The Cup of Tae festival returns to Ardara for the May Bank Holiday Weekend ( April 29th – May 2nd )The ‘Cup of Tae’ is the name of an Irish Reel. Our festival is in honour of a renowned player John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher (generations of his family before him made ‘teas’ on Fair Days and other days of local importance), hence the name of the festival. John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher was born in West End, Ardara in 1923. At the age of four he began playing the fiddle and at the age of five he gave his first performance at a local concert.From this he progressed to playing at dance halls and finally solo playing at special functions etc. He also performed complex duets with another local fiddler called James Josie ‘The Post’ McHugh. John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher won Oireachtas Senior Fiddle competition in 1956 and in 1959 won the All Ireland Senior Competition at the Fleadh in Thurles.
Friday 29th April 2016
Registration Friday 29th April, 2016.
7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. in the Heritage Centre Registration for Summer School of Music
Moderate & Advanced only in Fidil, Feadóg Mór, Feadóg Stáin & Giotáir.
The world famous Brid Harper is our Masterclass Fiddle Tutor this year and she is accompanied by Musician of the Year Aidan O’Donnell
Fee: Adult €50.00 Children: €25.00
Family Rates available
All Star Opening Concert in the Heritage Centre
Special Event to honour one of Donegals most famous and popular Musicians Fiddle Player Paddy McMenamin
The unsung hero of Donegal Fiddle playing joined by the best Musicians around and their presence at any Musical Session promises a night of the best Musical talent Donegal has to offer.
Tickets Limited – Contact Committee
Doors open 8.00 p.m. (Performance starts 8.30 p.m.)
Traditional Music free in all Pubs every night (see Posters).
Saturday 30th April, 2016.
9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. – Final Registration
Moderate Fiddle and beginners in Flute, Fiddle, Tin Whistle Guitar and Accordian in St Marys School
Master Fiddle Class with Brid Harper and Aidan O’Donnell in St Marys School
Class Times: 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Irelands Top Teachers in Attendance
Heritage Centre at 1.00 p.m.
This is a unique event as a special group of young Musicians from Co Monaghan put on a performance. They will be joined by Special Guest Paddy McMennamin and local Fiddle Maker & Top Musician Michael O’Rourke.
A free Event – Not to be missed.
Open Air Recitals – 3.00 p.m.
Open Air Musical Recitals with Pipe Band and traditional musicians
Amongst the many guests this year are a group of musicians from Columbia and also a group of traditional players from New York plan to attend.
Corner House Bar at 8.00 p.m.
James Keeney will present an evening of Story, Song & Dance with Recitations and Craic to particularly acknowledge the late Packie Manus Byrne.
Beehive Bar at 9.00 p.m.
An evening with Brid Harper. An evening of Sessions and Stories with many of the visiting Musicians joining Brid at this very special event.
Free Irish Music in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)
Sunday 1st May, 2016.
10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m Music Classes/Workshop continue
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Music Classes/Workshop complete
Heritage Centre – 1.00 p.m.
Musical Recital by traditional Musicians from Co Monaghan
Open Air Recital on the Diamond – 3.00 p.m.
Open Air Musical Recital which will include the Students and Teachers from the Schools and Workshops will
display the learning that took place with a Session on the Diamond.
The John “the tae” Concert is always a special event.
This year a list of top Musicians who will perform at this Concert in honour of the late great John “the tae”.
A show not to be missed. Please come early. Seating limited.
Free Irish Music Sessions in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)
Monday 2nd May, 2016.
Music Sessions will take place in various Pubs