Ballinaglera is all set to host its third annual traditional music festival this coming weekend, Friday-Sunday, October 5-7. The weekend kicks off in real style on the Friday night, with our very own Eleanor Shanley giving a concert performance in our beautiful community hall.
The renowned Eleanor who needs no introduction to folk and traditional music circles will be making her first visit to our festival. On the night Eleanor, one of the finest singers of her generation, will be performing with fellow band members, Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly.
On Saturday from 2pm to 4pm in the community hall, there will be a special flute workshop hosted by the world renowned Catherine McEvoy. Admission to the workshop is only €5. Catherine one of the traditions greatest ever fluteplayers will also be performing in session in Skerry Rynn’s public house on the Saturday night.
Earlier that day in Skerry’s there will be a youth session led by up and coming and very talented Ballinaglera musicians. This session will take place from 5pm to 7pm.
In Mulveys public house on the Saturday night there will be a unique opportunity to hear two of North Connaughts finest play together as Oliver Loughlin on piano accordion will be joining forces with Tommy Guihan on concert flute.
On Sunday, world champion sean nós dancer Louise Devitt will be hosting a dancing workshop in the community hall from 2pm to 4pm. Back by popular demand again this year Louise’s workshops are always a highlight of the weekend. Admission only €5.
On Sunday night in Mulvey’s public house the atmosphere is sure to be electric as Leitrim legend Michael O’Brien on button accordion teams up with two of the country’s finest namely, Lorraine Sweeney from Ballinamore on flute and Harry McGowan from South Sligo on flute and singing.
On the Sunday night in Skerry’s public house we welcome on his very first visit to Ballinaglera, master uileann piper Pat Broderick from Co Galway. Pat, a member of the famous Broderick family from near Loughrea, is also a member of the world famous Shaskeen Ceili Band. Admission to all the weekends pub gigs are free and visiting musicians young and old welcome.
All roads lead to Ballinaglera this weekend where a warm welcome and fine music awaits.