Music lovers from far and near will enjoy a feast of traditional music, song and dance this October as ‘Foxford Traditional Weekend’ gets underway from the 18th – 21st October. The town which is a haven for many musicians will host the annual event and there is a serious line-up for this year’s festival.
Events will commence with Cathy Jordan, Eleanor Shanley, Colm O’Donnell and Don Stiffe in concert on Thursday 18th October in Foxford Secondary School Hall. They will be joined by Pat Coyne on guitar and two well-know local musicians David Doocey and Stephen Doherty. This promises to be a great night and the perfect start to a jam-packed musical weekend.
A session trail of music around the town, will commence following the concert and will continue at different times, day and night, for the whole weekend, in all seven public houses. The session trail will include some of Ireland’s finest musicians from all parts of the country and this ‘high energy’ trail is sure to lift your heart and get your feet tapping. All musicians are invited to join in the session trail or initiate their own session in one of the many nooks and crannies.
The standard and quality of music from the younger generation is just inspiring and a showcase of their talent will be on show during ‘Teen Trad’ in Cruiser’s on Friday evening at 7pm. This event will feature many All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil finalists and indeed winners, from all over Connacht and Munster, and will not disappoint.
A series of workshops and master classes will take place over Saturday and Sunday with some of Ireland’s leading tutors. ‘Guest Tutors’ for the weekend are renowned musicians Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly. Other workshop over the weekend include tin-whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, accordion, concertina, guitar, piano accompaniment, set-dancing, sean-nós dancing, bodhran, lilting and singing.
A performance master class will be held to cater for proficient musicians. They will be guided under the instruction of Stephen Doherty. This group will have the opportunity to perform at the Saturday night concert alongside greats like Michael McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, tutors and many, many more fabulous musicians.
Sean-nós dancers will be put through their paces on Saturday afternoon with the sean-nós dancing competition which will start at 4pm in the Mayfly Hotel. There will also be individual competitions for the cailíní agus na buachaillí and all ages are catered for. Music by melodeon player, Tom Doherty. Tom is well known to the sean-nós scene – his sweet rhythmic music is a treat to behold!
‘Féile Concert’ on Saturday night at 8pm in the Mayfly Hotel will feature the ‘Guest Tutors’, Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly. It’s guaranteed a great night of ceol, damhsa agus craic. The concert will also feature many of the weekend tutors and visiting musicians, singer and dancers. A must for all true Irish music lovers.
Foxford Traditional Weekend
Tel: 086 3999774