UK Folk Festivals - Ireland

Folk Music Festivals in Ireland

The music at Ireland's festivals is lively, and foot-tappingly contagious. These guys and girls just love their folk music. And the Guiness too. Pipes, fiddles, and enthusiasm are a certainty.

We have not differentiated between Northern Ireland and Eire - not for some political reason, but just for our own convenience. Music is music, wherever it is played, so just enjoy it.

We have now updated for 2018 festivals, but if you see one that is missing, let us know. Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Shannonside Winter Music Festival - 18th Jan 2018 - Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle, County Clare

The 19th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend
A diverse range of acoustic music in small venues.
80 events, 15 venues!
Over 4,000 people visit the festival every year as there is something for everyone. It's a folk festival, a traditional session fleadh, a bluegrass hoedown, a blues jam, a ceilidh, an international festival, all bound by the enjoyment of music!
It's a big one.

Location: Sixmilebridge & Bunratty Castle
Date: Thursday 18th January 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 15 euros
Contact for info: 086 8707739 / mandowalsh@gmail.com
Website: www.wmw.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Temple Bar Tradfest - 24th Jan 2018 - Dublin, Dublin

Dublin's biggest and best festival of Irish Music and Culture, the Temple Bar TradFest will be back for the 9th year. The festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church, City Hall and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open session, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish dance festival, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children's club, pipe bands, street performers and much more.
Now with films and possibly life streaming!

Location: Dublin
Date: Wednesday 24th January 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available A mix of FREE and event tickets at 5 to 15 euros
Contact for info: admin@templebarcompany.com
Website: templebartrad.com
County: Dublin
Country: Ireland


Ballincollig Winter Music Festival - 25th Jan 2018 - Ballincollig, County Cork

Based in the White Horse Bar, over 4 nights, they have a great lineup and some great videos of the artists in the coming event.
So not a monster event with thousands of tickets but looks (and sounds) like a good place to go.

Location: Ballincollig
Date: Thursday 25th January 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: hello@whitehorse.ie
Website: www.wintermusicfestival.ie
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


IMBOLC - 29th Jan 2018 - Derry, Derry

Multi-media, multi-genre event.

A celebration of music reflecting the diversity of the contemporary Irish music scene.
Alongside longstanding masters of the tradition, we will be showcasing music at the cutting edge of genres. With concerts, workshops, film screenings, community and participatory
events and events for children, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Multiple venues

Location: Derry
Date: Monday 29th January 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £122
Also available Various package tickets
Contact for info: enquiries@imbolcfestival.com
Website: www.imbolcfestival.com
County: Derry
Country: Ireland


Taking place in February

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh - 14th Feb 2018 - Ballyferriter, County Kerry

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Ballyferriter
Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: eolas@scoilcheoil.com
Website: www.scoilcheoil.com
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


The Gathering Traditional Festival - 21st Feb 2018 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 19th year, The Gathering Traditional Festival is one of most loved festivals amongst traditional enthusiasts and is ideal for everyone from the hard core fans to the culturally curious. From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís,

The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.thegathering.ie
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Russell Festival Weekend - 22nd Feb 2018 - Doolin, County Clare

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
Concerts, workshops, sessions

Location: Doolin
Date: Thursday 22nd February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@michorussellweekend.ie
Website: www.michorussellweekend.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Taking place in March

Feile an Phobail - 12th Mar 2018 - Belfast, County Antrim

Ireland's Biggest Community Festival.
Music, Comedy, Talks, Tours, Theatre, Debate, Family, Community and more.

Quite a variety of events, some of which will be popular with folk fans. You'll have to check the program to find them

Location: Belfast
Date: Monday 12th March 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Kilkenny Tradfest - 15th Mar 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Folk and traditional music.

Site not fully updated on our last visit

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 23rd Mar 2018 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

For over 25 years, people have travelled from near and far to share company and songs and together we have made this Festival what it is - a celebration of song & friendship.This year we are staying close to home with guests and talks. You will hear from and about the singers of Cloontagh, Malin Head, Carndonagh, Isle of Doagh, Buncrana and Rashenny. And we have issued Mick Quinn with his honorary Inishowen passport once again.

Location: Ballyliffin
Date: Friday 23rd March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Ceardlann Earraigh - 24th Mar 2018 - Celbridge, County Kildare

Workshops in music and song come no better than at 'Ceardlann Earraigh', Celbridge, Co. Kildare, in this its twenty first consecutive year. Established by the Kildare County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann.

Location: Celbridge
Date: Saturday 24th March 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Workshops 25 euro, concert 15euro
Contact for info:
Website: www.ceardlannearraigh.com
County: County Kildare
Country: Ireland


Shennaghys Jiu - 30th Mar 2018 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

21st birthday!

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsey
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Taking place in April

Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 13th Apr 2018 - Ballydehob, County Cork

A feast of traditional Irish music and dance is promised, featuring famous musicians from far and wide as well as local musicians, with a programme of wide-ranging events including an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, sean-nós dancing workshops, street seisiún competitions and recitals.

Location: Ballydehob
Date: Friday 13th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free with concerts ticketed.
Contact for info: info@ballydehobtradfestival.com
Website: www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Carlow County Fleadh - 27th Apr 2018 - Borris, County Carlow

Another event that we often struggle to get full details about, it now has a facebook page, so click here to open that in a new window Carlow County Fleadh

Location: Borris
Date: Friday 27th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0862290018
Website: www.facebook.com/events/818197915055241/
County: County Carlow
Country: Ireland


Taking place in May

The Fleadh by the Feale - 3rd May 2018 - Abbeyfeale, County Limerick

Now in 2018, we are planning our 24th consecutive festival with six members from 1993 still active on the committee today. It has been a wonderful journey. We have had the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from all across Ireland & further afield. We’ve had the best bands in Ireland at our Celebrity Concert each year during the Fleadh

Location: Abbeyfeale
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com
Website: fleadhbythefeale.com
County: County Limerick
Country: Ireland


Cup of Tae - 4th May 2018 - Ardara, County Donegal

This quaint and unique Festival in honour of a famous Donegal Fiddler call John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher is in its thirteenth year and is going from strength to strength.

This year the Festival will honour the great Frank Kelly & Rita Gallagher . A Special Concert takes place on the Friday night in their honour. This is a Concert not to be missed and space is limited – so book early to avoid disappointment. Musicians from all over the world come to the “Cup of Tae” Festival and all indications are that this year will be the biggest Festival to date.

Location: Ardara
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: glenardfish@eircom.net
Website: www.cupoftaefestival.com
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 4th May 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement...Ireland's most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade.

Mixture of genres. All forms of music under the Americana/Roots banner are well represented over the four days.

Over 80 shows, including 50 free events on the pub gig trail!

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE gigs
Contact for info: info@kilkennyroots.com
Website: www.kilkennyroots.com
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Baltimore Fiddle Festival - 10th May 2018 - Baltimore, County Cork

Four days and nights of the best music you'll hear anywhere, in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair truly is the jewel in the crown of Irish festivals.

Full line-up will be announced on 1st January.

The Fiddle Fair has firmly established itself as one of the premier opportunities to help encourage and develop the talents of budding fiddle players from Ireland and abroad.

Location: Baltimore
Date: Thursday 10th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: declan@fiddlefair.com
Website: www.fiddlefair.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai - 11th May 2018 - Macroom, County Cork

The Fleadh Cheoil is a weekend festival comprised of ceili dancing, music sessions, street entertainment and competitions in music, singing, dancing and storytelling.

Traditional musicians of all ages are invited to gather for the Cork Fleadh Cheoil 2018.

Location: Macroom
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: johnfinbarr.cce@gmail.com
Website: corkfleadh.ie/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Skerries Traditional Music Weekend - 18th May 2018 - Skerries, County Dublin

Many of Ireland's leading traditional artistes will both teach and perform to keep Skerries firmly on the traditional venue map. Recitals, concerts and workshops will take place at several venues in the town. Workshops again this year and singing & banjo classes are now a permanent feature of the workshop choices.

Location: Skerries
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: skerriestradmusic@gmail.com
Website: www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com
County: County Dublin
Country: Ireland


Fleadh Nua - 20th May 2018 - Ennis, County Clare

There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all.

Bringing together concerts, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, pageants/parades and much more.

Location: Ennis
Date: Sunday 20th May 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: ceoltrad@eircom.net
Website: www.fleadhnua.com
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Galway Early Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Galway, County Galway

Galway Early Music celebrates its 23rd birthday with an exciting international programme, exploring women as composers, musicians, patrons, and inspiration in medieval, renaissance and baroque European Music.

Bringing Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music and Dance to Galway.


Yes, you're right, this is not your normal sort of festival.

Location: Galway
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@galwayearlymusic.com
Website: www.galwayearlymusic.com/
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival - 30th May 2018 - Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary

Festival with a variety of music styles.

Organised by the well-known Irish musicians.

Multiple events.

Note: If you have an old link to their old site ending in .org, don't go there, it now belongs to someone else, trying to capture your clicks.

Location: Carrick-on-Suir
Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Many individually priced events
Contact for info: enquiries@clancymusicfestival.com
Website: clancybrothersfestival.com
County: County Tipperary
Country: Ireland


Taking place in June

Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - Ballydehob, County Cork

An international festival based in the picturesque village of Ballydehob, West Cork, featuring maritime and other folk music.
Sea songs, shanties, dance, craft market, maritime food stalls, workshops, sea songwriting competition, busking, music in the pubs and main stage on Ballydehob pier. There will also be an Art Expo throughout the weekend.

Location: Ballydehob
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: dickmiles77@gmail.com
Website: www.fastnetmaritime.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


The Doolin Folk Festival - 15th Jun 2018 - Doolin, County Clare

Steadily gaining a following.

A great line up over three days with lots of Irish music.

Location: Doolin
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Also available Priced in euros. Day tickets too.
Contact for info: info@hoteldoolin.ie
Website: www.doolinfestivals.ie/folk-festival.html
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival - 21st Jun 2018 - Glengarriff, County Cork

It does what it says in the title!

Jim Dowling worked to revive that tradition of piping in West cork and was a founder member of the Glengarriff Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann. He died in November 2008 and this festival is a commemoration of his significant contribution to Uilleann piping and traditional music.

Location: Glengarriff
Date: Thursday 21st June 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@jimdowlingfestival.eu
Website: jimdowlingfestival.eu/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Taking place in July

International Festival for Irish Harp - 1st Jul 2018 - Termonfechin, County Louth

Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish harp. Develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers' tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.

A highlight of An Chuirt Chruitireachta is our popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping.

Location: Termonfechin
Date: Sunday 1st July 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@cairdenacruite.com
Website: www.cairdenacruite.com/festival/international-harp-festival
County: County Louth
Country: Ireland


Traidphicnic - 6th Jul 2018 - Spiddal, County Galway

A taste of Irish traditional music, arts and culture.

Traidphicnic is a festival of traditional music, arts and culture, and would like to welcome everyone from all over the world to Spiddal.

Location: Spiddal
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info: traidphicnic@gmail.com
Website: traidphicnic.com/
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 11th Jul 2018 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival with a new look.

And it's 40th anniversary!

A celebration of Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

As in previous years we are posting htis under Scotland and Ireland due to its Celtic theme, as we don't have a separate Isle of Man page

Location: Peel
Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celtfest.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan - 15th Jul 2018 - Cork, County Cork

Competitions, concerts, workshops, street entertainment, ceili, sessions, singing.
What do you expect? It's Ireland.

An abundance of music, song and dance at the many impromptu sessions as well as dancing venues around the town.

Includes a wide selection of outdoor and indoor concerts, workshops, competitions, and street sessions.

Location: Cork
Date: Sunday 15th July 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: munsterfleadh@comhaltas.net
Website: www.munsterfleadh.ie/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


South Sligo Summer School - 15th Jul 2018 - Tubbercurry, County Sligo

Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance. Our programme includes a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks and masterclasses as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions.

Location: Tubbercurry
Date: Sunday 15th July 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: southsligosummerschool@eircom.net
Website: www.sssschool.org
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Joe Mooney Summer School - 21st Jul 2018 - Drumshanbo, County Leitrim

Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

Location: Drumshanbo
Date: Saturday 21st July 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: +353 (0)71 964 1213
Website: www.joemooneysummerschool.com
County: County Leitrim
Country: Ireland


Taking place in August

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival - 2nd Aug 2018 - Ballyshannon, County Donegal

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional music fesitval is the place to be as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again.

As well as plenty of pub sessions and street entertainment, and concerts, this will no doubt be another memorable festival weekend.

Location: Ballyshannon
Date: Thursday 2nd August 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available 85 euros, day tickets too
Contact for info: info@ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
Website: www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Feakle Festival - 8th Aug 2018 - Feakle, County Clare

Visitors from all over the world come to a festival that now has international recognition.

Variety of events over a week long festival.

Location: Feakle
Date: Wednesday 8th August 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feaklefestival.ie
Website: www.feaklefestival.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Kilkenny Arts Festivals - 11th Aug 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

A 10 day feast of visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz world and traditional Irish music, literature, film, architecture, indie music, craft and children's events.

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kilkennyarts.ie
Website: www.kilkennyarts.ie
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - 12th Aug 2018 - Ennis, County Clare

A week long event, featuring concerts, competitions, singing, walking tours, and lots more. There's even FleadhTV which will broadcast live from 8.30pm to 11.30pm over four nights from Thursday to Sunday on TG4 as well as live on tg4.tv and here on fleadhcheoil.ie

Location: Ennis
Date: Sunday 12th August 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@fleadhcheoil.ie
Website: www.fleadhcheoil.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Masters of Tradition - 22nd Aug 2018 - Bantry, County Cork

As ever Ireland's unique Irish Traditional Music Festival will be headlined by Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels. His famous trance-evoking sets with Dennis Cahill have mesmerised audiences all over the world.

Location: Bantry
Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: westcorkmusic@eircom.net
Website: www.westcorkmusic.ie/mastersoftradition/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Taking place in September

Gig'n the Bann - 13th Sep 2018 - Portglenone, County Antrim

The festival aims to bring together musical traditions across all cultural divides and the direction pursued in recent years has been to incorporate the Ulster Scots tradition alongside Traditional Irish music. This has greatly enhanced audience participation in a diverse range of events. People from different sides of the community have become exposed to music, song and dance that they may not have been familiar with before.

Location: Portglenone
Date: Thursday 13th September 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE
Contact for info: info@gignthebann.com
Website: www.gignthebann.com
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Clonakilty International Guitar Festival - 19th Sep 2018 - Clonakilty, County Cork

It's a festival about guitars - the clue's in the name. So fair bit of acoustic stuff.

A celebration of the guitar. It is not starch collared or stuffy nosed, from virtuosos

Location: Clonakilty
Date: Wednesday 19th September 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: info@clonguitarfest.com
Website: clonguitarfest.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Taking place in October

Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend - 5th Oct 2018 - Rosses Point, County Sligo

Web site currently incomplete.

Traditional singing and concerts and competitions.

Location: Rosses Point
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: sligotradsingers.ie/frank-finn-traditional-singing-weekend/
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Sligo Live - 24th Oct 2018 - Sligo, County Sligo

Sligo Live Sessions is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its eightth year, it has carved out a niche as one of the most relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festivals in Ireland. Sligo Live.

100 events, 80% free, All Indoors. Intimate Concerts.Street Markets.Over 350 artists.Dynamic pub sessions. Cafe Culture & Sligo Live Showcase.

Location: Sligo
Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Also available Price in euros, many free events
Contact for info:
Website: sligolive.ie
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland



The festivals below are from last year which, at the time of our last check, had not yet updated their websites to 2018.

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on in 2017. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in April last year

Clifden Trad Fest - 6th Apr 2017 - Clifden, County Galway

Plays host to a host of top quality musicians, signers and dancers. Highlights include pub music sessions, opening concert,outdoor gig rig on the Saturdy night, music and singing workshops, CD Launches, Street Entertainment, Youth sessions and lots lots more...
All Welcome!

Location: Clifden
Date: Thursday 6th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: clifdentradfest@yahoo.ie
Website: www.clifdentradfest.com
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Took place in May last year

Tulla Traditional Music Festival - 11th May 2017 - Tulla, County Clare

Weekend of Music, Song, Dance, Gaeilge, Concerts, Ceílí’s, Workshops, C.D. Launches

Fiddle Competitions including Young Fiddler of East Clare Competition.

Location: Tulla
Date: Thursday 11th May 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: cnocnagaoithe@gmail.com
Website: cnocnagaoithe.ie/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Took place in June last year

Bandon Music Festival - 2nd Jun 2017 - Bandon, County Cork

Festival presenting a variety of music styles. Have a look at who is appearing to see if it suits your tastes.
Includes some folk and acoustic.
And pub music trial.

Location: Bandon
Date: Friday 2nd June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@bandonmusicfestival.com
Website: www.bandonmusicfestival.com
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Fermanagh Fleadh - 8th Jun 2017 - Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh

Traditional Irish music and competitions

Location: Derrygonnelly
Date: Thursday 8th June 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.fermanaghcomhaltas.com/fleadh
County: County Fermanagh
Country: Ireland


Took place in July last year

Folkfest Killarney - 7th Jul 2017 - Killarney, County Kerry

A major music festival taking place this summer in the world famous town of Killarney, Co Kerry.

New festivals deserve your attendance! Help make it a success.

Location: Killarney
Date: Friday 7th July 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available 79 euros, day tickets 29 and 39 euros
Contact for info: info@folkfestkillarney.com
Website: folkfestkillarney.com/
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Fiddler's Green International Festival - 23rd Jul 2017 - Rostrevor, County Down

It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend one and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music.

Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor. There will be free outdoor ceilis, an open air stage, art exhibitions, children's entertainment and even a literary pub crawl, with the emphasis on 'literary' rather than 'crawling'!

All musical tastes are catered for (folk, blues, country, classical).

Location: Rostrevor
Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Also available Various other tickets too.
Contact for info: info@fiddlersgreenfestival.co.uk
Website: fiddlersgreenfestival.co.uk/
County: County Down
Country: Ireland


Took place in August last year

Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts - 4th Aug 2017 - Cahersiveen, County Kerry

The Festival has entertained locals and visitors every August Bank Holiday Weekend for the past nineteen years. This year will be one of the biggest and best festivals to date. We have music for all generations from Folk to Country. There will be loads of street entertainment through out the days with lots of activities for all the family.

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Location: Cahersiveen
Date: Friday 4th August 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: +353 87 2211 667
Website: www.celticmusicfestival.com/
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


O'Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival - 4th Aug 2017 - Keadue, County Roscommon

The Festival was started in Keadue in 1978, to commemorate the famous Harper Turlough O'Carolan who lived in the area and is buried beside Keadue. Keadue is a small village of 200 people located on the shores of Lough Meelagh at the foot of the Arigna Mountains. The Festival includes Concerts, Ceili, Tuition on the Harp, Set Dancing, Harp Recitals and a Harp Competition with €2500 in Prizes.

Location: Keadue
Date: Friday 4th August 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@ocarolanfestival.ie
Website: www.ocarolanharpfestival.ie
County: County Roscommon
Country: Ireland


BuskFest - 12th Aug 2017 - Banbridge, County Down

uskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 14th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Location: Banbridge
Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buskfest.com
Website: www.buskfest.com
County: County Down
Country: Ireland


Took place in September last year

Cork Folk Festival - 28th Sep 2017 - Cork, County Cork

Traditional music from Ireland and England too. One of the major Irish festivals.

Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars.

Location: Cork
Date: Thursday 28th September 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: infocorkfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.corkfolkfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Took place in November last year

Ennis Trad Fest - 9th Nov 2017 - Ennis, County Clare

Master classes, sessions, lots of music.
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Location: Ennis
Date: Thursday 9th November 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.ennistradfest.com/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


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