Programme 2018 - Friday 10th August

Time and Location Event Notes
10am to 1pm Workshops Various Locations  
2pm to 5pm
Uptairs - Community Hall
Children’s Art Workshop  

2.00 pm
Community Hall

Admission: €10.00

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

Tony O’Connell, Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Geraldine McNamara, Andrea Palandri, Cormac Begley, Conor Connolly, Sean Garvey, Martin Hayes, Mary MacNamara, Gearoid McNamara, Sorcha Costello, Marie McMahon, Suzanne Leahy, Dennis Cahill & Louise Mulcahy


3.15pm to 4.15pm
Shortt's Bar

Launch of Book and CDs of the Compositions of Paddy O’Brien 1922-1991 Compiled, Edited and Recorded by Eileen O’Brien
This is a new edition of the full collection of the late Paddy O’Brien’s 139 compositions and is accompanied by three audio Cd’s. The audio recordings feature all of the tunes played on fiddle by Eileen. The tunes are played at a slow pace to aid fans of Paddy’s music to learn and enjoy the tunes. This edition will further promote Paddy O’Brien’s wonderful musical legacy.

4.00 pm to 6.00 pm -
various locations

Afternoon Sessions for workshop students as follows.

Mary McNamara – Concertina at Bohan’s Bar
Conor Connolly – Accordion at Loughnane’s Restaurant/Hostel
Andrea Palandri – Fiddle at Pepper’s Bar
Geraldine McNamara - Flute at Moloney’s Bar


7.30 pm
St. Mary's Church

Admission: €30.00
(tickets in advance)

  • TicketsTickets can be purchased via the Glor, Website. They will be available for collection at the Festival Office.

Music Recital featuring:

Joe Fitzgerald, Seamus Begley and friends.
The festival is delighted to welcome back local man Joe Fitzgerald, now living in Melbourne to perform at the Feakle Festival. Expect lively music and nostalgic songs from this great musician. Joe will be joined by singer and musician Seamus Begley. Although both men have their own distinctive styles they seamlessly blend to deliver a unique musical performance. The men will be joined by their friends on the night.

Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich John McCusker and Paul Meehan
Vocalists Heidi Talbot and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, aided and abetted by award winning multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and guitarist Paul Meehan

Heidi Talbot has garnered rave reviews for her live performances with Cherish the Ladies and as featured soloist with Idlewild, King Creosote and Eddi Reader among others, and the pairing of her expressive vocals with the extraordinary voice of trad maestro Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich is a match made in heaven.
Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game put on an exciting performance.


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.


Presented by Leon Agnew

9.30 pm - Bohan's Bar

Admission: Free

Céilí: Star of Munster  

10,30pm - Marquee

Admission: €10.00

CD Launch Concert of “Not before time – Thar am’
The festival is delighted to be the first to present Páraic Mac Donnchadha’s new collaborative CD “Not before time – Thar am", featuring Cormac Begley, Claire Egan, Mac Dara Mac Donnchada, Terence O’Reilly, Macdara O’ Faolain, Noel O’Grady, Colm Murphy, Libby McCrohan and Sinead Nic Dhonncha. Now playing banjo for almost 30 years, Páraic has resisted until now the idea of a making a personal CD. The recording recognises the giants of the tradition from whom he was lucky enough to learn from and who all played a significant role in shaping his sense of rhythm and East Galway style preference. Gladly Páraic feels that the time has come to formally share with others the musical insight and wisdom that he was fortunate to inherit. The Feakle Festival has been home to Páraic and his music for many years where he has become associated with popular teaching workshops and wonderful musical performances. The CD will be launched by Martin Hayes and will be followed by a late night concert featuring Páraic and many of the musicians featured on the recording.