Drogheda, the Gateway to the Boyne Valley will play host to its 16th Traditional Music Weekend from the 25th – 27th November 2011.

 

The festival will present some of the best traditional musicians and singers from throughout Ireland and Scotland over three days. Leading artists will travel to Drogheda to join local musicians to play in variety of venues throughout the town.

 

Kicking off on Friday, 25th November with a school concert at 12pm, the festival will flow in theatres, cafes, bars and hotels throughout the weekend.

 

This year the festival features the band Oirialla, whose members include; fiddler Gerry O’Connor, Nuala Kennedy, Martin Quinn and Gilles Lebigot.  The launch of a special music commission called Gort na Glaise, inspired by Ireland’s own Illiad, An Táin Bó Cauligne, by Donal O’Connor, Neil Martin and Michael McCague; and the very popular intimate Sunday singing session.

 

As always traditional singing is a core part of the festival and this year Scottish Gaelic singer and piper Griogair Labhruidh, Scottish singer Kathleen McInnes and Donegal singer Rita Gallagher will woo us with the voices. A new addition includes the grand céilí in the Westcourt hotel with the Kilfenora Céilí Band on the Sunday afternoon. Dance to your hearts content to the one of Ireland's most famous céilí bands. Of course, sessions will take place in many cafes and bars throughout the town to suit audiences of all ages.

 

To find out more about the festival programme and times please call 041 9875140 or check out the website www.droichead.com/whatson. The festival can also be followed onwww.facebook.com/droghedatraditionalmusicweekend

 

 

To book tickets please contact Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or book online onwww.droichead.com

 

For more pr information please contact: Mandy Walsh: Marketing Officer, Droichead Arts Centre 041 9875140

 

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