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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend a taste of what's to come at Fleadh

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Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend, which takes place from Friday November 24th to Sunday 26th at various venues around Drogheda, is a wonderful weekend of music, song, dance and storytelling that will give us a taste of what's to come  at Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann in August.

Some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians, singers and dancers will be performing at the Festival which is taking place at various venues around the town.


- 24 Nov 2017 | 10.30am | 60 mins | Droichead Arts Centre | For Primary and Secondary Schools €6per student / 2 teacher per group free of charge / 20% deposit on booking.

Experience this energetic young band at the forefront of new Irish traditional music, garnering a reputation for their highly charged live performances, brimming with youthful vitality. They are fast becoming a festival favourite around the world with a traditional music that flows from banjos, guitar, accordion, keyboard and percussion. This traditional music mixes with other musical influences from folk, rock and new age bluegrass, giving the band a truly distinctive sound. 

Moxie Live at The Button Factory Dublin 


Friday 24th November |Gary Kelly Centre, George’s St.

Time: 1pm. Free of Charge  (Donation’s to the Gary Kelly Centre welcomed) 

Join us for an intimate performance in the tranquil surroundings of the Gary Kelly Centre with Louth based band Kern; Brendan McCreanor (whistles/uilleann pipes), Barry Kieran (fiddle) and Stephan McArdle (guitar/voice).

Kern is a contemporary folk band from County Louth, Ireland. Brendan McCreanor is a thrilling uilleann piper who has worked extensively in both traditional music and in contemporary crossover projects. By contrast, SJ McArdle is a well-known rock and folk musician, a published songwriter and singer (songs from his three albums have featured in film, TV and radio and he has toured extensively).Barry Kieran is a former Leinster champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of Oriel. All three men are from Louth, and this is reflected in their repertoire, which includes tunes and songs from all over the county as well as self-written new ones.


Fri 24 Nov 2017 | 8.00pm |Droichead Arts Centre

€15/ Children €5

The 2017 festival headline concert is in honour of Caitlin Bean ui Cairbre who was instrumental in promoting the traditional music culture in Drogheda. Imagine a wonderful treat with some newly composed music with arrangements that are appropriate and musically thoughtful. Expect to hear songs and tunes based in the North Connaught tradition, the Sean Nos singing tradition of Connemara, the rich Ulster song tradition along with sprinklings of the other influences. In 2016, they celebrated the release of their debut CD, Tús Nua to great acclaim.

“It is beautifully arranged and recorded. Everything happening here is authentic. This recording proves that Traditional music can be continually fresh and alive without being flashy or over produced.” Internationally renowned fiddler Martin Hayes. 


Sat 25 Nov 2017 | 4.30pm | 80 minutes | No Interval

The Tower, Millmount Museum

€12/ Children €5

Join us for this intimate concert in Drogheda’s most dominant historical structures. Featuring music group Navá, sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty and sean-nós dancer Edwina Guckian.

Daughter of well-known sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, Roisin’s own musical discovery and output can be heard on her numerous recordings, with The Irish Times describing her first solo album as ‘a thing of beauty from beginning to end.’

Navá is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan (Banjo) and Niall Hughes (Guitar) together with Iranian born brothers Shahab (Santoor) and Shayan Coohe (Tombak/Tar). They will explore ancient music cultures of Ireland and Persia melding Irish jigs and reels with Persian ‘dastgáh’, original compositions and improvisations in a unique performance.

Leitrim based dancer Edwina has been very much part of the recent sean-nós dance renaissance and is fueled with endless energy and passion for dance.

*Parking available at the venue


Sat 25 Nov | 8pm | €10 | 2 Hours

The Morning Star Lounge, Tullyallen

This year’s Traditional Singing Concert is hosted by The Morning Star - Tullyallen, one of the oldest pubs in Co. Louth. Anticipate an intimate concert featuring some Ireland’s highly regarded traditional singers including; Kevin McGonigle, Andreas Schulz, Sean Mone, Rita Gallagher, Roisin El Safty and the Carolan Family.


Sun 26 Nov | 2.00pm | 150 mins

Westcourt Hotel, West St

€5/ Children - free of charge but booking required.

This is a junior ceilí workshop and dance with renowned traditional dancer Edwina Guckian and the high tempo Brian Boru Ceili band who are all accomplished dancers as well as musicians.

This ceilí is specifically focused at families including parents and grandparents. It will encompass a dance workshop and dancing to a live traditional ceilí band. We want to make learning traditional dancing fun, interactive and those participating interested in the dance.  Attendees will learn some two hand dances, a figure of a set dance and some steps. But they will also dance sets they are already familiar with. E.g. Connemara set, Seige of Ennis etc.  Incorporating learning with a ceilí will mean those with less experience will have the opportunity to join in and everyone can learn something.


Sun 26 Nov | 12pm noon | 2 hours approx

Free of charge but booking necessary

Location: Starting at Fiddle Case Pier, Drogheda and finishing at Droichead Arts Centre Cafe for an hour’s discussion, songs and light refreshments

Requirements: Smartphone with internet, headphones and appropriate rainwear.

Requirements: Smartphone with internet, headphones and appropriate rainwear.

Join us for Upstate Theatre Project's Drogheda Songtrail, a celebration of singers and songs from the region through podcast. Recorded by local singers Ruth Campbell and Kevin Branigan. Booking essential.

Starting at Simcox Lane, off Trinity Street , ending at Fiddle Case Pier, followed by refreshments, discussion and song at Droichead Arts Centre.

Experience Upstate Theatre Project’s work-in-progress Songtrail, a celebration of singers and songs from the region. Recorded by local singers Ruth Campbell and Kevin Branigan, this research podcast tells the story of Bridget Cummiskey from Simcox Lane who became a millworker at the age of 14 and wrote St. Mary’s Mill to mark the factory’s closure in 1912. Another singer from the locality is Mary Ann Carolan who possessed an unmatched repertoire of songs including Bonnie Light Horseman and The Wedding of Sweet Baltray.

Participants will walk the streets of the town, from Mell to the North Quay, passing Cairbre’s bar and the Whitworth Hall along the way, and will hear, among others, the tale of gender-defying Jennie Hodgers from Clogherhead, who fought as Private Albert Cashier in the American Civil War. Following the conclusion of the singing trail at Fiddle Case Pier, participants will be invited to share their reactions at the Droichead Arts Centre through discussion and song. Light refreshments will be provided and the community will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research for the project.

This research project is supported by Create Louth and the Arts Council. 


Thursday 23rd November

Venue: The Morning Star - Tullyallen

Time: 9pm

Tickets: €5

Duration: 2 hours

Dust off your dancing shoes! Termonfeckin Set Dancers lead this popular dance class with excellent tuition and live music performance from local traditional musicians. Advanced Booking encouraged.

Termonfeckin Set Dancers are renowned for their annual set dancing weekend held at An Grianan attracting significant audiences country-wide.


Sat 25 Nov | 11am | €10 | 2 hours

Venue: Governor's House, Millmount

Please note: There is minimum ability required to attend. No ‘absolute beginners’.

John Wynne has become established as one of the leading players and tutors of the North Connaught flute style.  John recorded and toured with Providence as well as releasing two acclaimed solo CD’s.  In 2007 John released the celebrated Pride of the West duet flute/fiddle CD with John McEvoy which was voted one of the best releases of that year by esteemed U.S. critic, Earle Hitchner.


Sat 25 Nov | 11am | €10 | 2 hours

Venue: Governor's House, Millmount

Please note: There is minimum ability required to attend. No ‘absolute beginners’.

John McEvoy is a renowned fiddler and noteworthy composer. John was particularly drawn to the fiddle playing of the Sligo masters.  John has played with many groups including Flynn’s men Bakerswell and kelp.  He released his long awaited second solo CD entitled Traditional Fiddle Music in 2012.


Saturday 25th November

Venue: Governor’s House, Millmount Time: 12pm Tickets:  €10 includes refreshments. 

Duration: 2.5 hours

Local historian Noel Bailey and singer Declan Coyne bring us on an unusual historical journey of Millmount, intertwined with songs of war and anecdotes. Followed by refreshments and songs in Richmond Fort Restaurant.

Declan Coyne

Hailing from South Roscommon Declan continues to organise various music festivals and sessions throughout the county. He has produced two books on Roscommon musicians and music. He is a founder member and MC of the South Roscommon Singers Circle and was involved in the Celtic Links Festival. He is Co-ordinator /Director of the Annual International Knockcroghery Singers Festival and Annie McNulty awards and has been involved in the production of a number of CD’s. Declan is a well-known and respected singer and regularly attends singing festivals. 


Friday 24th November

6pm The Fairgreen Singing Session

Hosted by Noel Bailey with special guest Declan Coyne (voice)

Venue: Fairgreen Bar, Trinity Street.

9pm The Back Lounge Music Session


Led by Darragh Ó Héiligh (uilleann pipes) and friends

Venue: Sarsfields Lounge, Cord Rd.

10.30pm The Late Singing Session


Hosted by Dermot Somers with special guest Andreas Schulz (voice)

Venue: Fairgreen Bar, Trinity St.

10.30pm Carberry’s Music Session

Venue: Carberry’s Bar, North Quays. 


 11am The Stockwell Music Session

Led by Mick Dunne (mandolin), Jacinta McEvoy (guitar/concertina) and friends

Venue: Stockwell Artisan Café, Stockwell St. 

3-5pm The Rooftop Music Session

Led by Michelle and Dave Flynn (fiddle) and friends.

Venue: D’Vine Restaurant, Dyer St. 

6pm The Bare Music Session

led by Martin Quinn (accordion), Eimear Casey (fiddle) and friends.

Venue: The Bare Food Restaurant, Off West St. 

9pm Foleys Music Session

Led by Breige Quinn (fiddle) and friends.

Venue: Foley’s Bar, Trinity St.

10.30pm Carberry’s Music Session

Venue: Carberry’s Bar, North Quays 


 12pm The Bare Music Session 2

Led by Kevin Branigan (fiddle), Gary Matthews (guitar) and Chris Miles (voice)

Venue: The Bare Food Café, off West St. 

2pm The Morning Star Session

Led by Kern; Brendan McCreanor (whistles), Barry Kieran (fiddle) and Stephan McArdle (guitar and voice)

Venue: The Morning Star -Tullyallen. 

4pm - 7pm The Annual Singing Session

Join us for this informal gathering of traditional singers led by Paddy Branigan

Venue: Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St. 

7pm The D Session

Led by Niamh McEvoy (accordion) and friends.

Venue: The D Hotel

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