Sunday 21 January 2018

Tuned in for Fleadh Factor

Alison Comyn

WITH JUST days to go until the much-anticipated Fleadh Factor 2013 event, the list of adjudicators and Comhaltas dignitaries has been announced, adding pressure to the already fraying nerves of the six contestants!

The glittering event will take place in the Westcourt Hotel this Friday at 8pm, with tickets priced €10 available at the door or from the Sound Shop, the d Hotel and LMFM.

'This is shaping up to be such a special night, not just for the those taking part in the competition, but there is also a great night's entertainment promised from local group Rapscallion and renowned accordion player Michael Curran,' says Lolo Robinson, Cathaoirleach Comhaltas Droichead Atha.

'There will also be some workshops in Traditional Irish Music on Saturday 30th, followed by a free evening session in the d Hotel, with everyone welcome to join in.'

Workshops will be held in Beginner's Whistle, and Fiddle in St. Joseph's School, Mell from 11 am to 12.30 pm (registration at 10.30 am) and Traditional Singing, Intermediate and Advanced Whistle, Fiddle and Button Accordion from 1pm to 3pm (registration at 12.30 pm.)

just for the Fleadh Factor, Mayor Richie Culhane has learned to play the banjo while journalist Alison Comyn of the Drogheda Independent has been taught the fine art of sean nos singing. LMFM presenter Deirdre Hurley will play the tin whistle and Aussie restaurateur Justin Stubbs of The Salthouse restaurant is tripping the light fantastic in his new Irish dancing shoes.

Conor Mohan of Wm Cairnes learned how to play the bodhran, and singer Katie Anna Mohan who did so well in The Voice, has ditched her guitar temporarily in favour of the traditional Irish fiddle.

Drogheda Independent

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