Féile Patrick Byrne

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Féile Patrick Byrne

Féile Patrick Byrne is an Irish traditional music festival held annually on the Palm Sunday weekend in and around Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Organised by the Carrickmacross branch of Comhaltas, the event honours the Farney harper Patrick Byrne (c.1794-1863) who was the first Irish traditional musician ever photographed. The féile has been running since 2007 and aims to showcase the best of traditional music and dance with concerts, workshops, sessions, a lecture and céilí.

Highlights this year are the concerts with Beoga and Gerry fiddle O’Connor as well as a sets céilí with the Abbey Céilí Band.

There will be dedicated slow, youth and singing sessions. The full session list is:
Wednesday - session in The Tin Church, Laragh, Broomfield, Co. Monaghan at 7:30pm;
Thursday - singing session in Cunningham’s Loft, Main Street, Carrickmacross at 9:30pm;
Friday - session in McNally’s, Main Street, Carrickmacross at 10pm;
Saturday - youth session in McNally’s at 5pm and night session in Markey’s at 10pm;
Sunday - family session at 6:30pm in the Valley Lodge, Carrickmacross. This will change into a slow session at 8pm and a full session at 9:30pm.

Workshops take place in the Carrickmacross Workhouse on Saturday 8th April as follows:
Morning classes 10:30am to 1pm
Harp (Deirdre Granville); Tunes from Oriel (Gerry O’Connor); Introduction to traditional singing (Stephanie Makem) and Fun Trad (Seán Walsh).
Afternoon classes 2pm to 4:30pm
Accordion (Damian McKee); Fiddle (Niamh Dunne); Bodhrán (Eamon Murray) and Tunes from Oriel (Gerry O’Connor).

Further details can be found on Facebook and at www.carrickmacross.ie/feilepatrickbyrne.

Please send any queries to: Email patrickbyrnefestival@gmail.com; Text 087 2396665.