Folk legend Andy Irvine to headline Ballydehob Festival

Posted on: 9th June, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

One of Ballydehob’s six festivals, the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. Running from June 16-18, the festival’s reputation has been acquired by its past programmes of national and international quality acts in the picturesque settings of the village of Ballydehob. Musical acts this year include Andy Irvine, Sliabh Luachra duo Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, sean nos singers Roisin White and Rosie Stewart, Cork Singers Club, songwriters John Spillane and Richard Grainger, and shanty singers Jim Mageean and Pat Sheridan.

Andy Irvine is back by popular demand after last year’s successful concert, at which he received a standing ovation and a double encore. Tickets are already selling for his performance on the Saturday night of the festival, and are available from and Ballydehob Post Office.

The sixth anniversary Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival will include sea songs, shanties, dance, craft market, maritime food stalls, maritime talks, workshops, sea songwriting competition, and music in the pubs and on the main stage near Ballydehob pier.

For many singers, musicians, and visitors, the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival is an annual high point on their musical calendar. This year’s festival promises to live up to the standard of previous years. Further details are available from

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