Star-studded line-up for Féile na Tána online

Above: Sean nós dancer, Edwina Guckian, who will be one of the tutors at Féile na Tána in February

Féile na Tána, the annual traditional music weekend in Carlingford, has returned to an online format for the second year in a row as a result of the ongoing difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite this – or perhaps in some cases because of this, the event has managed to secure an illustrious panel of tutors – all ranked among the leading exponents in their respective disciplines – to lead the online workshops which will take place on February 5 and 6.

Confirmed are:

Fiddle advanced   Bríd Harper
Fiddle intermediate   Zoë Conway
Whistle advanced   Mary Bergin
Whistle intermediate   Des Cafferkey
Uilleann Pipes   Mick O Brien
Harp   Cormac De Barra
Flute   Kevin Crawford
Accordian [C#/D Box]   Máirtín Ó Connor
Concertina   Caitlín Nic Gabhann
Singing   Julie Fowlis
Banjo   Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor
Bodhrán    Jim Higgins
Guitar    John Mc Intyre
Bouzouki    Éamon Doorley
Sean nós dancing   Edwina Guckian

Zoe Conway
Máirtín O'Connor
Mary Bergin
Julie Fowlis

Each tutor has prepared a video workshop specially for Féile na Tána with a mix of chat about technique, ornamentation, and some tunes. The workshops are 30-45 minutes long and have been pre-recorded and edited. For a €20 fee, students will have access to the video for one month, and can start and stop the video at the touch of a button. Students can also use the slower speed button in YouTube to assist learning if required.

And if you were thinking that the tutors would make a great line-up for a concert,  Féile Director Zoë Conway has already had the same thought. So on Saturday February 5 at 7pm, a specially curated and pre-recorded video featuring all of the tutors.will be streamed online on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.

On Sunday February 6 a special festival concert featuring pre-recorded footage of outstanding young musicians from the local area and further afield will be streamed  at 4pm on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.
at 4pm which will be shared live online on the Féile na Tána Facebook and YouTube channel.

More information – including booking forms – is available at

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