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Each year on the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar takes place on the Inishowen Peninsula, in County Donegal. This year will mark
Each year on the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar takes place on the Inishowen Peninsula, in County Donegal. This year will mark its 29th year, with singers and lovers of traditional song coming from all over the world to celebrate the art of unaccompanied singing over the 4 days of the festival in performances, informal sessions, lectures and workshops in a community where the tradition is still alive and vibrant.
The highlight of the festival is the Concert on Saturday Night which will feature: Mairead Walls; Alan Woods; Nellie Weldon; Annie Power; Luke Cheevers; Members of the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle; Cloontagh, Rashenny and Urris National Schools; Michael Gallanagh & Friends.
The Festival is organised by the Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle (ITSC), who for several years have been collaborating in the Inishowen Song Project with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA). This involves collecting and archiving material related to traditional singing, including sound recordings, videos, photographs and lyrics. With songs traditionally handed down from singer to singer orally, this is a very important project.
The Festival is based in the Ballyliffin Hotel, Ballyliffin Village, with sessions held during the weekend in: McFeeley’s Bar, Clonmany; Market House, Clonmany; The North Pole Bar, Drumfries; Mac Tam’s Bar, Clonmany and The Rusty Nail, Crossconnell.
Tickets for the full weekend will cost €50 per attendee, or if you just wish to come and attend the concert then €10 per person subject to availability.
march 23 (Friday) - 26 (Monday)
Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
Ballyliffin Hotel, Main Street, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal
The Blossom Harp Festival Weekend, now in its third year, takes place in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare on Palm Sunday Weekend. This will be a most enjoyable weekend of dance and
The Blossom Harp Festival Weekend, now in its third year, takes place in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare on Palm Sunday Weekend. This will be a most enjoyable weekend of dance and music with something for the whole family with Harp, Fiddle, Concertina and Set Dancing Workshops.
As part of the weekend there will be a Harp-makers Exhibition, Sessions, a Concert, Ceilí and a Historical Musical walk. Commencing this year, there will also be two new competitions, a Harp Solo and Harp Duet with any other instrument.
The festival will be officially opened at 9.30pm on Friday the 23rd in Nuala’s by the Mayor of Tuamgraney and will be followed by a session with Martin Moroney & friends.
A series of Workshops will be held on Saturday the 24th with Registration taking place at 10.30am at the Parochial House. The workshops and tutors will be for Harp: Michael Rooney, Holly Geraghty, Fiana Ní Chonaill and will be from 10.30am to 6.30pm. The cost will be €50 per person; Fiddle: Manus Maguire and will be from 11am to 1pm. The cost will be €20 per person; Concertina: Mary MacNamara from 11am to 1pm. The cost will be €20 per person; Set Dancing: Marie Mac Mahon from 7pm to 9pm at the Bodyke GAA Hall. The cost will be €10 per person.
A Ceilí will be held in the Bodyke GAA Clubhouse starting at 9.30pm with the Slieve Aughty Ceilí Band with Mark Donnellan, Charlie Harris and Jim Corry. If you do not fancy the ceilí then why not attend one of the sessions in the village’s pubs.
Sunday the 25th will kick off with the Historical Musical Walk at 10am from Nuala’s pub. From mid-day until 5pm there will be the Harp exhibition at the Parochial House.
If you would like to come and watch the Harp Solo and Harp Duet competitions, the come to St Cronan’s Church where the competitions will commence at 2pm.
The Gala Concert will take place in St. Joseph’s Church commencing at 7pm. The entrance fee will be €10. On stage will be Michael Rooney, Mary McNamara, Manus Maguire, Holly Geraghty, Fiana Ní Chonaill and the Blossom Harp Ensemble.
The festival will finish with a session at Nuala’s on sunday night commencing at 8.30pm.
With good food available in the village, this will be the perfect place to start your Easter holidays in the lovely historic village of Tuamgraney, between the mountains and the lake!
For further details, please visit https://blossomharp.com/
march 23 (Friday) - 25 (Sunday)
St. Joseph's Church, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, Ireland
Blossom Harp Festival[email protected]
From small beginnings, Ceardlann Earraigh has grown to become an established event in the annual calendar of Irish Traditional events. Ceardlann Earraigh celebrates its 21st Anniversary on the 24th of
From small beginnings, Ceardlann Earraigh has grown to become an established event in the annual calendar of Irish Traditional events. Ceardlann Earraigh celebrates its 21st Anniversary on the 24th of March 2018. It will kick off this year with a Launch Session on Friday 23rd of March. The session will feature local musicians and all are welcome to attend and join in! The session will take place in the Upstairs in the Kildrought Lounge, Celbridge, from 9pm.
The first event was organised as a result of a grant received from Kildare County Council by Bord Chill Dara CCÉ. Over the year these workshops have drawn pupils from all over Ireland and far flung places such as Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, the US and Japan. They travel to Kildare because they are consistently provided with the best of tuition and this year will be no exception.
The Workshop Tutors will include Fiddle: Liam O’Connor and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh; Concertina: Caitlín Nic Gabhann; Flute: Conal Ó Gráda; Button Accordion: Daithí Gormley; Banjo: James Harvey; Whistle/low whistle: Cormac Breatnach; Bodhrán: Colm Murphy; Uilleann Pipes: Caoimhín Ó Fearghail.
An Instrument Makers Expo will be held during the Workshops. This will give the attendees an opportunity to watch and discuss the making/repair of a variety of instruments and will also include reed making for Uilleann Pipes. The Workshops will be held at Scoil na Mainistreach, Celbridge.
The Trad Concert will follow in the evening at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth commencing at 8pm. It will feature both the Tutors from the Workshops and visitors.
We look forward to meeting old friends and welcoming new ones to Ceardlann 2018.
(Saturday) 10:45 am - 11:59 pm
Scoil na Mainistreach
Oldtown Road, Oakleypark, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland