New fleadh for Dublin’s Smithfield

Thomas MacCarthy
Sibéal Davitt
Cormac Begley

Smithfield Fleadh is Dublin’s newest family-friendly event addition to the city’s events calendar. This free, folk and traditional music event is taking place in Smithfield Square on June 18 and 19. The fleadh will kick off at midday and finish at 6pm both days.

Among the performers already confirmed for the event are two Gradam award winners: singer Thomas MacCarthy and fiddler Paddy Glackin. They will be joined by virtuoso concertina master Cormac Begley; the Irish-Iranian band, Navá; sean-nós dancer Sibéal Davitt; and the instrumental trio, The Dublin Lasses. Broadcaster and fiddle player Doireann Ní Ghlacáin will host proceedings on the main stage.

Various members of the Mulligan family will. be involved in a series of sessions in the Cobblestone Tent which will also include members of Ballyer Trad Hub.

The fleadh will also include an outdoor street performance area called ‘An Stáitsín Fánach’ which will stage performances from the Fingal Mummers; a piping session with Louise Mulcahy and friends; as well as a special presentation by The Night Before Larry Got Stretched called The Megaphone Project – a series of pop-up performances of Irish traditional song in the modern day inspired by the archival recordings of John Martin, a lively street singer who travelled around the fairs of Ireland in the 1950s.

In the festival tent (Puball Éigse) will include a celebration of the musical legacy of the Traveller community by Mickey Dunne  and friends. Na Píobairí Uilleann will also present a  ‘Try The Pipes’ workshop.

“We are thrilled to announce more than 20 acts will perform over the weekend,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland. “There will be a mix of music and dance for all ages to enjoy, and we also invite people to engage at a number of workshops scheduled. We hope people will come to Smithfield to experience this new event. We have a great programme for its first year and hope we can keep coming back every summer.”

For the full programme (which may be subject to change) check

Louise Mulcahy
Paddy Glackin
Doireann Glackin
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