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A feast of traditional music in Carrick on Shannon over St. Patrick’s weekend

Carrick on Shannon will be alive with the sound of music and song as the Sessions at the Shannon returns for St. Patrick’s weekend! Thirty six of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians will be playing in thirteen of Carrick on Shannon’s pubs throughout the weekend.   

You’ll be spoilt for choice, with music sessions throughout the day and night in all of Carrick’s pubs, a Sean Nos Dance- Off on the gig rig after the parade on St. Patrick’s Day featuring the Sean Nos ar an tSionnan troupe, Trad Disco in Murtagh’s on Friday 18th with DJ’s John McCartin and Sean Gilraine  and on Saturday 19th there’s workshops in  concertina and lilting and the Tradathon in the Market Yard– a 12 hour outdoor music marathon with relay musicians from noon to midnight!

The festival was launched last Wednesday evening in The Dock in Carrick on Shannon and there was great excitement by those in attendance as the line up was revealed. And the celebratory atmosphere continued that evening at The Dock as Roscommon’s John Carty and Kiltyclogher’s Brian Rooney played a stormer of a gig to celebrate their brand new CD, joined by the extended Carty and Rooney families from Leitrim, Roscommon and London – a great example of the thriving tradition and the strong following for traditional music in the area, demonstrated by a packed house at The Dock that night.

Among the crowd at the launch of the festival were Conor Maher from the popular Oarsman bar/restaurant in Carrick, who commented on the importance of  having a festival like this in Carrick to ensure we are all doing our bit to keep the strong tradition alive”.  Liam Cryan, Chairperson of the committee and proprieter of the popular traditional music bar Cryan’s, adds that “we need to acknowledge the fact that this area has produced top class traditional musicians, some of who’ve been awarded the All Ireland titles in Ceili Band competitions for the past two years and we need to ensure that this strong and living tradition of music continues”.

Some of the musicans you can expect to see and hear over the weekend include Jarlath McTernan, Laoise Kelly, Leonard Barry, Murty Ryan, Noely Ryan, Mossie Martin, Mick Mulvey, Brian Duke,Oliver Loughlin, Damian O Brien, Michael O Brien, Shane McAleer, Breda Shannon, Blackie O Connell, Brendan and Oliver Farrelly, Francis Gaffney, Sean Ward, John McCartin, Padraig, Andy and Rachel McGovern, Brian Mostyn, Seamus O Kane, John Daly, Pat Marsh, Sean Gilraine, Shane Meehan….the list goes on!

The sessions will take place from mid afternoon till late in Cryans Bar and Hotel, The Oarsman, The Anchorage, Murtagh’s, Flynns, The Swan, Dunnes, Glancy’s, Burkes, Gings, The Bush Hotel bar and The Landmark Hotel bar.  The festival kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day and runs until Sunday 20th March.   For more information contact Liam Cryan on 086 3000775 or check it out on Facebook.

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