Thursday 09th - Sunday 12th Sept. 2021

Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

Friday Events

Photo Exhibition

Photo Exhibition

Venue: Ballinasloe Library, 9am-5pm
Admission/Táille: Free

Show casing a selection of photographs, "Musical Roots of East Galway" Sponsored by Gerry Stronge Photography. 

Ballinasloe Country Market

Ballinasloe Country Market

Venue: Town Hall Foyer, 10am - 1pm
Admission/Táille: Free

Enjoy a cuppa and some homemade cakes and scones at Ballinasloe's Country Market

Mícheál and MacDara Ó’Raghallaigh

Mícheál and MacDara Ó’Raghallaigh

Venue: The Pillar House Bar and Restaurant, 8.30 pm
Admission/Táille: 5 Euro

The Festival Opens with an Up Close and Personal Concert with Mícheál and MacDara Ó’Raghallaigh

From a musical family in County Meath, Mícheál and MacDara Ó’Raghallaigh are two of the finest musicians in Ireland. Growing up, their home on the family farm was one filled with traditional music and song, and Irish was the everyday spoken tongue. Mícheál and MacDara achieved many All Ireland honours in solo, duet, trio, and céilí band competitions through all the age groups at various Fleadh Cheoil. Mícheál won the All Ireland Senior Concertina in Sligo in 1990, with MacDara winning the Senior Fiddle at Clonmel in 1992. Both were members of the Naomh Pádraig Céilí Band in the junior age groups right through to becoming three in a row All Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions in 2004/05/06.

MacDara’s fiddle playing is often described as ‘brilliant’, ‘amazing’, ‘top-class’. These accolades indeed fit well as MacDara has earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s outstanding fiddle players. His playing style is highly individual, personal and deeply rooted in the pure tradition.

Mícheál is undoubtedly one of the foremost concertina players in Ireland today. His interpretation and fashioning of each tune to his own liking, building in variation and ornamentation with a great sense of feeling, brings out the most in every tune.

 Seisiúns Ceoil  Páraic MacDonnchadha, Diarmuid Claffey & Steph Geremia

Seisiúns Ceoil Páraic MacDonnchadha, Diarmuid Claffey & Steph Geremia

Venue: The Pillar House, 10.00 pm
Admission/Táille: Free

With a host of musicians enjoy the craic and tunes of Festival Opening Night

 Seisiúns Ceoil John McCann and Ciaran Owens

Seisiúns Ceoil John McCann and Ciaran Owens

Venue: Dunloe Tavern, Dunloe Street Ballinasloe, 10.00 PM
Admission/Táille: Free

About Larry

About Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds was a renowned Fiddle player from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe who emigrated to Boston over sixty years ago...Read more ›

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