Pre­pare to get into the 2012 Spirit

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - spir­itof­ lmur­phy@irish­

A fundrais­ing gig for the Spirit of Folk fes­ti­val will take place Up­stairs in Whe­lan’s next Thurs­day, with sets by The Hot Sprock­ets, The Young Folk, Bunoscionn and TRAZ. Early bird fes­ti­val week­end tick­ets will also be on sale for 24 hours only on the same day from tick­

The line-up for the bash – which will ex­pand to a sec­ond stage and two days this year – will be an­nounced in May.

A fam­ily af­fair in the lit­eral sense of the word, the Spirit of Folk fes­ti­val is run by the Duffy fam­ily, who came up with the idea af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion that Martin Duffy had with his mu­sic-lov­ing daugh­ters Natasha and Emily, dur­ing which he was rem­i­nisc­ing about the folk bands of his youth.

Martin runs Dun­derry Park, the venue for last year’s fes­ti­val, so he de­cided to host a folk-based event in the vil­lage, which is near the towns of Trim and Na­van.

As well as mu­sic by mem­bers of Steel­eye Span and Ir­ish acts such as Rhob Cun­ning­ham and Lisa O’neill last year, there were archery and fal­cony demon­stra­tions, sto­ry­telling, a heal­ing area, an or­ganic mar­ket and more.

The Sprock­ets are spir­ited types

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