Traditional Irish Music
Press Release : Ballinasloe, Co. Galway will be alive with Traditional Irish Music, Culture and Heritage from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September 2016 for Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds. The launch of Féile was held in The Pillar House over last weekend
Larry Reynolds was native of a townland called Shanboley near Ballinasloe who, like so many of his time, emigrated to Boston in 1953. Over time he became a highly influential fiddle player, not only for his East Galway style but also because of the contribution he made to Irish culture in Boston and all over North America.
A group of people came together in 2014 to commemorate Larry and thus the Festival was established “In its third year the festival has grown and is fast becoming an important event on the Trad Calendar” said Chairperson Claire Gibbons. “We wanted to promote Irish Music in the East Galway area while also promoting Ballinasloe as a destination for visitors from all over Ireland and overseas. We’ve had visitors from Boston, other area of the US, Canada and as far away as Australia who have travelled for the weekend”.
On Friday 9th September “Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds” will open with a concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall with The Alan Kelly Gang & Eddi Reader. A blend of Scottish & Traditional Irish Vocalists & Musicians, they have left audiences spellbound.
The weekend is a packed itinerary including Trad Music, Song & Sean Nós Dance workshops followed by a Tutors Recital, an Irish Music Pub Trail, a Lecture on The East Galway Style of Music, Craft Exhibitions, Schools Art and Poetry Competitions and that’s just on the Saturday
Sunday will see one of the weekend’s highlights – The 1st Larry Reynolds Open All-Ireland U-18 Fiddle Competition. With a prize fund of €250 and a Perpetual Cup for the winner the competition is certain to be high.
Other events on that day include Mass with local trad musicians, a Céilí in Hayden’s Hotel with the Glenside, a Junior Seisiún in The Dunlo Tavern, a CD launch for the newly formed Gatehouse. Claire added “there will no doubt, be many open seisúin during the day and indeed, throughout the weekend, all over the town and we guarantee there will be a warm welcome provided to all musicians, dancers and visitors who would like to be part of this celebration weekend”.
Further details can be found on www.larryreynoldsweekend.com
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