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November 5th – 9th, 2009

The town of Ennis will be the host to the hundreds of musicians, singers, dancers and revellers who swarm in on the county for the 16th annual Ennis Trad Festival between 5th and 9th November 2009.This year’s event takes place in almost every venue in the town of Ennis and is a non-stop intensive programme of free day and night sessions with afternoon, evening and night-time concerts, recitals, singing, workshops, presentations, CD launches and the ever popular Trad disco.
The festival is officially launched on Thursday 5th November by Aine Hensey followed by a concert with local Clare band Moher. The late Thursday night festival concert will feature Manchester born banjo player Angelina Carberry with her father Peter Carberry and Paul Meehan.

Friday evening’s concert will feature At the Racket bringing an interesting new sound to Irish music with echoes of the pioneering Irish dance bands who recorded in the Golden era of the 1920s.
Saturday’s events will commence with music instrument and Sean Nós dancing workshops to attract young and old.

The Senior Ceili Band competition namely “Ard Ghaisce na mBúionta” will take place on Saturday nigh and will provide and excellent nights entertainment with Kieran Hanrahan as MC on the night.

On Saturday evening Dave Sheridan on fiddle and Ciaran Somers on flute will launch their debut album, Faoi Bhláth. The two players are noted for the energy and sense of enjoyment that they bring to their music.

Saturday evening will see Lúnasa perform for the late night concert.
On Sunday afternoon Steph Geremia will release her debut album ‘The Open Road’. Steph Geremia, traditional flautist and singer, is a vibrant, versatile, young emerging face on the traditional music scene.

Sunday evening’s concert will feature Clare musician Tony McMahon and Frankie Gavin.

The festival closing concert on Monday night will feature The Alan Kelly Quartet a diverse group of musicians, most of whom Alan Kelly has worked with, in various combinations over the past decade featuring the talents of local Clare fiddler Tola Custy, Steph Geremia on flute and Donogh Hennessy on guitar.

From the festivals inception its guiding ethos has been to bring musicians of all generations and styles, from Ireland and abroad together to share their tunes, songs and steps in a relaxed session environment. A great social dimension is always present at this festival and welcomes you to join in these years festivities.

For further information check festival website or contact Kevin Finucane 086 4098362 or John Rynne 086 8307050

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