Music, song and dance Wednesday, July 3 - Sunday July 7

Lydia Warnock, Siobhan Kelly from Kinlough and Shane McGrenaghan, Drumshanbo are pictured rehearsing before the finals at the Leitrim County Fleadh in Ballinamore.
Carrick-on-Shannon welcomes music, dance and song to the county town this weekend.

Carrick-on-Shannon welcomes music, dance and song to the county town this weekend.

The Hup! Festival/Connacht Fleadh is in full swing at the moment in Carrick-on-Shannon with the Fleadh being officially opened this Friday. There are many musical events not to be missed, including ceilis, sessions, workshops, gig-rig entertainment, concerts as well as Fleadh competitions of course and you are all being urged to grab a brush and come along to Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday evening, July 5 at 5pm when there will be an attempt to break the world-record brush dance, before the official opening of Fleadh Chonnacht.

Seanachai Mick Quinn from South Armagh will launch his double CD on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm in The Bush Hotel. In his 86th year, Mick has been enthralling audiences at fleadhanna, concerts, singing and storytelling festivals with his unique interpretations of his vast repertoire of songs and stories for many years. Proceeds from the CD go to the Irish Kidney Patients Association.

Wednesday 3: Ceol agus caint -harp recital and gaeilge in Lena’s Tea Room at 11am. Premiere night of John McDwyer’s “The Harper’s Wake” with musical entertainment at 7.30pm in the Dock.

Thursday 4: Coffee morning featuring Carrick 400 Céilí Band & Clare Bohan’s ‘Youthful view of Trad music’ talk at 10am. Farmers Market, with music, dance and song, special performance of the “Fairy Story of Sheebeg-Sheemore”, 4th July celebrations, face-painting and fun-filled activities for the little ones from 11-2pm – all free. Music-themed crafts in Lena’s Tea Room at 11am. “Siúl” and “Seisúin” on Sheemore – enjoy a few tunes, songs and refreshments on top of Sheemore and learn about the area from local historian, Joe Flynn. Meeting at Gowel Church at 7pm where a bus will bring all to the foot of Sheemore “The McKenna” talk by Sean Gilrane in Cryan’s pub at 7.30pm followed by monster session in Cryan’s at 10pm. “The Harper’s Wake” continues in the Dock at 8.30pm.

Friday 5: Workshops/master-classes in fiddle and piano/keyboard facilitated by members of world-renowned group, “Cherish the Ladies”in the Dock at 11am. Brush Dance World Record attempt with all proceeds going to St. Patrick’s Hospital Patient Comfort Fund, all steps will be taught before the dance – just bring your brushes at 5pm! Official opening of Connacht Fleadh and entertainment on the gig rig welcoming of the “Clans” for the weekend Gathering at 7pm. “The Harper’s Wake” continues in the Dock at 8.30pm Pub sessions, including “Clan Gatherings” around the town.

Saturday 6: 10am start for Fleadh Competitions. CD launch by renowned storyteller Mick Quinn in The Orchard Room in the Bush Hotel at singers’ session at 8pm. Gig-rig entertainment at 2.30pm. Ceílí in Cortober Hall with “The Swallow’s Tail” at 8.30pm.

Sunday 7: 10am start for Fleadh Competitions. Aifrinn an bhFleadh, St. Mary’s Church at 12pm. Open air Céilí at the Landmark Hotel at 3pm. Gig-rig entertainment at 2.30pm. Sessions – Youth sessions, street sessions and pub sessions. The Scattering Session in “Trad-Tune Fancy Dress” in Cryan’s .

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