Fin­gal Fleadh will have Swords hop­ping to the sounds of ‘trad’

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Swords will take its place in Cre­ative Ire­land this week­end with a three day fes­ti­val fu­elled by tra­di­tional mu­sic that is a brand new ad­di­tion to the cul­tural cal­en­dar of the county cap­i­tal.

The in­au­gu­ral Fin­gal Fleadh and Fair will take place this Septem­ber 15th -17th in Swords as part of the Fin­gal County Coun­cil Cre­ative Ire­land Pro­gramme for 2017.

This event cel­e­brates the strong tra­di­tion of mu­sic in the Fin­gal com­mu­nity and will be cen­tred around tu­ition, par­tic­i­pa­tion and per­for­mance.

The week­end will fea­ture free Work­shops, con­certs and talks by some of the big­gest names in tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic.

Swords Cas­tle will be at the heart of the event, open­ing with a very spe­cial con­cert fea­tur­ing Mike Mc­goldrick, John Doyle and John Mc­cusker and A Stór Mo Chroí.

A Busk­ing Com­pe­ti­tion will take over Swords on Satur­day the 16th as Main Street is closed to traf­fic.

The top prize of €500 will be awarded to the Win­ners on the Gig Rig and they will get to open for the head­line act, Dervish.

The me­dieval grounds of Swords Cas­tle will host a pro­gramme of work­shops, recitals and talks in the Séa­mus En­nis Arts Cen­tre Mar­quee.

This will be sur­rounded by a vi­brant fair of ar­ti­san good, drink & craft and a wide se­lec­tion of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in the beau­ti­fully re­stored Chapel at Swords Cas­tle.

A ‘Ses­sion Trail’ around the town will fea­ture per­for­mances by mu­si­cians from all over the coun­try in­clud­ing Alan Do­herty, Karan Casey, Tola Custy, Muire­ann Nic Amh­laoibh and Donogh Hen­nessy.

The Gig Rig will have Free per­for­mances from Ulaid, John Spil­lane, Lu­miere, Liam O’ Con­nor and Seán Mck­eon and lots more.

Paul Reid, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Fin­gal County Coun­cil said: “The in­au­gu­ral Fin­gal Fleadh is shap­ing up to be a fan­tas­tic week­end where the peo­ple of Fin­gal will get to ex­pe­ri­ence the best in tra­di­tional mu­sic and cul­ture.

‘I am ex­cited to wel­come some of the big­gest names in Ir­ish mu­sic to our County Town, Swords, for a fan­tas­tic fam­ily week­end.’

Cllr. Mary Mc­cam­ley, Mayor of Fin­gal, said: ‘Fin­gal has a strong tra­di­tion of mu­sic – both per­for­mance and par­tic­i­pa­tion – so it is fan­tas­tic to see a plat­form for this tal­ent lo­cally. The Fin­gal Fleadh & Fair is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the cal­en­dar of events that al­ready take place across the county.’

Meet up with all of your friends from the Fleadh for a few tunes and en­joy a week­end of great mu­sic around the All Ire­land Football Final.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please visit Face­book at www.face­­galflead­hfair



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