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The Johnny Doherty Irish Traditional Music & Dancing Festival
Fri 21st September - Sun 23rd September 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.

Steve Cooney started his professional musical career from the age of seventeen. In 1981 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. 

With special guests Gaelic singers Mischa Macpherson and Kim Carnie


Sets & Céili

10pm – The Heritage Centre (note change to previously advertised venue)

Sets & Céili with The Duntally Céilí Band




Saturday 22nd September


Sets & Céilí Workshop with ‘Clement Gallagher’

11am to 1pm – The Heritage Centre


Gaelic Singing Workshop

2pm – The Beehive Bar


Two Hand Dance Workshop with Ann Connaghan & Connie McKelvey

2pm to 4pm – The Heritage Centre


Dance The Tune with Stephen Gallagher

4pm to 5pm – Riverside Park


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


Sean Nós Dance Workshop with ‘Joe McGuigan’

11am to 1pm – The Heritage Centre


Sets & Céilí with The Emerald Ceilí Band

3pm – The Nesbitt Arms Hotel


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.

This is sure to be an unmissable musical experience!



Street and Pub sessions all weekend


Contact: Pat – 087 6900714

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