This year the festival runs from Friday October 13th to Sunday 15th – at The Cavan Crystal Hotel:
Friday 13th - A night especially for the youth
3 Teenage acts will perform for 20 minutes each & this will be followed by a Trisco:
Mad 4 Trad These are a wonderfully talented young group of teenagers who have just returned to Ireland following performances at An Rí Ra Irish Festival in Butte Montana, USA.
Caidreamh: Another local group of talented young musicians who have just recorded their first CD and will launch it as part of the festival
Music Generation Laois The Music Generation Laois Traditional Programme has gone from strength to strength over the past number of years with some of Ireland’s top tutors involved in the programme. From starting with Uilleann Pipes and Harp in 2012, the Traditional Programme now also has tin whistle, traditional flute, concertina, the annual Tionól (a weekend celebration of the harp and pipes) and a nationally renowned Traditional Orchestra
Saturday 14th 8.30pm: Concert with GARADICE which consists of Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Pádraig McGovern and John McCartin
The Saturday night concert will also feature a performance by
The winners of the 2017 Ed Reavy International Fiddler of The Year &
There are 14 Workshops over Saturday and Sunday;
An Historical Exhibition and Talks featuring Antóin MacGabhann, Marcus Ó Murchú, Martin Gaffney,
A Compositions Workshop
The 2nd Ed Reavy International Fiddler of the Year Competition on Saturday at 1.30pm with over €2,000 in prizes – Junior and Senior Categories -
For lovers of Set Dancing, we are also hosting the Dancing in The Drumlins event in the Cavan Crystal on the same weekend with Ceili on Friday at 9pm featuring The copperplate, Saturday night at 9pm with Johnny Reidy and Sunday afternoon at 2.30 with The Glenside. There are a number of Sets and Sean nÓs Workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning with John Joyce and Marian Crowe, as well as workshops on The Cavan Set, The Brushdance and The Priest in His Boots.
The weekend will see sessions throughout the hotel with music, song and dance for everybody to enjoy