Music and craic in full flow in Ballyshannon

sue.doherty@donegald

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sue.doherty@donegald

Music and craic in full flow in Ballyshannon
The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival has consistently delivered top quality entertainment and this year was no exception.

The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival has consistently delivered top quality entertainment and this year was no exception.

A packed programme saw some of the best names in the business, including Andy Irvine, Declan O’Rourke, The and the Lost Brothers take to the stage at the Abbey Centre. Even the support bands - Beoga, The Bonny Men and Beginish - were pure class.

The on-street entertainment delighted audiences of all ages, with Goats Don’t Shave, The Rockhill Ramblers, students from the Seamus Sweeney School of Music and more.

And, of course, there was the always popular Showcase Competition which revealed some superb talent. Well down to the Jeremiah’s, who played a blistering set following their victory.

Other events which proved equally successful were the Barry Britton art exhibition at the Abbey Centre, which was opened by actor Adrian Dunbar who delighted everyone by breaking into song, and the Barn Dance at Dorrian’s Hotel.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end...but the festival ended on a high note with a great set from Travelling Folk in McGrath’s The Bridgend Bar on Monday night.