This will be our 40th Cork Folk Festival, so don’t miss it, it promises to be our best ever.
The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capitol, Cork. The 40 year old festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the Streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Irish Traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.
Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars. Set in Cork city, is has a unique atmosphere, taking in 14 of the city’s famous venues, but the festival feels intimate, despite its diversity in venues. Whether it’s local foods; tripe and drisheen, or a bodhrán workshop, fiddle concert or trad session that you’re after, the festival is well catered and all at minimal cost. Put short, it’s an old school festival for audiences who appreciate world class acoustic music.
Line up: Andy Irvine, Dougie McLean, Martin & Eliza Carthy, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, ZoDoMo: Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny & Mairtín O’Connor, Freddie White, John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley,Tom Baxter, Nollaig Casey & Arty McGlynn, Liz Doherty, Karan Casey with Niall Vallely, Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham, Neil Toner, Steve Turner, Sliabh Luachra Concert with Eoin ‘Stan’ O’Sullivan, Session Americana, Lee Valley String Band, Two Time Polka, Granny’s Attic, Pat Speight, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Gals at Play with Mary Green, Caoimhe & Eimhear Flannery, Cork Singers Club, Cork Pipers Club, Siobhan Peoples & Blackie O Connell, Luke Daniels, Margaret Barry Event, ...
Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Cork Folk Festival (4) Blackie O'Connell, (5) John Spillane, (6) Dougie MacLean, (8) Niamh Dunne, (9 Martin Carthy (unknown/website); (3) Andy Irvine, (7) Karan Casey (by Walkin' Tom).