Above: Le Vent Du Nord
One of Ireland’s best small music festivals, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair, takes place from May 5-8. 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 mainly on its consistent ability to present an innovative programme of world-class national and international acts in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore; once again they are presenting a line-up that is simply amazing for 2016.
International acts this year include the Irish premier appearance of the incredible Quebec group Le Vent due Nord, the return of sensational Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid, New York duo Dylan Foley and Dan Gurney, multi-national band the Outside Track, the Irish premier appearance of exciting new Scandinavian trio Fru Skagerrak, the amazing Cajun/Old Timey duo Dirk Powell and Courtney Granger, Canadian superstar Pierre Schryer with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney, Manchester fiddle prodigy Emma Sweeney and the very first Chinese artist to appear at the festival, Ling Peng.
Top class Irish acts include the legendary Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGly, The Gloaming’s Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh with Mick O’Brien, and the stunning instrumental duo Brid Harper and Tony O’Connell.
These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, including garden amphitheatres, small churches and cosy marquees. 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 year’s festival promises to be no exception.
Tickets for the 24th anniversary Baltimore Fiddle Fair are on sale now. For full line up, schedule and ticket information, log on to www.fiddlefair.com