Traditional Irish Music
Time: March 27, 2015 at 8pm to March 29, 2015 at 12pm
City/Town: Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Website or Map: http://www.ballydehobtradfest…
Event Type: traditional, music, festival
Organized By: Ballydehob TradFest
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2015
The village of Ballydehob in West Cork can look forward to a bumper weekend of traditional Irish music, song, dance and entertainment as part of the nineth annual Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival which will take place in the village this coming weekend Friday, March 27th - Sunday, March 29th. Headlining this year’s festival line-up is one of Ireland’s finest traditional groups ‘De Danann. Founded in 1975, De Danann are widely regarded as one of most influential groups in Irish traditional music over the past forty years
Festivities open on Friday March 27th at 8pm in Ballydehob Community Hall with the All-Star Festival Concert headlined by De Danann. Founding member Alec Finn (bouzouki) is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán). The concert will also feature this year’s Musician in Residence Edel Fox (concertina) accompanied by Neill Byrne (fiddle) and sean-nós dancer Gearóid Devane. Following the concert, the festival session trail kicks off at 10pm in Rosie’s Bar, O’Brien’s Bar and the Irish Whip.
As well as topping the bill in the All-Star Gala Festival Concert, ‘De Danann’ will offer workshops at 10am on Saturday morning, March 28th in Scoil Bhríde. This is a rare opportunity for West Cork musicians to learn from some of the finest exponents of Irish traditional music. Ronan O’Flaherty and Neill Byrne will host the fiddle workshops, Derek Hickey, will tutor the button accordion workshops, Brian McGrath will lead a banjo workshop and Edel Fox will tutor a concertina workshop. Advance booking is advised for the workshops. Meanwhile dancers will be catered for with two workshops in sean-nós dancing lead by Oireachtas winner Gearóid Devane from Connemara at 10.30-12.30 and 2-4pm in Ballydehob Community Hall.
Saturday’s Festival session trail continues at 4pm with a traditional session in the Sandboat Bar led by Mary Crowley and John Connelly and later followed by a recital at 5pm in O’Brien’s Bar performed by Musician in Residence Edel Fox from Co. Clare. Edel has currently released two solo albums and is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest exponents of the concertina. From 9.00pm, the Five Counties Céilí Band from Freemount will set feet tapping in Ballydehob Community Hall at the Festival Céilí, while traditional music will continue to fill the village pubs with sessions in the Irish Whip, Rosie’s and O’Brien’s Bar.
On Sunday March 29th, the streets of Ballydehob will ring to the sounds of Irish music with the festival Street Seisiún competition taking place on the village streets from 2-4pm. The competition carries a total prize fund of €500 and all musicians are welcome to take part. Meanwhile, Richard Lucey and Jim Murray will lead the afternoon session in Levis’s Corner Bar at 3pm before the final session of the festival gets underway in Rosie’s bar at 6pm led by the festival committee.
The Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival caters for all ages and is the first of six annual festivals based in the popular West Cork village. Visit www.ballydehob.ie for full details of the upcoming Jazz, Maritime, Country Music, Summer and Vintage festivals.
Festival organisers paid tribute to their main sponsors and to the support they have received in maintaining and promoting the proud tradition of Irish music in the village. For further information on the festival, or to book a workshop one may visit www.ballydehobtradfestival.com, or contact Ann Redmond at 028-37676.
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