Programme 2017 - Saturday 12th August

Time and Location Event Notes
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. Her collections are Goddess on the Mervue Bus (Galway, Salmon, 1986); Witch in the Bushes (Salmon, 1988); Goddess and Witch (Salmon, 1989); Philomena’s Revenge (Salmon, 1992); Higher Purchase (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Publishing, 1996); An Awful Racket (Tarset, UK, Bloodaxe Books, 2001); Throw in the Vowels (Bloodaxe Books, 2005); Hurting God – part essay, part rhyme (Salmon Poetry, 2010); and Ireland Is Changing Mother (Bloodaxe Books, 2011).

 

2pm - 5pm Peppers
CD launch

CD Launch of 'From Camden to Tulla’ from Festival favourites Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn. Andrew and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. They have recently been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio have played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August.  This prompted their decision to record an album 'From Camden to Tulla’ in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017. The launch will be followed by a lively session from these vibrant and talented musicians.  
3pm – 5pm
Feakle National School
Admission: €5.00
Sean-Nós Dancing class for children with talented dancer and teacher Edwina Guckian.  
3.30 pm
Moloney’s Pub.
Admission: Free
Singing Session with – Elle Marie O’Dwyer - Bean an tí. Seán Garvey, Paula Carroll, Aodán Ó Ceallaigh, Phil Brennan and Paddy Commane  
6pm – 9pm
Moloney’s Pub
Informal Singing Session hosted by Phil Brennan.  

7.30pm
Community Hall


Admission: €20.00

Book Tickets

Gala Concert - featuring

The Brian Corry Band: Local musician Brian Corry (Whistles/Vocals), who learnt from East Clare legend Mary MacNamara has been playing since the age of five. Brian loves to put feeling and drive into his music which can be heard through his tremendous whistle playing with subtle hints of his jazzy soulful style. He has collaborated with many leading musicians over the last number of years and been on successful tours globally, achieving numerous awards along the way.

Laura Griffey, Ada Kenny and Eva Kenny talented step dancers from Kilfenora.

Seán Garvey: Seán is from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, and has long been considered as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers, singing in both Irish and English.  He is also a highly accomplished player of guitar, flute and tenor-banjo.

Ryan Young and Dennis Cahill: Ryan is an emerging young fiddle player from Scotland - one of a 'new wave' of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music. Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. Ryan is a two time BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee, In December 2016, at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, Ryan was named 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year'. Ryan will be joined by renowned guitarist Dennis Cahill.

Ryan Young at Celtic Connections 2017

Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn: Andrew and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. They have recently been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio have played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August. This prompted their decision to record an album 'From Camden to Tulla’ in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017. Andrew, Karen and Pete have each previously recorded a number of acclaimed solo and group albums.

The Raw Bar Collective: The band members are Conal Ó Gráda (flute), Benny McCarthy (accordion) and Dave Sheridan (fiddle), Nell Ní Chróinín (sean nós singer),) and Colm Murphy (bodhrán), With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, this ensemble present a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The Raw Bar Collective is a fluid gathering of Irish musicians, each of them an acknowledged standard bearer within the tradition.

Raw Bar Collective at The Backroom Burren (Conal Ó Gráda , Dave Sheridan, Benny McCarthy)

 

Presented by Paula Carroll.

9.30 pm -
Bohan's Bar

Admission: Free

Céilí: Star of Munster  

9.30 pm

The Marquee
Admission: €10.00

Céilí: The Shandrum Céilí Band – a dynamic band featuring talented young musicians. The band will also launch the eagerly awaited CD “The Dawn” which takes its name from one of the reels featured on the album..