Friday, 2 May 2014

Féile Chois Cuain this weekend

Approaching Louisburgh from Leenane
Approaching Louisburgh from Leenane (Photo credit: Diego Sideburns)
THE twentieth annual Féile Chois Cuain takes place over this May Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday May 2 to Monday, May 5, and will once again host many of the most notable traditional artists from home and abroad.
From its inception in 1995, Féile Chois Cuain, has put its emphasis on quality and the festival continues to attract the cream of traditional artists, gaining it an enviable reputation at home and abroad. The committee has again invited outstanding traditional arts exponents to teach classes and play in concerts and sessions over the May Bank Holiday weekend, as has been the case since the first one in 1995.
 Anyone with even a passing interest in traditional arts will recognise the artists listed in the programme. The list abounds with All-Ireland and Oireachtas champions and fourteen teachers will be involved in passing on their expertise in music (seven instruments), song (sean-nós and ballads) and set-dancing. It is a wonderful opportunity to have such renowned tutors give master-classes and perform in concerts and sessions. The tutors are on a par with those teaching at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheóil Scoil Éigse and at the Willie Clancy Festival.
 Apart from those listed on the programme, the committee has engaged numerous other artists. For many, recognising the quality of the festival, Féile Chois Cuain, has become an annual pilgrimage. Musicians and trad enthusiasts alike flock to one of the country’s most scenic areas to enjoy this celebration of Irish culture. Féile Chois Cuain has gone from strength to strength over the years and Louisburgh is the place to be for the best of music, song and dance, ceol, craic, cairdeas agus cuideachta from 2nd to 5th May - undoubtedly  a weekend not to be missed.
 Féile Chois Cuain provides a significant boost to the commercial life of the area and attracts visitors from far and wide – home and abroad. This is due to the reputation Féile has gained for the quality of its artists, but also for its unique atmosphere. Performers and visitors have remarked on the friendliness of the people and the respect shown to the performers. The absence of competitions adds to the relaxed atmosphere and the mix of concerts, classes, céilí and sessions have proved a popular format.
 The Festivities get under way with a Youth Concert commencing at 7.30pm on Friday which features local and visiting young musicians, many who have gained honours at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. All are welcome to the official opening at 9.30pm in ‘An Bhun Abhainn’ and informal sessions will be the order of the evening in all local pubs.
Saturday has a very full programme of events, commencing with classes in music, singing and set dance, from 10.30am to 4pm. This year sees the addition of a harp class. The tutors are all outstanding exponents of the traditional arts.
 At 4.15pm a sean-nós singing session, featuring some of the most decorated sean-nós singers of our time, takes place in the Parochial Hall.
The Grand concert at 8.45pm is one of the highlights of the weekend.  The concert features music, song and dance with Laoise Kelly, Colm O’Donnell, Maire Ní Choilm, John Regan, Angela Deane, Tara Breen, Jillian O’Malley, Muireann Banks and Edwina Guckian among a host of artists taking part.
 The Sunday afternoon concert “Macallaí thar Farraige” / “Echoes from Abroad” features artists who were born or are living abroad. Among those taking part will be Patsy Moloney, John Blake, Catherine and John McEvoy, Ciarán O’Grady, Theresa O’Grady, Joe O’Connor, Frank Baynes, John Burke, Carmel Commins, Coventry Comhaltas and many more.
Neill O’Neill

MUSIC Féile Chois Cuain celebrates 20 years

No comments:


accordion achill activities Affiliate Program Alan Kelly Alan Shatter Alasdair Roberts Alison Krauss All Ireland Fleadh Altan Andy Irvine antrim archive armagh Arthur McBride Arts Arts and Entertainment Arts Council Arty McGlynn Athlone Baltimore band banjo Bantry Barney McKenna Baroque music Bill Whelan Bluegrass music bodhran Bodhrán bouzouki brendan begley Brendan Dolan brian boru Brian Conway Brian Cunningham Brock McGuire Band bunsatty Caoimhin O Raghallaigh Cape Breton Castlebar Cathy Davey Cavan cd ceili Céilí Band Céilidh celtic Celtic music Celtic rock ceol charlie lennon Chicago chieftains christmas Christmas music Christy Moore ciorras clancy Clancy Brothers classes classical music comhaltas Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Compact Disc Compass Records concert concertina Concerts and Events Connemara Conradh na Gaeilge Cootehill cork Cork County Council Cork University Press Cormac De Barra County Clare County Leitrim Dáithí Sproule Damien Dempsey Dán Dance Dancing at Lughnasa Danny Boy danu Dave Swarbrick De Dannan Declan Sinnott Deezer Derry dervish dkit Dolores Keane Dónal Lunny Donegal Donegal Fiddle Tradition Donnacha Dennehy doolin drisheen Drogheda Drumkeeran drums Drumshanbo dublin Dubliners dun uladh Dundalk early music East Clare Ed Reavy Education Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Eileen Ivers Eleanor McEvoy Electric Picnic emer mayock ennis European Union Fairytale of New York Feakle feis Feis Ceoil felix dolan festival Festivals fidde fiddle Fiddling Film festival Fleadh Fleadh Cheoil Fleadh Cheoil Competition Céilí Band Jig Comhaltas Fleadh Cheoil fleadh nua flute Folk music Folk music of Ireland folklore france outdoors Francis O'Neill Frank Harte Frankie Gavin frankie kennedy free download Gaeilge gael-linn Gaelic galway Galway Arts Festival galway bay George Bernard Shaw gig glor goodman manuscripts Grammy Award Green Linnet Records group Grouse Lodge Guinness guitar harp hinse history holidays hornpipe Iarla Ó Lionáird iPhone Ireland irish Irish American irish arts centre irish dance irish flute Irish language irish music Irish people Irish Recorded Music Association irish times irish traditional music Irish Traditional Music Archive irish whistle IrishCentral IrishTimes Israel itma Ivan Goff jack coen JAMES JOYCE James Joyce Centre Jig jigs Joanie Madden Joe Derrane John Carty John Doyle John McCusker John McKenna John McSherry john spillane John Wynne Julie Fowlis Junior Crehan Karan Casey Karen Matheson Kathleen MacInnes Kevin Crawford Kilfenora Kilfenora Céilí Band Latin America Le Vent du Nord learn Len Graham Leopold Bloom Lieutenant of Inishmore Literature Liz Carroll London London Irish Centre Lord of the Dance louisburgh lunasa Lúnasa MacTalla Mor Maggie MacInnes Máirtín Ó Direáin mairtin o'connor Máirtín O'Connor Malawi Mandolin Margaret Bennett Martin Carthy martin fay Martin Hayes Martin McDonagh Martin Quinn Mary Bergin Mary Black Maryland Massachusetts Matt Molloy mayo McMahon Merry Sisters of Fate Michael Flatley Michael Rooney Michael Tubridy Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Micho Russell Mick Moloney mick o'brien milwaukee Monaghan Moya Brennan mp3 Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh music Music festival Music of Ireland Musical composition Natasha McShane Neil Young New York Noel Hill Northern Ireland npu NUIG o'carolan omagh Orkney Paddy Fahey paddy keenan paddy moloney paddy o'brien Padraig Rynne passionfruit theatre Paul Brady penny whistle pennywhistle Peter Horan Philadelphia Philip Duffy piano pipes Planxty podcast Poetry Pogues Quebec radio radisson Raidió Teilifís Éireann recording reel reels riverdance Robert Downey Jr Ronan Browne Ronnie Drew Roscommon rose of tralee rowsome Royal Irish Academy of Music RTÉ Concert Orchestra Ryan Molloy Saint Patrick's Day school scoil acla Scoil Éigse scotland Seachtain na Gaeilge Sean Nós Seán Ó Ríordáin Séan O'Riada séan potts sean tyrell Sean-nós song session Set dancing Shanachie Records shannon shannonside Sharon Shannon shetland show singer Singing Skara Brae Sliabh Luachra sligo solas Sorley MacLean st.patrick stephen ducke Streaming media Stuart MacRae summer school teada teetotallers tg4 the forge theatre Tin whistle Tommy McCarthy Tommy Peoples Tommy Sands Toner Quinn Town Hall Theatre trad trad music traditional Traditional Folk and Celtic Traditional music tradschool trocaire Tulla Tulla Céilí Band tune makers tunepal tutorial tv uilleann pipes Ulysses University of Limerick vallely Van Morrison venue Vermont video Violin W. B. Yeats Waterford westmeath whistle willie Willie Clancy Willie Walsh workshop workshops world fleadh