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From 13 to 17 August, the legends of Irish music return to Bantry for the 5th Masters of Tradition Festival. For five special days, a select line-up of Ireland’s greatest musicians converge on the picturesque West Cork town of Bantry for this unique Festival, which celebrates the very roots of traditional music.

Looking set to build on the resounding success of its last four years, the 2008 Masters of Tradition Festival throws open its doors to some of the very best musicians in the land. Superb Clare-born but Seattle-based fiddler Martin Hayes will be joined by his usual partner, Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill as well as Dermot McLoughlin, Sean Garvey, Steve Cooney, Iarla O Lionaird, David Power, Niamh Parsons, The Peadar O’Riada choir and many more.

This unique Festival gives performers the freedom to choose what they play in the glorious surroundings of Bantry House. The idea for the festival evolved from Martin Hayes’ call to create a “quiet and intimate space” where the heart of traditional music could be exposed. The concept has evolved over the years to produce this five-day event that encompasses a simpler, less cluttered performance format and involving some of the very best Irish musicians sharing their take on traditional music.

With concerts and young musician workshops spread over five days, the festival packs in as many elements of the tradition as possible. The concerts aim to give a real insight into the musical journeys that these musicians, and the tunes that they play, have taken over the years. Anyone interested in celebrating the heart of traditional Irish music should contact West Cork Music on +353 (0) 27 52788 or Lo Call 1850 788 789 to book their tickets and make their way to Bantry from August 15 - 19. Full details and on-line booking will be available on

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