Craic agus ceol at the Kilcar Fleadh

The festive fun continues in Kilcar this week as the Fleadh takes over where the Street Festival leaves off.

The festive fun continues in Kilcar this week as the Fleadh takes over where the Street Festival leaves off.

This year’s Fleadh once again plays host to a huge selection of traditional musicians, singers, artists and events.

The Kilcar Tourism Committee is proud to announce that the great Moya Brennan is the headline act at this year’s Kilcar Fleadh. Moya and her family band will appear in concert in the Kilcar Parish Hall on Wednesday, August 8.

Other artists appearing at this year’s Fleadh include Tom Byrne, Martin McGinley and Gavin Whelan, plus a host of traditional musicians from south west Donegal.

Tom Byrne and Martin McGinley open the entertainment on Saturday night in that Halla na Paróiste (Parish Hall) at 8.30pm sharp. Tom Byrne has achieved immeasurable acclaim as both an accordion and harmonica player. He joined by one of Donegal’s foremost authorities on the fiddle, Martin McGinley, formerly of Dervish.

On Sunday, the programme includes the Sliabh Liag charity walk along with performances by the Kilcar Pipe Band on the Main Street at noon and “Sláinte” on the Street Stage at 5.30pm.

Workshops in fiddle, accordion, tin whistle, guitar, singing and dancing commence on Monday, August 6. The week long festival also includes a cross roads dance, illustrated talks, a heritage day, book launch and the unique Echoes of the Glen.

There’ll be a great chance to learn and understand local, traditional arts on Friday, August 10, with a full display of Traditional arts and crafts including music.

The festival comes to a close with a performance from Derek McGinley and Tara Conaghan in the Parish Hall at 8pm sharp. The duo have been playing together for many years in various venues, developing a repertoire and are well respected in the musical community. Both teach annually and are keen to maintain the traditions of passing on the music to the next generation.