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Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th October 2008

The cream of folk musicians, artists, dancers and singers from Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond will descend on Cork this weekend for the Beamish Cork Folk Festival. The Festival runs throughout Cork City from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th October 2008.

Since its inception in 1979, The Beamish Cork Folk Festival has provided lovers of folk and traditional Irish music with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a feast of top quality music, song and dance. This year’s Festival will take place in over 22 venues in Cork City featuring over 34 acts, 280 musicians and 5,000 dancers.

This year’s highlights will include Damien Dempsey; Lisa Hannigan; West Kerry’s ‘Beal Tuinne’ featuring Seamus Begley, Rita Connolly, Jim Murray and Shaun Davey; vibrant 11 piece world music fusion band ‘Salsa Celtica’ from Edinburgh and Frankie Gavin and Martin O’Connor, who will perform in the beautiful St Finbarr’s Cathedral.

Also performing at the Beamish Cork Folk Festival this year will be the Michael McGoldrick Trio with John Joe Kelly & Ed Boyd, the ‘pride of the west’ with John Wynne & John McEvoy, the legendary Beara box player Finbarr Dwyer and Cork’s own Conal O Gráda.

Throughout the weekend, audiences can sample everything from the very best fiddle, accordion, pipes and flute players in Ireland to a giant open-air Céilí Mór with the Kilfenora Céilí Band. As usual the festival will feature concerts from the Cork Blues’, Pipes’ and Singers’ clubs and a music trail featuring over 40 free sessions. As always the festival will include the festival club specialist concerts and master classes.

Bookings can now be made through and from individual venues for further information please visit

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