Those who love traditional music in Mayo will already be planning on heading to Ballinrobe in South Mayo this May for the Fleadh 2017. While Ballinrobe hosts this year’s event, we can savour traditional music at Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eó 2018 in Admiral Brown’s country of Foxford next year in 2018.
Foxford has a long tradition of music and excitement is already being felt. The last time the Fleadh came to the town of Foxford was in two consecutive years in 1963 and 1964.
The County Fleadh is an annual event which takes place in May each year. It is coordinated by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and it is hosted by one of sixteenth branches of Comhaltas (Ceoltóirí Éireann) within the county.
Comhaltas is a voluntary organisation, which works to preserve and promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. It is the Admiral Brown branch of Comhaltas, which will welcome Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eó to the musical town of Foxford. There promises to be a feast of traditional music in Foxford at Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eó 2018.
The Fleadh is set to be one of the major cultural events in the county, not to be missed by music lovers and visitors, who want to experience live Irish traditional music played by some of the most experienced players. There will be violinists, accordionists, whistle players and others making traditional music in Foxford at Fleadh Mhaigh Eó 2018. Many of them have been playing from a young age in areas steeped in the Irish musical tradition.
The town can expect to welcome over 1,000 visitors over the two weekends with hundreds taking part in numerous competitions in Irish music, song, dance, language and storytelling. The winners of these competitions go on to represent Mayo at the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil and the winners in Connacht will go on to the All-Ireland which will be held in Drogheda in August 2018.
The dancing competitions will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 and all other competitions on the weekend of the 12th/13th of May 2018. There will be a full schedule of events in the run-up to the Fleadh and this is expected to promote traditional Irish culture and engage with young people in the region.
The town also hosts the annual ‘Foxford Traditional Weekend’, which takes place from 5th-8th October 2017. The cultural weekend includes workshops, competitions, music sessions and this year they welcome Seán Keane in concert on Friday 6th October.
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.