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9th Annual Féile Frank McGann for Strokestown

October 7th – 9th, 2011

Strokestown will be buzzing this October when Féile Frank McGann enthusiasts get together to for this year’s Féile. Joining the Féile team for a great weekend’s entertainment will be top trad musicians such as Seamus Begley, Dave Sheridan, Fiachna O’Mongain, Seamus O’Mongain, Mick O’Brien, Geraldine Cotter, Joe Skelton, Suzanne Leahy, Micheal O’Raghallaigh, Danny O’Mahony, and a host to other musicians. The weekend, which has become an established event in the traditional music scene, will attract musicians and listeners from all over the Country and from further afield.

Despite the current economic gloom, expectations are high for Féile Frank McGann, 2011 which will be held in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon on October 7th, 8th, and 9th. An exciting line-up of artists, workshops, recitals and other events is promised, with musicians and groups including Sliabh Notes and the Tulla Céilí 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 8th will see workshops held in a range of instruments, taught by some of the leading tutors in Ireland. The Kitchen Sessions, an idea conceived by the Féile Frank McGann team, will mesmerise an excited audience with a recital by Seamus Begley on Friday 7th in the unique setting of the Victorian kitchen in Strokestown Park House. 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 Templehouse Céilí Band are back on Sunday 11th to get feet tapping.

Féile Frank McGann was established to honour the memory of Frank McGann, a bodhrán 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 the website or email:

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