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Féile Patrick Byrne

March 21st – April 24th & 7th, 2013

Since 2007 Comhaltas have organised a weekend of traditional music workshops, sessions and concerts in honour of the 19th century harper Patrick Byrne. This community festival is held annually on the weekend before Easter in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Topping the bill this year is Brian Finnegan, one of the true pioneers of Irish music. Front man with the legendary Flook for over 13 years, he is “without doubt one of the World’s finest whistle players.” Brian will be joined by his band for the main festival concert on Saturday 23rd March, with full support, including Fermanagh’s dynamic box sensation Darren Breslin.

On Sunday March 24th the Salamanca Céilí Band will play for the sets from 3–6pm. Consisting of Gerard Butler, Stephen Doherty, Brona Graham and David Doocey, the Salamanca’s lift and driving rhythm are sure to have everyone up on their feet.

In a separate event to the main festival, Reel It In will play a special gig to mark the 150th anniversary of Patrick Byrne’s passing on Sunday April 7th. “Progressive and talented beyond their years” this special group features Fiddler of Oriel and Fiddler of Dooney winner Niall Murphy.

Finally, central to the Féile Patrick Byrne each year are the music workshops organised by CCÉ. Tutors so far confirmed include Brian Finnegan, Darren Breslin and Gerard Butler. Details for all events, including the annual Patrick Byrne lecture, sessions, workshops, art exhibition, heritage walk, céilí and harp recital, are available at, Facebook and Myspace.

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