Missed an earlier news item? Visit the news archive.

Johnny Doherty Annual Music and Dancing Festival

September 26th – 29th, 2013 or

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, this festival is going from strength– to–strength. It all kicks–off this year on Thursday, September 26th with the unveiling, at the Diamond, Main Street, Ardara, of a sculpture dedicated to the fiddle legend Johnny Doherty. This stunning sculpture was commissioned by the Ardara Comhaltas branch and was sculpted by Redmond Herrity.

Already confirmed for the weekend are the ever popular Irish/ American group Cherish The Ladies who make a welcome return to the festival. Also appearing will be the very talented Friel Sisters from Glasgow and award winning group at Celtic Connections, Gria. The Campbell Family, Denise Boyle, Martin McGinley, Derek McGinley, Tara Connaghan, Aidan O’Donnell, Jim Byrne, Fiona Heywood and Donna Harkin are just some of the musicians who will feature throughout the weekend.

The Emerald Ceilidh Band and Ceilidh Time will provide the music for the sets and ceilidh dances. Set dancing workshops with Mick Mulkerrin and ceilidh with Clement Gallagher will feature on Saturday 28th along with master class workshops in fiddle, flute, accordion, piano and gaelic singing – workshops must be booked in advance. On Sunday 29th there will be a Sean nós dance workshop with Mick Mulkerrin.

There will also be pub and street sessions throughout the weekend.

For further information please contact Pat on Tel. 087 6900 714 or visit the websites

or also

Permalink - Posted: July 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm