Kilfenora Music Festival 2018

From 27-31 April 2018, Kilfenora will stage its 10th annual traditional music festival, a series commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.  As usual, it will feature great concerts, céilís and pub sessions.

  • Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs occur from Friday to Monday, with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. Details of featured players will be published close to the time.
  • The Singers’ night on Friday evening (Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Joe O’Connor.
  • Also on Friday night. Kilfenora Comhaltas branch will stage a variety concert in Kilfenora Hall (8pm, €10, pay on the door) featuring some of the abundance of local talent, young and old.
  • Our main concert will feature one of Ireland’s most iconic bands – the great Stockton’s Wing with special guest, Katie Theasby, plus this year’s winner of the Meitheal prize for young musicians. Read about them here.  TICKETS AVAILABLE ALREADY – phone Noel O’Donoghue on 087 836 4780 or pay online by clicking here.
  • There will be CD launch concerts in the inspiring environment of ancient St Fachnan’s Cathedral on Saturday afternoon. Watch this space (and our Facebook page) for details
  • There will be a Trad for Teens workshop in Kilfenora Hall on Sunday at 12.00 midday. We will announce which musicians are leading this in due course.
  • We plan to hold céilís on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
  • And, as in previous years, on Sunday afternoon (3pm), the great Kilfenora Céilí Band will play for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome. They will be preceded at 2pm by the current young Kilfenora band, which is winning many plaudits.

Sessions in pubs will continue on Sunday and Monday evenings.

There will be a broadcast from Kilfenora on RTE Radio 1 ‘Céilí House’ programme in January. Expect more news on this shortly.

Check this website and festival Facebook page for further information about the festival and the artists appearing.

Visitors to Kilfenora will also be able to see the much-praised Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour exhibition space in the Burren Centre, opened formally by Irish President Michael D Higgins in March 2015. This is the only permanent museum in the world dedicated to a living musical performer or group (as far as we have been able to discover). It also features the plaque received from the Guinness Book of World Records marking Kilfenora’s achievement in creating the largest traditional Irish Folk Band (at our 2014 festival).

Dancing to the KCB

Pub session