Festival Information

Posted: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The “Cup of Tae” Festival from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May, 2018 (May Bank Holiday) will be without doubt an all time great event.  In their wisdom the committee have selected Mairead Ni Maonaigh as the Special Guest of Honour this year and absolutely no one in the world of traditional music deserves it better than the lovely Mairead.

Mairead comes from a wonderful family of musicians spearheaded by the great Francis Mooney, her father, sadly not with us anymore but was a regular at the “Cup of Tae” Festival.  It is the intention of Mairead that as many of her friends come along to the “Cup of Tae” this year and the committee will be so glad to have all on board.

The highlight for many at the “Cup of Tae” Festival is the excellent Schools of Music attached to the “Cup of Tae” Festival.  Over the years the cream of the best of Donegal musicians/teachers have been tutors at the famous Schools of Music.  This year is no different with Mairead herself taking the Master Class on fiddle at the School and her Nephew also teaching this year.  The Schools of Music run over the Saturday and Sunday and are so reasonably priced.  Anyone with an interest in fiddle playing should make it their business to be there.

The Festival starts off on the Friday night with a special Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in honour of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh.  With that honour we have no doubt the best musicians will be on stage to honour this special lady of music.  Space will be at a premium so it would be advisable to book tickets with the organising committee as soon as possible.  There are loads of Sessions after the Concert throughout the town, so come along and enjoy this special Concert.

Saturday morning starts off at 10.00 am with the Schools of Music in St Marys School, Ardara.  Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh will take the Master Class on Fiddle with her Nephew Ciarain Ó Mhaonaigh assisting her.  Also a popular Tutor  Harkin will assist with Flute and Whistle Classes.

A very popular attraction to Ardara over the years has been the Ards Ceoltas Group and they are back again this year with a large group of young Musicians.  They will perform a Recital in the Heritage Centre at 1.00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and if the weather is reasonable they plan to play on the Street on both afternoons.

It is also planned to have music in various venues in the afternoons with a load of Sessions planned for night time in all venues.

The Packie Manus Byrne Session at 8.00 pm will this year be in the Heritage Centre and the Ards Group are back again in the Beehive for a nightime Session. If the weather is reasonable, all the students from the Schools of Music will descend upon the town centre at 3.00 pm on the Sunday to show us what they have learnt.  If the weather is not favourable all outside events will revert to the Heritage Centre.

Sunday night is the night of the “John the Tae” Concert.  This is always a great event with many of the weekend performers on stage to finish off a great weekend.  Again check on tickets.  The best Sessions ever are to be had at the “Cup of Tae” Festival.

For more details and for booking tickets contact Stephen on 087 2424590 or email glenardfish@eircom.net or www.cupoftaefestival.com