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Fri 29 April - Mon 2 May 2016
29 Aibreán - 2 Bealtaine 2016

22 annual Féile Chois Cuain
22 Féile Bhliantúil

 Programme of Events
Clár Imeachtaí

A celebration of traditional Irish music and song
Deireadh Seachtaine Amhránaíochta, Ceoil, agus Damhsa

Louisburgh in the parish of Kilgeever, barony of Murrisk and the ancient district of Iar-Umhall has a rich heritage in the traditional arts. Domhnall Meirgeach Mac Conmara and Seán Mac Conmara were notable poets from the dim and distant past. Bunting collected several "airs" in the area and his "collector" Patrick Lynch had a fruitful sojourn in the area in 1802 and collected over 30 songs. Among others, he found blind piper Billy O'Malley "who had the greatest variety of Irish songs".

James Berry in his Tales of Old Ireland wrote "the pipes in these days" (before the famine) "were as plentiful as blackberries in Autumn" and Martin Moran, an imposing blind piper of 6'4", was "considered to be the best player in Connaught in his day". Martin became a great favourite of John McHale - the Lion of Tuam - who presented him with a set of pipes which cost 35 pounds and in presenting them the Archbishop christened Martin 'the last of the Minstrels'.

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Le fiche bliain anuas mheall an fhéile scoth na gceoltóirí agus na n-amhránaithe ó gach cearn den tír chun na háite. A bhuíochas ar na haíonna agus ar na cuairteoirí sin, tá cáil i bhfad is i gcéin ar Fhéile Chois Cuain i measc lucht leanúna na n-ealaíon traidisiúnta. Tá lúcháir orainn go mbeidh an fhéile ar bun arís i mbliana agus go mbeidh baile beag Chluain Cearbáin lán de cheol, de chraic agus de chuideachta ar feadh na deireadh seachtaine.

Tá clú agus cáil ar Fhéile Chois Cuain de bharr na seisiún bríomhar neamhfhoirmeálta a bíonn le cloisteáil ar na sráideanna agus sna tithe leanna – Bí linn má tá amhrán le rá agat, port le casadh nó damhsa sna cosa agat! Sin, nó bí inár gcuideachta le blaiseadh den saibhreas cultúir sin.

Féile Chois Cuain is renowned for its informal and impromptu Sessions so if you have a song to sing, a tune to play, a step to dance or simply appreciate our culture, why not join us?

Come join in the fun. Beidh míle fáilte romhat.

 


 Programme of Events 2016


Friday 29th April - Dé hAoine 29ú Aibreán

  • 7.30pm Mol an Óige: Ceolchoirm le sárcheoltóirí óga [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission: €5.00
  • Youth concert featuring local and visiting artists


  • 9.30pm Fáiltiú/Cheese and Wine reception In e Derrylahan  
  • Fáilte roimh cách! All Welcome! Music and singing sessions in local pubs

Saturday 30th April - Dé Sathairn 30ú Aibreán

  • 10.30am - 4.00pm Set Dance Workshop/Ceardlann Seiteanna  [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission €10.00
  • Tutors/Teagascóirí

    • Pádraig & Róisín McEneany

  • 10.30am -4.00pm Masterclasses – Ceardlanna Ceoil [ Sancta Maria College ] Táille/Admission: €10.00
  • Tutors/Teagascóirí

    • Daithí Gormley / Nuala Hehir (Accordion)
    • Matt Cranitch / Antóin MacGabhann (Fiddle)
    • Hammy Hamilton / Tommy Fitzharris (Flute)
    • Kathleen Connelly / Angela Dean Masterson (Tin Whistle)
    • Conor McCague (Banjo)
    • Cormac Begley (Concertina)
    • Freda Hatton (Harp)
    • Tim Dennehy (Ballads)
    • MairéadNíFhlatharta (Sean-nósSinging)
    • GearóidÓDubháin (Sean-nósDancing)

    Note: Lunch break 1pm-2pm


  • 1.00am -12.30pm Club na Féile  [ Pastoral Centre ]
  • Spraoi do Pháistí ó 4 go 8 mbliana d’aois.


  • 4.15pm -6.00pm Seisiún Amhránaíochta Sean-nóis  [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission €5.00
  • Le scoth na n-amhránaithe ar an sean-nós – Antaine Ó Faracháin, Meaití Jó Shéamais, Mairead Ní Fhlatharta, Síle Uí Mhongáin, Johnny Mháirtín Learaí, Nell Ní Chróinín, Kate Sweeney, Kathryn Tiernan, Nollaig Ní Laoire, Nollaig Nic Aindriú, Sarah Griallais


  • 8.45pm Grand Concert / Ceolchoirm na Féile  [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission: €10.00
  • Music Song and Dance Featuring Nuala Hehir, Matt Cranitch, Tommy Fitzharris, Angela Dean Masterson, Hammy Hamilton, Kathleen Conneely, Freda Hatton, Cormac Begley, Conor McCague, Antóin McGabhann and a host of other artists.

Sunday 1st May - Dé Domhnaigh 1ú Bealtaine

  • 4.00pm Enhancing the tradition/Ag Feabhsú an Traidisiúin  [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission €10.00
  • A concert featuring artists who have composed new tunes, songs and dances which enhance our tradition. Amongst those taking part will be, Seamus Heneghan, Marcus Hernon, RichieDwyer & John Dwyer, Connie O’Donnell, Tim Dennehy and Padraig and Roisin McEneany.


  • 9.00pm - 12.00 Set Dance Social / Oíche Sheiteanna  [ Parochial Hall ] Táille/Admission €10.00
  • Music by Heather Breeze Ceili Band

Monday 2nd May - Dé Luain 2ú Bealtaine

  • 12.30pm “Slán Abhaile” Sessions  
  • Beidh seisiúin Cheoil agus amhránaíochta i rith na deireadh seachtaine – Music and singing sessions in all pubs over the weekend.


*** Weekend ticket is available at a cost of €30. ***



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