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Highlights 2019 – Pop, Trad, and More

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  • Bill Whelan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and special guests – 22nd September – 8:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • This unique evening is an opportunity to experience the majestic musical gifts of Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in an intimate setting.
  • Paul Noonan – 21st September – 9:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Paul Noonan, Multi-instrumentalist and much-loved frontman of Bell X1, is bringing his solo show to Clifden. He will be performing a selection of hits from his band’s catalogue.
  • RTE Concert Orchestra – 27th September – 7:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre
    • Zoë Conway and John McIntyre are ‘simply one of the best folk duos on the planet’. They top the bill in a concert that combines famous traditional and folk tunes with brand new music by masters Bill Whelan and Dónal Lunny.
  • Brendan Shine – 19th September – 9:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Join us in celebrating Brendan’s 53rd year on the road and his return to Clifden. With over 50 albums and 45 hit singles in a glittering career, he is a genuine Irish legend. 
  • Kilfenora Céilí Band – 21st September – 7:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre
    • The Kilfenora Céilí Band is one of the oldest Céilí bands in Ireland. An uplifting, energetic and entertaining show, making this a must-see at this year’s Festival
  • Music Network Presents: Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh – 23rd September – 10:00 pm – Station House Theatre (Time Changed from Programme)
    • Music Network brings together four leading traditional musicians to pool their considerable talents. The results are even greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Green Fields of America – 20th September – 7:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • An evening with The Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. 
  • Cherish the Ladies – 26th September – 7:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre ( Venue Changed from Programme)
    • CELEBRATING 33 YEARS OF MUSIC MAKING
  • Sean Keane and Friends – 25th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Seán will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely. Together, they will perform many of Sean’ s classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland.
  • Buttons and Bows – 27th September – 10:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • The influential foursome of Jackie Daly, Séamus and Manus McGuire and Garry O’Briain,
  • Concert with Neil Martin, Catherine Ennis, and Paddy Glackin – 25th September – 8:00 pm – St. Joseph’s Church
    • The combination of fiddle, uilleann pipes and organ is an inexplicably beautiful and pleasing sound. Round, warm, haunting and evocative; it mixes its genres effortlessly.
  • The Moorings – 23rd September – 7:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • “The Moorings” are an Irish Traditional, World Music, and Jazz collective, consisting of the top traditional, world music and jazz players in Ireland.
  • Buile Shuibhne with David Power and Eamon Hunt– 28th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Music commissioned by David Power and written & arranged by Dana Lyn For String Quartet and Uilleann Pipes; with the support of the Arts Council. Performed by the ConTempo Quartet, Eamon Hunt and David Power.
  • Ultan Conlon with Miceál O Connor and Jon O Connell – 22nd September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Ultan Conlon has a unique ability to capture the fragility of the human spirit through his lyrics, which have been honed over two decades of writing and performing.