Programme 2019 - Thursday 8th August

Time and Location Event Notes
10am to 1pm Workshops Various Locations  
2pm to 5pm
Feakle National School
Children’s Art Workshop  
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

4.00 pm
Venue: Bohan's Bar

Book Launch.
Roscommon fiddler Éilís Crean is using the Feakle Festival as an opportunity to launch her recently published book titled The Life and Music of Eddie Kelly, The East Galway Irish Music Tradition as interpreted by Eddie Kelly. The book follows on from her 2017 CD Searbh Siúcra which featured all 21 of Eddie Kelly’s compositions.

The book contains never-seen-before photographs of Eddie and his musical comrades dating back to when he was a young man in his 20’s. It also contains the sheet-music for all his compositions as well as many interviews from various musicians who share a story and memory of Eddie Kelly. Éilís will be joined at the launch by accordion player John Regan and guitarist John Mock and perform a selection of Eddie Kelly's tunes.
4pm to 6 pm - Various locations

Afternoon Sessions for workshop students as follows.

Tim Dennehy – Singing at Moloney’s Bar
Conor Connolly – Accordion at Shortt’s Bar
Cormac Begley – Concertina at Peppers
Andrea Palandri – Fiddle at Bohan's Bar
Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh – Concertina at Loughnane’s Restaurant and Eco Lodge


7.30 pm - Marquee

Admission: €20.00

  • Tickets

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

The festival is delighted to present a wonderful night’s music and song hosted by Paula Carroll. The concert will feature:

Josephine Marsh and Mick Kinsella. Accordionist/multi-instrumentalist and composer Josephine is a musician with a highly distinctive and personalised style – her playing being described as loose, free, spiritual, uplifting and flowing. , Mick plays harmonica and English concertina. Besides being a highly respected traditional musician his other musical genres include jazz, blues, rock and bluegrass. He is also a studio session player and an educator, having taught harmonica workshops worldwide.

Sean Lyons – son of renowned traditional singers of Anne Lynch Lyons and John. Sean is an accomplished musician as well as being recognised a fine traditional singer.

Eimear Coughlan, Francis Cunningham and Carl Hession. A talented trio with a strong musical heritage. Eimear, granddaughter of renowned fiddle player, Paddy Canny is an accomplished Harpist and Fiddle Player in own right. She is joined by talented concertina player, Francis Cunningham recognised as a fine young exponent of the concertina. The duo will be joined by the dynamic piano player Carl Hession. The festival will host the launch of their much anticipated album “rnua”.

Katie Greene is one of the young crop of talented singers from Co. Clare. Katie brings an unique twist to her repertoire of traditional and folk songs.

Mary MacNamara, Andrew MacNamara and Sorcha Costelloe. Stalwarts of the East Clare MusicTradition, this trio brings the music of East Clare to new heights. All recognised as fine exponents of traditional music and individually they are known nationally and internationally for their unique approach and interpretation of Irish Tunes.

Wine and local artisan food will be served on the night.



9.30 - Shortt's Bar Session

Longstanding music session with Seamus Bugler and friends