Traditional Music and Song

may, 2022

This is a repeating event

thu19mayAll DayFéile Róise RuaVarious Locations, Árainn Mhór, Dun na nGall(All Day: thursday)

Event Details

Celebrating its fourth year both in-person and online, Féile Róise Rua honours the legacy of the traditional singer, Róise na nAmhrán, on Arranmore Island off the cost of Donegal. The central part of the festival’s ethos is to celebrate and nurture unaccompanied song – the essence of Róise’s legacy. The festival is not so much based on performance as on the sharing of songs, tunes and stories that might otherwise be lost. Elements of the festival will also be recorded by Other Voices for streaming online.

The festival line-up features:

  • Terry Bingham, originally from Comber in Co. Down but now living in Clare, is renowned as a concertina and accordion player – much sought after for sessions, recitals, workshops and recordings;
  • Jimmy Canavan from Rosmuc is a winner of the prestigious Corn Uí Ríada singing competition in 2011;
  • Dermy Diamond is a Belfast-based fiddler who has been prominent in music sessions and recitals throughout Ireland for over 40 years as well as featuring on several albums: his children, Danny and Helen are both musicians;
  • Helen Diamond from Dublin is a singer and fiddler with strong family links to the North of Ireland;
  • Tara Diamond from Co. Down is a flute player from a musical family (the Binghams) and as a member of another, has appeared on several albums as well as teaching at the Willlie Clancy Summer School and other events;
  • Padraic Keane the renowned Galway piper is another former Gradam Ceoil honouree as Young Musician of the Year;
  • Saileog Ní Cheannabháin from a Dublin-based musical family with Conamara roots, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sean-nós singer;
  • Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill from Meath but with deep roots in Donegal is famed as a member of both Skara Brae and the Bothy Band and as a winner of a Gradam Ceoil as Composer of the Year;
  • Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh from Gaoth Dobhair comes from another musical family and is a founder member of the band, Altan, and of the Donegal fiddle association, Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí;
  • Seosamh Ó Neachtáin from An Spidéal in Co. Galway was the first ever Sean-Nós Dancer in Residence at the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway and has since performed on stages both nationally and internationally;
  • Lillie Crossley and Tara Noone from Carrick on Shannon are award-winning sean-nós dancers as well as former All-Ireland set dancing champions.

A weekend ticket, costing €53.92, is available from The ticket covers dinner on Friday night, Early’s Bar, Céilí Friday night; hearty lunch and concert in the hall Saturday; and craic and music all weekend!


All Day (Thursday)


Various Locations

Árainn Mhór, Dun na nGall

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