Kilfenora Trad Festival 2020

From 14th-17th August 2019 – if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and conditions are safe – Kilfenora will stage its 12th annual traditional music festival, a series that commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.  With a range of concerts, céilís, CD launches, pub sessions and a food fair, it’s a great line-up.

  • 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.
  • More details of all CD and book launches will be provided soon on this website.
  • Tickets for and details about our main concert can be accessed here.

Friday 14 August

  • 8pm: Kilfenora Comhaltas Variety Concert featuring a great array of talent from North Clare at a Variety Concert in Kilfenora Hall. Tickets on the door (€7, families €10)
  • 9pm: CD Launch in Linnanes Pub  of “Fallout“ by Kathleen Lynch, followed by….
  • …The Singers’ night, which gathers together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted in Linnanes pub by Noirin Lynch.
  • 9pm til late: traditional music sessions in Nagle’s and Vaughan’s pubs

Saturday 15 August

  • 11.30am -1.00pm: Master Fiddle Class with renowned Irish-American fiddler Brendan Mulvihill in Linnane’s  Pub (Back Room)
  • 1pm: Riches of Kilfenora concert in the atmospheric Kilfenora Cathedral
  • 2.30pm: CD Launch in Linnane’s Pub of “Aughavinna” by Charles Monod & JB Samzun
  • 6pm:CD Launch in Nagle’s Bar by Kevin Griffin  & Eddie Costello  followed by session
  • 8pm: our main concert (in Kilfenora Hall) will feature Mike McGoldrick with Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Dezi Donnelly, with special guest Katie Theasby. Also performing are Sharon Howley – current TG 4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year –  and two even younger stars of Irish tradition, Bethan Marsh (from Kilfenora) and Simon Crehan (from Tipperary).  See more details here.
  • 9pm til late: traditional music in all pubs
  • 10pm: céilí with The Star of Munster Ceili Band in Vaughans Barn

Sunday 16 August

  • 11.30-17.00: Food Fair of local food producers in Linnane’s Courtyard, Kilfenora Square
  • 11.45am: inVaughan’s Pub Parlour launch of Paula O’Regan’s Music Tuition Book & CD  “Tunes by Paula“followed by  Trad 4 Teens workshop  
  • 1pm: CD launch in Vaughan’s Barn of  “I Remember you Singing” by Katie Theasby
  • 2pm: Launch of CD “Clare Céili”with The Clare Céili Band in Kilfenora Square
  • 3pm: Open Air Céili withthe great Kilfenora Céili Band in Kilfenora Square
  • 9pm: céilí with the Four Courts Céilí Band (Vaughans Barn).
  • 9pm til late: traditional music in all pubs

Mon 17 August

  • 7.30pm: traditional music session in Linnane’s  Pub
  • 9.30pm: traditional music session in Nagle’s Bar

Check and Kilfenora festival Facebook page for further information about the festival and all 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 one of very few permanent museums in the world dedicated to a living musical performer or group. 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).