FleadhTV returns August 18th, 19th & 20th 2017

Commercial : August 18th, 19th & 20th 2017 sees the return of the revolutionary music television programme, FleadhTV on TG4.  This is live music TV but not as you know it! Think Glastonbury with the best of Irish traditional musicians from the beating heart of Fleadh Cheoil Ennis 2017 all with a very modern edge.  FleadhTV will air live from 8.30pm to 11.30pm over three great August nights.  Fleadh Cheoil 2017 takes place in Ennis, Co Clare and attracts over 400,000 people annually to the week-long festival.

Hector Ó hEochagáin has been announced as a new presenter on FleadhTV joining the team of Mairéad Ni Chuaig and Lynette Fay.  Each presenter is at the centre of the Fleadh action.  Hector will be creating a frenzy on the streets of Ennis bringing all kinds of madness and mayhem; Lynette will be hosting from the new market building where there will be many artisan crafts, foods and fun alongside a very special acoustic stage, while Mairéad will be the cornerstone of the show at the main stage in the heart of the town.

In this new television era the production company behind the show, Gifted Empire, has recognised multiscreen viewing habits and have for 2017 further develop their online programming to be a second screen for the programme. Always at the cutting edge with their social coverage, this year sees many exciting developments.

Speaking about the 2017 coverage and social media coverage, Paul McKay from Gifted Empire, FleadhTV’s Series Producer and Director, said “We are thrilled with the incredible musicians we have confirmed and announced today for FleadhTV from Ennis.  All roads lead to Ennis and the heart of the Fleadh!  Apart from all the wonderful Acts on our FleadhTV stages, we are particularly excited about the plans we have for our social media coverage this year. We have a dedicated Social Media Presenter, Michaél Ó Ciaraidh, on the team who will be presenting a mixture of Live broadcasts during ad breaks, exclusive encore performances only on our Facebook page plus capturing the real action happening at Fleadh, we can’t wait for August 18/19/20!”

Confirmed to appear on FleadhTV 2017 are Sharon Shannon & Big Band, Lúnasa, Clannad, Gerry 'Banjo' O'Connor, Na Mooneys, The Finnegan McSherry Band, Kilfenora Céilí Band le Tulla Pipe Band & Ballyea Youth Choir, Lisa Canny Band, Bow Bro's, Rioghnach Connolly & Family, Daoiri Farrell & Blackie O'Connell, The Mulcahy Family, Kevin Crawford, Skippers Alley, Las, Fusion Fighters and many many more…

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Comment by MickeyMcAdden on August 24, 2017 at 5:03

Well after getting the link from another kind FB user, here is the TG4 link to the archived shows, 18, 19, 20 Aug 2017.

http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=5547028881001&teideal=Fleadh TV&series=Fleadh TV&dlft=32

Content ; A show to promote the Tenor Banjo. Ha ha ha, very funny. But credit is due for lots of competitors getting some air time, and contest winners, all beautifully presented. Then for the local crowds some professional bands. All very enjoyable. Notable mentions here from my own favorites, Mary Keenan, singer. I first heard her in Galway City, lovely voice and absolutely perfect rendition' Spancil Hill'.

The regional flavors of Irtrad all taken on-board, this time FleadhTV gets that right! Bands all lively and excellent; and who could have expected the amazing Carty family! Lovely stuff, singing and really playing the Tenor Banjo, there should be more of that! Connolly family, lovely stuff, and of course Co Donegal get two start slots, which it deserves! Mighty entertaining with songs as Gaelge. The entire show plan is well thought out and executed. But the 1st prize belongs the opening song and local acts who perform it, incredible to witness what Simon Cowel has proven time and time again, the public love to hear folks like themselves, folks with jobs and families, and little children performing. Some kid who won a prize for singing performs a comical song about second hand pants, I was falling on the floor laughing.

Yet nothing is perfect. The first band in the Gig na Rig thing is one of my favorite groups, the Mulcahys, and sure enough by the end their performance had leveled out, but at the start there appeared to be some problem with the PA ( public address system ), throwing the artists off balance where we can hear some of the instruments but not all of them. I was wondering where is the producer of the show? Does he/she not have an edit option? Couldn't the slot be replaced with another camera feed? And last why can not the piece be edited out for broadcast publication from the archive?

Yet the Mulcahys are so well known and loved, that folks know very well how great a band they are. This family always delivers that lovely old style of trad we all love so much. So, again I have to say their spot is more than made up for by this - kindly recorded and published by Ronan Burrenn, Co Clare Ireland.. thank you Ronan!


Too the people of Ennis, and the County did a great job of presenting the actual Fleadh, well done. The Banner County again brings home the bacon for Fleadh 2017. Pipe Band, excellent, service crews too did a great job.

Finally, out land guests tastefully chosen, Scotland, and Irish Bluegrass... lol They should call that shtuff Green Grass... or maybe like over here the word 'grass' has another meaning ho ho ho.

The entire show is well worth a whurl if you have the time, about 9 hours in all.

Comment by MickeyMcAdden on August 19, 2017 at 4:27

Here in Texas it is 11.19 PM. I can get nothing at all from FleadhTV except TG4 news, or programs. I am viewing with Windows Edge Browser on a Windows 10 OS all up to date and patched etc. I would have enjoyed the GigRig clips, and the dancing. Sad to see the Fleadh TV not working this year. Oh well there is always YouTube where we can get the best of it later.

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