Kilfenora Music Festival
From 21-24 April 2017, Kilfenora will stage its 9th annual music festival, a series commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. As usual, it will feature great concerts, céilís and pub sessions.
* Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs occur from Friday to Monday, as always with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. Details of featured players will be published near the time.
* The Singers’ night on Friday evening (Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Joe O’Connor. Click Here for more details.
There will be 3 concerts (details of all the artists are on our website).
* Friday night (free concert and N Clare CD launches) – the great West Limerick singer and accordionist Donie Nolan (CD “The Banks of the Abha Bhán“), followed by the swinging sounds of two Kilfenora Céilí Band legends , Mike Butler (accordion) and Aidan McMahon (fiddle) with Michael Landers on guitar (Vaughans Barn); their CD is called “Yield up the night time”.
* Saturday at 3pm (free concert and N Clare CD launches) – in the inspiring location of St.Fachnan’s Cathedral, there will be two morel North Clare CD launches: “Bluebells are Blooming” by Brid O’Gorman (flute) with Eoin O’Neill (bouzouki), and “Let Loose “ by the band Out The Gap from Tulla in East Clare.
* Saturday night’s concert features the dynamic sound of one of Irish music’s hottest bands, Breaking Trad (Kilfenora Hall, 8pm, €15). Concert tickets will be on sale online via our website.
Additionally there are Kilfenora’s famous céilís.
* The Star of Munster band will lead a céilí on Saturday at 10pm, and the Four Courts band will host the Sunday night céilí from 9pm (both in Vaughans Barn, tickets on the door).
* Finally on Sunday afternoon (3pm), the great Kilfenora Céilí Band will play for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome. Sessions in pubs will continue on Sunday and Monday evenings.
And finally there will be a Trad for Teens workshop – all musicians aged 10-19 welcome – in Kilfenora Hall on Sunday at 12.00 led by talented young Clare musicians Therese McInerney (fiddle) and Marian Curtin (flute). Check our website here and festival Facebook page here for further information about the festival and the artists appearing, and to book tickets for the Saturday concert.
Visitors to Kilfenora will also be able to see the much-praised Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour exhibition space in the Burren Centre, opened formally by Irish President Michael D Higgins in March 2015. This is the only permanent museum in the world dedicated to a living musical performer or group (as far as we have been able to discover). It also features the plaque recently received from the Guinness Book of World Records marking Kilfenora’s achievement in creating the largest traditional Irish Folk Band (at our 2014 festival).