Bunaíodh Féile Thraidisiúnta Chill Fhionnúrach i 2009 chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar 100 bliain de Bhanna Ceilí Chill Fhionnúrach.
In 2018 agus Bliain na Gaeilge faoi lán sheol beidh ceiliúradh de 10 mbliana ar an bhfód, agus d’Fhéile Thraidisiúnta Chill Fhionnúrach 2018 beidh an fhéile ag díriú ar ról na teanga inár gcultúr agus sna healaíona traidisiúnta.
From 27-31 April 2018, Kilfenora will stage its 10th annual traditional music festival, a series commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. As usual, it will feature great concerts, céilís and pub sessions.
Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs occur from Friday to Monday, with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. Details of featured players will be published close to the time.
The Singers’ night on Friday evening (9.30pm, Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Joe O’Connor.
Also on Friday night. Kilfenora Comhaltas branch will stage a variety concert in Kilfenora Hall (8pm, €10, pay on the door) featuring some of the abundance of local talent, young and old.
On Saturday at 1pm there is a Riches of Clare concert (free) in the fabulous setting of Kilfenora’s ancient Cathedral (off Kilfenora Square), featuring young Kilfenora and N Clare talent – Cathal Corbett (banjo), Adrian McMahon (flute), Áine O’Donoghue (concertina), Áine Griffey (fiddle).
Our main concert will feature one of Ireland’s most iconic bands – the great Stockton’s Wing with special guest, Katie Theasby, plus this year’s winner of the Meitheal prize for young musicians, Joseph Mannion. Read about them here. A FEW TICKETS MAY STILL BE
AVAILABLE FROM LINNANES PUB.
We have two CD launch concerts on Saturday – Rachel Conlan & Alan Reid – “A Quare Yield” (Linnanes, 2.30 pm) and Tommy Guihan “The Torn Jacket” (Nagles, 6 pm); and one on Sunday – Bobby Gardiner “Melodeon Mad” (Vaughans, 1 pm). Read more about all of these here.
There will be a Trad for Teens workshop in Kilfenora Hall on Sunday at 11.45 am, led by Colm Nestor. Bring an instrument if you are a teenager!
The Star of Munster band leads the céilí on Saturday and on Sunday the Four Courts play (both at 9.30 pm, Vaughans Barn)
And, as in previous years, on Sunday afternoon (3 pm), the great Kilfenora Céilí Band will play for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome. They will be preceded at 2.15 pm by the young Kilfenora Comhaltas Céilí band, which is winning many plaudits.
Sessions in pubs will continue on Sunday from 6.00 pm, and on Monday (7 pm Linnanes, 9.30 pm Nagles). See session list here – Session list Kilfenora Fest 2018
Check this website and festival Facebook page for further information about the festival and the artists appearing. A full printable schedule for the festival is available here – Kilf Fest 2018 programme
Visitors to Kilfenora will also be able to see the much-praised Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour exhibition space in the Burren Centre, opened formally by Irish President Michael D Higgins in March 2015. This is the only permanent museum in the world dedicated to a living musical performer or group (as far as we have been able to discover). It also features the plaque received from the Guinness Book of World Records marking Kilfenora’s achievement in creating the largest traditional Irish Folk Band (at our 2014 festival).