Kilfenora Music Festival 2017

From 21-24 April 2017, Kilfenora will stage its 9th annual 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 nearer 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. Keep up to date with this event on Facebook here.

There will be 3 concerts.

  • Our main concert on Saturday night features the dynamic sound of one of Irish music’s hottest bands, Breaking Trad (Kilfenora Hall, 8pm, €15), together with supporting performances from some talented young Clare dancers and musicians. Read more and buy concert tickets in Kilfenora at the Post Office and Linnanes Pub, or online, by clicking here.
  • Friday night, 9.30 pm (free concert and N Clare CD launches)– the great West Limerick singer and accordionist Donie Nolan followed by the swinging sounds of two Kilfenora Céilí Band legends, Mike Butler accordion) and Aidan McMahon (fiddle) with Michael Landers on guitar (Vaughans Barn). Read more here.
  • Saturday at 3pm (free) – in the inspiring location of St.Fachnan’s Cathedral, there will be two more North Clare CD launches, including “Bluebells are Blooming” by Brid O’Gorman (flute) with Eoin O’Neill (bouzouki), and “Let Loose“ by the band Out The Gap from Tulla in East Clare. Read more here.

Additionally there are Kilfenora’s famous céilís.

  • The Star of Munster band will lead a céilí on Saturday at 10pm, and the Four Courts band will host the Sunday night céilí from 9pm (both in Vaughans Barn, tickets on the door).
  • Finally on Sunday afternoon (3pm), the great Kilfenora Céilí Band will play for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome. Sessions in pubs will continue on Sunday and Monday evenings.

Also there will be a Trad for Teens workshop – all musicians aged 10-19 welcome – in Kilfenora Hall on Sunday at 12.00 led by talented young Clare musicians Therese McInerney (fiddle) and Marian Curtin (flute).

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 recently received from the Guinness Book of World Records marking Kilfenora’s achievement in creating the largest traditional Irish Folk Band (at our 2014 festival).