Skerries Traditional Music Weekend

By on April 28, 2017

This year the 16th Skerries Traditional Music Weekend will take place from 19th – 21st of May in the picturesque seaside town of Skerries situated in the North Fingal region of County Dublin.

In 2017 Skerries will play host to a weekend packed with music, song and dance where leading artists will travel to Skerries and join with locals and visitors in a celebration of our unique Irish heritage. A great selection of top-class individual players will be participating throughout the weekend on many levels including formal concerts, tutoring and pub sessions. Artists such as Mary Bergin, Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil, Bríd Harper, John Carty, Laoise Kelly, Mick O’Brien, Danny O’Mahony, Mairéad Casey, Conal Ó Gráda, to mention but a few!

Local musician James O’Mahony will lead the way to some of the local schools accompanied by a team of musicians to perform and interact with the primary school students.  Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is proud to be involved in this Outreach Programme which over the years has nurtured a keen interest in traditional music among the younger members of the local community

ALTAN will perform on Friday night at 8pm in The Little Theatre venue.   Progressive Credit Union Limited are proud to sponsor this Opening Concert. 

Early booking is advised.   Tickets are available now by contacting a member of our Committee on 087 6528643. The concert is sponsored by Progressive Credit Union limited.

There are great choices for the playing punter this year when some of Irelands’ top exponents of traditional music showcase their talents in a more informal and natural setting. Players are welcome to join in the many sessions during the weekend which will also include a Slow Session for Adults and a Junior Session aimed at providing an opportunity for young musicians to play together and sample the session atmosphere.

There is a treat in store on Saturday evening at Skerries Mills on the late Joe Ryan,  fiddle player, an illustrated presentation by Máire O’Keeffe and Nicholas Carolan starting at 7.00pm Tickets €5. 

Music and Dancing workshops will take place on Saturday. This year there is a variety of instruments to choose from including ‘Harp’ as well as the continuation of the ‘special beginner Tin Whistle Class’ for Adults with tutor Andrea Gallagher. This initiative is limited to 10 spaces only and a tin whistle will be provided for each student.  Also included is a Master Fiddle class with John Carty.  The Dancing workshop will cover both Sean Nós and Set Dancing.

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Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is delighted to welcome John & Maggie Carty on Saturday evening 20th May when they will be performing at Rockabill at 8.00pm.  They will be accompanied by Shane MacGowan.

Early booking is advised by contacting Rockabill Restaurant at 01 8495001 as the numbers admitted to this gathering will be limited.   

Music on the Street’ will take place on Saturday afternoon at Floraville Park.   Check out the website for more details of the afternoon programme and the Weekend Events.

Get your dancing shoes on Calling dancers of all ages and dance the night away with the The Kilfenora Céilí Band   This much-anticipated event will be held on Saturday night at 9.00pm in Skerries Community Centre.   Listeners very welcome – Bring a friend!

Saturday afternoon and evening sessions continue to draw in the crowds and the Singing Session with MC Con Fada Ó Drisceoil and special guests is at 9.30pm in Joe Mays.

The very popular Sunday morning recital in Skerries Mills is hosted by Mary Bergin who leads her fellow tutors in an early morning tune. Special guest will be the young piper, Amy Campbell.

Check out the weekend details on  www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com

Contact Details:  skerriestradmusic@gmail.com or call 087 652 8643.

Skerries Trad Music Weekend continues to go from strength to strength and this year promises to attract many more revellers from Ireland and abroad, so make sure you join us in May for a chilled weekend of great music, great craic and a great vibe.

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is very grateful for the kind sponsorship and support of Fingal County Council,  Progressive Credit Union Limited, The Moriarty Group and the local businesses of Skerries

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