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