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Skerries Traditional Music Weekend

May 16th – 18th, 2014

This year the 13th Skerries Traditional Music Weekend will take place from May 16th–18th in the picturesque seaside town of Skerries situated in the North Fingal region of County Dublin. In 2014 Skerries will play host to a weekend packed with music, song and dance where leading artists will travel to Skerries and join with locals and visitors in a celebration of our unique Irish heritage. A great selection of top class individual players will be participating throughout the weekend on many levels including formal concerts, tutoring and pub sessions. Artists such as Mary Bergin, Con ‘Fada’ Ó’Drisceoil, Danny O’ Mahony, The Kane Sisters, Mick O’Brien, Liz Doherty, Paudie O’ Connor, Harry Bradley, Mairéad Casey, Edel Fox, to mention but a few!

On Friday May 16th, local musician James O’ Mahony will lead the way to some of the local schools accompanied by a team of musicians to perform and interact with the students. Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is proud to be involved in this Outreach Programme which over the years has nurtured a keen interest in traditional music among the younger members of the local community.

Four Men and A Dog will perform on Friday night at 8pm in The Little Theatre venue. Early booking is advised. Tickets are available now by contacting a member of the Committee on Tel: 087 6528643.

There are great choices for the playing punter this year as the number of sessions has been extended. Some of Irelands’ top exponents of traditional music will showcase their talents in a more informal and natural setting. Players are welcome to join in the many sessions during the weekend which will also include a Slow Session for Adults and a Junior Session aimed at providing an opportunity for young musicians to play together and sample the session atmosphere.

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend are delighted to introduce a new event on Saturday evening May 17th. “Nicholas Carolan will host Come East Along the Coast a gathering which will bring together a flavor of Ireland’s East Coast Traditions. This event will commence at 7.00pm on Saturday night in Skerries Mills. Early booking is advised as the numbers admitted to this gathering will be limited. Also taking part will be, Mick O’Brien, Caoimhín O’Fearghail, Jim Grant  and Neill Byrne.” Special guest on the night is well–known and distinguished fiddle player, Paddy Glackin.

Music and Dancing workshops will take place on Saturday. This year there is a variety of instruments to choose from including the introduction of a new special beginner Tin Whistle class for Adults. This initiative is limited to 10 spaces only and a tin whistle will be provided for each student. The Dancing workshop will cover both Sean Nós and Sets Music on the Street’ will take place on Saturday also, with groups of local musicians, young and old, performing for the casual passerby. Calling dancers of all ages. Get your dancing shoes on and dance the night away with the Tulla Céilí Band. This much anticipated event will be held on Saturday night at 9.00pm in the Community Hall which is located within the Skerries Community Centre. Bring a friend!

Saturday afternoon and evening sessions continue to draw in the crowds and the Singing Session is billed for Skerries Sailing Club at 9.30pm with MC, Con Fada O’Drisceoil and special guest Gerry Cullen from the Voice Squad.

The very popular Sunday morning recital in Skerries Mills is hosted by Mary Bergin who leads her fellow tutors in an early morning tune.

Skerries Trad Music Weekend continues to go from strength–to– strength and this year promises to attract many more revelers from Ireland and abroad, so make sure you join us in May for a chilled weekend of great music, great craic and a great vibe.

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is very grateful for the kind sponsorship and support of Fingal County Council, the Arts Council, and the local businesses of Skerries.

Check out the weekend details on the website
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