Please note, in the interest of Health & Safety, we ask that tickets for all events are booked in advance, either online or at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. Limited seating available

Thursday 14th April

Official opening live on Raidió Na Gaeltachta
Caifé Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, 3pm

Bríd Harper CD launch

Caifé Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, 7pm

EVENING CONCERT:
SíFiddlers, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm

The SíFiddlers are a group of 13 female Donegal fiddlers celebrating the healthy state of female fiddling in Donegal at present. This group brings together some of the finest fiddlers from Glencolmcille to Inishowen and everywhere inbetween to represent a huge tradition in Donegal.
In the autumn of 2019 the SíFiddlers ventured into the recording studio to produce their debut album showcasing some of the most popular and better known Donegal repertoire from all parts of the county; North, South, East and West.

Friday 15th April

LECTURE: “Forgotten Music” Uncovers the popular dance music of the early twentieth century An Gailearaí, Údarás Business Park Na Doirí Beaga, 3.00 pm | An illustrated talk by Conor Caldwell

2 CD Launches: Cathal Ó Curráin & Marty Barry
Caifé Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 7.00pm

EVENING CONCERT: Oíche Ceoil na gConallach “An Ghlúin Nua”
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga 8.30pm

Gaoth Dobhair is enjoying a new wave of top-class musicians and singers, who have continued embracing the rich music tradition of Gaoth Dobhair. 

Performances on the night include emerging masters of the tradition: Cathal Ó Curráin, Megan Nic Fhionghaile, Nia Ní Bheirn, Marty Barry and Crann Óg,

Saturday 16th April

Afternoon Concert: LAOISE KELLY, TIARNÁN Ó DUINCHINN & GABRIEL McARDLE
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 3.30pm

Laoise Kelly is one of Ireland’s leading traditional harpers and has performed and recorded with the foremost artists in Irish music from The Chieftains to Kate Bush. She represented Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay. She has 3 critically acclaimed solo albums, and is the director of the Achill International Harp Festival. In 2020 Laoise was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the year.

Special guests are Monaghan acclaimed piper, Tiarnan Ó Duinchinn & Fermanagh singer Gabriel McArdle

Saturday Night 16th April

Evening Concert: SKIPPER’S ALLEY
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm

Skipper’s Alley are John Francis Flynn, Ultan O’Brien, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Caoimhín Ó Feargghaill, Patrick “Paahto” Cummins and Fionnáin Mac Gabhann – a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.

Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. Write-ups include The Irish Times (★★★★), The Living Tradition, Folk Radio UK, Folk World, and Celtic Music Radio (★★★★★). TV appearances include S4C’s ‘Lorient’ as well as RTÉs ‘Fleadh!’ and The Late Late Show. Festival appearances include Electric Picnic (Ireland), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canada), Spring Fest (India) and The Dayton Ohio Irish Fest (USA).

Band members John Francis Flynn was the recipient of Folk Singer of The Year, and Ultan O’Brien’s album received the award for album of the year at this years RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Sunday 17th april

Afternoon Concert: DAOIRÍ FARRELL
with special guests STEPH GEREMIA & MÁNUS LUNNY
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 3.30pm

Daoirí Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. He has received huge recognition with his TWO albums ‘The First Turn’, and ‘True Born Irishman’, which resulted in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Traditional Track and Best Newcomer, and performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Steph Geremia is an Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer highly regarded as one of the finest traditional musicians of her generation. 

Mánus Lunny is a gifted instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer and has earned a reputation as one of the most significant performers from the Irish tradition.

Sunday Night 17th april

Evening Concert: ALTAN
Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm

The spirit and sound of Altan comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native Co. Donegal. Their vision was to bring the unique repertoire of Donegal music to the world, and the rest is history! It gives Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair great delight having them perform for us this. Always a memorable night of song, music and joy!

MONDAY 18th APRIL


Afternoon Concert: SEISIÚN AMHRÁNAÍOCHTA
Teach Hiúdaí Beag
An Bun Beag, 3pm

A regular event at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, which is a relaxed way to start the year where the audience have an opportunity to experience the richness of the Donegal singing tradition.

MONDAY night 18th APRIL


CD Launches: Dermot Byrne & Steve Cooney
Caifé Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 7.00pm

Evening Concert: Iarla Ó Lionáird, Dermot Byrne &
Steve Cooney | Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair
Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm

Steve Cooney is well-known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry, Following on from his debut solo album, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar, Steve has been inundated with praise, receiving Gradam TG4 composer of the year for 2021, as well as the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement in 2020.

Iarla Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique career in music both internationally and in Ireland. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” as a young boy to his groundbreaking recordings with Dublin’s Crash Ensemble and New York’s Alarm Will Sound, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity. 

His voice has graced the silver screen also, with film credits extending from “The Gangs of New York” to “Hotel Rwanda” and most recently as featured singer in the film “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan. He is the vocalist with the critically acclaimed Irish/American band “The Gloaming.”

Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations, he has performed previously with KGB, Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music, Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

This concert also celebrates the release of Byrne and Cooney’s duo album “Donegal Melodeon’, which will be officially launched on the night before the concert.

Steve Cooney is well-known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry, Following on from his debut solo album, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar, Steve has been inundated with praise, receiving Gradam TG4 composer of the year for 2021, as well as the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement in 2020.

Iarla Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique career in music both internationally and in Ireland. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” as a young boy to his groundbreaking recordings with Dublin’s Crash Ensemble and New York’s Alarm Will Sound, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity. 

His voice has graced the silver screen also, with film credits extending from “The Gangs of New York” to “Hotel Rwanda” and most recently as featured singer in the film “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan. He is the vocalist with the critically acclaimed Irish/American band “The Gloaming.”

Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations, he has performed previously with KGB, Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians. For his contribution to Irish music, Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

This concert also celebrates the release of Byrne and Cooney’s duo album “Donegal Melodeon’, which will be officially launched on the night before the concert.

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