Traditional Irish Music
Since 2007 Comhaltas have organised a traditional music festival in honour of the 19th century harper Patrick Byrne Held annually on the Palm Sunday weekend the féile takes place in and around Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Topping the bill this year are Goitse, Live Ireland's 'Trad group of the Year for 2015'. The band have been exciting audiences all over the globe with their creative, high energy performances and their concert on Saturday 28 March promises to be a real treat for traditional music fans.
The festival will open with a recital by Zoë Conway and John McIntyre on Wednesday 25 March. Described by the BBC as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet”, the pair will give an intimate performance in the atmospheric setting of St. Finbarr’s Church, Carrickmacross.
On Thursday 26 March there will be a singing session with Len Graham, Pádraigín Ní Uallachain and Patricia Flynn and others in McNally's Pub from 8pm. A session not to be missed!
There will be a strong local flavour to this year's féile with musicians from the Our Dear Dark Mountain recording project performing in the Community Centre, Corduff, Carrickmacross on Friday 27 March. The brain child of Téada's Seán McElwain, this CD brought to light long forgotten music from the Sliabh Beagh area of Monaghan and Fermanagh. As well as Seán the concert will feature TG4 Gradam Ceoil winner Dónal McCague in performing music from the album.
Along with the concerts, there will be workshops, a session trail, a sets céilí with Rise The Dust, an art master class and workshop plus heritage events. Details are available at Féile Patrick Byrne and on Facebook.
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