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Friday 22 August 2014

Great music at Fleadh festival in Leighlinbridge

Published 21/05/2013 | 05:24

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Musicians will travel from all over to join in the fun at this year's Fleadh festival in Leighlinbridge.

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The Fleadh will be the centre piece to Barrowfest 2013 which takes place on May 24 to 26.

It is a community based festival with the emphasis on family oriented activities and the annual Fleadh will this year celebrate ten years in Leighlinbridge.

It kicks off on Friday night with an opening concert in The Lord Bagenal. This features a group of Irish and international musicians who will open the show with a blistering set of music, song and dance from Ireland and Newfoundland. The second half consists of a performance by 'The Cracked Bucket Band', a gathering of the finest local musicians - Eric Butler, Gerard Moloney, Dave Sheridan, Ciaran Somers, Tricia Hutton, Michelle Powderly, Ken Nolan and Garry McHugh.

They will play the set they presented at 'The Electric Picnic' last year. The show starts at 9 p. m and admission is €10.

For this special event other voluntary organisations have come on board to show the rich variety of activities which take place in Leighlinbridge all through the year.

'We expect to see exhibition and novelty matches run by local sporting groups,' said musician and organiser Dave Sheridan.

There will be photo exhibitions revealing the interesting past (and present) of Leighlinbridge and youth groups in many different disciplines will perform special shows where we can witness the fantastic work being done by dedicated youth leaders.

'Whereas many of the events will take place in the schools, halls and pubs of the village, there will be an emphasis on outdoor activities also,' he added.

'Over the weekend there will be ample opportunity to enjoy brilliant entertainment while (hopefully) basking in the lovely sunshine. The river Barrow, which runs through the village and gives our festival its name, will provide a stunning backdrop to the music and fun.

'Our successful open-air Fleadh B-B-Q will run once again in the Lord Bagenal Hotel on Sunday evening with live traditional music provided.'

One novelty item to be held will be the first ever barrow race over the Barrow.

'This should be great fun as one team member is wheeled by another in a wheelbarrow along the village street. There will be various prizes for winners in different categories including first across the line, best fancy dress etc.'

For full details of Fleadh events, just google 'SheridanSomersTrad' or ring Dave 0860877115.

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