The small festival with the big reputation

Posted on: 5th May, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Arguably Ireland’s  best small music festival, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair takes place from May 7-10. 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 national and international 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 amazing Swedish group Väsen, from Scotland the enchanting singer Julie Fowlis and the electrifying five-piece Daimh, from Canada there’s the sensational duo Troy MacGIllivray and Shane Cook and the incredible April Verch Trio and from the USA the award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Peter Broderick and the best ‘old-time’ group on the planet The Foghorn Stringband!

Top class Irish acts include the finest accordion player in the country  Dermot Byrne with Dermot McLaughlin, gorgeous harmony-singing group The Henry Girls from Donegal, world-renowned violinist Zoe Conway with John McIntyre, young Dublin fiddle and pipes duo Liam O’Connor and Sean McKeon and Danny Diamond with Aki and a first appearance by Louth fidder Gerry O’Connor with Breton guitar supremo Gilles Le Bigot.

These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, including garden amphitheatres, ancient castles, 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 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 23rd 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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