Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at Hillview B&B Tulla Co. Clare, Ireland. Tel: 065 6831927 & 087 1250317

August
Scariff Harbour Festival
Rose of Clare
www.feaklefestival.ie
Kilmurry Harvest Festival
www.nellgalvin.com

September
www.tullatradfestival.ie
Clare Shout Kilkishen
www.mountshannontradfestival.ie
Traditional Harvest Day Bunratty
Lisdonnvarna Matching Festival

October
www.eastclarewalkingfestival.com
www.williekeanwmemorialweekend.com
bridgetownshow.com
Cooley Collins Traditional Music Festival Gort

October
www.emnnistradfestival.com


TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

Co. Clare is universally considered as one of the heartlands of traditional Irish folk music. Traditional irish music bands such as The Tulla and Kilfenora Ceili Bands, Micho Russell of Doolin, Martin Hayes and Willie Clancy, readily spring to mind. For those in search of an authentic Irish music experience, County Clare hits the high note. In addition to impromptu session in pubs across the county, Clare hosts well over a dozen music festivals each year… no matter what month you visit, there is a festival on the calendar. This rich musical heritage can be encountered in almost any pub at any crossroads where fine musicians break into a seisiún at the drop of a hat. However, for a visitor to the county seeking a guaranteed Irish musical treasure trove, they just need to head for any of the many festivals held in Clare. The most well-known is probably the renowned Willie Clancy Summer School that has taken place every July in Miltown Malbay for the last 38 years. The event is attended by young and old from the four corners of the globe who come to learn to play traditional instruments and join in the demonstration of their newly honed skills in daily sessions. There are many lesser known, but no less enjoyable to attend, festivals from January to the depths of winter. The very best of traditional music can be heard in Clare and the standard of young musicians here is so high that the future of this incredible legacy is assured. The wealth of talent that can be seen in the festivals in Clare is extraordinary, not to mention that found at performance venues like Cois na hAbhana and Glór and teach ceol and parish halls all over the county. Set dancing, the traditional group dance, has seen an entusiastic revival over the last two decades, and regular sets can be seen around the county, in places like Vaughans Pub in Kilfenora. Traditional Irish music session every Wednesday at Pepper's Bar Feakle.

Trad Session every Saturday night in Nagle's Pub Kilfenora, great music and craic guaranteed.
Every Wednesday there is a trad session in the Highway in Crusheen . Singing session second Wednesday of the Month.
Saturday and Sunday Hassetts in Ballinruane have live and set-dancing and singing.

 

FESTIVALS

Feakle Festival
The Festival is based in the homely village of Feakle, East Clare, Co. Clare, Ireland.
The Feakle Music Festival has it's origins within the rich array of musical talents that abound on the East Clare area. From the era of the house dance, through the Hall dances and pub sessions - a rich tradition has been maintained and strengthened thus eminating in a very successful Music Festival. The Festival started some years ago in 1988 and has gone from strength to strength. It is now respected worldwide as one of the best of it's kind in the country.
www.feaklefestival.ie

Spancil Hill Fair
The first charter for this historic fair was granted by King Charles over 300 years ago. In the past the fair lasted for a week or more with people coming from all over the world. In recent times it has evolved into a one day show and fair where the leading horses in the country are presented.Buyers from all over Europe are still attending and purchasing horses who go on make their name on the international stage in both the showjumping and pony circles.
www.spancilhillfair.com

Willie Clancy Summer Festival Miltown Malbay
The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. Learn of the traditional culture, arts, language and literature that County Clare is renowned for during this weeklong exposition.
willieclancysummerschool

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
Located in the Spa town of Lisdoonvama, with its spa wells Health centre and the only working Spa in Ireland, the sulphur baths, famous for their therapeutic treatments are an excellent way to relax after the rigours of the matchmaking festival. All hotels and bars have music and dancing daily. Romance and craic are to be had in abundance. Why not meet the matchmaker Willie Daly in the Matchmaker Bar at the Imperial Hotel during the actual Matchmaking Festival.
www.matchmakerireland.com

Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon
The Mountshannon Arts Festival is an annual festival held at various locations in and around the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon in County Clare. The fifteenth Iniscealtra Festival of Arts 2010 opens in Mountshannon on Saturday 29th May with the official Opening Ceremony and the festival continues on through to the Bank Holiday weekend, finishing on Monday 7th June. The Festivl is produced in association with Mountshannon Community Council, An Comhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, and Clare County Council.
www.iniscealtra-artsfestival.org