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The Big NYAH 10th Birthday GATHERING Co Cavan Traditional Music Festival

April 17th -21st 2013
(Main Weekend)
NYAH happens throughout March & April

All musicians are welcome to join in
Wednesday 17th April
All Day School Programme
7.30pm Accordion Workshops with Darren Breslin All Ireland Champion

Booking Necessary Via 0862342270

10pm Bar Session in Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan Town, Special Guests Darren Breslin, Accordion Champion, Fermanagh, Philip Clarke, Piano, Seamus Fay Cavan Lilter & Fintan Mc Manus Guitar .

Adm free.

Thursday 18th April

All Day School Programme

7pm House Concert with oversea performers in Na Vactube Rehwyna House Co Cavan

Friday 19th April

All Day School Programme

7.30pm Gary Lynch Fermanagh Fiddle workshop on tunes from the North Farnham Arms Bridge Room

9pm Top class Traditional Music, Song and Dance Concert in Farnham Arms

In 3 venues throughout Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan

Adm is 5 Euro only - Kids free

3 Hours of entertainment

Move from Room to Room

Expect to hear

Marco Fabbri Italian Fiddler & Gabriel Caporuscio bouzouki /Banjo

Dean Warner, Leeds Piano accordionist, The Bucks of Duibhlinn Group with Cathal ó Crócaigh - Uilleann Pipes, Con Brennan - Concertina, Fionn Mac Muiris - Flute and Guitar, Philip Denmead - Button Accordion, Conor Leavy - Fiddle, GLEO (Cavan Youth Group) all members of Cavan Town Comhaltas. The members are Eimear O’Reilly on fiddle and vocals, Katie Flynn on banjo and vocals, her sister Aoife on button accordion, bodhrán and sean nós dancing, Aoife Geoghegan on button accordion and banjo her sister Niamh on concertina and bouzouki, Savannah Donohoe on flute and saxophone, Gareth Tierney on piano accordion and guitar, his brother Séamus on flute and whistles and Damien Bannon on Uilleann pipes.

Seamus Fay, Cavan Lilter, Graham Wells Songs and Tunes from Newfoundland, Kavan Donohoe, Harp & pipes, Orcadian fiddler Eric Linklater with music from his new debut album ,joining him is Owen Tierney, Guitar.Gary Lynch, Fiddle ,Cavan Town Comhaltas group ,Cavan Town Set Dancers, Noël Sweeney Flute ,Johnny King Bodhran , Felix McQuaid (Banjo), Antoin McGabhann Fiddle, Fintan McManus Bouzouki, The Bent Elbow, Drumlish youth session group ,Larry Mc Quaid, Bodhran, Martin Murphy,Drums,Darren Maloney Banjo Eamonn Maguire Storyteller, Sean Owens, Flute, Seamus & Gareth Tierney ,Flute & Accordion ,Aoife Murray, Singer, Willie Drennan Ulster Scots duo, Cathal Lynch, Singer, Mairead Lynch, Fiddle , Mickey Mc Donnell, Banjo

11pm Sean-Nós dancing upstairs & New Album Launch The Foxford Way from Stephen Doherty Stephen has just finished work on a new duo recording with fellow Foxford musician Patrick Doocey on guitar. Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Flute, Whistle, Accordion, Guitar, Piano and Bodhrán, and performs regularly on the
Sean-Nós dancing and céilí scene fronting The Salamanca Céilí Band.

REMEMBER Adm is 5 Euro only - Kids free

So limited seating.

Saturday 20th April

10.30 am - Workshops conducted as part of NYAH Festival & Cavan Town Comhaltas. In Backyard Arts Centre Moynehall

With Meitheal Summer Schools winners,

Fergal Breen Flute & Pipes, Clare & Sean Faherty, Flute & Drums, Laois

Learn some Portuguese music from João Soares,

Graham Wells Songs and Tunes from Newfoundland

Banjo tunes from Darren Maloney

Gabriel Caporuscio bouzouki /Banjo, a workshop of Italian Traditional Music
for mandolin players (or any other strings instrument

Marco Fabbri Italy. Fiddler workshop of Irish & Italian tunes

Noel Sweeney (Flute) Irish tunes.

Gary Lynch Fiddle Irish tunes

The Bucks of Duibhlinn Group workshops with Cathal ó Crócaigh - Uilleann Pipes, Con Brennan - Concertina, Fionn Mac Muiris - Flute and Guitar, Philip Denmead - Button Accordion, Conor Leavy - Fiddle

4.00 pm - The Life and Music of Sean Maguire and the Kilcogy Musicians - Reminiscence with Antóin Mac Gabhann, Josephine Keegan and friends of Sean Maguire Upstairs Lounge in Fegans in Kilcogy Village Adm Free

6pm The Wind That Blows Festival special. The Cavan man presents, “The Wind that Blows” Show every Saturday night on Shannonside Northern Sound Radio

From 6.00pm to 8pm with festival guest Eric Linklater. Musc & chat about his new debut album by this young talented Orcadian fiddler. Joining him is Owen Tierney Guitar

Marquee in Kilcogy Village

8.30 pm Tribute Fiddle Concert & RTE Céilí House Recording with Kieran Hanrahan MC featuring Josephine Keegan, Antóin Mac Gabhann, John Daly Niall Murphy, Johnny Murphy, Marco Fabbri, Kathleen Gavin, piano, Cavan’s Fidléirí Seán Maguire, and also featuring Joe Burke and Ann Conroy.

Sunday 21st April

Midday Mass Tullacmongan Resource Centre, Killmooney Drive Co. Cavan

With Traditional music from visiting artists & Cavan Town CCE

2pm Street Sessions in Kilcogy Village

3.30 pm - Unveiling of Monument to Sean Maguire and the Kilcogy Musicians by An Seanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú, Árd-Stiurthóir Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Preceded by Parade of Musicians from the Village

5.30pm The Life & Songs of Delia Murphy lecture

By her biographer and friends Aidan O’Hara, RTÉ broadcaster and writer and Joyce O’Hara

Upstairs Lounge in Fegans in Kilcogy Village Adm Free

8pm Bent Elbow Drumlish

Host of artists Inc John O Sullivan, Fiddle, Michael & Seamus, local Singers, John Joe Higgins & Gerry Gorman, Accordions, Sean Owens, Flute, Liam & Laura Doherty, Banjo & Fiddle, Brendan Daly, Piano, MC Martin Donohoe

NYAH festival provides not only a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers, it also provides an opportunity for performers.

BLAME Program Director Martin Donohoe Email


Thanks to Arts Council Festivals and Events Scheme & Arts Council EU Presidency Programme fund,

Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund,

Peace III, Cavan Co Council Arts Office, The International Fund for Ireland.

Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio.
Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan Co Museum Ballyjamesduff,
Backyard Arts Centre, and Mc Quaids Opticians & Donal Keogan Imperial.

Info on classes /tutors and bookings from Tel. 086 2342270
All workshops on a first come basis and pre booking only.

Sunday 21st April

5.30pm The Life & Songs of Delia Murphy lecture

By her biographer and friends Aidan O’Hara, RTÉ broadcaster and writer and Joyce O’Hara

Upstairs Lounge in Fegans in Kilcogy Village Adm Free

NYAH are delighted to welcome well known author, lecturer and film maker Aidan O’Hara to speak about the The Life & Songs of Delia Murphy

Aidan O’Hara, has worked as a presenter and producer with RTÉ (Raidió Telefís Éireann - Irish National Broadcasting) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Aidan is engaged in writing full-time, but stays in touch with broadcasting through his regular contributions to Radio Telefís Éireann and Raidió na Gaeltachta.

His biography on the legendary Delia Murphy,’I'll Live ‘Till I Die’ was highly acclaimed as was Aidan’s story of the Irish in Newfoundland, Na Gaeil i dTalamh an Éisc, was published in 1998. His paper “The Irish in Newfoundland” was published in The Emigrant. He presented three acclaimed Radharc documentaries on the Irish of Newfoundland on RTE. He is currently writing a book on the Irish in the era of the American Civil War 1861-65, and his chapter, ‘Judge Charles Patrick Daly (1816-99)’ is due for publication next year in “Irish Soldiers - American Wars”.

He is a keen historian with a special interest in the Irish emigration experience. Aidan is Chairman of the Emmet and Devlin Committee and co-founder of the Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland. This promises to be one of the highlights of our NYAH season.

So come, meet, sing and chat with Aidan and his wife, Joyce who is an author and songwriter in her own right on the night.

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