Danú to headline this year’s Imagine John Dwyer Weekend! 16th -18th October 2015

Press Release : Following their very successful appearance at the 2012 Imagine John Dwyer weekend, Danú return to Waterford city once more. Hailing from County Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today.

For over a decade, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. With a new album ‘Buan’ receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland, UK and US, the audience in the Tower Hotel are certainly in for a treat.

Concert takes place in the Tower Hotel, Waterford city at 8pm on Friday 16th October

Booking for Danu: email events@thw.ie or Call 051 862300.

Music and dance workshops will take place on Saturday 17th October in Gaelscoil na nDéise. Tutors include Edwina Guckian (sean nós dance), Tommy Fitzharris (flute), Jack Talty (concertina), Derek Hickey (accordion), Donal McCague (fiddle), Theresa O’Grady (banjo), Seán Ryan (whistle) and Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes). Instrument workshops are €20, and dance is €10 and classes will take place from 10am-1pm. There will also be a composition workshop for all instruments with Josephine Marsh from 2.30 – 4.30 in advance of the final of the Under 18 Pat O’Brien Composition Competition, which begins at 5pm in Dooley’s Hotel. For bookings and enquiries about these events, please call 087-9664436 or email johndwyertradweekend@outlook.com.

The Saturday night concert in Dooley’s Hotel will see all of the visiting musicians plus local musicians Edel Fox and Neill Byrne take to the stage. This night will be lead by the man himself, John Dwyer and promises to be fantastic celebration of traditional music, song and dance. The concert begins at 8pm and call 051-874402 for ticket bookings.

Other events throughout the weekend include a CD launch by Mick Kinsella and Steve Larkin on in Dooley’s Hotel at 12pm on Sunday 17th, an illustrated talk on the music of Newfoundland by local fiddle player Bridget O’Connell in the Greyfriar’s Gallery on Friday 16th at 6pm plus many free pub sessions in Jordan’s, Katty Barry’s, Dooley’s, The Reg and The Gingerman throughout the weekend.

For information on all events, call 087-9664436, visit www.imagineartsfestival.com or check out Imagine John Dwyer Weekend on Facebook.

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