The Joe Heaney Festival of Traditional Singing takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Carna, Connemara. This festival commemorates the life and musical legacy of the renowned ‘Sean Nós’ and folk singer from Carna, who died in Seattle in 1984. The festival has been held annually since its inception in 1986.
The Festival concentrates mainly on Sean Nós singing, but traditional singing in other cultures/languages is included as well. It includes Lectures, Concerts, a children’s Sean Nós singing competition, Céilí, Singing Sessions, a Tour of the area and also a visit to Heaney’s grave.
The Festival will be opened on Friday night by academic, singer and writer Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire. Artists performing at this year’s festival include Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Cogar, Róisín White, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, The Hernons/Don Stiff, Máirtín Tom Sheáinín, Mick and Fidelma O’Brien, Neillidh and Caoimhe Mulligan, Nóirín Uí Shúilleabháin, Mícheál Ó Cuaig, Pádraic Ó Flaithearta, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Lillis Ó Laoire, Róisín White and many more!
There will be many singing sessions happening over the weekend in the local pubs.
For the latest details and up to date information about the festival please visit the Féile Joe Éinniú/Joe Heaney Festival Facebook.