2018 Programme

Friday 4th May, 2018


By Stephen Bennett ©

7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel

Registration for Summer School of Music.
Beginners School of Music in:

  • Fidil
  • Feadóg Mór
  • Giotáir
  • Feadog Stáin
  • Bosca Ceoil

Moderate & Advanced only in:

  • Fidil
  • Feadóg Mór
  • Feadóg Stáin

The world famous Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh is our Masterclass Fiddle Tutor this year.

Fee: Adult €50.00, Children: €25.00, Family Rates available


All Star Opening Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel

Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh

Special Event to honour one of Donegal’s most famous and popular musicians, fiddle player Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh.

Mairead is one of the most famous musicians in Ireland, and of course a key member of the world famous group Altan.

Mairead will be joined on stage by Altan, as well as her family and friends.

Limited Tickets €15 – contact committee.

Doors open 8.00 p.m. (Performance starts 8.30 p.m.)


Traditional Music free in all Pubs every night (see Posters).


Saturday 5th May, 2018.

Final Registration

9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

Moderate Fiddle and beginners in Flute, Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Accordion in St. Mary’s School.


Master Fiddle Class with Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh in St Mary’s School

Also Ciarain Ó Maonaigh will be giving Fiddle Classes. Donna Harkin will be tutor for beginners.

This is a great opportunity to be taught by professional musicians.

Class Times: 10.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Ireland’s Top Teachers in Attendance!


Heritage Centre at 1.00 p.m.

Painting © by Stephen Bennett

This is a unique event as a special group of young Musicians from Co. Down put on a performance.

They will be joined by Special Guests and local Fiddle-Maker & Top Musician Michael O’Rourke.

Also in attendance will be the very popular Teresa Kavanagh who has just released a wonderful new CD

A free Event – Not to be missed!


Open Air Recitals – 3.00 p.m.

Open Air Music Recitals with Pipe Band and traditional musicians.


Visiting Guests

Amongst the many guests this year are a group of musicians from France and also a group of traditional players from New York plan to attend.

We welcome members of CCE County Cavan for the weekend.


Heritage Centre at 8.00 p.m.

James Keeney presents an evening of story, song and dance with recitations and craic to particularly acknowledge Packie Manus Byrne.

Teresa Kavanagh will be joining James Keeney and doing some of the lovely new tunes on her new CD.

A magnificent evening of free entertainment!


Beehive Bar at 9.00 p.m.

An evening with CCE from Ards in Co. Down.

An evening of sessions and stories with many of the visiting musicians joining in this very special event.


Free Irish Music in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)


Sunday 6th May, 2018.

Music Classes/Workshop continue

10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m


Music Classes/Workshop complete

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Heritage Centre – 1.00 p.m.

Musical Recital by traditional musicians from Co. Down.


Open Air Recital on the Diamond – 3.00 p.m.

Open Air Musical Recital which will include the students and teachers from the schools and workshops, who will showcase the skills they learned with a session on the Diamond.


Finale Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8.00 p.m.

The John “the Tae” Concert is always a special event. This year a list of top Musicians will perform at this Concert in honour of the late great John “the Tae”.

A show not to be missed! Please come early. Seating limited.


Free Irish Music Sessions in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)


Monday 7th May, 2018.

Music Sessions will take place in various Pubs


For more information contact:

  • Stephen (087) 2424590
  • John (074) 95 41769
  • Imelda (086) 3895001

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