Kilfenora Music Festival

7th Annual Music Festival in Kilfenora. Concerts and celebrations all weekend with Kilfenora’s most famous céilí band performing an open-air céilí on Sunday 26 April.

Events arranged so far include

  • concert with Lumiere (Kilfenora Hall tbc, Friday @ 8.00pm)
  • concert with Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan (Kilfenora Hall, Saturday @ 8.00pm)
  • concert (free) with Tara Howley & friends (Kilfenora Cathedral, Saturday @ 4.00 pm) sponsored by Volunteers of the KIlfenora Timeline
  • an open-air céilí (free) hosted by the fabulous Kilfenora Céilí Band (Kilfenora Square, Sunday)
  • evening céilís featuring The Star of Munster and the Four Courts ceili bands (Vaughans Barn, Saturday, Sunday)
  • music sessions in the village pubs throughout the weekend with many fine musicians from North Clare and beyond, including numerous All-Ireland winners.
  • a singer’s night at Linnanes pub (Friday), hosted by Joe O’Connor.


Friday 24th April 8pm

Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy are ‘Lumiere’, backed by Donogh Hennessey, one of Ireland’s top acoustic guitarists. Both from Dingle, they came together and recorded ‘Lumiere’ in 2009, followed by ‘My Dearest Dear’ in 2013.

Their passionate and lively show has made them one of Ireland’s top traditional acts, with increasing international appearances, having already had distinguished solo careers.

Éilís Kennedy has two previous solo albums, ‘Time to Sail’ (2001) and ‘One sweet kiss’ (2006). She also contributed to the musical project “Beal Tuinne” (CD, 2007) with Seamus Begley and other stars, with music by Shaun Davey set to the poems of the late Caoimhin O’ Cinneide (Éilís’ father).

Pauline Scanlon sang with the Sharon Shannon Band and then produced two solo albums – ‘Red Colour Sun’ (2004) and ‘Hush’ (2006). Pauline also hosted the recent TG4 series Bosca Ceoil.

Donogh Hennessey, originally from Dublin, spent 5 years in the Sharon Shannon Band followed by 8 years in Lúnasa, and has been the record producer and accompanist for a number of other artists.

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Frankie Gavin and De Dannan

Saturday 25th April 8pm

The band currently comprises Frankie Gavin on fiddle, Michelle Lally on vocals, Barry Brady on accordion, Colm O’Caoimh on guitar, and Paul O’Driscoll on double-bass.

Frankie, from Co Galway, is arguably Ireland’s most gifted traditional fiddle player, and a winner of All-Irelands on both flute and fiddle. He was a member of the original band, founded in 1975.

Michelle (vcls) , also from Co Galway, has collaborated with Frankie over many years, including his “Hibernian Rhapsody” project with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The famous songwriter Jimmy McCarthy commented “A voice that lingers in the mind’s ear, when the enchanted listening is done.”

Barry (accordion), born in Mullingar but raised in Roscommon, includes Morga and the Swallows Tail Céilí Band on his musical CV. He visited Kilfenora in 2013 as part of Ann Kirrane’s stellar band.

Colm (gtr) hails from Kilkenny , is a founder member of the up-and-coming band Caladh Nua, and was previously in a trio with Mick McAuley and Winnie Horan from the top US group Solas.

Paul, one of Ireland’s top bassists, has been a frequent visitor to Kilfenora over the years. He is a veteran of many bands, and of both pub and recording sessions. He was the bass player on the Kilfenora Céilí Band CD “Set on Stone”

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Date 17 Dec, 2017
Time 11:42 - 11:42

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