Traditional Irish Music
This November Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend is celebrating its 20th anniversary with over 40 events taking place over the course of the weekend. The festival takes place from Friday 25th November until Sunday 27th November 2016. The events will take place throughout Drogheda including; venues, cafes, restaurants and bars. It will feature some of Ireland’s most esteemed traditional singers and musicians as well as a collection of their best local talent. As always this annual concert is in honor of Caitlin Bean ui Cairbre, who was instrumental in promoting the traditional music culture in Drogheda. This year’s headline festival presents some of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians along with up-incoming folk band Ye Vagabonds.
Dundalk native Gerry O’Connor is one of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians, having been taught music by his late mother Rose who was a major influence on traditional music in Dundalk town. He has travelled the world over the past 40 years in a solo capacity and with various groups including Skylark and Lá Lugh. He regularly appears at the festival both as a performer and a teacher.
Originally from Dublin and now living in Galway, Mary Bergin is one of the finest exponents of the tin whistle in the country. Her classic LP Feadóga Stáin was released in 1979 and is a benchmark traditional recording. She has made one previous appearance at the festival and this year joins Gerry O’Connor and the third person in the trio, Desi Wilkinson.
From Belfast, Desi Wilkinson was a long-term resident of Drogheda before living in far-flung places such as Brittany, Limerick and Newcastle. He holds a doctorate in traditional music studies which he taught at the University of Newcastle for a number of years. He has two fine solo recordings, Three Piece Flute and Shady Woods and is also highly regarded as a traditional singer. 30 years ago he recorded Cosa Gan Bhróga with Gerry O’Connor and the late Eithne Ní Uallacháin which was re-released on CD by Gael Linn in 2013.
Originally from Carlow, brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn’s singing has been widely praised over the past few years. They play regular sessions in Walsh’s pub in Stoney Batter and play regularly at folk festivals. They released Rose & Briar in 2015.
For more information on the festival visit Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend
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