Monday 25 March 2019

Fiddling with friends at Baltimore fair

Una Palliser and The Balkan Bears play at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair on Friday, May 7.
Una Palliser and The Balkan Bears play at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair on Friday, May 7.

A FEW pints and the catch of the day along with some world famous fiddlers and their friends are all on the menu at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, from Thursday to Sunday, May 6-9 in West Cork.

The four day music extravaganza is widely acknowledged by fiddle and folk enthusiasts as one of Ireland's Ireland's best small festivals and has become a key fixture on Irish and international music calendars.

Over the years, the Baltimore Fiddle Fair has been extraordinarily successful in building worldclass line-ups of musicians and performers from the four corners of the world. Highlights this year include the exhilarating Lúnasa; fiddle legends Kevin Burke, Tony Linnane and Paddy Glackin; Celtic folksters The Alan Kelly Quartet, plus fiddler Michelle O'Brien and harpist Laoise Kelly.

Also on the menu will be the fiddling poet Paul Bradley, electro acoustic visionary Justin Grounds plus the show-stopping Cork-based gypsy group Lazik and Ireland's best new alt-country band, I Draw Slow. From Cape Breton, Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray plus the sounds of Irish/Slovenian collaborators Una Palliser and The Balkan Bears.

The intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, from garden amphitheatres to castles to marquees, all set to the back drop of one of the picturesque fishing villages.

The Baltimore Fiddle Fair will include a host of additional events including music workshops and art exhibitions plus, of course, a plethora of sessions in and around the village's hostelries.

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