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2016 East Durham Trad Fest

EAST DURHAM TRAD FEST featuring the BEST in Traditional Irish Music.

Cherish the Ladies • Yanks • + numerous performances by world class Master Performers•

ALL DAY, Saturday, July 16th 12-6.30pm

EXCITING Traditional Music, Song & Dance. Local Food Vendors & Irish Hospitality! 

Purchase tickets Below!

12.00Noon
Opening and Benediction by Monsignor Charlie Coen at The Pavillion.
12.10PM
Willie Kelly on fiddle  and Monsignor Coen on concertina  will open up what promises to be an exceptional day of music, song and dance.  Willie’s very talented sons Joseph on uilleann pipes and Micheal on flute will  also take the stage. Regan Wick and his talented daughter Mary will tap to the rhythm of the ancient music of our forfathers as played by this extraordinary group.
12.30PM
Aoife Clancy and Pat Egan, in poetry and in song, remind us of the heroic sacrifices made by Ireland’s greatest and most courageous of men and women in the Easter Rising of 1916. The haunting sound of Patrick Ourceau’s fiddle playing accompanied by Annmarie Acosta on piano will give the audience an opportunity to pay homage to our brave heroes.
1.00PM
Mary Bergin, a master musician who no doubt will grace the annals of the traditional music of Ireland  and its legends, will once again hold you on the edge of your seat as she makes her way through yet another spectacular rendering  of a jig, reel or a haunting slow air. In the company of such greats as Dave Sheridan, Benny McCarthy, Colm Murphy, Larry Nugent and our own young and accomplished musicians Dylan Foley and Sean Earnest, Mary will not only hold her own but will shine like the star she is.
1.30PM
Billy McComiskey, one of the finest accordion players of our time will lead his family, Catriona, Mairead and Angela Fee, Bernadette and Michael Fee, and  longtime friends  pianist Brendan Dolan and renowned set dancer Padraig McEneany in an exquisite performance of music and dance.
2.00PM
Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly longtime favorites of the Catskills Irish Arts week will delight the audience as always, with the beautiful music of the Sliabh Luachra region for which they are renowned. Seamlessly yet soulfully played, only a dancer of the caliber of sean nós dancer Kieran Jordan could dance to this exquisite music and, dance she does.  Sean Cleland on fiddle and Brendan Dolan will join Matt and Jackie onstage.
2.30PM
Artist in residence, Seán Ó Sé one of Ireland’s best known traditional singers is introduced by Matt Cranitch.  Seán will be accompanied on guitar by longtime  friend and musician Matthew Allen.
3.00 – 600PM Grand Ceili Dance in the Dance Pavilion
Music by “The Pride of Moyvane Céilí Band” with Margie Mulvihill, John Reynolds, John Paul Reynolds, Seagda Coyle, Micheal Fee and Friends.
3.00PM
The Harp meets the Pipe.  Exquisite harpist Eileen Gannon will join her good friends the very popular Benedict Koehler on uilleann pipes and  his wife Hilari Farrington Koehler who plays both accordion and harp.
 
3.20PM
Cherish the Ladies Minus Joanie. Mary Coogan, Kt Boyle, Mirella Murray and Nollaig Casey take to the stage in a salute to their good friend and band leader of  some thirty plus years,  Joanie Madden. The stories should be as good as the music!
4.00PM
Our special guest the widely acclaimed  fiddle player Seamus Connolly  will join  flutist  Larry Nugent in a Meeting of the Masters. Many years of the finest music have been performed  and taught by these two gentlemen, and fine gentle men they are both on and off the instruments.  We are truly honored to have them in our midst. Larry’s foremost student Isaac Alderson  of the very popular group “The Yanks”  will join Larry onstage for a few tunes.
4.30PM
The Raw Bar  Collective, brought to you from Ireland, comprises such  long time notables  in the traditional scene as fiddle player Dave Sheridan, Benny McCarthy, accordion player with Danu, Colm Murphy bodhrán player with De Danann, together with unique flutist Conal Ó Gráda and exciting new  Irish singer Nell Ní Chróinín.
Some of Irelands top instrumentalists at your service folks. Something really special.
5.30PM
The Yanks (who need no introduction here in East Durham). Their achievements in traditional Irish music are quite staggering.  Dylan Foley fiddle, Dan Gurney accordion, Isaac Alderson uilleann pipes and flute with most sought after accompanist on guitar and bouzouki Sean Earnest, are a force to be reckoned with.  Special guests, Sheila Friel on uilleann pipes  and notable Irish Traditional singer Róisín White from Armagh will further enhance the last act in this extraordinary feast of Irish music, song, dance and poetry.
6.30PM
Festival closes with a rendition of “The Parting Glass “Sung by everybody in the House!
8.00PM
Mass at the beautiful Knock  Shrine, celebrated by Monsignor Charlie Coen.

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