FRIDAY 4th - sunday 6th august

Concerts and masterclasses

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FRIDAY 4TH august

Sands Family in concert
Support: Pearse McMahon, Eimhear Mulholland, Cathal O’Neill & Niall Hanna, Armagh Pipers Club
“By Dobbin’s Flowery Vale” Book Launch
Followed by Music Session

Saturday 5th August

Workshop Concert

Saturday 5th August

De Danann in Concert
Support: Kevin Crawford, Brian Finnegan & Steve Cooney
Followed by Music Session

sunday 6th august

“Lap the Lough” Charity Fun Run
Aifreann Gaeilge
Afternoon Session
“By Dobbin’s Flowery Vale” Book Launch Bow Bro’s CD Launch

sunday 6th august

Sets Céilí with The Knockmore Céilí Band
Followed by Farewell Music Session

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Brantry Fleadh 2017

The Sands Family & De Danann headline the Brantry Fleadh 2017

The weekend of 4th-6th August will see the return of the Brantry Fleadh 2017.

Supported by the Mid Ulster Council and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, this significant annual event at The Brantry Bard Cultural Centre, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone, will see a series of Concerts each evening followed by music sessions, lasting into the wee small hours!

On Saturday 5th August there will be Traditional Music and Song Master Classes, under the guidance of some of Irelands leading Traditional Musicians Niall Murphy & Ronan O'Flaherty (Fiddles), Derek Hickey (Button Accordion), Steve Cooney (Guitar), Brian McGrath (Banjo), Brian Finnegan (Whistle), Kevin Crawford (Flute), Neill Lyons (Bodhran), Alec Finn (Bouzouki) & Eleanor Shanley (Traditional Singing).

On Sunday 6th August there will be a Sets Ceili, with 2014 All-Ireland Champions the Knockmore Ceili Band, music sessions and a variety of other events. This is the 10th Brantry Fleadh, building each year on the success of the previous events.

  • Friday

    The Sands Family & Pearse McMahon, Eimhear Mulholland, Cathal O'Neill & Niall Hanna, Armagh Pipers Club, Music Session

  • saturday

    Masterclasses, Workshop Concert, De Danann, Kevin Crawford, Brian Finnegan & Steve Cooney, Music Session

  • Sunday

    “Lap the Lough” Charity Fun Run, Aifreann Gaeilge, Afternoon Session, “By Dobbin’s Flowery Vale” Book Launch, Bow Bro's CD-launch, Knockmore Ceili Band, Farewell Music Session

Masterclass Teachers

Music Masterclasses Saturday 6th August 11am - 4pm
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Brian McGrath

Brian Mc Grath comes from Brookeborough in Co. Fermanagh. He started playing music at around 5 years – starting on accordion and piano, and progressing to banjo in his teenage years…
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Eleanor Shanley

Traditional Song
One of Ireland’s foremost female vocalists, Eleanor Shanley, from Co. Leitrim, is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and roots songs.
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Derek Hickey

Button Accordion
Hailing from Adare, Co Limerick, both Derek Hickey’s grandfathers played fiddle. Derek’s own musical career began at ten years of age when his uncle left an accordion in the family home.
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Kevin Crawford

Born in Birmingham, England, Kevin Crawford’s early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, to where he eventually moved while in his 20’s.
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Alec Finn

A founding member of De Danann, Alec Finn has been integral to the arrangement and production of all the groups’ albums and live performances.
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Ronan O’Flaherty

Ronan hails from Galway City. At the age of nine he started playing fiddle. He recorded a duet album with Co. Clare concertina player Edel Fox in 2006 and has collaborated on various other albums.
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Neill Lyons

Neill is from Dublin’s Northside. He learned his music from piper Mick O’Brien and his wife Fidelma. He has played and toured with many bands including; Delos, Sessions from the Hearth, the Gavin Whelan band, and In 1999 played on Ronnie Drew’s album ‘The Humour is on me Now’.
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Steve Cooney

Born in Melbourne, Australia, he moved to Ireland in 1981 and soon after joined Stockton’s Wing as their bassist. Steve is highly respected as one of the leading accompanists in traditional music to-day.
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Brian Finnegan

SOLD OUT – 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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Niall Murphy

From Camlough, Co. Armagh, Niall has already carved a reputation for himself in Traditional music. In 2012 he won the All Ireland Senior Fiddle Championship and in 2010/2011 won the Senior ‘Fiddler of Oriel’ and ‘Fiddler Of Dooney’ competitions.

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