Largest Irish Trad Band Record Attempt – 2013

On Sunday 25th August 2013 a huge crowd of musicians and onlookers assembled in Kilfenora Square, seeking to create the largest Irish traditional céilí band ever. This has been submitted officially to the Guinness Book of records – this is a new entry, never  tried before.

187 players of all ages and a multitude of instruments played the celebrated ‘Kilfenora Jig set’. They were led by the world-famous Kilfenora Céilí Band (in its 104th year), after a warm-up by the Kilfenora youth band.  Banjo player and broadcaster Kieran Hanrahan joined the band and made the announcements, and sound equipment was generously supplied by Matt Purcell. Many well-known musicians, including former members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band, participated in the attempt.

Kilfenora Square filled

Donations were collected for Irish Cancer Society and the Kilfenora Senior Citizens support fund.

A great party atmosphere was created – see the picture gallery and video link below – despite the formal necessities for the Guinness records book rules to be complied with, with the help of lots of local volunteers. Pat Costello (also a banjo player and broadcaster) was the formal ‘counter’ for the number of musicians.

The fun continued long into the evening, with sessions and a céilí. Kieran Hanrahan challenged us to try to break the record again next year – so, who knows, we may all meet again! – Video courtesy of Key Hideki-Nakao. Photos taken by Andy Lambert, Jan Kimber and John Morgan.