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7th Annual Féile Frank Mc Gann for Strokestown

October 8th – 11th 2009

Despite the current economic gloom, expectations are high for Féile Frank Mc Gann 2009 which will be held in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon on October 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th. An exciting line-up of artistes, workshops, recitals and other events is promised, with musicians and groups including legends Noel Hill & Tony Linnane, Sliabh Notes and the Tulla Ceili Band due to perform.

This niche festival, described by many as one of the best in the Country, has maintained a constant standard that others have sought to attain. Musicians will again descend from Ireland and Britain as well as such far away places as Germany, China and Japan. Saturday 10th will see workshops held in a range of instruments, taught by some of the leading tutors in Ireland, including Conal O’Grada, Mary Bergin, Eamonn Cotter, Emer Mayock, Johnny (Ringo) McDonagh, Gerry (fiddle) O’Connor, Claire Keville as well as the legendary Jackie Daly. The “Kitchen Sessions”, an idea conceived by the Feile Frank McGann team, will mesmerise an excited audience with a recital by Noel Hill and Tony Linnane on Friday 9th. With the kitchen fire lit, the lights down low and complementary glasses of wine, the atmosphere is one of warmth and intimacy – definitely an experience not to be missed!

The Tulla Ceili Band are back on Sunday 11th to get feet tapping.

Féile Frank Mc Gann was established to honour the memory of Frank Mc Gann, a bodhran player and singer born in Lissalway, Co. Roscommon in 1923 and who sadly passed away in 2002. He was renowned throughout the length and breadth of Ireland within the traditional scene.

The weekend will be filled with sessions, planned and impromptu, all over Strokestown as the townspeople extend yet another warm welcome for true lovers of Trad.

Further details on the Féile are available from or by emailing or by phoning Mairead on 086 8546433, or Brian on 086 8151119.

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