Feakle gears up for return of festival

The programme for the 35th Feakle Festival has been announced. After two years of virtual festivals, the live in-person of music, song and dance festival will run from Thursday August 4 to Monday August 8.

An impressive line-up of performers will be headlined by fiddle maestro, Martin Hayes, accompanied by his former Tulla Céili Band and current Common Ground Ensemble band-mate, Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, concertina, harmonium and piano, and guitarist Conal O’Kane.

The distinctive voice of Lisa O’Neill will be supported by concertina master, Cormac Begley, while another duo will see multi-instrumentalist and singer, Barry Kerr, joined by Síle Denvir on harp and vocals.

Two TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners in the Young Musician of the Year category, Conor Connolly (2019) on accordion and Sorcha Costello (2021) on fiddle (main picture), will be jioined by guitarist Jakob Vester.

Another TG4 Gradam Ceoil winner, Edwina Guckian (2022) for Outstanding Contribution, will bring her remarkable dancing feet to the party.

Yet one more Gradam Ceoil alumnus, Steve Cooney (2021) for Composer of the Year, will accompany the Murphy family from Abbeyfeale, led by accordionist and founder member of the band, Four Men and a Dog, Dónal Murphy, with his daughter, Melanie, on fiddle and son, Eoin, on guitar.

Rounding out the concert performers will be another fine accordionist, Charlie Harris, accompanied by fiddler, Maeve Donnelly, and pianist and tin-whistle player, Geraldine Cotter.

In addition to the  concert performances, the festival will offer a series of instrumental workshops on the mornings of Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6 from 10am to 1pm. The tutors for the workshops are:

  • Conor Connolly (accordion)
  • Edwina Guckian (sean nós dancing)
  • Martin Hayes and Eileen O’Brien (fiddle)
  • Hugh Healy and Mary MacNamara (concertina)
  • Jennifer Lenihan (flute)
  • Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo)
  • Michéal Marrinan (traditional and sean nós singing)
Brian Donnellan
Síle Denvir
Edwina Guckian
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