The stage is set for the 11th annual Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art in Carrick-on-Suir, which starts tonight (Wednesday) and will run throughout the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
An influx of folk and traditional music fans to the town for the festival is expected to give a timely boost to local businesses ranging from pubs and shops to guest accommodation providers.
Music highlights include concerts by Bread and Beer, Freddie White, Cordeen, the Clancy Family with Finbarr Clancy, Dónal Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Kevin Power and Colm Power as well as the ‘Musical Society Goes Folk! Volume 2.
Festival organisers report some tickets are still available for the Bread and Beer, Freddie White and Cordeen shows.
The Festival kicks off with an opening concert at Brewery Lane tonight (Wednesday) featuring Roisín Clancy and Friends, Maria O’Shea Enright, Phila Grace, the Tipperary Ramblers, the Murphy sisters and Maeve Quinton.
It will be followed by the Eoghan Power Memorial Singing Contest in Figgerty’s on Thursday night. The Festival's Youth Busking Competition returns to the town centre on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, more than than 30 acts will perform in 11 pub venues on the Festival's Live Music Pub Trail from Friday to Monday.
Brewery Lane Theatre presents a lunchtime drama called “The Snug” from Friday to Sunday. It's a one act play by local playwright Jack Ryan and directed by Peg Power. The play will be followed by a light lunch.
Outdoor events include a Blueway Kayak Tour on Friday, a Heritage Walking Tour of Carrick-on-Suir with Tom Walsh on Saturday, the River Walk to Dove Hill on Sunday and a Blueway Cycle Tour on Monday.
Other heritage events include a Clancy Brothers film, ‘It’s a Long Way from Tipperary to Antrim’, on Friday, and ‘Meet and Greet the Clancy Family’ on Saturday, both in the Nano Nagle Centre Chapel.
Ending the Festival on a high note will be the Riverside Family Day in Seán Healy Park on Sunday from 2pm. It will feature rides and amusements, crafts, food stalls and dancing. There will also be a free open air concert starring The Cedartowns and Carouse, who will play folk and Americana as well as contemporary and classic songs for music lovers.
For full information and booking details, pick up a festival programme, go to www.clancybrothersfestival.com or contact the festival information office at the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42, Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Tel (051) 640921.