The Gathering Weekend : 17th - 21st February 2016 + Playlist

This year we are delighted to once again be associated with The Gathering Festival, which takes place in Killarney between 17th and 21st February 2016.  The festival is organised and staged by The INEC Killarney who are also sponsoring our Album of the Year award this year.  The prize for the winning artist is €1,500, and the winner will be announced prior to the festival in early February. We are running a readers poll on the site and you can vote by following this link.

The lineup for this year’s festival has also been announced, and it will feature some of our best, and most recognised musicians and groups. The concerts start on February 18th with Deirdre Granville & Brendan McCreanor, Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Brian McGrath and Gabriel McArdle, all taking to the stage at the INEC in Killarney.

On Friday 19th February Danú, Noel Hill, Frankie Gavin and Brian McGrath will present the second concert in this years series. Danú and Frankie Gavin have both released new albums in 2015 and we include tracks in our playlist below. Danú released Baun and Frankie Gavin joined forces with the father-and-son duo of Malachy Bourke (fiddle) and Brian Bourke (bodhrán) to explore the repertoire of early twentieth-century Sligo-American fiddler, Paddy Killoran. That album was called The Masters Return - A Tribute to Paddy Killoran

On Saturday 20th February, a previous winner of our Album of the Year ( 2014), The Trí-Tones, will appear in concert in a double bill with Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich & Matt Griffin.  Matt and Méabh released a great album of traditional music called Cuisle earlier in the year. Both Méabh and Matt have been playing together regularly since Matt moved to west Kerry in 2009. Méabh learned her music from her father Séamus, and from her older brothers, in a home that was rich in traditional music and song. The Trí-Tones released their outstanding debut in 2014 and it went on to take the Album of the Year award.  We include tracks from both albums above.

On February 20th Ushers Island featuring Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick will be on stage, as will Moya Brennan & Cormac DeBarra. There will also be a Singer Songwriter Session with Aoife Scott, Ger Wolfe, Tom Lucey and Ronnie Moore.

The final day of concerts on 21st February, will include The Tin Sandwich Band featuring John Murphy (Harmonicas), Pip Murphy (Harmonicas), Donal Clancy (Guitar & Songs) and Benny McCarthy (Melodeon).  Also performing on the same stage will be the hottest live act around at the moment, We Banjo 3.  They are promoting their 2015 live album, Live in Galway and may even play some material from a new album that they are recording at the moment

Also playing on February 21st is the ever popular Sliabh Luachra masters, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch with Paul De Grae.  They return to the festival after a very successful concert last year.  Gradam Award winner Brian O’Leary will also appear with Colm Guilfoyle & Michael Connor.

In addition to the concerts there are also workshops, céilí’s and a whole lot more with further details on www.thegathering.ie

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