This weekend, February 24-25, sees yet another weekend of traditional music in McIntyre’s Bar Dunkineely, with the 2nd Dunkineely Traditional Music Weekend.
Established last year as the inaugural event of the Coiste Cultúrtha Dhún Cheann Fhaolaidh, the traditional weekend is a relaxed celebration of music, stories and song. This is leading on from a very successful series of concerts that have been held in the town over the past few months.
Kicking off the weekend will be a concert on Friday night with traditional music legends Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor and Manus Lunny. Gerry is regarded as one of the top banjo players in the worldt, while Manus Lunny is a household name in the world of traditional music, both as a performer and record producer.
Also performing will be Tim and Marie McHugh, a brother and sister, flute and fiddle duo from Newport, Co. Mayo. Tim has recently won the highly coveted ‘Bonn Óirr’ from RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta, while Marie is in demand as a performer at various events all over Ireland.
The concert starts at 8.30pm and, as with all the other concerts in Dunkineely, admission is absolutely free. The concert is supported by the Arts Council.
On Saturday, some of the great Donegal fiddlers of our time will be present for the ‘Pass the Fiddle’ session at 3pm in McIntyre’s bar, including Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell from Glenties and Danny Meehan, who has recently been awarded a TG4 Gradam Saol (Lifetime Achievement) Award in recognition of his lifelong dedication to music. The session will be an informal affair, with music, stories, song and plenty of craic! This event is supported by the Donegal County Arts office.
Of course, there will be sessions all weekend, so come along to McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely and don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Irish music’s top artists perform in this intimate setting, and all absolutely free!