Friday 25th October

8pm Official Opening

Festival Chairperson Cormac O’Mahony will open the 27th Patrick O’Keeffe. ‘Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence’ Eoin Stan O’Sullivan will address the crowd also. This will be followed by a talk on the music of Sliabh Luachra down through the years by a well- known friend of the festival. More details to follow.

10pm– Pub Trail begins. Sessions in Hartnett’s, McCarthy’s, Kearney’s, The Crown,The Shoemaker’s and River Island La Bodega.

Saturday 26th October

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Also: Niamh Parson’s and Graham Dunne

One more act to be confirmed

Tickets Available Soon

We are delighted to bring you the news that top traditional music band Téada along with Seamus Begley will be headlining the Saturday night concert at this years festival. Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne will be the supporting act on the night. Tickets will be going on sale online, more details to follow shortly.

One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”
Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. In 2014 the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan.

To see more Téada and Seamus Begley videos, click here.

Also on Saturday 26th October…..

9.45 am. Registration for music classes, all levels catered for. St. Patricks Secondary school, College Rd. (All Classes will be Sliabh Luachra orientated)

10am. Sliabh Luachra Classes in fiddle, accordion, banjo, flute and concertina and uileann pipes. Tutors to be confirmed.

2pm- Fiddle Concert. Hosted by Matt Cranitch. Sliabh Luachra’s top fiddle players will be performing in an intimate setting. More details to follow soon.

2pm- Pub Trail runs all day. Organised and impromptu sessions with Ireland’s top traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town. A detailed programme will be available online and in the pubs and River Island hotel

2.30pm: Pop Up Gaeltacht le Éamonn Ó Braoin and Tomas Mac Uileagóid – Brush up on your conversational Irish in an informal, relaxed class with Éamonn Ó Braoin in Nana Bea’s restaurant, (beside the new library)

3pm: Kid’s session- Hosted by Sheila Heery. More details to follow soon.

3pm: ‘Glór na Féile‘ Cúpla Focail le Eamoinn O Braoin agus Tomas MacUileagóid in Nana Bea’s restaurant

4pm– Finn Harper art exhibition. Finn exhibiting his amazing artwork of traditional musicians and working on some commissions for this years festival

4pm Singing Concert– Hartnett’s Bar. Ger O’Donnell, Mickey McConnell, Tim Dennehy and more. Includes one very special surprise guest.


Sunday 27th October

11:30am Mass with traditional music for the departed friends of the festival. Followed by a musical remembrance at St. John’s graveyard for our parted friend and festival founding member Mike Kenny.

1pm- Niamh Parson’s singing workshop. Legendary singer Niamh Parsons will take the group through some of her repertoire of songs. Traditional song has carried the experiences, humour, character, and history Ireland through the centuries. Breathing, pronunciation, and delivery techniques will all be spoken about. Participants will use lyric sheets and learn the melodies by ear, no formal training necessary.

2pm- Pub Trail resumes and runs all day.

3pm- Set dancing Céilí. Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band

4pm- ‘Legendary’ Singing session. Hosted by Mikey O’Connor and Joe Walsh.

8pm- Sliabh Luachra All Stars Concert. Hosted by Tim Dennehy. Presentation of the of the “Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra” award to Jackie Daly. Special presentation to Nicky and Anne McAulliffe to mark their Gradam Ceoil Lifetime Achievement Award which was bestowed upon them this year.

10pm- Pub Trail continues until late

Festival Club…


 Entry only secured to festival club by purchase of weekend  festival pass. (These will go on sale shortly.) Festival musicians will have free entry to festival club.

Monday 27th October

1pm. Pub trail will continue all day until late.


3pm- Poetry Extravaganza Poet & Writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice inviting the so inclined to a poetry work shop in Browne’s back Bar.

Other Events

  • Finn Harper- Artist workshop all weekend
  • Derek Hickey album launch Saturday
  • Other Album Launces still to be announced
  • Lectures/Talks on the music of Sliabh Luachra still to be announced.
  • Fiddle recitals
  • Singing Sessions
  • Poetry extravaganza with Gabriel Fitzmaurice
  • Pub Trails (featuring renowned national and international musicians)
  • Trad sessions day & night (all musicians welcome)
  • Junior Trad session (daytime)
  • Cantral location (to all the Kingdom has to offer)