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 concert with the Mairtín O’Connor Band on Saturday 13th and fiddler Gerry O’Connor’s solo recital on Friday 12th. The weekend finishes with a bang as the Salamanca Céilí Band play for an afternoon sets céilí.

As well as the usual sessions there will be dedicated slow, youth and singing sessions.

Workshops will take place in the Carrickmacross Workhouse on Saturday 13th April as follows:
Morning classes 10:00am to 1pm
Harp, traditional singing, easy tin whistle and Fun Trad (suitable for ages 7 to 11).
Afternoon classes 2pm to 5pm
Accordion (Mairtín O’Connor); Fiddle (Gerry O’Connor); Banjo (Cathal Hayden) and Guitar (Seamie O’Dowd).

On Sunday 14th there will be a sean nós dance workshop with Ulster champion dancer Aoife McCabe in the St. Louis Secondary school hall from noon to 2pm. The sets céilí will then follow at 3pm.

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

Re: Féile Patrick Byrne

This is always a terrific festival with musicians from all over the Northeast and further afield attending. The workshops are given by the highest standard of musicians. The Saturday night concert is a treat with huge names e.g. Martin O’Connor Band this year, Beoga, and Breaking Trad having played in previous years! Don’t miss out on this terrific weekend!

Update on sessions at Féile Patrick Byrne

All the sessions are open and all are welcome.

Friday 12th April
Music Session with Gerry O’Connor - 10pm – McNally’s, adm. free and all welcome.

Saturday 13th April
Abair Amhrán - 4pm to 6pm – Markey’s - adm. free. A dedicated bi-lingual singing session with all singers welcome.

Afterburners - 5.30pm to 7.30pm – McNally’s - adm. free. Open youth trad session with all teen musicians welcome. No speed limits!

Music Session - 10:30pm ‘till late – Markey’s.

Sunday 14th April
Reel Slow - 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Markey’s - adm. free. A dedicated slow session suitable for novice and improver musicians hosted by the local adult slow session group and led by fiddle player Noreen McManus. Speed limits apply but all are welcome.

Survivors Session - 9pm ‘till late – McNally’s - adm. free. Final open music session of the féile with all musicians, singers and dancers welcome. Hup!