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Bríd Harper to be Honoured at 2019 Festival

Bríd Harper

The committee are delighted to announce that Bríd Harper will be honoured at the 2019 Festival.

Bríd Harper is the niece of that wonderful Castlefinn fiddle player Frank Kelly and Brid was encouraged by her parents and uncle to play the fiddle as a young girl.

Her family home was a mecca for Irish music and Bríd today is hailed as one of  the finest exponents of traditional fiddle playing in the world. A regular player with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney on the traditional music circuit, Brid is renowned for her encouragement of up and coming musicians.

The good news is that Bríd will lead the Master Class at the 2019 Cup of Tae Festival School of Music. This is a wonderful opportunity for musicians of the fiddle to be in the company of a world class performer. It is also appropriate that Bríd follows in the footsteps and joins her uncle Frank as a recipient of the Guest of Honour at the Cup of Tae Festival.

Again, another super festival is promised.

Ardara “Cup of Tae” Festival – May Bank Holiday weekend 3rd to 6th May, 2019.

This festival, often called “The Biggest Wee Festival in Ireland”, is famous for its spontaneous music sessions.  The huge influx of Irish and International musicians who just arrive for the Festival love the free spirit.

This year the Committee honours one of the best, as they duly honour Brid Harper, one of the most outstanding fiddle players in Ireland.

She will be honoured at a special Concert on Friday 3rd May in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8.30pm.  All friends and people who appreciate this lady and the wonderful talent will be treated to the best of traditional music from Brid and company.

Saturday and Sunday see the ever popular Schools of Music take place, lead on the Master Class will be Brid Harper with Theresa Kavanagh.

Join the many Musical Recitals, all free for all visitors.

The famous “Cup of Tae” Festival 3rd to 6th May, 2019.

Visit our 2019 Programme for further information

Contact: Stephen on 087 2424590 or email

Biggest Festival Ever

The biggest “Cup of Tae” Festival of all time is expected this weekend in Ardara!

World renowned traditional musician Mairéad Ní­ Mhaonaigh will be the special guest of honour at the opening concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Friday night at 8pm. Mairead will be joined on stage by the band Altan, her family and friends.

This is a special event, probably never experienced in Ardara or anywhere before.

Tickets are €15 and a limited amount may be available at the door but demand has been huge for this special event.

Contact Stephen 087 2424590