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The magic of music is at the heart of a fleadh

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

Over the course of seven days, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 will engulf Sligo with the sounds of Irish traditional music. And what can those who come expect?

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The Fleadh will focus on the key areas of concerts, sessions, fringe events, classes and competitions. These are, and always will be, at the heart of the Fleadh Cheoil.

From small traditional pubs to sold-out arenas, competitions, concerts and often impromptu sessions, the music will create a sparkling atmosphere throughout the whole week.

Thousands of participants will compete across approximately 180 competitions, with most taking place at IT Sligo's Knocknarea Arena.

And on the many concert stages, a mix of local and international acts will be sure to create an extra buzz.

But when you do come, make sure you allow some time to take in the wider Sligo experience.

Enjoy the Fleadh, and all that Sligo offers.

Micheál Ó Domhnaill

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 PRO


Here are the top highlights of concerts to look forward to this Fleadh Cheoil.

Family Concert

August 9, 1pm, The Model

In celebration of the beginning of Fleadh Cheoil 2015, The Model is hosting an Informal Music afternoon with a traditional twist.

Famous Sligoman and respected guitarist Seamie O'Dowd will kick off an exciting week suitable for all the family, especially those budding Irish musicians.

Tickets are €5. Children go free.

Buttons and Bows

August 9, 8pm, Sligo Park Hotel

A new splash of colour was added to the traditional Irish music scene when Buttons and Bows first hit the market in 1983.

With a fresh yet flamboyant sound, this group will open Fleadh Cheoil 2015, having already toured every corner of the globe. They will launch their new album Return of Spring on the night.

Tickets for this concert are €15.

Fleadh Fusions 2015

August 10, 8pm, Hawk's Well Theatre

Zoe Conway and John McIntyre will be joined by Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta at the Hawk's Well Theatre for this incredible masterclass.

With an exciting blend of fiddle and guitar music, both Zoe and John are renowned for their marvellous arrangements combining traditional, classical jazz and world music.

This is a very rare occurrence, making this concert all the more unmissable.

Tickets cost €15 or €7.50 for under 18s. Family tickets cost €40.

The High Kings

August 11, 9.30pm, Garavogue Bar

The famous Irish ballad group return to the Garavogue for the second year in a row.

With three studio albums to their name in just seven years, fans are in for a treat from a group who play 13 instruments between them.

Well accustomed to touring the US and Europe, The High Kings bring a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites.

Tickets are €15.

Transatlantic Connections, The James Morrison Story

August 13, 8pm, Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo

Oisín MacDiarmada directs this commemoration to the great James Morrison who left Sligo for the United States 100 years ago.

Fiddling legend Frankie Gavin is joined by a host of renowned musicians and singers from all over Ireland and America including Catherine McEvoy, Seán McKeon, Daithí Gormley and New York's Tony Demarco, Rose Flanagan and Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion 2014 Dylan Foley.

Fleadh 2015 presents this spectacular show celebrating Morrison's incredible legacy as a major music, dance and Irish language figure in both countries.

Tickets are €20 and €10 for U18s

Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Seamie O'Dowd

August 13, 8pm, Hawk's Well Theatre

Whether performing with the hugely influential Planxty, or as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Liam O'Flynn is recognised as a true master on the pipes.

He is joined by one of Ireland's leading traditional fiddle players, Paddy Glackin and Sligo man Seamie O'Dowd, one of the most loved and respected guitarists in the country.

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy this trio of traditional music masters in such an intimate setting.

Tickets cost €20, €18 for concession and €10 for under 18s.

Irish Independent

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