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Friday 18 April 2014

Full steam ahead for first ever Fleadh Factor

Conor Mohan from Wm. Cairnes and Sons who is learning to play the bodhran.

WITH JUST over two weeks to go to Fleadh Factor 2013, the competition is really hotting up amongst the six contestants who are learning a new Irish traditional music skill in just six weeks.

The event takes place in the Westcourt Hotel on Friday, November 29, at 8 p.m., with the six well-known local faces battle it out to raise money for Drogheda's second bid for a Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, this time in 2015.

Tickets cost €10 and, as well as a good laugh from the prospective entertainers, some 'professionals' will be on hand in the guise of Rapscallion and other guests.

'The contestants are working very hard, and competition is rife, so we can expect many dark horses on the night,' said Noelle Bowe, mentor for the Drogheda Independent's Alison Comyn.

'With the Drogheda branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann (CCE) currently preparing a fresh bid to host the world's largest festival of Irish music, song, dance and more, interest is at an all-time high. It could really boost the local economy, so support your favourite for just €1 a vote, and help us raise funds.'

Joining Alison are Mayor Richie Culhane being taught banjo by Melissa Hayes, Katy Anna Mohan swapping singing for the fiddle helped by Aoife McEvoy, Salthouse owner Justin Stubbs tripping the light fantastic with Orla Brannigan, whose sister Ciara is teaching LMFM host Deirdre Hurley the tin whistle.

D Hotel manager Rory Scott had to bow out due to family commitments, so John Watts has been helping Conor Mohan, manager of Wm Cairnes and Sons, to learn the bodhran.

'This should be a great, fun night,' added Lolo Robinson from Drogheda's CCE branch. 'We look forward to seeing a big crowd supporting the contestants.'

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