Beaulieu basks in sun as festival ends
The thirteenth Drogheda Arts Festival came to an end on bank holiday Monday with Beaulieu: Sounds Beautiful, an event that brought everyone, including the sun, to the banks of the Boyne for an afternoon of family fun and music.
There were four acts on the Woodland Stage including singer/songwriter Sue Rynhart and her band; the Dundalk five-piece band Nix Moon; the splendorous Swinehounds; and the nine-piece Belfast group, Scream Blue Murmur. Audience members sat on benches and enjoyed picnics surrounded by the scent of wild garlic. Meanwhile in the Quandrangle, the entertainment came from the Drogheda and Lourdes Brass Bands, who entertained the masses including those seeking food and drinks and the all-important ice-cream. Between bands, Michael Gerrard took to the decks and played a selection of tracks from popular and classical repertoire.
Over on the avenue, children and their parents posed for photos with the music-making Gramophone, while others had their faces painted or learned essential circus skills including walking the tight-rope. The main action of the day took place on the lawns of Beaulieu with Sinead Brassil and Derek Cluskey leading the traditional games in vintage costume and armed with a high-pitched whistle. Children, and adults, enjoyed the three-legged, egg and spoon, sack, and piggy back races. In between races, Fanzini Recording Company presented their new limited edition long player Circus Jukebox. Con Horgan and his team made the crowds laugh and scream with their circus-like antics and music.
The Festival team descended on the grounds of Beaulieu for the big clean up and dismantling of tents and bunting, while those inside the house had the pleasure of the dulcet tones of two of Ireland's finest ladies of traditional music. The Arts Festival Committee would like to extend its thanks to the artists, the funders, the venues, the countless volunteers and the audiences for supporting in such large numbers this year.