Ennis Trad Festival 2010

The 17th Annual Ennis Trad Festival will take place this year from Thursday 11 to Monday 15, November 2010.

The Ennis Trad Festival is a festival for those who love to hear (or play) Irish Traditional music of the highest quality in its most natural setting. The festival brings together the very best of Irish traditional musicians, singers and dancers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Over 30 venues host selected exponents of the music, carefully mixed and matched to ensure an exciting variety of sessions. Spotlight concerts each night (Thursday to Monday) feature internationally renowned artists. There are many other events too, including CD launches, recitals, instrument and singing masterclasses, a spectacular céilí band competition with audience voting and set-dancing céilís. It all happens over a (very) long weekend in Ennis, the capital of Ireland’s premier music county, Clare.
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The headline acts this year are Cathal Hayden, Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd and Jimmy Higgins, Any Old Time, The Dave Munnelly Band, The Brock McGuire Band with special guest Noel Battle. Monday night’s festival finale concert will feature Charlie Harris, Maeve Donnelly, Eamonn and Geraldine Cotter.
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This year’s festival will feature the 4th Annual Ard Ghaisce na mBuíonta Senior Céilí Band Competition, with substantial cash prizes! This popular event pits the nation’s best Céilí Bands against each other in a friendly Battle Royale. The winners are chosen by a combination of audience voting and a panel of expert adjudicators who are screened to prevent them seeing the competitors, or knowing their identity during the competition.
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The masterclasses provide an excellent opportunity to those who wish to improve their musical skills with some of traditional music’s most accomplished tutors. Class sizes will be limited to ensure each individual student benefits fully from the workshop in the development of technique, style and repertoire.

Programme:

Thursday
6.30pm     Festival launch with Pat Costelloe       Free
7.30pm     CD launch – Ciorras     Temple Gate Hotel     Free
From 9.30pm     Session trail     Various venues     Free
11.30pm     Any Old Time (Mick Daly, Dave Hennessey, Matt Crannitch)     Queen’s Hotel front bar     €15

Friday
7pm     CD launch with Dave Sheridan     Queen’s Hotel front bar     Free
7.30pm     West Wind presenters’ concert in association with Clare Fm     Glór     €20
10pm     Session trail     Various venues     Free
Midnight     Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O’Dowd & Jimmy Higgins.     Auburn Lodge Hotel     €20

Saturday
11am     Workshops in various instruments     Rice College CBS, New Road, Ennis       €25
4pm     Talk and demonstration on behalf of Willy Simmons of his new flute and whistles by Jon Dodd.     TBC     Free
7pm     Ard Ghaisce Na mBuíonta (senior céilí band competition).     Glór     €15
10pm     Session trail     Various venues     Free
Midnight     Concert with The Dave Munnelly Band (ticket also covers trad disco with Ollie Mullooly)     Auburn Lodge Hotel     €20
Midnight     Trad disco with Ollie Mullooly (ticket also covers The Dave Munnelly Band)     Auburn Lodge Hotel     €20

Sunday
1pm     CD launch with Eoin O’Neill, Kevin Griffin and Quentin Cooper     Temple Gate Hotel     Free
Afternoon     Session trail     Various venues     Free
4pm     Céilí with the Abbey Céilí Band     Cois na hAbhna     €10
7pm     CD launch with Stevie Dunne, banjo     Temple Gate Hotel     Free
10pm     Concert with The Brock McGuire Band with special guest Noel Battle     The Old Ground Hotel     €15

Monday
Afternoon     Farewell sessions     Various venues     Free
11.30pm     Concert with Charlie Harris, Maeve Donnelly, Geraldine and Eamonn Cotter (ticket also covers Shuckin’ and Jivin’)    Queen’s Hotel front bar     €15
Late     Shuckin’ and Jivin’ with DJ Andrew McNamara (ticket also covers Concert with Charlie Harris, Maeve Donnelly, Geraldine and Eamonn Cotter)     Queen’s Hotel front bar     €15

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