We’re looking forward to savouring a week of traditional music at Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eó 2018 in Foxford, Co. Mayo from 7th to 13th May 2018. This locality, birthplace of Admiral William Brown, enjoys a long musical tradition, and excitement about the Mayo Fleadh has been building in recent months. The last time the Mayo Fleadh came to the town of Foxford was in two consecutive years in 1963 and 1964. Each May, one of sixteen Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branches in Mayo hosts the event and this year, the local Admiral Brown branch welcomes Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eó to the musical town of Foxford. A voluntary organisation, Comhaltas works to preserve and promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language.
The town can expect to welcome over 1,000 visitors over the two weekends during which hundreds of contestants will take part in competitions in Irish music, song, dance, language and storytelling. The dancing competitions take place on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 and all other competitions on the weekend of the 12th/13th of May 2018. The Mayo Fleadh competition winners go on to represent Mayo at the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil, while the Connacht winners will advance to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda in August 2018. A full schedule of events will be published in the run-up to the Fleadh. We can however reveal that the legendary Matt Molloy will be present during the festival!
The Mayo Fleadh is set to be a major and unmissable cultural event in Mayo in 2018, providing the opportunity for visitors to enjoy live Irish traditional music played by experienced musicians. Violinists, accordionists and whistle players will figure among the musicians competing in Foxford at Fleadh Mhaigh Eó 2018. Many of them have been playing from a young age in Mayo areas steeped in the Irish musical tradition. The organisers hope that this year’s event will promote traditional Irish culture and engage with young people in the region.
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Comhaltas is a voluntary organisation working in Ireland and abroad to preserve and promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. Foxford has a very active Comhaltas branch and competitors from the branch have had great success at All-Ireland level over the years. We are very lucky in Mayo to have dedicated, hardworking people who work tirelessly to make all Comhaltas and cultural events very successful.