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Baltimore Fiddle Fair

May 9th – 13th, 2012, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland

The remarkable festival that is the Baltimore Fiddle Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and promises to be a very special birthday party. From humble beginnings in 1992 this unique festival has grown a little in size and a lot in stature, and is now a key fixture on Irish and international music calendars. To celebrate this landmark edition they have invited back some of their favourite acts from the past 20 years to showcase wonderfully varied and eclectic music that is the heart of this festival. The result is a programme that is truly astounding.
Highlights include Altan, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, the Irish premiere of Kevin Burke & Tim O’ Brien, Cathal Hayden & Arty McGlynn, old timey greats The Foghorn Stringband with special guest Dirk Powell, and the amazing Manchester musicians Dezi Donnelly, Mike McGoldrick & John Joe Kelly with Jim Murray. Acts from the early years of the festival include Any OId Time, Dermot McLaughlin, and Frankie Lane & Dermie Diamond. And acts from more recent times such as Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Cleek Schrey & Nic Gareiss, and Michelle O’ Brien & Laoise Kelly, plus a world premiere of the Fiddle Fair Mystery All Stars. These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, from a garden amphitheatre to an ancient castle to the cosy festival marquee, and all in one of the most stunning festival settings on the planet. As a special, anniversary treat, the festival will kick–off a day early on Wednesday 9th May and will run until Sunday 13th.
The 20th Baltimore Fiddle Fair will also include a host of additional events including top class workshops, film screenings, art exhibitions and a plethora of great sessions in and around the village. For many musicians and music lovers, the annual pilgrimage to the Baltimore Fiddle Fair is the musical highlight of the year. And this very special edition promises to be the best yet. Tickets for the 20th anniversary Baltimore Fiddle Fair are on-sale now. For full line-up, schedule and ticket information, log on to

For further information contact Declan McCarthy on +353 (0)86 3753380 or email:

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