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The 12th Gathering Traditional Festival, Gleneagle Hotel,
Killarney, March 2nd – 6th, 2011

The 2011 Gathering Traditional Festival, which takes place at The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney from March 2nd – 6th, 2011 will present a series of Showcase gigs where new and established Irish traditional music acts will be afforded the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of festival organisers and bookers from throughout Ireland and Europe.

“It has always been our aim to be exponents of Irish culture and this year we plan to build on this through our Showcase gigs,” said festival Chairman, John O’Shea. These gigs will provide trad bands with the opportunity to perform in front of festival organisers from throughout Europe. These people will be seeking to book acts for upcoming festivals. A huge number of artists and bands have expressed an interest in be a part of this initiative, and I encourage any other artists who wish to tout their wares at this year’s festival to get in touch as soon as possible.”
The Gathering Traditional Festival is firmly established as one of the most popular celebrations of Irish song and dance the world over. It has grown in strength since its inception way back in 1999 and incorporates a finely tuned mix of concerts, céilís, sessions, workshops and masterclasses. The stellar line-up of concerts already confirmed for 2011 include performances by De Danann, Shaskeen, Fidil, The Glacken Brothers, Noel Hill & Tony Linnane, Guidewires, John Carty & Brian Rooney, John & Pip Murphy and many more.
The toe-tapping tunes for the ever popular Gathering Céilís will be provided by Jerry McCarthy, The Copperplate Céilí Band, The Abbey Céilí Band and Johnny Reidy & Swallows Tail. Set-dancing workshops for beginners, advanced and children will take place throughout the weekend and impromptu sessions galore, of the highest caliber, are a given.
For hotel reservations call The Gleneagle Hotel on Tel: 064 66 36000.
Any traditional Irish bands interested in participating should forward their CD and CV to John O’Shea – The Gathering Festival, C/o Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, Co Kerry, email: or phone 087 2348824 / 064 66 33544

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