In the 19th century world famous author William Makepeace Thackeray wrote of the Glengarriff area “there is a country, the magnificence of which no pen can give an idea”. He added that he would like to bring a “train of painters” to Glengarriff “to make, if they could…a set of pictures of the place”. He wasn’t the only famous person to fall in love with Glengarriff. From William Wordsworth to William Butler Yeats, artists from many countries were among those enchanted by its beauty, a beauty, which is undiminished to this very day.
Glengarriff is the perfect place for one of the great music festivals of Ireland – the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival 2017 to be held from June 15 to 18. The small village of 800 people provides a king sized welcome to musicians and music lovers alike for concerts, sessions, workshops, exhibitions and lectures.
For four glorious days in June, Glengarriff will be transformed into the centre of a great musical party. The town’s many wonderful pubs and restaurants, the town hall, even Garinish Island itself will provide a plethora of stages for some of the finest Uilleann pipers and traditional musicians from Ireland and abroad.
Stockton’s Wing, celebrating their 40th anniversary, will headline the festival. Among the many other superb acts; Dubhlinn, Connla and the Anxo Lorenzo Trio. Anxo, a piper from Galicia in northern Spain is said to be a truly exhilarating performer “his fast fingers tracing ridiculously intricate melodies; when top gear is reached it’s impossible to fathom how a human brain can actually work that fast”. (Nige Tassell 2010).
Blackie O’Connell will be there. So too; Rónan Ó Snodaigh, Sean McKeon, Liam O’Connor, Steve Cooney, Cór Cúil Aodha and many more including Caoimhin 0’Fearaghail, Caroline Keane, Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll, Emer & Tadgh Twomey, Eoin Neff and Cyrll O’Donoghue.
And many of the best will gather for the amazing The BigBlowOut concert to be held on Saturday, June 17 at 8pm.
With the backing of the Arts Council, Cork County Council, RTE and others the fifth Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival in Glengarriff is bound to be the best yet.