Tuesday 20th October, 8pm
Recital Phil Callery (voice), Gerry O’Connor (fiddle) & Laoise Kelly (harp). Admission – free. Blessington Library.
Wednesday 21st October, 9pm
Man of the House Session Regular session hosted by local banjo player Tom Moran with special guests Seán Óg McKenna and Claire Carey. Admission – free. The Poitín Stil, Rathcoole.
Thursday 22nd October, 2pm
Recital Local musicians and guests from the festival’s schedule will perform a lunchtime recital for members of the Four Districts Day Care Centre in Rathcoole. Four Districts Day Care Centre, Rathcoole.
Thursday 22nd October, 8pm
Official Opening Recital The Des Carty Sessions 2009 will be opened by Martin Mansergh, TD, Minister for State at the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism. Music from Kathleen Loughnane (harp), Alec Finn (tenor guitar, bouzouki) & Sean Garvey (voice, guitar).
Admission – free. Celbridge Library.
Friday 23rd October, 8pm
A celebration of the life & music of Pat Cullen Pat Cullen lived in the Rathcoole/Tallaght area all his life and was an enthusiastic supporter of the traditional music scene in the area. He participated as a singer, mandolin player, percussionist and, bagpiper. Friends and family celebrate his contribution to traditional arts in the area. Joining us to sing a few songs in Pat’s honour will be Armagh singer Sean Mone. Admission – free. Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre.
Saturday 24th October, 1pm
Recital Local musicians perform in The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght. The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght.
Saturday 24th October, 8pm
Bluegrass/Country Recital An evening of American and Irish song and music with Jim Rooney, Rick Epping, Mick Daly and Liam Kennedy. Admission – €10 Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre.
Sunday 25th October, 1pm
CD Launch Tallaght tin whistle player Gavin Whelan launches his new CD In Full Flight with help from local musicians during his regular Sunday afternoon session. Admission – free. Belgard Pub, Tallaght.
Sunday 25th October, 3pm
Céilí The Glenside Ceili Band provide the music for an afternoon of set dancing organised by the St Mary’s Set Dancers. St Mary’s GAA Club, Pairc Mhuire, Saggart.
Sunday 25th October, 8pm
Main Concert Henry McCullough (guitar, voice). Jimmy, Vincent & Peter Campbell (fiddles). Peter Horan & Mick Shannon (flute & fiddle). Pat Good (guitar, voice). Karen Walsh, Lillian Fennell & Susie O’Gorman (concertinas). MC – Finbar Boyle. Admission – €15. Citywest Hotel.
Monday 26th October, 9pm
The Ragpickers’ Ball Session Session featuring many of the week’s performers in an informal setting. Barney McKenna, The Campbells, Karen, Lillian & Susie, singer Pat Good, and many more. Admission – free. Citywest Hotel, Saggart.
Master Classes Traditional Irish Music workshops with Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th. Contact 087-7537488. Áras Chrónaín, Clondalkin
Guitar with Henry McCullough. Sunday 25th October, 1.00pm – 3.30pm. Fiddle with Jimmy, Vincent & Peter Campbell. Monday 26th, 1pm – 3pm. Cost – €45 per student. Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre.