Fleadh Nua - It’s that time of year again!
The Fleadh Nua website at http://www.fleadhnua.com//index.php has been updated and now includes information on most of the events for 2009. For anyone who hasn’t been to Ennis for this festival, the “Fleadh Nua Experience” is worth clicking on as it gives a flavour of what it’s all about. The video was probably made some years ago judging by the ages of some of the younger musicians. Sadly also some of the more senior ones are no longer with us like Clarecastle fiddler, John Joe Casey, featured in session near the end. On a brighter note the irreppressible Robbie Mc Mahon, who diddles “The Mason’s Apron” and also gives a few verses of his own composition “The Fleadh Down in Ennis”, is still hale and hearty and will feature at many events this year including the Singers’ Club of which he’s President.
I’ve been told that the Saturday night Kilfenora concert in Glór is sold out but that there are still a few tickets left for the Chieftains on Wednesday night – these can be booked on-line at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.
My main interest is the daily Foinn Seisiún workshops and I may be looking for your help in deciding on the best tunelist (once I’ve drawn up a couple of alternatives) in a day or two. Hopefully some of you will get down to Ennis as it’s always nice to be able to put a “face to a handle”; also it’s even better to be able to fit in a few tunes between the discussions!