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.
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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!