JULY 18th-23rd 2017
Fleadh Parking and Venue Info
Fleadh Gig-Rig Line-up is announced
Competition Timetables available on our competitions page
SAT, JULY 22ND
10am Competitions for Under 12 and 12/15
(Cork School of Music, Cork College of Commerce)
10am Grupaí Cheoil/Céilí Band Competitions
(Cork City Hall)
10am Set Dancing Competitions (Everyman Palace)
3pm Street Entertainment
(Grand Parade Gig Rig)
9pm Singers Club with Máire Ní Chéileachair
(An Spailpín Fanach)
9pm Fleadh Céilí with the Shandrum Céilí Band
(St Finbarr's GAA Hall)
9pm Pub Session Trail
Join us on Thursday, July 20th at 8pm in the Curtis Theatre as we celebrate some of Munster's finest musicians, singers and dancers for the 'Masters of Munster' concert with performers from Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick and Clare performing.
The concert will feature the legendary Sean O'Sé (Singer/Fear an Tí), Cork group Buille (featuring Niall Vallely, Caoimhín Vallely, Eoin Coughlan and Brian Morrissey); one of Cork's finest singers Nell Ní Chróinín(Singer); Clare's Jack Talty (Concertina); Kerry's Bryan O'leary (Button Accordion); Tipperary's Karl Nesbitt (Flute/Bodhran/Bouzouki); local Cork City musician Joanne Quirke (Flute/Whistle); and Cork's own Shane Creed (Sean-Nós Dancer).
This promises to be a memorable night of Irish traditional music. Tickets are priced at €15 and early booking is advisable
SEAN Ó SÉ
Seán Ó Sé is a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, where he was born into an Irish speaking family immersed in traditional music and song. He studied singing under the late John T. Horne at The Cork School of Music.
Seán had a long association with Seán Ó Riada, which began with their recording of An Poc ar Buile for Gael-Linn. He sang with Ó Riada on several radio and television programmes, most notably Fleadh Cheoil an Radio. He is featured on many of Ó Riada’s recordings including Ó Riada sa Gaiety and the film music of Rhapsody of a River and Kennedy’s Ireland.
Since Ó Riada’s death Seán has recorded with Donal Lunny, Dermot O’Brien and Peadar O’ Riada He has also featured on a number of Comhaltas Echoes of Erin CDs.
In recent years he has toured in America, the UK and Moscow Shanghai and Havana with Comhaltas. During the Fleadh a new CD with Comhaltas musicians titled “Idir Shean agus Nua” released. As well as being an outstanding singer Seán is now recognised as a very humorous storyteller who captures the real Cork wit very successfully.
NELL NÍ CHRÓINÍN
Hailing from Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of northwest Cork, Nell Ní Chróinín became the youngest ever recipient of the TG4 Singer of the Year award in 2012. Her singing is very much a product of her environment and heritage with its mix of the infectiously light-hearted and more serious songs.
Nell has appeared on many television programmes such as Geantraí, Anam an Amhrán, Amhrán is ansa liom and Cérbh í?; the latter featured her as a presenter setting out on a quest to uncover the legacy of the legendary Bess Cronin. Recordings include guest performances on the 2010 compilation Rogha Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy; and on Raw Bar Collective's 2011 album, which lead to a subsequent tour with the group. Other performances include a tour with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in 2008, and various festival appearances in Ireland, England and in Switzerland.
A passionate educator, Nell gives singing masterclasses at the University of Limerick.
Jack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, producer, and educator from Lissycasey in Co. Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 40 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. A regular contributor to traditional music programmes on television and radio, Jack has worked with musicians such as Tommy Peoples, Finbarr Dwyer, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane, Sharon Shannon, Mairtín Ó Connor, Téada, Steve Cooney, Séamus Begley, Brendan Begley, Le Chéile, Bobby Gardiner, Jesse Smith, Colm Gannon, Alec Finn, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Geraldine Cotter, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductor David Brophy, and Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra.
In 2011 Jack released the critically acclaimed Na Fir Bolg with fellow concertina player Cormac Begley on his own Raelach Records label, and also formed Ensemble Ériu with double bass and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen. The band’s eponymous debut album, released by Raelach Records in October 2013 was described by Jim Carroll of the Irish Times as “one of the best Irish albums of 2013”. In January 2015, Ensemble Ériu were announced as winners of the prestigious Gradam Comharcheol TG4 (musical collaboration award presented by Ireland's national Irish language broadcaster). In November 2016, Jack released his debut solo concertina album, In Flow on Raelach Records.
Karl comes from the well known Nesbitt family of Co. Tipperary. His mother Kathleen is a renowned fiddle teacher from the Northern Roscommon/South Sligo region, and his father is a multi-talented musician whose musical roots come from North Tipperary. Karl's sister Mairéad is a famous solo fiddle player with vast experience as a professional musician. All the family are very musical, and all play. He is awarded with distinction by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as a traditional Irish flute teacher (2011), and has over ten years experience teaching the essence of Irish music to students of primary, secondary and third level.
Karl has performed far and wide at various events from Norway to China, and has performed at European Music Festivals renowned for their reputations - Celtic Connections (Scotland), Festival Interceltique (Brittany), Dranouter (Belgium) and Folkest (Italy). He has also shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed traditional musicians. Karl has hosted composer and flute player concerts at The Cork Folk Festival, and has been a valued contributor to musical education programs on behalf of The ETB, The National Concert Hall, UCC Music Department, The Arts Council, CIT School of Music, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Music Generation and Cork City Council.
Richard Lucey, from Inchegeela, in West Cork is regarded as one of the Ireland's leading accordion players. He has a style of box playing that is true to the tradition – he is indeed a master of the instrument. He teaches at traditional music festivals and has performed with many bands – such as Altan and North Cregg. He has toured with Fiona Kelleher on the Music Network ‘Sullane Sessions’. He also plays regularly with the Ger Wolfe Quartet, along with Paul Frost, Edel O Sullivan and Ger Wolfe. He plays with Jon Saunders and also with Jim Murray at different festival and events.
Bryan O Leary comes from the heartland of the Sliabh Luachra tradition in Ballydesmond, Co. Kerry. Bryan started playing the accordion at the age of 10, shortly after his grandfather, the great accordionist Johnny O'Leary, passed away. As Bryan progressed on the accordion, he began learning his grandfather's music by ear and researching Johnny's music and old recordings. This greatly improved his repertoire and knowledge of Sliabh Luachra music.
In addition to the music of his late grandfather, other Sliabh Luachra stalwarts such as Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford, Padraig O'Keeffe and Paddy Cronin were also highly influential to this young and talented musician.
In the past few years, he has also enjoyed sharing and playing music with Billy Clifford who has been another great influence on his music, which keeps the link between the O'Leary and Murphy/Clifford tradition alive.
His grandfather, Johnny O'Leary, was honoured with the TG4 Gradam Saoil Award in November 2003 shortly before he passed away and Bryan was himself awarded the highly prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year Award in 2014.
Joanne Quirke is a multi-instrumentalist from Cork city who began playing the tin whistle at the age of 14 and quickly progressed to the flute at the age of 15. She also plays fiddle, piano and harp. Joanne studied Music at University College Cork where she was awarded BAMus and BMus degrees and also received the Sean O Riada memorial award for performance in Irish Traditional Music. More recently she completed the PDE at UCC and is currently a Music teacher at second level.
Joanne has won many honours at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in the past including three senior All-Ireland titles in flute (2014) whistle slow airs (2011) and whistle (2010) and has performed on TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta. Joanne currently teaches flute and whistle with the Douglas and Newcestown branches of Comhlatas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Club Ceoil Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny. She is a regular performer at events and festivals throughout the country. Joanne was also recently involved in the creation of a series of tutorials for Irish Music Apps in which she acted as tin whistle teacher. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan, performing in countries including England, Wales, France, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
Shane Creed hails from Clondrohid, a small village in Co. Cork. He firstly learned the art of set dancing from an early age from his parents at their weekly ceili in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. To this day, Shane can still be found dancing sets in The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on a Thursday night; his appetite for sets has never left him. There are many set dance festivals all over Ireland that Shane religiously attends. One of the highlights of the year for Shane was going to Manchester every October to the Sean Dempsey Set Dance Festival, where he won the Sean Nós Dancing Competition on a number of occasions.
Shane got transfixed by the rhythms and energy of Sean Nós dancing and decided to teach himself this new art form. Shane’s style of Sean Nós dancing is about unique steps where the rhythms and movements are different from any other Sean Nós style out there. He is often praised for the ‘soul’ he brings to his dancing. The fact that Shane is self-taught means he has the ability to come up with new steps that are a little bit tapped!
Shane has been lucky enough to perform all over Ireland, England, Sweden, and as far afield as Brazil. He has performed at some of his favourite Irish festivals, such as The Dingle Trad Fest and The Con Curtin Festival. He has danced with the amazing band ‘Caladh Nua’ on a number of occasions, as well as his favourite duo, ‘Begley and Cooney’. He has also collaborated with the well-known Galway musician Yvonne Fahy.
Formed in Cork in 2005, Buille have blazed a trail through traditional and contemporary music, releasing two critically lauded genre-defying albums and performing hundreds of concerts all over the world. Although the line-up has evolved over the years, the freshness and originality of the music has remained constant. Buille, which is the Irish for beat or strike, only partly describes the impact of the Buille sound which was described by the Irish Times as “as fresh a breath that's blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time.” The music, which is all newly composed, draws its influences from jazz, blues, Eastern Europe, contemporary classical music, and of course their own deep roots in the Irish tradition. Their debut album, simply titled 'Buille' and released in 2005, was produced by Donald Shaw and released on his Vertical Records label. It quickly catapulted the group into the public consciousness and appearances at major festivals all over the world and extensive radio and TV coverage followed. The 'sequel', which had the even more imaginative title of 'Buille 2', was released in 2009 and cemented their position as one of the most unique and exciting bands on the touring folk circuit. The Irish Times described it as a “spine-tingling collection that bursts with originality” and The Journal of Music said “Quite simply this album represents the best of what contemporary traditional music is”. Over the course of 2011 and 2012 the band organised a series of experimental concerts in Cork entitled 'Junctions – New Musical Encounters', where they invited a collection of their musical heroes to perform with them. The diverse line-ups included such luminaries as Béla Fleck, Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mick Flannery, Karan Casey, Dónal Lunny and many others. In 2013 the group were the subject of an in-depth documentary on TG4 entitled Ar Thóir an Cheoil and also featured on the debut series of both Fleadh Live and Bosca Ceoil.