After its huge success in 2013 and a crowd of 10,000 visitors to the town, Cuisle Cheoil Traditional Music Festival returns to Wexford for and even bigger and better second year. Some of Ireland’s top musicians are set to feature at a trail of events criss-crossing Gorey town next weekend from February 21 to 23.
The festival will be officially opened by on Friday, Feb 21 with a series of free ‘Trad’ Music sessions at a variety of venues right across Gorey town.
A not to be missed festival highlight takes place on Saturday evening as the Cuisle Cheoil Festival Concert features performances by some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians and many All-Ireland championship winners featuring accomplished fiddle player Ciara Ni Bhriain, champion accordion player Cyril O’ Donoghue, outstanding flutist Conor Byrne, international selling singers Colm O’Donnell and Cyril O’Donoghue and Mick O’Brien will playn the Uileann Pipes. The concert will be compered by Áine Hensey, who hosts a number of traditional music programmes on Radio na Gaeltachta and RTE1.
Commenting at the launch of the festival, Chairperson of Cuisle Cheoil, Pat Kavanagh said, “We are delighted to be launching the programme for Cuisle Cheoil 2014 having successfully staged our first festival with huge visitor numbers of close on 10,000 visitors last year we a re looking to build on that this year. We have a fantastic programme lined up and we are looking forward to three days of top class entertainment with Concerts, Céilís, Workshops and Sessions taking place in various venues around the town.”
On Saturday February 22, youth recitals take place along with Sean Nos dancing workshops, a series of lunch-time concerts and the Cuisle Cheoil Festival Concert on Saturday evening followed by a monster Trad seisiún.
On Sunday, following a Traditional Irish Mass in St. Michael’s at noon, a lecture by Uileann Piper and RTE Radio Producer, Peter Browne takes place, there is also a Set Dancing workshop, and the festival closes with a ‘not to be missed’ Céilí Mór on Sunday night with music by the Ballyellis Céilí Band.
The Cuisle Cheoil Festival has been established to provide a local platform for the country’s top exponents of quality traditional Irish music, song and dance using the form of sessions, workshops and concerts. For further details on Cuisle Cheoil see http://cuislecheoil.ie/