Programme 2018 - Saturday 11th August

Time and Location Event Notes
10am to 1pm Workshops Various Locations  
2pm to 5pm
Uptairs - Community Hall
Children’s Art Workshop  
2pm – 3pm
Venue: Moloney’s Bar
Admission: Free

Poetry featuring Rita Ann Higgins.

Rita Ann has won several awards and her work has been selected for Yale University’s Literature Curriculum. Higgins’s frank, wry poems often look squarely at economic and gender-based inequalities. Calling hers a “smart, sassy, unabashed, female working class voice in Irish writing” in a 2011 Irish Times review of Ireland Is Changing Mother, Fintan O’Toole observes that “the anger in her work is transmuted into invention and absurdity, and it rubs shoulders with other deliciously deadly sins, like lust and pride.” She is a member of Aosdána and her many collections have been widely published to critical and popular acclaim.


3pm – 5pm
Feakle National School
Admission: €5.00

Sean-Nós Dancing class for children with renowned dancers Irene and Ashline Cunningham accomplished performers, tutors and choreographers from Co. Galway  

3.30 pm

Venue: Community Hall. Admission: Free

Lakeside Stories is a film about connections: the connections between generations; the connections we have lost; the connections we forge through storytelling and communal memories.
In 2017, a group of young people from the parish of Flagmount/Killanena, began working with project co-ordinators, Hilary Dully and Kathleen McNamara, on a film and archive project. They set out to record the social history of a small rural community, through a series of interviews with community elders.
The rich tapestry of memories, anecdotes and archival images evoke a sense of the rapid transformation in the practices of traditional parish life, from childhoods in the 1930s, 40’s & 50’s to the present day.
Lakeside Stories presents a more complex assessment of the sometimes harsh and often rule-bound society of the past, which raises questions about what has been lost and gained in the life of a rural parish in an increasingly globalised world.
3.30 pm
Moloney’s Pub.
Admission: Free
Singing Session with – Fear an tí: Micheal Marrinan, Seán Garvey, Nóirin Lynch Con Fada Ó Drisceoil and Paula Carroll. The session will commence will the launch of Con Fada’s new songbook/CD called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, which tells the tales of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer and many similarly heroic topics. The CD will be launched by Paula Carroll  
6pm – 9pm
Moloney’s Pub
Informal Singing Session hosted by Declan Coyne.  

Community Hall

Admission: €20.00


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

Gala Concert - featuring

Irene and Ashline Cunningham Sean-Nós dancers; two talented sisters and members of the renowned Sean-Nós Dancing family from Connemara.

Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain
Dublin born Mick O'Brien plays uilleann pipes, whistle and flute. He performs regularly as a solo artist, and his playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Mick has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America.
Aoife has won prizes for both Irish traditional and classical music. She performs regularly with the Goodman Trio, Crash Ensemble, Neil O Loghlin's Cuar, Caerus Ensemble, The Irish Memory Orchestra and has a duo with Spanish pianist Álvaro Baltanás.
The melodic playing of Emer Mayock has placed her at the forefront of traditional Irish music. A native of Ross, a small village in County Mayo, she began playing the tin whistle at the age of five. By her teens, she had mastered the instrument, as well as the timber flute.
The trio recorded Tunes from The Goodman Manuscripts and the album was awarded the coveted Gradam Ceoil from the TG4.

Con Fada Ó Drisceoil is a songwriter and accordion player from Cork. He has written comic songs on a wide range of subjects. In 2006 he published The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, a book and CD of his songs. He was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 for his songs. His new songbook/CD is called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, and tells of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer and many similarly heroic topics.

Breaking Trad. A dynamic Irish band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar). Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique', and 'high octane'. This powerhouse band, “Breaking Trad”, are reviving trad with a fresh and modern twist.

Lynda Cullen and Fintan Lucy. Lynda’s captivating performances have won her a loyal and growing fan base throughout the country. Expect a mix of original material and renditions of her favourite folk songs. Fintan is a well-respected guitarist and songwriter. He was a member of many folk/trad bands, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. As well as gigging around Ireland, he has performed in New York, England, Wales, Spain and Switzerland. His songs have been recorded by many singers and one is featured in full in the soon to be released US movie Blind Pass.

Tony Linnane and Danny O’Mahony
Tony's reputation as a master musician began when, at the age of three, he was already playing traditional music. Tony is a legendary and talented fiddle player from Co. Clare and he has featured with many classic traditional music recordings. Tony is joined by Danny O’Mahony, a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters.

The concert is presented by Con Fada Ó Drisceoil.


Presented by Paula Carroll.

9.30 pm -
Bohan's Bar

Admission: Free

Céilí: Star of Munster  

11.00 pm

Venue: The Marquee

Admission €10.00

Late Night featuring: An Tara and Hoodmanblind
AnTara comprises of East Clare residents Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone who explore the spaces in-between the traditions of Irish Traditional and Indian Classical music. Their music has been described as, not so much challenging the borders of Irish Traditional music but playing with it and expanding our senses of what’s achievable"

Hoodman Blind - Niamh, Sean and Finn are three musicians from Limerick who explore
the boundaries of tradition. Though their roots are in Irish music and song, Hoodman Blind is deeply influenced by the folk music of other countries, such as Finland and Sweden where they have both studied and performed. The ethos of the band is to create a musical landscape that brings an array of colours and shades to the tradition.