Something for all at celebration of culture
Hubert Murphy gives a day-by-day guide to some of the highlights at the 2019 Fleadh, with elements to suit all the family, both indoors and outdoors
Saturday August 10, 2pm, At the Droichead Arts Centre. Musicians Brendan McCreanor and Roisin Ward Morrow present the Slow Sessions for players of any instrument and any level. Come along. €5.
8:00pm; CocaCola Fleadh Dome
Damien Dempsey returns to Fleadh Cheoilna hÉireann Drogheda to headline the opening Dome Concert of Fleadh 2019, in an evening which also includes the exceptional and emerging talent, in Téada with Seamus Begley, and Sárán & Tadhg Mulligan. Damien Dempsey’s new collaborations album Union was released in November 2018 and in the UK in early 2019. It features new recordings with friends including John Grant, Kate Tempest, Finbar Furey and Seamus Begley. No strangers to the Fleadh, Téada is Gaelic for ‘strings’; the five members of the band are fiddle player Oisín Mac Diarmada, button accordion player Paul Finn, Damien Stenson performs on flutes and various whistles, Seán Mc Elwain switches between the bouzouki and guitar, and bodhrán player Tristan Rosenstock. The sixth member of the trad superstars with a truly worldwide reach is legendary West Kerry, singer and accordion player Séamus Begley, joining the ‘trad boy band’ in 2015. Brothers and All Ireland instrumentalists Sárán Mulligan (concertina) and Tadhg Mulligan (fiddle/bouzouki), from Árd Easmuinn in Dundalk come from a family of musicians and have been steeped in traditional music from an early age and influenced heavily by the Leitrim and North Connaught style of their family. Tickets: €29.50. Please note this is a Full STANDING Event only - no seating available. Strictly over-18’s - ID will be requested
SUNDAY AUGUST 11
President Michael D Higgins will officially open the 2019 Fleadh at the gig rig in Bolton Square. 5pm:DominicanH ouse Boyne Folk will be performing, all are welcome.
(My Old Walled Town single is on sale in the Dominican gift shop)
6:00pm; StPeter’s Church of Ireland
Eleanor McEvoy & Damon Butcher: The Thomas Moore Project - Eleanor achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song A Woman’s Heart was the title track for the A Woman’s Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best- selling album in Irish history. Her recent album The Thomas Moore Project (2017) features 21st century adaptations of the songs of the 18th/19th century Irish poet Thomas Moore. It became RTE’s album of the week the week it was released and received rave reviews in Ireland, Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter and Mary Coughlan.
8.30pm: Coca-Cola Dome
RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre. Tickets: €25. Over 14’s only, under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 - ID will be requested. After a truly memorable Boyneside Dome-Concert in 2018, the indefatigable and ebullient RTÉ Concert Orchestra return to Drogheda, under the baton of David Brophy, in a special Fleadh programme of classic and new traditional compositions, with soloist Zoë Conway (fiddle, vocals) and John McIntyre (guitar).
MONDAY AUGUST 12
10am-4pm: Laurence Shopping Centre
Seachtain na Gaeilge art and colouring competition.
10am until 10.55am: Laurence Shopping Centre
Seachtain na Gaeilge conversation class for all ages.
10.30am: meet at Georges Street bus stop
A tour of Knowth passage tomb, Dowth Hall tomb and excavation. Led by Muris O Suilleabhian. €20.
Noon: Laurence Shopping Centre
Seachtain na Gaeilge stories for young people.
11am– The Barbican, Plunkett Suite
Children are invited to join BBC Young Musician of the Year Paddy Callaghan to play some beginner tunes. Free.
12.30pm–5pm: At Connolly Hall, Palace St
Outstanding painter, Olga Baunbaek Reilly, from Drogheda and based in Denmark, displays her works.
11am-1pm: StPeter’s Church of Ireland Community Room.
Sean O Laoire presents a mid morning session of song, music and dance and all welcome. Free.
1.00pm; Droichead Arts Centre
Muintearas Lunchtime Concert: Clann Carberry. The Carberry family story begins in the parish of Kilcommick, Co. Longford, with brothers Peter & Kevin Carberry learning much of their music from their parents. Angelina Carberry (banjo) followed in the footsteps of her grandfather Kevin. Born in Manchester, she moved to Galway in the late 90’s. Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style and in 2017, Angelina and Dan released their highly acclaimed duet album ‘A Waltz for Joy’, a collection of music dating back to 1860 and present-day composers. In 1958, Peter joined CCÉ and was a founder member and patron of Na Píobairí Uilleann, passing his music to son Noel, grandsons Diarmuid Ó Buachalla (pipes) and Kevin Carberry (pipes) and granddaughter Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla (harp). Tickets: €12.
2-4pm; Laurence Shopping Centre
Seachtain na Gaeilge fun arts and crafts and colouring for families,
4pm: Meet at the High lanes Gallery.
The built and natural heritage of Drogheda walking tour with Brendan Matthews. €6.
6pm: St Peter’s Church of Ireland
Seán Keane & Band. Seán Keane, considered by many to be one of Ireland’s most distinctive voices, returns to Drogheda, this time, with his gifted band, Pat Coyne on guitar, Fergus Feely on mandocello, Stephen Doherty on accordion and flute, and David Doocey on fiddle. Together they will perform many of Seán’s classics like Isle of Hope, Isle of tears and Galway to Graceland. He will also be singing some of the new songs from the Gratitude album that he recorded in 2018 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. A wonderful night of song and music in the hallowed acoustics of St Peter’s Church of Ireland awaits. Tickets: €20.
6pm: At the gig rig, Bolton Square
Bring the kids for a special event, Fear an Ti, Sean O Laoire sings the songs we all learned at school. It promises to be a wonderful sing song.
8pm: Earth Venue
Mike Denver in concert.
8:00pm; The Augustinian Church
The Martin Hayes Quartet - A first for the Fleadh, The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on many of the musical ideas pursued by master fiddle player Martin Hayes in his longstanding partnership with Dennis Cahill. The melody still remains central but now with an added range of sonic possibilities provided by the bass clarinet and viola d’amore. The addition of these instruments creates an added aural texture and amplifies the rhythmic possibilities while also allowing a larger role for improvisation. Both Doug and Liz Knowles bring a wealth of musical experience that contributes to the spacious, rich arrangements of the Quartet. Tickets: €25.00.