Saturday 24 August 2019

North Louth talent to the fore at the Fleadh

While the Fleadh may be taking place in Drogheda, much of the talent appearing on stage and working behind the scenes hail from Dundalk and north Louth.

Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and beamed into homes around the world thanks to Fleadh TV, the Fleadh is the biggest musical event taking place in Ireland this year.

There are local musicians playing in all the main venues, from brothers Sárán and Tadhg Mulligan featuring in the opening concert with Damien Dempsey on Sunday night, to young musicians competing in their first Fleadh.

Zoe Conway, fiddle and vocals and guitarist John McIntyre join the RTE Concert Orchestra,under the baton of David Brophy, for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Fleadh, for a concert of classic and new traditional compositions, including Bill Whelan's Seveille Suite, on Sunday August 11th.

Zoe and John are also playing in St Peter's Church of Ireland on Tuesday August 13th at 6pm along with concertina player Cormac Begley.

Once again, the O'Connor family from Ravensdale feature prominently in this year's Fleadh, with Donal on double due, both as a producer of Fleadh TV and a performer. The fiddler, who is originally from Ravensdale, will be playing with West Kerry singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on Tuesday August 13th in the Highlanes Gallery at 10pm.

Father Gerry O'Connor is one of the musicians playing in what promises to be a unique performance bringing together tunes for all the counties of Ireland, in a multi-media concert with music, song, dance and images. There will be performances of 'Companach' in the Barbican Centre, on Saturday August 17th at 2pm and 5pm.

Suibhan and Feilimi O'Connor are among the Louth singers giving a recital in the Barbican Centre on Friday August 16th.

There's a host of local talent in the Farewell From The Fleadh concert on Monday August 19th, with a line-up including Dundalk singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy, Aine McGeeney's band Goitse, new band Box the Monkey, the Oriel Traditional Orchestra and the Co Louth Folk Orchestra, Nos Nua.

The magnificent achievement of The Siamsa Ceili Band in winning five All Ireland titles is recalled in a talk in Drogheda Library on Tuesday August 3th presented by Dr Adele Commins of DkIT. The Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT are also involved in a symposium on Culture and Commuintiy on Friday.

The Gig Rig is another popular feature of the Fleadh, featuring up and coming bands and musicians. Once again it is being programmed by Dr Daithi Kearney of DkIT and Kay Webster of The Oriel Centre.

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