Following two years of successful Fleadh Cheoil na Éireann, Ennis is revving up again for yet another feast of Irish music as Fleadh Nua is coming to town from 20th to 28th May.
Over 120 events will feature at this year’s Fleadh Nua, which has been held in Ennis every year since leaving Dublin in 1974 during which it has expanded from 3 days to a nine-day event.
Once again this year there is a full and varied concert programme featuring Irish musicians along with their French Canadian and Newfoundland counterparts.
The official opening of Fleadh Nua is in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday 20th May at 7.30pm, which will be followed by a free tribute concert from 8.30pm.
Highlights include French-Canadian trad band Les Chauffeurs à Pieds (The Feet Warmers), with eight albums to their credit, who are among the best international folk bands. They will perform in Cois na hAbhna on Monday 21st from 8.00pm.
On Thursday 24th, Cordeen is in concert at the Temple Gate Hotel. Two of the group, Benny McCarthy and Conor Moriarty are from Waterford and Kerry while Billy Sutton and Graham Wells are Newfoundlanders. The quartet is among the finest exponents of the button accordion as well as some great vocalists.
Winners of the senior band completion for the last three years at Fleadh Cheryl na Éireann, the Shandrum Ceili Band will feature in Glór on Sunday 27th May.
Described as the best ceili band of their generation, the Shandrum has over 200 years of experience in its ranks.
During the week there will also be free lunchtime concerts, workshops and film screenings including ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’, a documentary on the life and songs of Clare legend Robbie McMahon.
Traditional music will also spill onto the streets, cafés and pubs of Ennis, so come along and enjoy the craic.