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October 14th – 16th, 2011

October 14th–16th marks the return of the 5th Scoil Cheoil na Botha traditional weekend to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan. Building on the success of the preceeding Scoil Cheoil na Botha weekends and reflecting an upturn in traditional music fortunes in Co. Monaghan, Scotstown will once again host some of the finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers from around the country. The festival will be launched on Friday 14th October with an opening session in Mc Cague’s Bar, Scotstown.

Workshops take place in St Mary’s National School from 1am until 3.30pm on Saturday 15th October with a break for lunch.

Registration is from 10am until 11am and the workshop fee is €20 with family discounts provided. Advance registration by phone is welcomed.

Tutors confirmed for 2011 are Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Liam Ó Connor (fiddle), Maurice Egan (button accordion), Jack Talty (concertina), Dave Sheridan (flute, draiocht), Séamus Begley (singing), Michelle Mulcahy (harp), Colm McGill (piano accordion) and Alan Byrne (banjo).

A concert on the 15th October at 9.30pm in St Mary’s Hall, Urbleshanney, will feature performances by tutors as well as other special guests. Admission €10.

Sunday 16th will feature set dancing in Urbleshanney Hall from 3pm-6pm. Admission €10 and refreshments will be served. Music sessions and singing sessions will take place throughout the village during the course of the weekend, featuring some of Ireland’s finest young musicians.

Musicians from Clare, Galway, Dublin, Cavan, Leitrim will perform in a number of sessions throughout the village.

For further information of all the weekend activites check out the festival website –    Phone: +353 86 3862080 or +353 87 9851379.

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