Kilfenora, Co Clare – one of Ireland’s most famous music locations – is staging its seventh annual traditional music festival from Friday 24 to Monday 27 April 2015. As always, there will be set-dancing – in the home of Irish céilí – concerts, and the legendary Kilfenora pub sessions.
Contributing to the village’s uniqueness are a web of local families who have played in groups and céilí bands for around 140 years, starting with a fife and drum band in the 1870s and brass and reed band in the 1900s. Kilfenora’s most famous céilí band celebrated its centenary in 2009, and will be appearing ‘at home’ once again, at an open-air céilí on Sunday 26 April.
Events arranged so far include
- concert with Lumiere (Kilfenora Hall, Friday @ 8.30pm*)
- concert with Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan (Kilfenora Hall, Saturday @ 8.00pm*)
- concert (free) with Tara Howley & friends (Kilfenora Cathedral, Saturday @ 4.00 pm) sponsored by Volunteers of the KIlfenora Timeline
- a céilí (free) hosted by the fabulous Kilfenora Céilí Band (Kilfenora Hall, Sunday @ 3.00pm) – NOTE: this was originally announced as being open-air in the Square but has changed due to an adverse weather forecast,
- evening céilís featuring The Star of Munster and the Four Courts ceili bands (Vaughans Barn, Saturday, Sunday @ 9.30pm)
- music sessions in the village pubs throughout the weekend with many fine musicians from North Clare and beyond, including numerous All-Ireland winners.
- a singer’s night at Linnanes pub (Friday), hosted by Joe O’Connor.
Other events are planned – check our website www.kilfenoraclare.com and festival facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KilfenoraMusicFestival2013