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22nd James Morrison Traditional Music Festival

August 1st – 4th, 2014,,

The 22nd James Morrison Traditional Music Festival runs from Friday, August 1st–4th, 2014 in Riverstown, Co. Sligo. The unspoiled rural village of Riverstown in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Unshin, two miles off the N4 at Drumfin, makes for a most enjoyable music festival. Riverstown’s Irish name is Baile Idir Dhá Abhainn (between two rivers). It is an undiscovered tranquil rural retreat 9 miles from Sligo Town, locally noted for the relaxed warmth of its residents. A convivial and also welcoming village atmosphere is the hallmark of an intimate festival which focuses on the real traditional experience, featuring trad pub sessions all day and night, a superb concert, open air ceilís, music workshops and a symposium on John Brehony.

The Official Opening will be performed by Veronica Mc Namara (New Jersey). Veronica is one of the last surviving pupils of James Morrison. The Opening concert on Friday, August 1st features a host of traditional musicians. Artist, Gordon D’Arcy’s workshop on Saturday at 11.00am is always a totally absorbing experience for those children selected to take part. The Diamond is the location of the Saturday and Sunday open air Céilís.

The Festival has frequently been favoured with balmy August Bank Holiday weather where locals and visitors can enjoy the very best of traditional music. Trad music enthusiasts can this year extend their stay in Co. Sligo by booking in early for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo August 10th–14th.

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