Kilfenora Trad Festival 2020

From 24th-27th April 2019, 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 great concerts, céilís, some cracking CD launches and pub sessions, 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.
  • The Singers’ night on Friday evening (Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Noirin Lynch.
  • Our main concert (Saturday, Kilfenora Hall, 7.45pm) will feature Mike McGoldrick with Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Dezi Donnelly, with special guest Katie Theasby. Also featured will be three young stars of Irish tradition – Sharon Howley (TG4 Young Musician of the Year, and from Kilfenora); Bethan Marsh, champion U10 dancer (from Kilfenora); and fiddler Simon Crehan (from Tipperary). All the details about tickets and the performers here.
  • On Friday evening, Kilfenora Comhaltas will also feature an array of talent, young and old, at a Variety Concert in Kilfenora Hall. Get tickets on the door.
  • There will be céilís on Saturday night with The Star of Munster Céilí Band (Vaughans Barn, 10.00pm) and on Sunday with the Four Courts Céilí Band (Vaughans Barn, 9.00pm).
  • There will be several CD launches at various times over the weekend  – including Katie Theasby, Charles Monod & JB Samzun, Colm Nestor’s ceili band – details will be announced in due course.
  • We intend to stage a small food fair, featuring  food producers from North Clare.
  • A Trad for Teens workshop takes place on Sunday (c.11.00) in Kilfenora Hall, following a mass with traditional music at St Fachanans Church.
  • And, as in previous years, on Sunday afternoon (3pm), the big event is the great Kilfenora Céilí Band playing for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome.

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).