Programme 2017 - Friday 11th August

Time and Location Event Notes

2.00 pm
Community Hall

Admission: €10.00

Tutor Recital: featuring the talented tutors teaching at the Festival.

Jack Talty, Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Leon Agnew, Eileen O’Brien, Cormac Begley, Danny O’Mahony, Aodán Ó Ceallaigh, Martin Hayes, Mary MacNamara, Brian Corry, Sorcha Costello, Dennis Cahill and Louise Mulcahy.


4.00 - 6.00 pm.
Moloney’s Bar
Admission: Free

Singing session/workshop with Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan. John and Elle Marie are Clare County Council’s traditional singers in residence - working with the Arts Office of Clare Council to develop programmes and incentives to encourage people to become involved in traditional singing in the county.

4.00 pm to 6.00 pm -
various locations

Afternoon Sessions for workshop students as follows.

Leon Agnew – Flute at Bohan’s Bar
Brian Corry – Whistle at Loughnane’s Restaurant/Hostel
Jack Talty – Concertina at Pepper’s Bar
Mary McNamara - Concertina at Shortt’s Bar

6.00 p.m. Peppers
CD launch
The festival is delighted to launch the new CD – “Yield up the night time” a beautiful debut album from this talented ensemble featuring Mike Butler on accordion, Aidan McMahon, fiddle, & Michael Landers, singing and guitar,   

7.30 pm
St. Mary's Church

Admission: €30.00
(tickets in advance)

Music Recital featuring:

Mary MacNamara Sorcha Costello and Geraldine Cotter: Mary’s style of music is deeply set in the mellow rhythm and swing of east Clare having being fortunate to have played with the musical masters of the area such as Martin Rochford, P Joe Hayes, Bill Malley and Joe Bane. Her daughter Sorcha Costello has been playing music with Mary since before Sorcha can remember. Sorcha has inherited much of the east Clare style and while, like her mother, she has been acclaimed mostly as a solo musician both combined recently to release a duet album “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” described by Frankie Gavin as “Sincere, hypnotic and an overall delight”.  Mary and Sorcha will be accompanied by Dr. Geraldine Cotter. Geraldine Cotter is a tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher, currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Geraldine is in great demand and she has recorded on over 20 albums including her solo album.

Mary MacNamara, Sorcha Costello and Geraldine Cotter

Cherish the Ladies with Don Stiffe: Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion, Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies create a performance that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals and captivating arrangements. The band will be joined by special guest Don Stiffe. Don is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene. He hails from Galway and his singing prowess is up there with the greats that Ireland has produced. Don’s award winning debut solo album “Start of a Dream” was released to critical acclaim.

Cherish the Ladies with Don Stiffe

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Martin’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis for over twenty years. Dennis has created a guitar style with a very precise use of rhythm and subtle use of harmonic colourings that amplifies the mood and power of the melodies in new and innovative ways.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform together at the National Concert Hall


Presented by Leon Agnew

9.30 pm -
Bohan's Bar

Admission: Free

Céilí: Star of Munster