Féile na Tána is back for a second year on 5th and 6th February 2017 - Cooley Peninsula in County Louth

Féile na Tána is back for a second year and will be celebrating all things traditional the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It takes place on 5th and 6th February 2017.

The festival is voluntarily run by a small committee and the artistic directors are local musicians, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre. It is funded by Create Louth and sponsored by Carlingford Guest House, The Four Seasons Hotel, Councillor John Mc Gahon and Lee Opticians Warrenpoint and Crossmaglen.

Féile na Tána will bring the very best of Irish traditional music to the heart of the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth, featuring renowned musicians including Seamus Begley, Mary Bergin, Noel Hill, Michele and Louise Mulcahy, Liam O Connor and Sean McKeown, Cathal Hayden and many more.   The musicians will all lead workshops in Bush Post Primary School in Bush on Saturday 4th February, and then perform in a tutor’s concert at 7pm in St. Michaels Hall, Carlingford.

There promises to be a great session after the concert in the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford at 10pm - all are welcome to come along and join in or simply soak up the atmosphere!

For those adults or children who might want to dip their toes in and try out some workshops, there are easy workshops in singing, sean nos dancing and tin whistle.  All the other classes are for students with three or more years experience, and cover a wide range of instruments - fiddle, whistle, uileann pipes, harp, accordion, guitar, banjo and bodhrán.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Sunday afternoon concert featuring Dublin players, Liam O’ Connor on fiddle and Seán McKeown on pipes.  There will also be performances from some of Ireland’s best young musicians including Ragairne, a group with members from Dublin, Offaly and Bray, and some local players also.  This unique concert will be at 2pm in St. Michael’s Hall in Carlingford.

You can find more details on their Website www.feilenatana.com

An outline of the programme is included below.


Féile na Tána festival programme for 2017:

Saturday 4th February 2017             


Registration: 1pm

Workshops:  1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Bush Post Primary School, The Bush (10 mins from Carlingford

Student ticket costs €35 / £30 and includes admission to all events.


Places Limited to 15 per workshop!

Book by email to feilenatana@gmail.com

Fiddle                              Zoë Conway

Fiddle                              Liam O Connor

Tin Whistle (adv)         Mary Bergin

Tin Whistle (easy)        Brendan Mc Creanor

Pipes                               Seán Mc Keown

Harp                                Michelle Mulcahy

Flute                                Louise Mulcahy

Accordian                       Seamus Begley

Concertina                     Noel Hill

Singing                            Saileog Ní Ceannabhain

Guitar                              John Mc Intyre

Banjo                               Cathal Hayden

Bodhrán                          Tristan Rosenstock

Sean nós dancing          Seosamh Neachtain

* All workshops are for players with 3 years or more experience with the exception of the easy tin whistle class, singing and sean nos dancing.

Places for workshops are limited to 15 per class. To reserve a place, send an email to the above address with your name, address, contact telephone and workshop you want to attend and we will contact you back shortly.


7.00pm Tutors Concert

featuring all the above tutors playing solo and together.

Venue: St. Michaels Hall, Carlingford Adm: FREE for students attending workshops / €10

Also showcasing craft stalls from local artists including; Neville Mac Anna - Narrow Water Harps; Gilly Cullen - Illustrator; Jim Mc Killop - Violin maker


10.00pm Session

Venue: The Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford - all welcome!

Sunday 5th February 2017                  


2.00pm  Concert

Venue: St. Michaels Hall, Carlingford

Adm: FREE for students attending workshops / €10


Liam O Connor and Seán Mc Keown

Also featuring outstanding young traditional musicians from the locality and all over Ireland


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