Frank Harte Festival online again in September

The Bonny Men

The annual Frank Harte Festival – organised by An Góilín Singers in Dublin – will again be an online event in light of the continuing difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the indefatigable organising committee has managed to put together an impressive line-up of guest artists for the festival’s grand concert – most of whom will also contribute to other elements of the programme.

Con Fada Ó Drisceóil

Headlined by the Bonny Men, the concert will also feature Con Fada Ó Drisceóil, Barbara Dymock, Bláithín Mhic Cana, Donie Nolan, Rosie Davis and Frank Harte’s granddaughter, Siobhán Harte.

As well as the concert, the festival programme includes three singing sessions, a singing workshop, an interview with a special guest and a singing and walking tour. All of the events on the programme will be accessible to viewers on the Frank Harte Festival’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Would-be performers at the Friday evening singing session will be facilitated over the Zoom platform. The Saturday afternoon session will be a blended ‘room and Zoom session’ with online participants contributing alongside a limited of number of socially distanced performers in the room at Dublin’s Teachers’ Club. The final singing session on Sunday afternoon will be a socially distanced live event in the Teachers’ Club. As capacity – live and online – is necessarily limited, all places must be booked in advance.

The Festival Programme

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24
9pm: Opening and Singing Session (featuring the invited guest singers)
Zoom platform – also streamed live to view on Facebook and YouTube

Bláithín Mhic Cana

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25
11am: Singing Workshop with Bláithín Mhic Cana
(Bilingual – Irish and English)
Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

1.30pm-2.30 pm: Singing ‘The Ballads’ by one who was there!
(Special guest interviewed by Fergus Russell)
Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

3pm-5pm: Singing Session (using Break-out Rooms)
Live in the Teachers Club and online on the Zoom platform – also streamed live to view on Facebook and YouTube

Barbara Dymock

8pm: The Grand Concert
Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26
11am: Beyond the Pale – Celebrating Historic Wicklow
Film of singing and walking tour – curated by Frank Nugent – streamed on Facebook and YouTube

2.30pm-5.30 pm: Singing Session and Final Farewell
Live in the Teachers Club – also streamed live to view on YouTube and Facebook

While all the events on the programme are free of charge, donations are encouraged. Zoom bookings and donations may be made at https://frankhartefestival.ie/tickets/

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