Do you love Irish Music? Would you like to enjoy it live? If the answer is yes, you should visit any of the numerous Irish Music Festivals held around the world each year. We recommend the following ones;
If you feel bored during long January days, you can attend one of the many Irish Music Festivals organized in the first month of the year in Dublin. The first is Templebar Trad Fest, which includes more than 200 events and continues for 5 days and nights. It is a popular festival that contributes to Irish culture and traditional music. Celtic Connections, on the other hand, being one of the most famous Irish festivals, continues for half a month and presents classical music stars and traditional Scottish musicians.
At least ten Irish Music Festivals are conducted during the shortest month of the year. These are Cheltenham Folk Festival, Cheltenham Folk Festival, Cheltenham Folk Festival and The Gathering Festival to name a few. If you visit The Gathering Festival, you will be delighted by the amazing mix of dance classes, live concerts, lectures and instrument workshops. This is the right place where people of all ages can learn more about this specific music.
March is also full with fantastic events for the lovers of Irish music. There are four great Irish Music Festivals that begin on March 1st. These are Festival of Wales, Celtic Festival of Wales, John Joe Maguire Memorial Weekend and North Texas Irish Festival. However, you can visit other festivals, organized in the second half of the month, such as Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival, Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle, Ceardlann Earraigh in Kildare, etc. March is the most popular month for Irish music festivals, as St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th, Ireland’s National Holiday and celebrations are held worldwide.
Join the Clifden Trad Fest or the Flute Meeting in April. If you attend the Kilfenora Gathering Festival, you will enjoy not only Irish music, but history and dance as well. You will be able to join one of the many historical tours, organized to reveal the local culture and traditions, as well as wonderful sights. Thus, you will be able to combine Irish music with adventure.
Another great month to enjoy great Irish Music in one of the numerous festivals, like Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, Cup of Tae Festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, Oshkosh Irish Festival and so on.
Would you like that your Irish festival never ends? Then join Earagail Arts Festival that combines music, film, visual arts, theatre, circus, carnival and other great entertainments for young and old during the four weeks duration of the festival. This is an ideal opportunity to spend you summer family vacation and to enjoy all wonders this festival has to offer. Some other offers for this month are Ohio Celtic Festival, Celtic Fusion International Festival, Irish Oshkosk Festival, Blas, etc.
July& August festivals
Festivals during the hottest months of the year are uncountable. Join Willie Clancy, Joe Mooney or South Sligo Summer Schools, OAIM Flute or Fiddle Retreats held in Ireland., Meanwhile across the water there is Coleman Bodhran Festival, Eigse Eatharli, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival in Ohio or the Great Amerícan Irish Festival in New York during July to choose from.
August offers O’Carolan Harp Festival, Irish Fair in Minnesota, Festival Inter Celtique Lorient, Kansas City Irish Fest, Sparta Celtic Festival in Michigan, Erin Fest in Illinois and the list is endless.
Although a one-day event, don’t miss the KVMR Celtic Festival in GrassValley where all sorts of adventures await for you, such as fire-breathing dragons, sheepdog trials, Scottish games, jam sessions, and obviously a lot of Irish music. If that seems too short, just join other Irish Music festivals conducted in September, such as Tulla Trad Festival, The Peninsula Sessions, Dingle Trad Fest, Celts On The River, etc.
There are many Irish Music festivals in October as well, such as Liverpool Irish Festival, Tyneside Irish Festival, Sligo Live, Celtic Colours Int Festival, Cork Folk Festival, etc. so just join one of them and enjoy.
November provides fewer chances to enjoy Irish music with only four festivals, conducted during this month: Copenhagen Irish Festival, Ennis Trad Festival, William Kennedy Piping Festival and Maryland Irish Festival in Maryland, USA. They are held sparingly throughout the world during the colder weather of November, or perhaps everyone is just tired out from all the previous festivals.
The last month of the year offers a winter school for Irish Music lovers, called Frankie Kennedy.
Hopefully, this information will help you to find the best Irish Music Festivals to join during the year and take pleasure of your favorite music.