SQUEEZEBOX MASTER Renowned concertina player, Noel Hill.
Foxford Traditional Weekend celebrates Irish music, song and dance
Foxford is laying on a feast of traditional music, song and dance this weekend with its Foxford Traditional Weekend. Running from Thursday, October 5, to Sunday, October 8, the event boasts a packed line-up designed to satisfy all trad tastes.
The internationally acclaimed Seán Keane will kick start the weekend when he performs in concert on Thursday at 8pm in Foxford Secondary School Hall. He will be joined by Pat Coyne on guitar and two well-known local musicians who are part of his band, David Doocey and Stephen Doherty. This promises to be a great night, and the perfect start to a jam-packed musical weekend.
A session trail of music around the town will start after the concert and will continue at different times, day and night, for the whole weekend, in all seven public houses. The session trail will also see some of Ireland’s finest musicians from all parts of the country take part, guaranteeing a ‘high energy’ experience sure to lift your heart and get your feet tapping. All musicians are invited to join in the session trail or initiate their own session in one of the town’s many nooks and crannies.
The standard and quality of music from the younger generation is just inspiring and a showcase of their talent will be on show during ‘Teen Trad’ in Cruiser’s on Friday evening at 7pm. This event will feature many All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil finalists and indeed winners, from all over Connacht.
A series of workshops and masterclasses will take place over Saturday and Sunday, with some of Ireland’s leading tutors. Guest tutor for the weekend is the renowned concertina master from Co Clare, Noel Hill. Noel has taken the concertina to stages throughout the world as an awe-inspiring performer and music teacher, and his arrival in Foxford will surely cause great excitement amongst concertina players, young and old. Other workshops over the weekend include tin-whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, accordion, harp, piano accompaniment, bodhrán and singing.
A performance masterclass will be held to cater for proficient musicians. They will be guided under the instruction of David Doocey – a master musician himself. This group will have the opportunity to perform at the Saturday-night concert.
Of interest to a lot of people is the mixed-instrument adult class. This class would suit those who may have played music at a younger age but realise now that their mother was right, and they should have kept it up! This might just be the push they need to get them back into the ceol.
Sean-nós dancers will be put through their paces on Saturday afternoon with the sean-nós dancing competition which will start at 4pm in the Mayfly Hotel. There will also be individual competitions for the cailíní agus na buachaillí, and all ages are catered for. Music by melodeon player Tom Doherty, who is well known in the sean-nós scene – his sweet rhythmic music is a treat to behold!
The Féile Concert, featuring Noel Hill, takes place on Saturday night at 8pm in the Mayfly Hotel. The concert will also feature many of the weekend tutors and visiting musicians, singer and dancers. A must for all true Irish music lovers.
With set-dancing, a singing club, storytelling, junior sessions and lots, lots more, tune up your instruments, polish your shoes and don’t miss this exciting musical event on our doorstep.
For full details on Foxford Traditional Weekend see www.foxfordtraditionalweekend.com or call 086 3999774.