Adaptation of Prose for Radio by Cónal Creedon. Booking for these workshops is essential.

There will also be a Pop-Up Bookshop in memory of Annie Goulding, who was resident in the Old Reentrisk Schoolhouse, Allihies, from the 1960s. Multi-talented as a chef, weaver and photographer, she was also a great aficionado of literature, and amassed a wonderful collection of novels, many of which are included in this book sale.

Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Jimmy’s Bar Local Seafood Sushi Supper. This will be a celebration of local seafood and sea vegetables at Jimmy’s bar, guests will be treated to tales of the history of Jimmy’s and stories of fishermen from times gone by as they eat. Pre-booking is essential as food is prepared in advance. Vegetarian/Vegan options are available. Please specify preference on booking. Seafood includes local crab, prawns and lobster.

For all the latest festival information and details of the workshops including booking tickets, please check out the Festival website at allihiesinspires.org. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected].