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Tuesday, 21st November 2023

Some great tunes in store at Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend

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The Drogheda Traditional Music & Singing Weekend returns this Friday (24th November) with a great line up of events happening right through to Sunday 26th in various locations across the town.

Now in its 27th year, Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend brings some of the country's most accomplished traditional musicians and singers to Drogheda on the last weekend of November with the generous support of the Arts Council and Louth County Council.

The festival starts at 8pm on Friday November 24th, with a singing concert in The Morning Star, Tullyallen, featuring Len Graham, Ruth Clinton, Gerry Cullen, and Eva Carroll.

The music and craic continues into Saturday November 25th with a free talk at 11am in Drogheda Library by historian Brendan Matthews on the famous Uilleann Pipers Extraordinaire and natives of Drogheda Willie & Charlie Taylor.

That is followed by Trad in the Tholsel at 2pm when Louth’s legendary fiddle player and ambassador for traditional Irish music Gerry O’Connor will perform in the historic surroundings of Drogheda's Tholsel.

The annual concert in honour of Caitlín Bean Uí Chairbre, who was instrumental in promoting traditional music and culture in Drogheda takes place at 8pm at Droichead Arts Centre and features music from Sunday’s Gate Quartet as well as Edel Fox and Neill Byrne.

Day three of the festival on Sunday November 26th has a traditional Céilí with Rise the Dust between 3pm in O'Raghallaighs, North Rd.

There is also an Afternoon Singing Session at 4pm in Droichead Arts Centre in tribute to Geordie Hanna, a true great of Irish traditional singing, with special guests Ailish and Rosaleen Hanna.

Event information and tickets are available on Droichead Arts Centre's website and box office 041 9833946.

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