Drogheda is counting down to Fleadh Cheoil
Excitement is building in the historically and culturally vibrant setting of Drogheda ahead of August’s Fleadh Cheoil.
The Co Louth town will host this myriad of Irish traditional music, song and dance from August 12 - 19 with some 400,000 people expected to revel in this feast for the senses. This of course includes thousands of overseas visitors.
This will be the 68th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and for the first time in its history, the Fleadh will be held on the north east coast of Ireland.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a family festival that celebrates Irish culture through a varied week-long programme of events at various locations. It will feature workshops for young musicians, competitions, concerts, singing and lots of special events throughout the week.
Highlights include BEOGA and Frankie Gavin on Tuesday August 14 - a concert that will surely lift the roof off the Fleadh Dome.
Beoga (Irish for ‘lively’) have been in existence for fifteen years, and in this time they’ve produced five critically acclaimed albums, been shortlisted for a Grammy, performed with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and been presented with certificate of Congressional Recognition from the US House of Representatives. However, their recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran has brought them to another level and a new audience.
Join Gradam Ceoil Award ‘Traditional Musician of the Year 2018’, Frankie Gavin and his Roaring Twenties Irish Orchestra who will revive that extraordinary era once again in this toast to the Flanagan Brothers; the main quartet are Martin Murray (banjo), Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Emma Corbett (melodeon) and Carl Hession (piano). Other musicians on the night include clarinet, double-bass and a brass section comprising four trumpets.
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill; The Voice Squad will take to the stage at The Crescent Theatre promising a truly unique evening with the most sought-after duo in Irish traditional music and one of the most distinctive unaccompanied singing groups of recent times.
Following this rich and diverse showcase of music and culture, the Fleadh will reach fever pitch in the Dome on Sunday August 19 with the Senior Céilí Band Competition and bands battling it out for ultimate All-Ireland Glory. The Fleadh Concert Dome of course promises to be a spectacular setting for this epic event.
The buzz about the town is palpable with local musician Declan Garry even penning a special song to mark the fantastic achievement that is The Fleadh Cheoil coming to Drogheda. Ooh Aah, Up the Flaa has already proved a hit smash with proceeds going to Drogheda Homeless Aid.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 will meanwhile have a significant emphasis on youth with children’s mid-morning sessions organised to run from Monday through to Thursday from 11am to 12pm in the Barbican Centre. The aim is to cater for children under the age of 12 that play music but are not attending Scoil Éigse. It will also offer an extensive youth programme which aims to increase student’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encourage them to become actively involved in the Fleadh.
Fiddles and bodhrans which were made by the Drogheda Men’s Shed and decorated by secondary school students in the town were on display at the launch and these will be displayed in various shops throughout the town during the Fleadh in August.
Families will be well catered for with lots of events at Seachtain na Gaeilge and the Mid Morning Sessions in the Barbican Centre which will be hosted by Sean O’Laoire, well known singer and Gaeilgeoir from Co. Meath.
Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 12 through to Sunday August 19 2018, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie