June 20th to the 22nd sees the 2nd Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Traditional Music Festival take place in Glengarriff, Co Cork. The festival looks to revive the tradition of Uilleann piping in the area and is a must for all piping and traditional music enthusiasts. This year’s festival promises to be a spectacular event with a strong artistic line-up featuring renowned names such as De Dannan, Liam O’Flynn, Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch plus Kila’s Rónán Ó Snodaigh.
De Dannan will open the festival on Friday night followed by music sessions in each of the village pubs. This year the festival will offer a range of workshops for all abilities in piping, accordion and the fiddle. One of the highlights of the festival will be an intimate concert with Liam O’Flynn on Saturday afternoon in the Glengarriff Park Hotel.
The Saturday night celebration concert will host a variety of musical talent such as The Drôle & Mick O’Brien, Nell Ní Chróinín, Sean McKeown & Liam O’Connor and others with the legendary Seán Ó Se as Fear an Tí.
The Piping for a Pint Session Trail will take place in the various pubs throughout the village all through the weekend and promises to be a great way to see the legends of Irish music up close and personal.
The festival will draw to a close on Sunday with a finale concert in Jim’s Coffee House featuring Máire Ní Ghrada and Máiread & Nollaig Casey.
Further information and tickets for all concerts and workshops can be found online at www.jimdowlingfestival.com
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