Guide to Irish Music Events 2012

Last updated: Monday, December 10, 2012.

For a list of Comhaltas fleadhanna, click Here

Please note: Where the 2012 dates are not yet available, the 2011 dates are indicated.

January

Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
Sixmilebridge, Co Clare
January12 – 15
http://www.wmw.ie

Temple Bar Trad Festival
Dublin
January 25 – 29
www.templebartrad.com

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival
Ballincollig, Co Cork
January 25 – 29
http://www.whitehorse.ie/

Merriman Winter School
Hotel Westport, Co Mayo
January 27 – 29
www.merriman.ie

Feis na nGael
Baile Atha Cliath
Eanair 27 – 28
www.feisnangael.com/

February

Tradfest
Cork
February 9 – 11
http://www.ucctradsoc.com/

Ceol Chairlinn
Carlingford, Co Louth
February 3 – 5
http://www.carlingfordbeds.com/

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh,
Ballyferriter,
Co Kerry
February 15 – 19
http://www.scoilcheoil.com

The Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music
Kinvara, Co Galway
February 16 – 18
www.josephbrowne.org

The 11th Gathering, Gleneagles Hotel
Killarney
February 22 – 26
www.thegathering.ie

Micho Russell Festival Weekend
Doolin, Co Clare
February 24 – 26
www.michorussellweekend.ie

Corofin Traditional Music Festival
Co Clare
February 27 – March 4
www.corofintradfest.com


MARCH 2010

John Joe Maguire Memorial Festival Weekend
Swanlinbar, Co. Cavan
March 2 – 4
www.johnjoemaguire.com

Nyah Festival
Cavan, March 2 – 18
www.cavanmusic.com

Seachtain na Gaelige

Galway. March 5 – 17
http://snag.ie/lang/gd-ie/

Roosky Trad Fest
Co Roscommon
March 11 – 13
http://www.rooskeytradfest.ie/

St Patrick’s Festival
Dublin
March 16 – 19
http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/

Fado Festival
Bantry, Co Cork
March 16 – 18
bantry.ie

Feis na nGael
Baile Atha Cliath
March 23 – 24
feisnangael.com/

Inishowen International Folk Song and Ballad Seminar
Co Donegal
March 23 – 26
http://www.inishowensinging.ie/

Glengarriff Free Spirit Festival
Glengarriff
Co Cork
March 14 – 18
Facebook Page

Ceardlann Earraigh
Celbridge
Co Kildare, March 31
www.ceardlannearraigh.com

Ballydehob Traditional Music, Song and Dance Festival

Co Cork, March 30 – April 1
www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/

Feile Patrick Byrne
Carrickmacross
Co Monaghan
March 29 – April 1

www.myspace.com/patrickbyrnefestival


April

3rd Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival
Clifden, Co. Galway
April 13 – 15
www.clifdentradfest.com

The Shindig Festival of Set Dancing and Traditional Music
Tralee
April 20 – 22
http://www.shindigfestival.com/

Granard Traditional Harp Festival
Granard
Co Longford
Cancelled 2011
www.harp.net/granard/index.html

Pan Celtic Festival,
Carlow
April 10 – 15
http://www.panceltic.ie/

Sean Nos Cois Life
Dublin
April 20 – 22
http://www.seannos.ie/

Cruinniu na bhFliuit (The Flute Meeting)
Ballyvourney, Co Cork
April 12 – 14
http://www.flutemeet.org/

Kilfenora Music Festival
Kilfenora, County Clare
April 26 – 29


Kilfenora Site


May

Feile Comortha Joe Einniu
Carna
Co Galway
May 4 – 7
http://www.joeheaney.org/default.asp?contentID=1

Feile na nDeise
Dungarvan, Co Waterford
May 3 – 7
www.feilenandeise.com

Fleadh na gCuach
Kinvara, Co Galway
May 4 – 7
http://www.kinvara.com/cuckoo/

Feile Chois Cuain
Louisburgh, Co Mayo
May 4 – 7

http://www.feilechoiscuain.com/

The Cup of Tae Traditional Festival
Ardara, Co Donegal
May 4 – 7
www.cupoftaefestival.com

Feile Oriel
Monaghan
May 4 – 7
http://www.feileoriel.com/

Bealtaine Festival of Fire
Uisneach, Co Westmeath
May 5
http://www.festivalofthefires.com/

PJ Hayes Memorial Festival
Feakle
Co Clare. May 4 – 6
Phone: +353 (0)61 92 4885

Clare Events

Baltimore Fiddle Fair
Baltimore, Co Cork
May 9 – 13
www.fiddlefair.com

The Larkin Hedge School
Liberty Hall
Dublin
May 10 – 12

Cle Club

Cos Cos Sean Nos Festival
Rathcormack, Co Sligo
May 11 – 13
http://www.coscos.ie/

Fleadh Nua
Ennis, Co Clare
May 20 – 28
www.fleadhnua.com

Skerries Trad Weekend
Co Dublin

May 18 – 20

www.skerriestraditonalmusic.com


June

Mick, Michael & Pat Carr Memorial Weekend
Meenaneary, Co Donegal
June1 – 3. Contact:  odonnellsbar@hotmail.com

The Clancy Brothers Music Festival
Carrick-on-Suir
Co Tipperary
June 4 – 5
http://www.clancybrothersfestival.org/

Clareen Traditional Music Weekend
Clareen, Co Offaly
June 8 – 10

John Fowler: 087 6835528

The Galway Sessions
Galway
June 10 – 17

galwaysessions.com

Fastnet Maretime and Folk Festival
Ballydehob, Co Cork
June 15 – 17
Webpage

Eigse Ui Ghramhnaigh
Baile Atha Bui
Co na Mi
June 22 – 24
www.athbui.com/

Blas
Limerick University
June 25 – July 6t

www.blas.ie

Con Curtin Music Festival
Brosna
Co Kerry
June 24 – 26 (2011 Dates)

http://www.concurtinmusicfestival.com/

Celtic Fusion Int. Musical Arts Festival
Castlewellan
Co Down
June 29 – July 1
http://www.celticfusion.co.uk

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Westport, Co Mayo
June 29 – July 1
www.colemanbodhran.com


July

Coleman Country Bodhran School
Gurteen, County Sligo
July 2 – 6
www.colemanbodhran.com

Willie Clancy Summer School
Miltown Malbay,
Co Clare
July 7 – 15

email: angleann@oceanfree.net

Earagail Arts Festival
Co Donegal. July 7 – 22
http://www.eaf.ie/


Douglas Hyde Summer School
Ballaghaderreen
Cancelled
http://www.douglashyde.com

South Sligo Summer School
Tubbercurry, Co Sligo
July 15 – 21
www.sssschool.org

Meitheal Summer School
Limerick
July 16 – 20
www.tradweek.com

Joe Mooney Summer School
Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim
July 21 – 28
www.joemooneysummerschool.com

Fiddlers Green Festival
Rostrevor, Co Down
July 22 – 29
http://www.fiddlersgreenfestival.co.uk

Phil Murphy Weekend
Carrig-on-Bannon
Co Wexford
July 26 – 29
www.philmurphyweekend.com

James Byrne Fiddle Summer School
Glencolmcille
Co Donegal
July 17 – 23 (2011 dates)

http://www.ceolsaghleann.com/

O’Carolan Summer School
Keadue, Co Roscommon
July 29 – Aug 3
Website

Scoil Acla
Achill, Co Mayo
July 30 – Aug 5
http://www.scoilacla.com


August

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Festival
Co Donegal
August 2 – 5
http://www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com

O’Carolan Harp Festival
Keadue, Co Roscommon
Aug 3 – 5
Website

Feakle International Traditional Music Festival
Co Clare
August 8 – 13
www.feaklefestival.ie

James Morrison Traditional Music Festival
Riverstown, Co Sligo
July 3 – 6

Comhaltas Page

Kilcar Fleadh
Co Donegal
August 4 – 11
http://www.cill-chartha-kilcar.com

Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Festival
Kilrush, Co Clare
August 8 – 12
Discover Ireland (Note: Reported Web attacks on page’s link to Kilrush CCE Org)

Masters of Tradition
Bantry, Co Cork
August 15 – 19
http://www.westcorkmusic.ie

Scoil Eigse
Cavan Town
August 12 0 17
http://comhaltas.ie/events/calendar/2012/08

Merriman Summer School
Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare,
August 15 – 19
www.merriman.ie

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Cavan Town
August 10 – 20
www.fleadhcheoil.ie

Coleman Traditional Festival
Gurteen, Co Sligo
August 23 – 26
www.colemanirishmusic.com


September

Gig’n the Bann
Portglenone, Co Antrim
September 6 – 9

http://www.gignthebann.com/

Nell Galvin Traditional Irish Music Festival
Kilrush
Co Clare
Aug 31 – Sept 2
http://www.nellgalvin.com/schedule.html

Dingle Tradfest
Dingle
Co Kerry
September 6 – 9
http://www.dingletradfest.com/


Tulla Traditional Music Festival
Co Clare
September 7 – 9
www.tullatradfestival.ie

Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend
Cootehill, Co Cavan
September 14 – 16

www.gerrywhelanweekend.com

Tuam Trad Festival
Co Galway
September 14 – 16
www.tuamtradfestival.com

Frank Harte Festival
Teachers Club, Parnell Sq., Dublin
September 21 – 23
http://www.goilin.com/

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival
Tullamore, Co Offaly
September 20 – 23
http://www.johnnykeenan.com

Kilkenny Celtic Festival
Sept 28 – Oct – 2 (2011 dates)
www.celticfestival.ie

Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival
Ardara
Co Donegal
September 21 – 23
http://www.ardara.ie/


October

Sligo Traditional Singing Weekend
Rosses Point, Co Sligo
Sept 28 – 30
http://www.sligotradsingers.ie/

Cork Folk Festival
Cork
October 3 – 7
www.corkfolkfestival.com

Sean ‘ac Dhonncha Tribute Festival
Ahascragh, Co Galway
October 1 – 2 (2011 dates)
Website

Feile Frank McGann
Strokestown, Co Roscommon
October 12 – 14
www.feilefrankmcgann.com

Scoil Cheoil na Botha
Scotstown
Co Monaghan
October 12 – 14
http://www.anbhoth.ie

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

Castleisland, Co Kerry
October 26 – 29
http://www.patrickokeeffe.net/

Sligo Live
Sligo Town
October 24 – 29
http://www.sligolive.ie/

South Roscommon Singers Festival
Knockcroghery,
Co Roscommon
October 22 – 24 (2010 dates)
http://www.dhalonproductions.ie

Return to Fingal – Scoil Sheamuis Ennis
Seamus Ennis Centre
Fingal,
Co Dublin
October 27 – 31
http://www.scoilsheamuisennis.com

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend
Doonbeg, Co Clare
October 26 – 29
www.williekeanememorialweekend.com

Cooley-Collins Traditional Music Weekend
Gort, Co Galway
October 25 – 29
http://cooleycollinstradfest.com/

Oireachtas na Samhna
Leitir Ceanainn
Co Dun na nGall
Deire Fomhair 30 Samhain 4
www.antoireachtas.ie


November

Clare Festival of Traditional Singing
Bellbridge Hotel
Spanish Point
November 18 – 20 (2011 dates)
aandjoreilly@gmail.com or Annette Munnelly: 065 7084365. See Mudcat
Ennis Traditional Festival
Co Clare
November 8 – 12
Facebook Page

William Kennedy Piping Festival
Armagh
November 15 – 18
http://www.armaghpipers.com/wkpf/

December
Frankie Kennedy Winter School
Dunlewey
Gaoth Dobhair
Co Donegal
December 27 – January 1
http://www.frankiekennedy.com/en

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Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
Sixmilebridge, Co Clare
January17 – 20, 2013
http://www.wmw.ie

Temple Bar Trad Festival
Dublin
January 22 – 27, 2013
www.templebartrad.com

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival
Ballincollig, Co Cork
January 25 – 29 (2012 dates)
http://www.whitehorse.ie/

Merriman Winter School
Hotel Westport, Co Mayo
January 27 – 29 (2012 dates)
www.merriman.ie

Feis na nGael
Baile Atha Cliath
Eanair 27 – 28 (2012 dates)
www.feisnangael.com/

February

The Concertina Cruinniu
Miltown Malbay, Co Clare
February 8 – 10, 2013
http://update.oac.ie/concertinacruinniu

The 14th Gathering, Gleneagles Hotel
Killarney
February 20 – 24, 2013
www.thegathering.ie

April

Kenmare Irish Music Festival (Feile an Neidin)
Kenmare, Co Kerry
April 5 – 7 (2013)
www.kenmareirishmusicfestival.com

August

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Derry
August 12 – 18, 2013
http://2013fleadh.ie/

Meitheal Summer School
Limerick
July 22 – 26
www.tradweek.com

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