FolkWorld #68 03/2019
© The Fleadh by the Feale

We Have Had the Best

The Fleadh by the Feale
2 - 6 May 2019

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Artist Video Fuinneamh: Recently formed band ft. Micheál Broderick, Pádraig Enright, James O’Connor, Ian Sheehy, Maire O’Connor.

The Fleadh Committee have been meeting since September planning our 25th consecutive Festival in 2019. Our Celebrity Concert in Colaiste Íde agus Iosef will feature The Kilfenora Céilí Band.

In 1993 Abbeyfeale were offered the opportunity to host Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh. This proved to be such an outstanding success, the committee were requested to also host the 1994 Fleadh Cheoil. With the experience gained from these two major events, the committee decided to organize their own Traditional Music Festival in 1995 . . . . . . And so Fleadh by the Feale was born.

The festival is held on the May Bank Holiday weekend each year; in 2019 from May 2nd to 6th.

We are now planning our 25th consecutive festival with six members from 1993 still active on the committee today. It has been a wonderful journey. We have had the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from all across Ireland & further afield. We’ve had the best bands in Ireland at our Celebrity Concert each year during the Fleadh, groups such as the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Frankie Gavin & De Danann, 4 Men & a Dog, Sharon Shannon, Dervish, Mary Black and many more.

While all the above events are taking place, we have traditional music in most of the local Bars. The committee provide 4 or 5 players for each sessions, which are happening in the afternoon & night. Many people just come to town for this marvellous free entertainment.

The Kilfenora Céilí Band The Kilfenora Céilí Band

The Kilfenora Céilí Band is one of the oldest Céilí bands in Ireland. In the span of a century, entire countries rise and fall, cultures evolve, fashions transform. Yet some have endured. There are those who still prevail and even prosper.

One such icon, Ireland’s oldest Céilí Band, was born a century ago in the tiny village of Kilfenora.

Artist Video The Kilfenora Céilí Band @ FROG

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Band
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Colaiste Íde agus Iosef Band: A brilliant school band that has been an integral part of the Fleadh by the Feale Festival over the past 21 years.

Photo Credits: (1) The Fleadh by the Feale Logo, (2) Fuinneamh (5) Colaiste Íde agus Iosef Band (by The Fleadh by the Feale); (3)-(4) The Kilfenora Céilí Band (unknown/website).

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