The small festival with the big reputation

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: International superstar Rhiannon Giddens, making her only Irish appearance of 2018 at Baltimore Fiddle Fair.

Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2018 takes place from May 10 – 13 and is one of Ireland’s best small music festivals; it has built a loyal following of music fans from all over the world who return to the beautiful seaside village year after year. They do so to sample the unique delights of this remarkable little festival that consistently features a world-class line-up of national and international acts. Once again this year’s festival presents a line-up that truly is amazing.

American acts include international superstar Rhiannon Giddens, making her only Irish appearance of 2018, incredible siblings Brittany and Natalie Haas playing their first ever European show, folk sensation and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon and from New York The Murphy Beds with Stephanie Coleman.

From UK there’s Manchester’s finest Dezi Donnelly and Michael McGoldrick, and Scottish rising star Ryan Young with Jen Butterworth. Scandinavia is represented by magical Swedish trio Ahlberg, Ek and Roswall, and the festival finishes with a very rare Irish appearance by legendary Breton band Penoú Skoulm.

Top class Irish acts include Belfast trio The Ulaid with Duke Special, Clare duo Elaine Hogan and Sheila Garry, Donegal duo Ciaran Tourish and Kevin Docherty, Cork-based multi-national conglomerate The Underskore Orchestra, and a very special Scots/Irish collaboration with Heidi Talbot, Brendán Begley, John McCusker and Paul Meehan.

These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, including garden amphitheatres, small churches and 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, album launches, boat trips, walks, talks 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 26th anniversary Baltimore Fiddle Fair are on-sale now. Many of the shows are already almost sold out so make sure to book your tickets now.

For full line up, schedule and ticket information, log on to www.fiddlefair.com

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