2023 Programme

Clár na Féile

Concerts

Ceolchoirmeacha

Saturday 25th February - Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O'Dowd in concert

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen

Since 2001 the current line up of the Máirtín O’Connor Trio has been steadily evolving into a cohesive musical entity. The three musicians have built a formidable musical relationship over the last few years gigging together frequently as well as collaborating in the studio. The catalyst for this was Máirtín when he invited the others to play on his ground-breaking ‘Road West’ album and again later on the ‘Rain of Light’ recording, much of which went down live such was the musical and personal rapport that had developed between them. Individually recognised figureheads of the tradition, they have built solid reputations as master musicians with astounding skill, diversity and virtuosity. Together they produce a vibrant and musically charged experience that redefines one’s concept of brilliance, verging on perfection. If this musical powerhouse does not get you to your feet, nothing will.

Friday 31st March - Gráinne Holland

St. Finbarr's Church, Carrickmacross

Singer, songwriter, media producer and presenter – renaissance woman Gráinne Holland is one of the finest bi-lingual singers currently performing. With a superb backing band this promises to be a very special concert in the atmospheric and intimate setting of St. Finbarr’s Church. 

Tickets €10 at door.

Saturday 1st April - Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen and Jim Murray

ST. LOUIS SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL

“Cut-glass performances and imaginative tune pairings are a joy throughout.” – The Irish Times

“Big names, impressive resumés and first-class musicianship were parts of the mix in the making of “Nasc.” – The Irish Echo

“Sure-footed, engaging and joyful music from a dynamic Clare duo. Expert musicianship, courageous creativity and sweetness of melody” – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Clare natives Tara Breen and Pádraig Rynne have teamed up with Jim Murray to form one of the finest performing groups in Irish music today. Their 2021 release “Nasc” is regarded as one of the best albums in recent years from an Irish Traditional outfit and was winner of the best traditional album in the 2022 American Celtic listener supported radio awards. A rare opportunity to hear these master musicians who have gelled together to create a fantastic sound.  Not to be missed!

Admission €10 / under 18s €5 

Payment by cash at door.

Déardaoin – 30th March

 

Official opening and the annual Patrick Byrne Lecture
The Shirley Arms, 8pm – adm. free.

Irish Times columnist and Carrickmacross native Frank Mc Nally will deliver this year’s lecture on ‘The Harper that Once’ – Frank’s rediscovery of his own family links to Patrick Byrne. As well as being a great-great-grandnephew of 19th century harper, Frank is an award-winning writer and the chief contributor to the Irish Diary column in the Irish Times.

Seisiún amhránaíochta – Irish traditional singing session
9pm – Deery’s lounge, Carrickmacross – adm. free and all welcome.
A dedicated singing session with specially invited guest singers from Counties Monaghan and Armagh to lead. All singers are welcome with the rule being that while no standard is set for the singing, a very high standard is set for the listening!

Dé hAoine – 31st March

Ceolchoirm le Gráinne Holland
8pm – St. Finbarr’s Church – adm. €10
Singer, songwriter, media producer and presenter – renaissance woman Gráinne Holland is one of the finest bi-lingual singers currently performing. With a superb backing band this promises to be a very special concert in the atmospheric and intimate setting of St. Finbarr’s Church.

Fíor Céilí leis an Michael Duffy Céilí Band
9pm – The Community Centre, Corduff – adm. €8
A fíor céilí organised by the Corduff & Raferagh Céilí Dancing Club featuring local accordion maestro Michael Duffy. Admission includes refreshments and dances are not called.

Seisiún ceoil
10pm – Markey’s, Carrickmacross.

Dé Sathairn – 1st April

Music Workshops
10.30am to 1pm – The Workhouse, Carrickmacross
Fun Trad with Seán Walsh and Sinéad Finnegan – a class aimed at younger students who would not be ready for regular workshops. The emphasis is on having fun with music. Places are limited to 15 and fee is €5.
Local repertoire with Eilis Lavelle – a class for everyone irrespective of whether you play accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flute, harp or pipes. Champion harper Eilis Lavelle has put together a special workshop on local tunes that rarely get taught elsewhere. This workshop is suitable for musicians aged 12 to 18 who are looking for distinctive tunes. Places are limited to 15 and the fee is €10.
Registration will be from 9.45am but places can be reserved by sending an email to info@feilepatrickbyrne.ie with student’s name, age and contact telephone.

Guided Walking Tour
11 am – meet at the Carrickmacross Court House. Free event.
Historian Mary Kerley will guide walkers around Carrickmacross and bring alive the vibrant history of the town. The tour takes approximately 90 minutes and walkers should wear comfortable shoes and perhaps bring an umbrella!

Seisiún ceoil – Afterburners
5pm to 7pm – Deery’s lounge – adm. free.
Open youth traditional session organised by the Carrickmacross CCÉ Youth Officers with all teen musicians welcome. No speed limits!

Ceolchoirm le Tara Breen, Pádraig Rynne & Jim Murray
8pm – St. Louis Secondary School Hall – adm. €10 adults / under 18s €5.

Cut-glass performances and imaginative tune pairings are a joy throughout.” – The Irish Times
Big names, impressive resumés and first-class musicianship were parts of the mix in the making of “Nasc.” – The Irish Echo
Sure-footed, engaging and joyful music from a dynamic Clare duo. Expert musicianship, courageous creativity and sweetness of melody” – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Clare natives Tara Breen and Pádraig Rynne have teamed up with Jim Murray to form one of the finest performing groups in Irish music today. Their 2021 release “Nasc” is regarded as one of the best albums in recent years from an Irish Traditional outfit and was winner of the best traditional album in the 2022 American Celtic listener supported radio awards. A rare opportunity to hear these master musicians who have gelled together to create a fantastic sound. Not to be missed!

Support will be provided by the local CCÉ music group who are travelling to Brittany this Easter.

Seisiún ceoil
10:00pm ‘till late – Markey’s, Carrickmacross.

Dé Domhnaigh – 2nd April

Sean Nós Dance Workshop
Noon to 2pm – St. Louis Secondary School Hall, Carrickmacross
Aoife Mc Cabe will lead this class which is suitable for both beginners and improvers. Wear comfortable shoes. Workshop fee €10.

Sets Céilí with the Salamanca Céilí Band
3pm – St. Louis Secondary School Hall – Adm. €10.
The Salamanca play music of a deadly standard that will make you move in ways you thought wasn’t possible. Their’s is a musical partnership that is hard beaten. The sets will be called and refreshments served.

Seisiún ceoil – Reel Slow
6pm to 8pm – Deery’s Lounge – adm. free.
A dedicated slow session suitable for novice and improver musicians hosted by the local adult slow session group and led by fiddle player Noreen McManus. Speed limits apply but all are welcome.

Seisiún ceoil – Survivors’ session
8pm ‘till late – Deery’s Lounge – adm. free.
Final open music session of the féile with all musicians, singers and dancers welcome. Hup!

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