2021 Cork Folk Festival Press Release
42nd Cork Folk Festival
29th Sept-3rd October 2021
Organisers are delighted to announce a return to live folk music at the 42nd Cork Folk Festival, happening across Cork city from Wednesday 29th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021.
“The festival will celebrate the music of Cork with a strong emphasis on live music. We are indebted to the Cork City Council and Arts Office who grant aided the festival this year. Throughout the year myself and Jim Walsh Festival Chairman have gone through different variations of how the festival could happen in 2021 and scrubbed plans many times as the Covid situation deteriorated. But with the health concerns improving we have settled on a programme that will entice Cork lovers of live acoustic music” says Festival Co-Organiser William Hammond.
Cork Folk Festival have programmed four headline concerts at the Triskel Arts Centre featuring the likes of Freddie White’s (sold out), Steve Cooney, Tara Breen and Fiona Kennedy. An open-air concert ‘Folk Fest in the Park’ with Seán Ó Sé & The Abbey Céili Band will take place live at Fitzgerald Park. There’ll be a celebration of legendary traditional singer Margaret Barry and her grandfather, piper Robert (Bob) Thompson in St Peter’s Church, and a film showing of Ceol na bhFánaithe featuring Margaret Barry. Plus sessions from some of the country’s finest Folk and Trad musicians: Dermot Byrne, Pádraig Rynne Mary Greene, Anna Mitchell, Eoin O Riabhaigh, Johnny McCarthy & Tim O’Riordan and Marty Barry & Cathal Ó Curráin, Maire Ni Chéileachair, Matt Cranitch, and Nesbitt
The festival will also feature the launch of ‘Cork 1920, A City In Flames’ CD by John Murphy. We invite you to join John for the ‘Rebels of Cork’ Walking Tour or follow the Hedge School Sessions – a series of secret sessions organised to coincide with the Folk Fest.
You can also get involved directly by joining Cork Singers’ Club Zoom Singing Session or various Zoom Workshops in Sliabh Luachra Tunes, Traditional Song, Uilleann Pipes and Flute.
For Cork Folk Festival Online, selected concerts featuring Garry Cronin and others will be broadcast on Cork Community TV and Live on Facebook.
Tickets for The Celebration of legendary traditional singer Margaret Barry at www.PROC.ie
For full programme details, visit www.corkfolkfestival.com
LISTINGS AT A GLANCE
Wednesday 29th September
Cork Singers Club on ZOOM: 8.30pm Singing Session on Zoom Special guest Eugene McEldowney. To participate send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 30th September
St Peters Church: 7.30pm Launch of ‘Cork 1920, A City In Flames’ CD with John Murphy & friends, By invite.
“Cork 1920: A City in Flames”,
Triskel Christchurch: 8pm Freddie White in Concert Tickets Sold Out
Friday 1st October
Triskel Christchurch: 8pm Steve Cooney & Dermot Byrne in Concert €25/ €23.50 Conc.
Saturday 2nd October
10.30am -12pm Traditional Song: Máire Ní Chéileachair,
10.30am-12pm Flute & Whistle: Karl Nesbitt
12-1.30pm Sliabh Luachra Tunes: Matt Cranitch,
12-1.30pm Uilleann Pipes: Leonard Barry
2pm Rebels of Cork Walking Tour led by John Murphy, meet at 1.30pm at the Monument in Blackpool FREE
Triskel Christchurch: 8pm Tara Breen, Padraig Rynne & Jim Murray in Concert Tickets €25/ €23.50 Conc.
An Spailpin Fanach 9pm Trad Session FREE
Sunday 3rd October
St Peters Church:1pm A Celebration of legendary traditional singer Margaret Barry and her grandfather, piper Robert Thompson. With Eoin O Riabhaigh, Johnny McCarthy & Tim O’Riordan and Marty Barry & Cathal Ó Curráin.
Plaque to commemorate Margaret Barry’s birthplace
The main reason the festival has decided to celebrate Margaret Barry was to draw attention to where Margaret was born, 99 North Main Street. The festival, her family and her friends would like to place a plaque marking the building to commemorate her birthplace.
This concert will feature musicians who have a connected to Margaret Barry and Robert (Bob) Thompson.
Marty Barry is Margaret Barry’s grandson and is deeply rooted in the song tradition. Eoin Ó Riabhaigh accompanied by Johnny MacCarthy is the custodian of the Goodman pipes player by Bob Thompson, the pipes were passed down to Eoin’s by his father, Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh. Eoin has also written a tune to commemorate Robert. Tim O Riordan a ballad singer in the style of Margaret and has written a song for her, The Heart of the Song. Cathal Ó Curráin has also a connection, he is a relation of piper Turlough McSweeney who took 2nd place in the 1897 Feis Ceoil in Dublin.
Fitzgerald Park: 2pm Folk Fest in the Park, Seán Ó Sé, Máire Ní Chéileachair & The Abbey Céilí Band FREE
Triskel Christchurch: 8pm Triskel Christchurch ‘Gals at Play’ Mary Greene, Anna Mitchell & Fiona Kennedy Tickets €25/ €23.50 Conc.
An Spailpin Fanach 9pm Trad Session FREE
Hedge School Sessions – a series of secret sessions organised to coincide with the folk fest at various venues.
Folk Festival Online, selected concerts featuring Garry Cronin and others will be broadcast on Cork Community TV and Live on Facebook.
St Peters Church: Available for viewing all weekend. Film Showing, Margaret Barry Ceol na bhFánaithe FREE
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