Fleadh 2016 – music in Kilfenora

Clare’s villages will be buzzing with music during the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, ideal for those escaping the crowds or who are staying out of town.

Kilfenora – one of Ireland’s most famous locations for traditional music – is of course no exception, with a number of its young musicians competing for honours in the All-Ireland championships.

Known variously as the City of the Crosses (visit ancient Kilfenora cathedral) and the home of céilí music, our centuries-old music tradition is on show in the Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour, a special exhibition space and audio-visual experience in the Burren Centre in Kilfenora Square. Formally opened by Ireland’s President in March 2015, this is the only museum in the world (that we are aware of) dedicated to living musical artists. Among many exhibits is the certificate recording Kilfenora’s Guinness Book of Records win for the largest céilí band ever. Experiencing the Parlour is a must-do for traditional music lovers visiting Clare.

Meanwhile each evening during the Fleadh week, renowned musicians from County Clare and beyond will be playing in Kilfenora pubs. Visiting musicians are welcome to join in.

Linnanes pub will host a traditional session each night (approx 9pm) from Monday 15th to Friday19th, where you can hear many of the distinctive tune sets made famous by the Kilfenora Céilí Band over its 106 year history (so far!) And who knows, sessions may pop up there at the weekend too.

Nagles pub will host sessions on Friday 19th-Sunday21st August (9.30 pm).

Friday – Joe Fitzgerald (accordion, vcls), Des Mulkere (banjo, flute, vcls and stories) and friends

Saturday – Donie Nolan (accordion, vcls), Noel O’Donohue (flute), Pat Marsh (bouzouki)

Sunday – Colin Nea (accordion), Brendan Organ (bouzouki) and friends

Meanwhile, Vaughans pub barn hosts a céilí every Sunday with the Four Courts Céilí Band. Bring your dancing shoes.

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Munster Fleadh results 2014

Well done our competitors in this year’s Munster Fleadh. These are the results for Kilfenora CCE.

  • Eimear Howley coached the winning U12 Grupai Ceoil from Crusheen, her sister Tara came second in the senior uillean pipes.
  • Jessica Nea will go to the Fleadh Ceoil for the second year running, competing in U12 piano and accompaniment. She will be joined by Ada Kenny for her U12 Sean Nos dancing, and Laura Griffey playing her viola in the U12 Miscellaneous category.
  • Niamh Kennedy will also compete in Sean Nos dance (U15).

The U12 Inis Og ceili band, and the U15 and U18 Burren Ceili bands also go through to the finals, along with various friends from neighbouring Corofin CCE and Ennistymon CCE. Congratulations in particular to outright winners Conor O’Loughlin (U18 concertina) and Conor Arkins (senior fiddle slow airs) upholding their family traditions.

The full results can be downloaded as a PDF at http://www.munsterfleadh.ie/

Kilfenora music on BBC Radio 4 on 23 August

BBC Radio 4 will feature interviews and recordings of two young Clare musicians competing in this year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Derry, in a broadcast at 11-11.30am on Friday 23 August.

One is Jessica Nea from Kilfenora – on piano accompaniment, fiddle and in both the U12 Inis Og céilí band and music group –  and the other we understand is Fergal Breen from Doora-Barefield, U18 flute, uilleann pipes and piano.

In Ireland, Radio 4 can best be heard on-line through the Internet, LW Radio 198Mhz or via Satellite (Sky etc).

A brief description of the programme, entitled ” The Fleadh goes North”, can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/34/r4-w34-fleadh-goes-north-fri.html

In the picture, Jessica is being recorded by co-producer Claire Burgoyne accompanied by her father Colin Nea, as can also be heard on Colin’s recent CD “Between the Jigs & the Reels”.

Good luck to all the Munster finalists from Kilfenora and Clare (including Tara Howley who came first in O18 uilleann pipes) who are travelling to Derry!JN BBC 6a