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Traditional music festival now celebrating its 10th year ~

The 10th Annual Gathering Festival descends upon The Gleneagle Hotel and The INEC in Killarney from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd of February for a celebration of the rich culture and diversity of traditional Irish music. A highlight of Irish cultural calendar this year’s programme includes a superb mix of concerts, céilís, classes and lectures.

A jam-packed programme of events includes concerts at The Gleneagle Hotel’s famous ballroom. The line-up features a multitude of acclaimed Irish talent alongside many internationally renowned musicians including Jackie Daly, Alec Finn, Seamus Creagh and Paul De Grae. The sensational group, Moonlighting, featuring Altan’s Ciaran Tourish and Dermot Byrne alongside flute-player Mike McGoldrick, bodhran maestro John Joe Kelly and Dublin born guitarist John Doyle are sure to be a highlight of the festival. The line-up of concerts also includes the young and vibrant Téada, The Karen Casey Band, Paul O’Shaughnesy and Harry Bradley, singer Liz Carroll with John Doyle and the dynamic combination of Charlie Lennon, Johnny Connolly and Patsy Broderick.

A new addition to this year’s line-up, The Young People’s Concert, will see a host of emerging musicians showcasing their exceptional talents. This year’s Sliabh Luachra Concert will feature the 4 Star Trio, Jimmy Doyle, Paudie Gleeson, Joe Sullivan, Ellen O’Leary and Liam O’Reilly.

The Gathering céilís, which are all held at the expansive INEC, continue to attract record numbers. Back by popular demand, the award-winning ten-piece Allow Céilí Band return after their fantastic performance last year. The céilí line-up also includes Jerry McCarthy, Michael Sexton, Pat Walsh, the Brian Boru Ceile Band and Matt Cunningham.

Further highlights incorporate musical master-classes from celebrated expert musicians, a lecture on The Life and Work of Capt. Francis O’Neill presented by Harry Bradshaw and guest musicians and set dance workshops.

The Gathering takes place at The Gleneagle Hotel, The INEC and The Brehon from the 18th to the 22nd of February. Tickets are available from the INEC box office on 064 71555. For accommodation call 064 71550. For musical queries call 087 234 8824.

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