Ballyshannon Folk Festival Launch Night

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Ballyshannon Folk Festival Launch Night

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival – Launch 22nd June 2017



The launch of the 40th Anniversary Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival, the longest running Folk & Traditional Music Festival in Ireland, will take place in the Abbey Arts Centre on Thursday 22nd June.

It’s back! The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival marquee in the Market Yard is back in 2017 for its 40th anniversary and already the excitement is mounting. This year’s line-up is very exciting with a mix of traditional and contemporary artists to suit all tastes.
Friday night – we have No Crows, Munday and Donegal’s own, Altan – who are celebrating 30 years this year. Saturday night its Mairtin O’Connor Trio, The Lost Brothers and Kila and our finale on Sunday night features The Sands Family, Na Leanai, Paddy Casey and Stockton’s Wing.

Our launch night includes a drinks reception and refreshments at 8pm, music from Tenekee Station Big Band – singers Colin & Nicola Gillen performing songs from Irish, American folk & Country songs passed down through the generations, our launch welcomes special guests including Eddie Lynch on Piano, Seamie O’Dowd on Fiddle, Guitar & Harmonica, Kenny Donagher on Accordion, Peter Gallagher Guitar, Dave Carty on Bass bringing a choice selection of traditional tunes and accompaniment to the Tenekee Station Big Band for the launch of the 40th Ballyshannon Folk Festival 2017. This will be a fantastic night of entertainment provided to you free of charge by the Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival.

Born in 1978, the ‘Folk Festival’ has hosted all of the great names from the Irish folk and trad scene and continues today to offer itself as a vital platform for emerging folk and traditional music talent.

In 2017 Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Festival look forward to returning to its ‘roots’ with a marquee style festival, lively pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops, busking competitions, fringe events and ceilidh’s – this leading festival still has something to cater for all tastes 40 years later – which is a testament to its adaptability!

For Ballyshannon – the Folk Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend is a permanent fixture in an ever changing world – come along to our launch on Thursday 22nd June and enjoy a taste of what’s to come in August!

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