Programme 2017 - Thursday 10th August

Time and Location Event Notes
2:15 pm. - Festival Walk A free accompanied walk in the environs of Feakle. Just the job for shaking off the excess from a late night session. Be prepared for the Irish weather and bring strong shoes! Assemble outside the festival office
4pm to 6 pm - Various locations

Afternoon Sessions for workshop students as follows.

Eileen O’Brien - Fiddle at Bohan’s Bar
Cormac Begley - Concertina at Loughnane’s Restaurant/Hostel
Louise Mulcahy - Flute at Peppers
Páraic Mac Donnchadha – Banjo at Shortt’s Bar
Aodán Ó Ceallaigh  - Singing at Moloney’s Bar.

6.00 p.m. Peppers
CD launch
Ryan Young. The festival is honoured to host the launch of this self-titled debut album from award-winning fiddler Ryan Young. Ryan brings inventive twists to old and forgotten tunes. Produced and engineered by triple Grammy award-winning Jesse Lewis, this international collaboration is set to break new ground with its precise capture of Ryan’s unique sound. Offering original compositions alongside his reinventions of traditional tunes, Ryan digs deep into his Scottish roots, while borrowing from Irish fiddle styles.  

7.30 pm - Marquee

Admission: €20.00

Café Style Concert. The festival is delighted to present a wonderful night’s music and song. Wine and local artisan food will be served on the night.

The concert features:

Lily O’Connor and Rosa Carroll accompanied by Eoin O'Neill: Lily is a young talented concertina player and harpist from Ballygriffey near Ennis. Rosa is a gifted fiddle player from Feakle. They have been playing music together since the ripe old ages of 10 and 11. Rosa and Lily are two talented teenagers who take their music seriously, and are enjoying their current positions as sponges absorbing the rich Clare music tradition which surrounds them. They will be accompanied by Eoin O’Neill a bouzouki player from Clare (though originally from Dublin, he's now fully integrated in the Clare session scene). Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. Eoin won the MÓRglór award in 2015. He is a gifted musician, and a fantastic promoter of traditional Irish music.

Out the Gap: an exciting young musical ensemble featuring Kevin Carey, Amy McNamara, Gearoid McNamara, Pamela Queally and Colm Slattery. Coming from Counties Clare and Tipperary and recently repatriated from Chicago, there is a wonderful mix in this group. Combining many different influences and playing traditional Irish music just for the pleasure of it.

Helen Hayes and Katie Greene: Local traditional singer Helen is joined by her daughter Katie. Katie sings from a varied repertoire including traditional and sean-nós as well as putting a unique interpretation to many contemporary songs.

Therese McInerney and Brian Donnellan: Therese is a fiddle player, singer, teacher and composer from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. She recently completed a master's in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music. Therese will be joined by local talented musician Brian Donnellan on concertina and piano. The festival committee are delighted to host the launch of Therese’s new CD “Down the Strand”.

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley: Jack and Cormac carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and colours.

Cormac Begley and Jack Talty performing in Kasteel Dever, Lisse, The Netherlands

Danny O’Mahony and Liz Kane: Danny is 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. Liz is a much respected fiddle player from North Connemara. One half of the dynamic duet The Kane Sisters, Liz continues to forge a career as a dynamic musician and a fine music teacher. Liz and Danny are true virtuosos of the tradition with masterful playing of music full of personality, from lively dance tunes to lamenting heartfelt airs.

Danny O'Mahony & Liz Kane "Live" at the Birmingham Trad Festival 25th Nov 2016.



Presented by Eoin O’Neill.