Festival fever

Posted on: 11th April, 2017

Category: Music

Contributor: Mark Holland

Hunky Dory Music Shop in Spiller’s Lane, Clonakilty stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen.


The clocks have just gone forward to give us another hour’s daylight in the evenings and until they go back at the end of October it’s festival season!  The Fiddle Fair in Baltimore over the May bank holiday weekend kicks it all off for us, the sweetest of the long weekends, we’re charmed if the weather is pleasant, or even better, and if not, sure it’s early days yet. The festival programme begins on Wednesday, May 3 through to Sunday, May 7, and as always, will be serving up a delightful array of talent, from Altan to the Republic of Strings, from these shores to fantastic fiddlers from far away to entertain us.

Bantry looms large with its festivals, first The Chamber Music festival playing out from June 30 ‘til July 8, encompassing two weekends and the week in between, internationally regarded as one of the best in its class.  It has a full programme including an international exhibition of contemporary violin and bow-making, morning talks with musicians every morning, masterclasses during the day and concerts throughout. The town follows this up with the Masters of Tradition festival in August (23 to 27), with the very best of traditional music in its purest form.

Clonakilty jumps in around September 20 for the weekend with the International Guitar Festival, apart from the Willie Clancy Festival in Milltown Malbay, surely as random a festival as ever there has been, and then it all winds down for us at Kinsale’s fringe Jazz, usually whipping up a storm for the October bank holiday, sayonara!

Around the rest of the land; Belvedere House hosts Life Festival from May 26 to 28 in Co. Westmeath for ‘Rhythm & Roots’. The following week, the long weekend gives you a chance to embrace your inner nomad in a camper van at Vantastival, co. Louth, featuring the best of Irish bands. The following weekend has Westport hosting the wonderfully low-key, all around town, Bluegrass Festival. There is also one to keep an eye on over the same weekend in Portarlington, co. Laois calling itself ‘BARE In The Woods’ with a huge line-up headed by House of Pain. Two weeks later is the now iconic Body & Soul at Ballinlough Castle, co. Westmeath, as close to the solstice as they can get from the June 23 to 25 this year. Also Sea Sessions in Bundoran, co Donegal, same weekend.

Castlepalooza in Tullamore and Indiependence in Mitchelstown share the August holiday weekend, August 4 – 6 of, both with impressive line-ups of a fine mixture of vintage, cutting edge, home grown and international fare.

Of course there is much more on offer at all these events than just performers on stage to get you to shake your stuff, there is art, talks, comedy, fairs and food for you to indulge and expand your senses, so go out lads and enjoy yerselves!

Latest News Articles:

New tours give a taste of the Lee Valley
More than €30,000 raised for charity as crowds flock to Ford 100 Fest in Ballinascarthy
Opening of new all-inclusive pool places Dunmanway at centre of West Cork for sport and recreation
Bantry Harbour Marina officially opens
West Cork named top food destination
Tourist numbers up in Bantry and Beara this summer
Brookpark Community Enterprise Centre
Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme

Join us on Facebook

Dúchas Clonakilty's first lecture for the Autumn promises to be of huge interest to all: Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean – The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Thursday September 28th 8.30pm.

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

In May 2016, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.
... See MoreSee Less

7th September, 2017  ·  

Caheragh are holding a Modern,Classic & Vintage Run next Sunday 10th September at the Travellers Rest in Aid of The Aisling Tanner Fund. Registration 11am. Run starting @ 12.45. ... See MoreSee Less

4th September, 2017  ·  

Dunmanway Historical Association regrets to announce that the talk on Sile na Gig which was to take place on Thursday, 24th August in Atkins hall @ 8:30pm has been cancelled. ... See MoreSee Less

18th August, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top