Feakle, in County Clare, is a parish with very proud credentials: many well known people have their roots here. People of the past of high renown include Brian Merriman who wrote the wonderful poem The Midnight Court and Johnny Patterson who composed many songs. Later years brought playwright Kieran Sheedy, sociologist Fr Harry Bohan, former Clare hurling manager Ger Loughnane and many more who have graced the national stage with great success.
Our musical culture has always been a major focal point over the years. People like PJ Hayes, Francie Donnellan, Paddy Canny, Martin Rochford together with present day players like Mary McNamara, Mark Donnellan, Andrew McNamara, Vincent Griffin, Paddy O'Donoghue, Seamus Bugler and many more who have kept the tradition alive.
Martin Hayes can be heard worldwide as he enthrals audiences with his unique style.
The famous Tulla Ceili Band, founded by the late PJ Hayes, still plays regularly for ceilis including the closing ceili in Feakle on the Sunday night of the Festival calendar.
The musical tradition is kept alive all year round with regular sessions at Shortt's Bar on Thursday nights and in Pepper's Bar on Wednesday nights. Many impromptu sessions take place on other nights of the week throughout the village and concerts are regularly held at Pepper's. The younger musicians are taken care of with top quality music teachers Mary McNamara and Vincent Griffin.
The recital in St Mary's Church on Friday 5th August will conclude with the anticipated annual performance by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.
Supporting Martin and Dennis in the Church will be Re (pronounced "ray" and meaning "moon" or "era" in Irish) featuring some of Irelands most innovative musicians including long time Feakle stalwart; Cormac Begley.