The Fiddler of Dooney competition 2010

Sligo Live Sessions is again joining with CCE Sligo Town Branch  to host the Fiddler of Dooney Competition over the October Bank Holiday weekend. The competition, inagurated in 1965, is one of the oldest and most prestigious instrumental competitions in the tradition and is inspired by the W B Yeats poem of the same name.  The roll of previous winners reads like a whos who of traditional fiddling and includes  Matt Cranitch, Cathal Hayden, Brid Harper,  Liz Kane, Paddy Glacken, Seamus and Manus McGuire.

Surprisingly, since Sligo Live Sessions joined with CCE to host the competition, all the winners have been women. Tara Breen 2006, Laura Beegan 2007, Bronwyn Power 2008 and last year’s winner was Aoife Ní Bhrion.  Entries are expected from all over the country and from traditional musicians based overseas; who knows perhaps a male fiddler could even break the sequence this year.

Music lovers, competitors and their families are promised a brilliant weekend of music and hospitality in Sligo. The timing is excellent as the bank holiday weekend is the beginning of the school mid-term break. Full information and an entry form is provided below (download the form) or on Sligo Town Branch’s website. The Junior Competition takes place on Saturday 22nd October at 11.00am and the Senior is on Sunday at 2.00 pm.

Now in its sixth year, Sligo Live Sessions presents an innovative programme of traditional and contemporary, Irish and International music concerts featuring major Irish and International Artists. All day and night, sessions will feature some of the country’s most exciting musicians and competitors are welcome to participate. The festival club will continue into the night for the totally committed!  Check it all out on

Sligo Live also features street events and fun activities for all the family including the French Market, Street Theatre, Comedy, Magic, Juggling, more music and fun. Even those who can’t play, but can do a pretty good impression, have the hilarious ‘All Ireland Air Fiddle Championships’ Described “as the traditional take on ‘Air Guitar’.

Download  The Fiddler of Dooney Competition Form (pdf).

(Sligo Live site has more details >>>)


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