The Clonakilty branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has announced that the annual Comhaltas Tour of Ireland will visit West Cork this October, with an impressive line-up due to perform in Rossmore Theatre on Wednesday, October 19 (8pm start). This annual tour will be held at 14 venues throughout the country, from October 9-22 and will showcase the best of traditional talent drawn from all four Provinces of Ireland.
Each year the tour assembles a variety of established artists and up-and-coming young talent. Together the group produces a fast paced and colourful show which incorporates traditional music, dance and song that appeals to both connoisseurs and new fans alike. This year, the show has a strong West Cork connection with ‘Fear-a-tí’ Dick Beamish from the Lisavaird area and Skibbereen-based Sandra Walsh both featuring. The show will begin at 8pm sharp with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets at €10 are great value and can be reserved by calling the Rossmore Theatre box office 086 448 1086 or by calling 087 7414763 / 086 3756030.
The Comhaltas Tour marks the start of a third year of activities for the Clonakilty branch of Comhaltas, which has been promoting Irish music and culture in Ireland since 1951 and now has branches all over the world. The branch have been very active since 2014 in providing the opportunity for local musicians, dancers, and singers to come together and perform at various cultural events and historical ceremonies, as well as providing classes to advance the musicianship of younger musicians. This year has been particularly busy with performances on the streets of Clonakilty for the West Cork Special Events Scheme and various commemoration ceremonies associated with the 1916 commemorations. Members of the branch also take part in the county, provincial and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions, providing a great opportunity for performers to mingle with the best as was seen in the highly successful All-Ireland Fleadh held at Ennis this year.
The branch also hosts a very popular set dancing class on a Tuesday evening at 8.30pm in the Clonakilty Hotel, as well as a number of very popular Ceilí during the year. Classes will be starting again in the coming weeks and the branch will host a Ceilí in Pike hall Lisavaird on Saturday, October 22, so get your dancing shoes on!
The branch always welcomes new members and performers so please get in contact if you are interested in performing with others or are considering learning a new instrument for you or a family member. For further details of branch activities, checkout the facebook page (Clonakilty Comhaltas) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 7414763 / 086 3756030.