The best little festival of them all

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

One of Europe’s best small music festivals, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair takes place from May 8 to 11. From humble beginnings in 1992, this remarkable festival has grown a little in size and a lot in stature and truly does get better with age. Its reputation is built on its consistent ability to present world-class acts in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore in West Cork and once again they present a line-up that is simply amazing.

International acts include, from Scotland, legendary fiddler Aly Bain with Sweden’s Ale Möller, amazing songstress Eddi Reader and the sensational new chamber/folk quartet RANT, from England the incredible Dezi Donnelly, Mike Mcgoldrick, John Joe Kelly and Damien O’ Kane and the hilariously comedic New Rope String Band, young Swedish duo Ana Lindblad and Ryan Drickey and some cracking acts from the USA including new old time duo from Seattle Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, New York fiddle duo Stephanie Coleman and Cleek Schrey, perhaps the best young fiddler in North America Brittany Haas, and California-based Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas with Irish fiddle queen Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Top class Irish acts include the only surviving member of The Dubliners, John Sheahan with Eamon Keane, Donegal fiddlers Tara Connaghan and Ronán Galvin and the critically acclaimed multi-national contemporary folk band This Is How We Fly.

These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, from garden amphitheatres to ancient castles to cosy marquees, and all in one of the most stunning festival settings on the planet.

The Baltimore Fiddle Fair will also include a host of additional events including top class workshops, art exhibitions and a plethora of great sessions in and around the village.

For many musicians and music lovers, the annual pilgrimage to the Baltimore Fiddle Fair is the musical highlight of the year and this years festival promises to be no exception!

Tickets for the 22nd anniversary Baltimore Fiddle Fair are on-sale now. For full line up, schedule and ticket information, log on to www.fiddlefair.com.

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