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The Johnny Doherty Irish Traditional Music & Dancing Week-End
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21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018


Friday 21st September


Opening Concert with Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney.

8pm – Beehive Bar

Dermot Byrne has played accordion since a very young age, his seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation.

Brid Harper has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time. She was senior All-Ireland Champion, Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas winner in 1988. Brid has recently released her Solo Album which has been hailed as one of the best traditional albums of 2015.

Australian born Steve Cooney started his professional musical career from the age of seventeen. In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland where he joined Stockton’s Wing, playing bass guitar and didgeridoo. Since then he has been very active performing and recording with Dermot Byrne, Sharon Shannon, Mary Black, Sliabh Notes and many others. 


More to be announced



Saturday 22nd September


Sets & Céilí with Duntally Céilí Band


Dance Workshop

With Ann Connaghan, Connie McKelvey and Clement Gallagher


Dance the Tune

With Stephen Gallagher

Cherish The Ladies in concert.

8pm – The Nesbitt Arms Hotel

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 17 outstanding albums including a live recording, “An Irish Homecoming,” which was simultaneously videotaped for a Public Television Special that aired across America and won an Emmy.



Sunday 23rd September


Sets & Céilí with Emerald Céilí Band


Sean Nós Workshop

With Joe McGuigan


Final concert with ‘The Friel Sisters’

10pm – Beehive Bar

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.


More to be announced



Street and Pub sessions all weekend


Contact: Pat – 087 6900714