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This annual festival will see musicans, singers and dancers converge on the Co. Clare village of Clarecastle for its annual Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. This festival is a week-long
This annual festival will see musicans, singers and dancers converge on the Co. Clare village of Clarecastle for its annual Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. This festival is a week-long festival which starts with its official opening in Abbey Hall.
The Céilí at the Crossroads Festival will officially open on Sunday 15th July in Abbey Hall at 8pm with a Comhaltas Concert featuring the Shaskeen Céilí Band.
If you have an interest in either music classes or set dancing then you are in luck. You will have the chance to partake in either the music classes or the dancing or both if you fancy.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there will be Music Classes in the Clareabbey GAA Clubhouse. These classes will run from 7pm – 9pm each evening.
Wednesday will also see the Clare Set Dancing Workshop in Abbey Hall. this will start in the evening at 8pm. There will also be Set Dancing Workshops on Saturday morning in Abbey Hall starting at 11am.
The music and dance classes are open for both beginners and improvers, so all are welcome.
Thursday night will see the John Joe Casey Tribute Night happen in Kate O’Reilly’s Bar starting at 9pm and in Powers Lounge on Friday night at 9pm, the Singers Club will be in action.
Saturday night will see the Céilí Mór with the Star of Munster Céilí Band in Abbey Hall. The Céilí will start at 10pm.
Late afternoon on Sunday there will be a Céilí at Kerins Cross. This will run from 4pm until 7pm.
With wonderful music, song and dance, there will be something for the whole family at the Céilí at the Crossroads Festival. So for a really great week of music, song and dance Clarecastle is definitely the place to be.
15 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 22 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Co. Clare, Ireland
Céilí at the Crossroads Committee Clarecastle, Co. Clare, Ireland
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitiors
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitiors from the six counties of Munster will compete for a place in the 2018 All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda.
There will be an abundance of free open-air entertainment during the Fleadh weekend on the Gig Rig with some of Clare and Munster’s finest local musicians and groups taking to the stage in Ennis Town Centre.
With the street sessions, musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join into any of them or they are free to start their own session.
There will be a Street Entertainment Competition on Friday, July 20th in Ennis Town Centre which all musicians are encouraged to enter.
The Fleadh Session Trail will feature a series of Pub Session’s guaranteed to delight all followers of Irish traditional music. With a selection of Ireland’s finest musicians coming to the town, make sure to pay a visit to all the Ennis pubs hosting Irish traditional sessions during the Fleadh weekend, have a drink and listen to some wonderful traditional music, or bring along your own instrument and join in.
For all those with an interest in the Irish Language there will be a venue set aside at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan where a person with only a few words of Irish or none at all, will be as welcome as the fluent speaker. The venue will contain many displays of interesting material and the overseas visitor will always gets a feel for the Irish culture at this venue, ‘Ionad na Gaeilge’ which will be open during the Fleadh weekend.
This week-long festival has something to offer for everybody who enjoys Irish traditional music, song, dance and culture. So for the latest details please click the following link to visit the website Munster Fleadh or on Facebook or on Twitter.
For any queries regarding the event, then please email [email protected].
For inquiries or queries regarding accommodation please phone +353 (0)87 217 7962.
15 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 22 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
15jul(jul 15)11:30 am21(jul 21)11:30 pmSouth Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & DanceVarious locations around TubbercurryType:Traditional Music,Traditional Music Summer SchoolCounty:Sligo
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it's 32nd year. Including Classes, Workshops,
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it’s 32nd year. Including Classes, Workshops, Lectures, Masterclasses, Céilí, Concerts, Recitals and Informal sessions.
The school was founded in 1987 to conserve and promote the rich tradition of music, song and dance of the south Sligo area. There is special emphasis on the old Sligo traditional style of fiddle and flute playing.
Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance with Class sizes being kept small. All Classes are graded. With classes open to all ages and experience levels there is something for everyone.
The attendance fees are for adults are €120, and for children under 16 €90. The fee includes Classes, Interactive Talks/Workshops, Recitals & Sean Nós Dancing.
It does not include the Masterclasses (€20) or the Monday and Friday concerts (€10).
For those wishing to attend Classes or Workshops, registration will be at St. Brigid’s Hall on Monday July 10th at 8:30am until 10:00am, if not already pre-registered. Online Pre-Registration is available by visiting Registration.
Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.
15 (Sunday) 11:30 am - 21 (Saturday) 11:30 pm
Various locations around Tubbercurry
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
South Sligo Summer Summer School Organising CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or Tel: +353 (0)71 912 0912 Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
The Laois Trad Summer School will run this year from the 20th to 22nd July and take place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, which is located at Tower Hill, Portlaoise. The
The Laois Trad Summer School will run this year from the 20th to 22nd July and take place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, which is located at Tower Hill, Portlaoise.
The Summer School is geared for students aged 8 years of age and upwards with the €60. The school will run from 11am until 3pm on Friday & Saturday and from 11am until 4:30pm on Sunday.
To attend the school students must have some experience in an instrument in order to enroll in the Trad Summer School classes. Those of a more junior standard will be placed in the mixed juniors class. This will be decided by the instrumental tutors.
This year the tutors include:
There will also be a series concerts whilst the Trad Summer School is on.
There will be an Opening Gala Concert which will be held on Friday 20th July at the Dunamaise Arts Centre and will commence at 8pm. This concert will feature top-notch traditional musicians teaching at the Summer School, the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, and the Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group.
For tickets, book directly through the Dunamaise Arts Centre by either calling +353 (0)57 866 3355 or online at Dunamaise.ie. Tickets will be €5.
On Saturday 21st Talisk will be in concert on in The Courtyard @ Kavanaghs in Main St. This epic Scottish Trad Band were winners of the BBC 2 Folk Band of the Year 2017. This concert will commence at 7pm and is a family-friendly gig.
The band consists of Mohsen Amini on concertina, Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Graeme Armstrong on guitar. As a group they create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins, unwavering nationwide media praise, and standing ovations far and wide.
Tickets for this concert are €15/€10, and can be booked online at kavanaghsportlaoise.com or in person in Kavanagh’s Live Music Venue.
The Finale Concert will take place on Sunday the 22nd and will showcase students from the Summer School. This concert will be held in Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill. It will commence at 3pm, admission is free, donations welcome.
To book a place at this years Laois Trad Summer School send an email to [email protected]. You can also do it by calling +353 (0)57 866 4176 or by visiting the website at musicgenerationlaois.ie where you will find all the details.
See also the Music Generation Laois Facebook page for updates.
20 (Friday) 11:00 am - 22 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise
Music Generation LaoisEmail: [email protected] or call +353 (0)57 866 4176 or +353 (0)57 866 4078 Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Drumshanbo plays host every July to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance is named after the man who did
Drumshanbo plays host every July to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance is named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town.
This year sees the 30th Annual Joe Mooney Summer School commencing on Saturday the 21st July in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim with a ‘Gathering Session’ in Berry’s Tavern which will commence at 9pm.
In addition to the Classes and Workshops there are Recitals, Céilithe, Lectures, and open air music events. The impromptu music sessions, the natural beauty of the Drumshanbo area and the traditional ‘ceád míle fáilte’ hospitality of County Leitrim provide an unforgettable week for all those who participate in the classes and also for those who just visit the town to be part of the experience.
For details of the festival classes/workshops timetable, please visit the festival website by clicking the following link, Joe Mooney Summer School.
If you are attending the summer school the please note that all students must arrange their own accommodation and transport. To help students who wish to find accommodation in Drumshanbo or the surrounding area, please go to Accommodation for information.
Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. The town takes its name from the Irish, Druim-Sean-Bhoth or “Ridge of the old huts”. The legends of the Tuatha de Danann recall the arrival of these magical people in a swirling mist on the nearby Sliabh an Iarainn mountain. They brought with them three musicians, Ceol, Binn and Téidbhinn – music, melody and harmony, whose legacy still remains. So for a week to remember as either a student or listener Drumshanbo is the place to be.
21 (Saturday) 9:00 pm - 28 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Joe Mooney Summer School
Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Joe Mooney Summer School CommitteeEmail: [email protected] Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor, Co. Down, the Fiddler's Green Festival began as a one day event way back in the 1980’s and progressed to a weekend. It
Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor, Co. Down, the Fiddler’s Green Festival began as a one day event way back in the 1980’s and progressed to a weekend. It now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music and culture.
The Fiddler’s Green Festival which is now in its 32nd year has become one of Ireland’s longest running and most successful festivals. Festival highlights include:
With all musical tastes being catered for; folk, traditional, blues, country, classical with intimate lunchtime and early evening music clubs as well as ‘céili houses’ each day that offer an opportunity for visitors and musicians to meet, sing, recite, play an instrument or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere there is something for everyone.
If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)789 598 6616.
22 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 29 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Rostrevor, Co. Down
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2018 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare. The closing date for
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2018 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare.
The closing date for applications for this years Meitheal is March 30th.
This years Summer School is open to musicians who are 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2018. Over the week students will live and breathe music under expert guidance with all attendees experiencing…
The instrument workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All applicants must send a recording with their application so that they can be graded into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!
At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.
There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrollments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 30th to ensure your place. Please note that Meitheal reserve the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, a full refund will be provided or a place in an alternative workshop will be offered.
During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other artistes and various workshops and presentations. They will also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert in The Limetree Theatre.
23 (Monday) 9:00 am - 27 (Friday) 11:59 pm
St. Flannan's College
St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Co. Clare
Now in its 27th year the Phil Murphy Weekend festival takes place in the historical coastal village of Carrig-on-Bannow. This sleepy, three-pub town awakens for the weekend festival and smells the alluring
Now in its 27th year the Phil Murphy Weekend festival takes place in the historical coastal village of Carrig-on-Bannow. This sleepy, three-pub town awakens for the weekend festival and smells the alluring aroma of tunes wafting through the warm summer air.
There will be a line-up to tickle the fancy of anyone with a healthy appreciation for music, song, dance and craic with Concerts, Workshops, Ceilí, Trad Sessions,
Singing Gathering, Childrens’ Entertainment & more.
Lúnasa who are on their album summer release tour will be the headline act on Saturday the 28th in the festival marquee. They are a trad band not to be missed!
The Phil Murphy Weekend is very much a festival for the whole family with something for everyone with Ceilís in the Community Centre, Concerts in the Festival Marquee, Recitals in the Church, Trad Sessions in the Pubs and Workshops for those wishing to improve their playing skills in the School. Along with a variety of events specifically focused for children.
You may also email queries to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 792 8613 or +353 (0)86 319 1193.
For inquiries regarding accommodation for the festival, please call +353 (0)51 561101.
26 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 29 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Phil Murphy Weekend CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 792 8613 or +353 (0)86 319 1193
As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising
As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Irish language classes – Achill dialect (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Sean nós dancing, Traditional Irish Dancing, Creative Writing as well as our Arts and Traditional Basket Weaving courses.
The original founding members in 1910 had a vision to set up a summer school for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language, traditional Irish music and an appreciation of the arts. These aims and ideals have not been left in history but remain an integral part of Scoil Acla in the 21st century. Our traditional Irish music classes offer tuition on accordion, banjo, bodhrán, concertina, flute, fiddle, harp, tin whistle and uileann pipes with all levels being catered for. Practice and experience can be obtained in one of the many ‘sessions’ held around Achill Island throughout this Irish music festival.
Tuition fees will be in the range €75-€150 (depending on the course chosen). If you would like to attend one of the many courses, then please visit scoilacla.ie where you can find out more details about all the courses and events occurring during the festival.
Why not join us in July for a taste of Achill, and our Irish culture, in this fun-filled, week long Traditional Irish Summer School – Scoil Acla, there is something here for everyone!
July 28 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 4 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, F28 T2R3, Ireland
The O'Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will
The O’Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will run from Monday July 30th until Friday August 3rd with the Festival running from Friday August 3rd until Monday August 6th.
The Festival was started in Keadue in 1978, to commemorate the famous Harper Turlough O’Carolan who lived in the area and is buried in Kilronan Cemetery which overlooks the scenic Lough Meelagh on the outskirts of the village. Keadue is a small village of about 200 people located on the shores of Lough Meelagh at the foot of the Arigna Mountains.
The Festival includes Concerts, Céilíthe, Tuition on the Harp, Set Dancing, Harp Recitals and a Harp Competition. The Harp Competition has been sponsored every year since it was started by local business Arigna Fuels Ltd. The Festival also features an internationally renowned Door Dancing Competition.
The O’Carolan Summer School is held on the week preceding the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The popularity of the Summer School is increasing year by year. The School features expert tuition by accomplished, well known music, dance and song tutors each morning with informative lectures and workshops arranged for the afternoons. Opportunities to play in sessions occur every evening in various venues around the village.
The classes and tutors for this years school will be for Harp: Laoise Kelly, Eilish Lavelle and Alisha McMahon; Flute: Michael Hurley; Bodhrán: Junior Davey; Button Accordion: Dan Brouder; Banjo: Angelina Carbury; Tin Whistle: Padraig and Lorraine Sweeney; Fiddle: Mossie Martin and Claire Bohan; Concertina: Francis Cunningham; Traditional Singing: Fionnuala Maxwell; Set Dancing: Ger Butler and Sean Nós Dancing: Patrick Devane.
If you have any queries about the Summer School or Festival then email them to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 255 9269 or +353 (0)87 315 5880.
Please visit the website at www.ocarolanharpfestival.ie for the latest information about both the Summer School and Festival and also to book tickets to see Stockton’s Wing and/or Tale of the Gale.
You can also follow the Festival on Facebook.
July 30 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 6 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Keadue, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
This year will see the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 2nd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors from all sections
This year will see the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 2nd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors from all sections of the Traditional Music Communities.
The Summer School will showcase their talents in the City of Belfast through a programme of classes, talks, lectures, performances and concerts with some of the biggest names in the world of Traditional Music having been secured for this Summer School.
The School is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Ulster-Scots and Irish musical traditions in a shared celebration of both heritages.
The School is breaking new ground with the Ulster-Scots community. Pipers, drummers and fifers will have a chance to learn and perform without having to travel to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland or further afield for access to world-class tutors.
Over five days, hundreds of budding traditional musicians, of all ages, will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the University of Ulster in York Street, in a series of Masterclasses.
These will be held commencing on Monday 30th July through to Friday 3rd August. They will start each day at 10am and finish at 1pm at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus on York Street.
The tutors for these will be for Whistle and Sing: Pearse McMahon; Harp: Úna Monaghan; Button Accordian: Dermot Byrne; The Fife, Rope Drums and Lambeg: Willie Drennan; Drumming: Steven McWhirter; Highland Piping: Ross Ainsley; Fiddle: Gerry O’Connor, Bríd Harper, Liz Doherty & Martin Dowling; Tin-Whistle: Mary Bergin & Patrick Davey; Concertina: Edel Fox; Bodhrán: Siobhán O’Donnell; Flute: Harry Bradley; Tenor Banjo: Brian McGrath; Uilleann Pipes: Conor Lamb; Traditional Singing: Ríoghnach Connolly; Guitar Accompaniment: Seamie O’Dowd.
As well as masterclasses, there are plenty of other ways to get involved including lectures, talks, workshops, performances, demonstrations, recitals, sessions and showcase concerts. These will take place at EastSide Arts Centre, East Belfast, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, West Belfast, The Duncairn Centre, North Belfast and An Droichead in South Belfast, with the heart of the School located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
The Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music is open to everyone, so please visit www.belfasttraditionalmusic.com for the latest details of the classes and events. But more importantly, to register for classes.
July 30 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 3 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Ulster University, York St., Belfast and various other Venues
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 30th July to Friday
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 30th July to Friday 3rd August.
This specialist non-residential music school is held in the first full week of August. It is organised by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí. Up to 100 students can be accepted in 10 graded classes covering from beginner to advanced level which are taught by leading exponents of Donegal fiddle music.
The fee for the week is €175 (excluding concerts/dances). The classes will run from 10am – 4pm each day.
The classes work on learning by ear, though some of the teachers can read music and will help out music readers who struggle with learning by ear. Students will be strongly encouraged and helped to become used to the traditional system of learning by ear.
During the week there will be a couple of fiddle concerts featuring some of the teachers from the school and other guest fiddlers along with dancing, talks and recitals. Many music sessions will take place in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather). Students can come along and bring their instruments and practice in the evening time what they learnt during the day.
There are also lots of music sessions in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather).
To reserve a place on this years Donegal Fiddle Summer School, e-mail your request to [email protected] to have a place reserved for you and this will be confirmed, a deposit is not required, but you are asked that if your plans change and you can’t attend, then please advise.
July 30 (Monday) 10:00 am - August 3 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set dancing including open air Céilíthe in Kilrush Square on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be music sessions in the pubs and a singers club. Sean nós and set dancing workshops will take place throughout the festival.
The festivities will kick off on Wednesday night the 1st of August in the Haven Arms at 10pm with the Singers Club with Jerry McNamara.
During the Festival there will be four Open Air Free Céilíthe. These will all happen in the square. The first of these Céilíthe will be on Friday when the Dal gCais Céilí Band will be playing, then on Saturday it will be the turn of the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band, on Sunday it will be the Shandrum Céilí Band in the square and finally on Monday it will be the turn of the Striolan Céilí Band.
On Thursday evening there will be a Seisiun at Teach Cheoil. This will commence at 9pm. The festival will be officially opened on Friday evening at 6.45pm.
There will be a Set Dancing Workshop happening in Teach Cheoil on Friday, the tutor being Mike Mahony and on Saturday, a Sean Nós Workshop, the tutor this time being Aidan Vaughan.
At 8pm on Saturday night there will be a Traditional Concert in Teach Cheoil.
Sunday afternoon in the square there will be a display of Polish and Irish dancing starting at 3pm.
Throughout the festival period there will be Traditional Music Sessions in the towns Pubs.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 085 4834.
1 (Wednesday) 10:00 pm - 6 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Kilrush, Co. Clare
The 41st 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 41st 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 the Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music 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 2nd August at 7.30 pm with the opening of the Barry Britton Art Exhibition in the Abbey Centre. Then at 8 pm in Dorrians Hotel the weekend festivities kick off with the annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival Céilí Night.
Acts appearing in the Marquee this year are for Friday night, Aslan, Alan Kelly Gang featuring Eddi Reader and last years showcase winners Billow Wood formerly known as Flat out. On Saturday night it will be the turn of The Hothouse Flowers, The Henry Girls and Dave Munnelly Band. Then on Sunday night, the final night on stage will be Goats Don’t Shave, back by popular demand after raising the roof of the Marquee last year Paddy Casey and Frankie Gavin & The Provenance.
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 visit the festival website at ballyshannonfolkfestival.com.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 252 7400.
2 (Thursday) 7:30 pm - 5 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival OfficeEmail: [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 297 3295 Bridge House, Main St, Townparks, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Dungarvan Summer Music Festival will bring three days of exciting and groundbreaking music over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, in three different venues across the picturesque harbour town of Dungarvan. World-renowned
The Dungarvan Summer Music Festival will bring three days of exciting and groundbreaking music over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, in three different venues across the picturesque harbour town of Dungarvan.
World-renowned Uilleann Piper David Power is both the driving force behind the festival and also its curator. He has put together a wonderful line-up of Irish music that is eminently forward-looking but grown from traditional roots.
The festival kicks off on Friday night legendary trad group Lúnasa will bring their instrumental brilliance and cutting edge arrangements of Irish trad to the SGC Theatre. They are currently on their summer tour promoting their new album “Cas”. Saturday’s concert at the Townhall Theatre will feature Antarctica, a collaboration by Cork composer Linda Buckley and David Power, whilst Sunday’s concert at St Mary’s Church of Ireland features the world premiere of Buile Suibhne by New York composer Dana Lynn for RTÉ’s Contempo Quartet and David Power. Actor Barry McGovern will read excerpts from a translation of the ancient story of the mad King Sweeney.
As well as the concerts there will be the Greenway Sessions on Saturday the 4th of August. The Greenway Sessions are free performances by leading international musicians along the Waterford Greenway. Details of the times and places will be advertised closer to the event with all performances being subject to weather permitting.
Throughout the festival weekend, trad sessions will be occurring in the pubs around the town.
To book tickets for any of the concerts or to get a weekend ticket which will give you admission to all three concerts visit Tickets.
For details and more information about the Dungarvan Summer Music Festival, please click the following link to visit the festival website at dungarvansummermusicfestival.com or check out Dungarvan Summer Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have any queries then email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 133 8616.
3 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 5 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland
The 68th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda. This will be the first time in the history of the Fleadh that it is being held on the
The 68th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda. This will be the first time in the history of the Fleadh that it is being held on the north east coast of Ireland.
The annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has grown over the years to be the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. With attendance numbers in excess of 400,000 one can truly see its importance. Its significance is cultural, economic and social and it is a tribute to all those who kept the cultural traditions of Ireland alive down through the decades.
For a great many musicians, the Fleadh 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, the Fleadh 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.
This years Fleadh will have a significant emphasis on youth with children’s mid-morning sessions organised to run from Monday through to Thursday from 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. 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.
Fiddles and bodhrans which were made by the Drogheda Men’s Shed and decorated by secondary school students in the town were on display at the launch and these will be displayed in various shops throughout the town during the Fleadh in August.
Families will be well catered for with lots of events at Seachtain na Gaeilge and the Mid Morning Sessions in the Barbican Centre which will be hosted by Sean O’Laoire, well known singer and Gaeilgeoir from Co. Meath.
Tickets are available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 and the line-up of events, activities and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 12th through to Sunday 19th August 2018, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie.
If you have any enquiries regarding the Fleadh, please email: [email protected]
For queries reegarding accommodation, please email: [email protected]
12 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 19 (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 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