FRIDAY 3rd - SUNDAY 5th august

Concerts and masterclasses

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FRIDAY 3rd august

Cara Dillon in concert
Support: Niall Hanna
Followed by House Session

Saturday 4th August

Workshop Concert

Saturday 4th August

Flook in Concert
Support: The Mulcahy Family
Followed by House Session

sunday 5th august

“Lap the Lough” Charity Fun Run
Aifreann Gaeilge – Auld Sunday Dinner
Sets Céilí with The Blackwater Céilí Band

sunday 5th august

ZoDoMo in concert
Support: Liam O’Connor & Gay McKeon
Followed by Farewell Music Session

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Brantry Fleadh 2018


The weekend of 3rd-5th August will see the return of the Brantry Fleadh 2018

Headlined by Cara Dillion, Flook, and ZoDoMo, it is supported by the Mid Ulster Council, Arts Council NI and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. This significant annual event now in its 10th consecutive year takes place at The Brantry Bard Cultural Centre, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone, and reflects all things positive about the traditional and cultural arts, through a series of concerts, music sessions, workshops, song and dance, lasting into the wee small hours!

The Fleadh commences on Friday 3rd August with an evening of song featuring the brilliant Cara Dillion, returning to the Brantry Fleadh for the second time in recent years, supported in song by local Tyrone man Niall Hanna.

On Saturday 4th August there will be Traditional Music and Song Workshops under the guidance of some of Ireland's leading Traditional Musicians. The workshops will be followed by Flook in concert, who weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into a breathtaking sound. Flook are supported by the Mulcahy’s of Abbeyfeale, West Limerick.

Sunday 5th August commences with the ‘Lap the Lough’ charity fun run. This will be followed by the ‘auld Sunday dinner’, and children’s fun day at the Bard Cultural Centre. The afternoon will see our very popular Sets Ceili, with music performed by the 2017 2nd place All-Ireland winners The Blackwater Ceili Band. The weekend will conclude with ZoDoMo in concert, supported by Gay McKeon and Liam O’Connor.

  • Friday

    Cara Dillon, Niall Hanna, House Session

  • saturday

    Masterclasses, Workshop Concert, Flook, The Mulcahy Family, House Session

  • Sunday

    “Lap the Lough” Charity Fun Run, Aifreann Gaeilge, Auld Sunday Dinner, The Blackwater Ceili Band, ZoDoMo, Liam O'Connor & Gay McKeon, Farewell Music Session

Masterclass Teachers

Music Masterclasses Saturday 4th August 11am - 4pm
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Bríd Harper

Bríd is an Irish traditional fiddle player from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and now living near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Encouraged by her parents she grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music with her sisters in the Finn Valley area.
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Zoë Conway

Zoë is increasingly in demand as a tutor, specialising in teaching her students both traditional and classical styles. Learning both genres allows for a wide musical education, as the traditional side develops a strong ear, memory, and free bowing technique, while the classical training promotes tuning, tone, posture and reading.
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Brona Graham

Brona Graham from Portglenone, Co. Antrim is one of the most influential up and coming banjo players around. She has been teaching banjo and mandolin for ten years throughout Ireland, Scotland and as far afield as America and Canada.
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Brian Finnegan

From Armagh city Brian is widely regarded as one of the true pioneers in Irish music. Front man with the legendary Flook for over 16 years, he has toured the world and recorded with many artists.
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Deirdre Havlin

Deirdre Havlin, now living back in her home town of Ballymoney, Co Antrim, is a highly respected flute/whistle player and teacher. In her early days she won several All-Ireland titles on both flute and whistle and played with various Comhaltas groups across Ireland, England and USA.
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Louise Mulcahy

Born in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick Louise is a well-established performer and tutor on both flute and uilleann pipes. Louise has travelled extensively in both capacities, as both performer and teacher of the tradition, appearing at some of the biggest national and international music festivals.
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Michelle Mulcahy

Michelle Mulcahy is one of Ireland’s most talented and gifted multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. Her array of instrumental mastery spans the harp, concertina, piano, fiddle and accordion.
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Seamy O’Dowd

Seamy O’Dowd is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who also plays fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and a number of other instruments. He was brought up by parents steeped in the musical traditions of South County Sligo and started playing the fiddle at eight years of age.
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John Joe Kelly

John Joe Kelly is one of the most sought-after bodhrán players on the folk music scene today. A member of Flook and Mike McGoldrick bands among others, John Joe’s playing has become legendary throughout the traditional scene.
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Niall Hanna

Niall Hanna is a traditional/folk singer and guitarist from County Tyrone. He was immersed in traditional singing from a young age. This was a legacy left behind by his grandfather Geordie Hanna and his sister Sarah Ann O’Neill.
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Ciarán Hanna

Ciarán is a concertina, flute and whistle player from Derrytresk, Co Tyrone and is a grandson of the well known singer, Geordie Hanna. He is a past pupil of the Armagh Pipers’ Club and currently teaches concertina in the Club.
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Darren Breslin

2008 All Ireland Senior Accordion Fleadh Cheoil winner Darren Breslin is a native of Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. His style is a combination of smoothness and crispness, with perfect triplets, dazzling rolls and total mastery of the bellows movement.
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Gay McKeon

Uilleann Pipes
Gay took an interest in uilleann piping in the 1960s under the tutelage of Leo Rowsome at the Piper’s Club on Thomas Street in Dublin’s city centre. He has taught piping for over 45 years at the Pipers Club in Thomas Street and Na Píobairí Uilleann and has established piping classes at locations throughout Ireland.

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