Doolin Folk Festival returns in June

The eighth annual Doolin Folk Festival will take place on June 10-12 on three stages featuring leading Irish and international artists.

The festival takes the broadest definition of folk with the result that over the years, the Doolin weekend has featured everything from Limerick rappers to Saharan Blues, and from Clannad to King Kong Company.

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 1970s and 1980s in Lisdoonvarna, Doolin has become a highlight of the summer festival season in its magical location between the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran islands.

Ye Vagabonds

Confirmed so far for this year’s line-up are:

  • Ye Vagabonds
  • Mary Black
  • John Spillane
  • Damien Dempsey
  • Matt Molloy and Seán Keane
  • Cormac Begley and Liam O’Connor
  • Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl
  • This Is How We Fly
  • The Olllam
  • Skippers Alley
  • Tara Breen, Pádraig Rynne and Jim Murray
  • The Goodman Trio
  • Fidil
  • Aoife Scott
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Elikya
  • Niamh Farrell Band
  • Big Love
  • Rua Rí
  • DJ Will Softly
Mary Black
Seán Keane (left) and Matt Molloy

Festival organiser and Hotel Doolin Managing Director, Dónal Minihane explains: “The festival is relatively new on the scene but it feels like it has been going on forever. When I tell people it is only in its eighth year they can’t believe there wasn’t a festival here before. Doolin is synonymous with folk music in Ireland and so many musicians and music lovers have a connection with the area, the festival just feels so natural. The weekend is a celebration of Doolin and the music that has drawn and continues to draw people here from all corners of the world.”

The size of the festival means that tickets are limited with the each year selling out. Dónal Minihane says “We’re not interested in being a big festival. That’s the beauty about The Doolin Folk Festival, our size allows us to create a unique atmosphere, presenting powerful music in an intimate setting and ensuring that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit of such festivals.

The festival kicks off on Friday June 10 at 5pm in the Barn at the Hotel Doolin. Weekend tickets – each costing €119 plus €3 fees – are available from

Tara Breen
Calum MacColl (left) and Peggy Seeger
Nick Gareiss of This is How We Fly
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