Programme 2016

2.00 pm Tutor Recital:

Venue: Community Hall
Admission: €10.00


Featuring the talented tutors teaching at the Festival.
Tim Collins, Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Leon Agnew, Louise Mulcahy, Eileen O’Brien, Cormac Begley, Martin Connolly, Edel Vaughan, Martin Hayes, Mary MacNamara, Brian Corry, Sorcha Costelloe and Dennis Cahill.

4 to 6 p.m. Various Venues
Admission Free

Afternoon Sessions for Workshop Students as folows

Eileen O’Brien; Fiddle – Pepper’s Bar
Leon Agnew; Flute – Bohan’s Bar
Tim Collins; Concertina – Shortt’s Bar
Brian Corry; Whistle – Loughnane’s Restaurant/Hostel

Singing session/workshop with Elle Marie O'Dwyer, and John Flanagan - Moloney's Bar
John and Elle Marie are Clare County Council’s traditional singers in residence - working with the Arts Office of Clare Council to develop programmes and incentives to encourage people to become involved in traditional singing in the county.

7.30 pm Music Recital

Venue: St Mary's Church (Tickets in Advance)
Admission: €30

Book Tickets (Tickets can be collected from the Festival Office)




Ré The Band featuring some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, winner of TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship, Eithne Ní Chatháin, a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, Peter O Toole founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, and Liam Ó Maonlaí, the Hothouse Flowers front-man and the musical director and inspiration for RIAN, which has been presented around the world.

Sibéal Ní Chasaide hails from the Gaeltacht in Ráth Chairn, Co. Meath. The acclaimed young vocalist captured the hearts of the nation with her hugely moving vocal performance of Mise Éire, a new arrangement of Patrick Pearse’s 1912 poem set to music to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The recital will conclude with the anticipated annual performance by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.

Presented by Leon Agnew

9.30 pm Céilí
Venue: Bohan's Bar
Admission: Free
  Star of Munster

9.30 pm Dancing
Venue: The Marquee
Admission: €10

Lucia Comnes

The Lucia Comnes Band

This ensemble is a folk powerhouse that combines influences from Rock, Blues, Irish Trad and Bluegrass to deliver original, upbeat Americana Roots music. Lead by San Francisco singer-songwriter-fiddler, Lucia Comnes, the band boasts an irresistible rhythm section that will keep you on the dance floor, all the while preserving that lovely string-band sound with acoustic guitar, The band also features Damiano Perucino – guitars, Pino Giudicianni – bass, Michael Bertin – drums and Kyle Patrick O'Brien - mandolin