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31st Annual Beamish Cork Folk Festival

September 30th – October 3rd, 2010

Ireland preps for International folk fever with the 31st annual  Beamish Cork Folk Festival 2010. The Beamish Cork Folk Festival is back from September 30th to October 3rd 2010 in some of Cork City’s  favourite venues. The festival will showcase some the world’s best folk including: Imagined Village, Alan Kelly, Eddi Reader, Beoga,  Iarla Ó Lionáird, Niwel Tsumbu, Catfish Keith, the Kilfenora Céilí
Band and more to come.

Whether a fan or first timer, attendees should expect the very  best of fiddle, accordion, pipes and flute music in Ireland and to top it off the giant open-air Céilí Mór which is sure to be a  highlight for all involved. This year’s festival showcases modern folk music to represent the multiculturalism of Cork and beyond, the  headliners confirmed to date include: Imagined Village BBC Radio 2 award winners,
Imagined Village is a  folk musical project founded by Grammy award nominee, Simon Emmerson  of the Afro Celt Sound System who produce ground-breaking folk  fusions featuring musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and  cultural backgrounds. Features Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris  Wood, Jackie Oates, Sheema Mukherjee, Simon Richmond and more.

Alan Kelly Quartet & Eddi Reader Alan Kelly is one of Ireland’s most  accomplished accordionists, a wonder composer of tunes and gifted  arranger. His special guest in Cork will be Eddi Reader from  Scotland, a truly great singer/ songwriter and well-known for her  work with Fairground Attraction. She is the recipient of three Brit  Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts. Beoga Craftmasters, Beoga represent world music made in Ireland and  have been dubbed – “The most exciting new traditional band to emerge  from Ireland this century” by the Wall Street Journal. Their  distinctive sound is described as a heady, virtually head-spinning  sonic blend which stamps Beoga as perhaps the most audacious Irish  band rooted in trad today.

Trasna In a project that celebrates the increasingly diverse musicscape of Cork and Ireland Trasna brings together musicians from  diverse communities to create musical experiences. This special  concert with a 10 piece band includes Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse  Flowers); Mel Mercier, Niwel Tsumbu,  Niall Vallely  and promises to  be one of the highlights of the festival.

Partnerships Highlighting exciting  partnerships in traditional  music, this year’s festival presents three of Ireland’s most  celebrated duos, Sean Nós singer Iarla Ó’ Lionáird with Steve Cooney, Concertina player Noel Hill with Tony Linnane and harpist, Máire Ní  Chathasaigh with Chris Newman.

William Hammond, from the Folk Festival commented: “The Beamish Folk  Festival now in its 31st year continues to be one of the key dates in the Folk calendar and an integral part of the culture of Cork. The  festival is steeped in the musical history of Cork and it’s essential for us to continue to celebrate the musical traditions of the city  each autumn.

The Beamish Cork Folk Festival takes place September 30th to 3rd  October in Cork City. For more information and updates please visit

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