Kilfenora staged its sixth annual traditional music festival from 25 to 28 April 2014. Highlights this year included
- a concert on Friday night with the celebrated Liam Ó Maonlai in the intimate setting of Vaughans Barn
- an open-air céilí on Sunday with the fabulous Kilfenora Céilí Band, in their 105th year
- that followed a successful attempt to create the largest Irish trad band ever for the Guinness Book of Records – 270 people!
- a special concert in the Kilfenora Hall (Saturday) – From Boffin to Burren – with a host of great musicians including Inishboffin’s Dessie O’Halloran (vocals, fiddle) and Johnnie O’Halloran (melodeon); Kieran Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing and RTE fame (banjo); triple All-Ireland concertina champion and dancer CaitlínNic Gabhann; Padraic and Damian O’Reilly on piano and accordion respectively; De Dannan’s Ronan O’Flaherty (fiddle); and Sligo’s Seamus O’Donnell (flute, sax), taking time out from touring with At The Racket.
- céilís with the great accordionist/ singer Donie Nolan & the Taylors Cross band (Vaughans Barn 10pm, Saturday) and the Four Courts Ceili Band (Vaughans Barn, 9,30pm, Sunday)
- The Kilfenora Tradition – a lecture/concert featuring past and present members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band together with Kilfenora’s Under 12 Céilí Band.
- pub sessions with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond in all three pubs
- a new exhibition space devoted to Kilfenora and its music in the Burren Centre, Kilfenora.
This year we were visited by lively groups of musicians and singers from around the world, especially from Ballybunion in Kerry and from France and America. The more the merrier!