Twenty-Fifth Feakle Festival

Martin Hayes. Photo: Jacob Blickenstaff.

Twenty-Fifth Feakle Festival

Martin Hayes features centrally in this year's Feakle Festival, playing in Triúr, with Dennis Cahill, possibly with the Tulla Céilí Band, and as the subject of a feature-length documentary called Natural Grace.

The twenty-fifth Feakle International Festival of Traditional Irish Music will take place this summer from Wednesday, 8 to Monday, 13 August in the east Clare town.

As well as the morning workshops (with tutors Paraic Mac Donnchadha, Antoin Mac Gabhann, Martin Hayes, Áine Uí Cheallaigh, Dennis Cahill, Sean Ryan, Mary Mac Namara, Cormac Begley, Brendan Larrissey, Pat O’Connor, Tara Diamond, Leon Agnew; Danny O’Mahony, Kate Mc Namara, Mairead Casey and Suzanne Leahy), there is a screening of the new film about Martin Hayes by Art Ó Briain called Natural Grace, as well as concerts each evening: Thrillology (Kate Purcell, Yuki Nishioka and Denise Glass fiddle), and Triúr on the Thursday night; Tommy Fleming, and Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill on the Friday; a gala concert on Saturday night (with Andrew Mc Namara, Mark Donnellan and Jim Corry, Vincent Griffin and Mary Corry, Sliabh Notes, the Voice Squad featuring Phil Callery, Fran Mc Phail & Gerry Cullen, Edwina Guckian); and an outdoor concert on Sunday night featuring Ronstadt Generations with the Burns Sisters, followed by exciting new band Ciorras; followed by a grand finale céilí with the Tulla Céilí Band.

On Monday the Festival hosts the Riches of Clare lunchtime concert featuring Eamonn O’Riordan, Brian Mooney, Tony O’Connell and John Moloney, and this will be followed by crossroad dancing with Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí Band.

Published on 24 July 2012

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