43rd Cork Folk Festival 29th Sept-2nd Oct announcement
43rd Cork Folk Festival announces a breath-taking line up of artists
Cork Folk Festival is back again this autumn from 29th September to the 2nd October with four days of stunning folk music featuring over 30 events. The festival will be a fully live folk festival and headline act this year will be the wonderful singer Mary Black accompanied by Bill Shanley, Pat Crowley, Nick Scott, Richie Buckley and Liam Bradley with support from Gráinne Hunt at the Cork Opera House on October 2nd. Trad audiences will be delighted to hear that Na Deise band DANÚ will also feature along with legendary Chieftains’ musicians Sean Keane and Matt Molloy. The line-up of leading traditional musicians includes three duos’: harpist, Máire Ní Chathasaigh with guitarist Chris Newman, concertina player Caitlín Nic Gabhann with fiddler Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and guitarist Seamie O’Dowd with piper Leonard Barry. At the St Luke’s Venue, we feature a CD launch by composer and fiddle player Clare Sands with a mighty line-up. At an Spailpin Fanach we feature concerts with Gerry Harrington, Peter Browne, Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, Charlie Piggott, Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly plus Thomas McCarthy, Brendan Mulvihill, Jimmy Crowley and Eve Telford. ‘Gals at Play’ this year will feature Mary Greene, Niamh Murphy, Sarah O’Gorman, Alannah Thornburgh and Aileen Mythen. A Celebration of Sliabh Luachra will feature Eoin Stan O’ Sullivan, Emma O’ Leary, Pat Fleming, Maura O’Connor and Bryan O’ Leary. The festival line-up also includes a Music Network Tour featuring Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Mark Redmond and Cormac De Barra, singer songwriters will feature also with Padraig Jack in Coughlan’s Bar and Emma Langford in Cyprus Avenue. The final gig of the festival will be the Cork Cajun Band, Two Time Polka at The Crane Lane.
The 4 day festival will also feature a Céilí Mór, Music Workshops, film, the launch of Jackie Daly’s tune book and a CD launch from Paddy Egan and Frankie Gavin, Storytime for Children, Fiddle, Flute, Box and Concertina concerts, Folk fest in the Park and sessions.