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.