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Kilfenora, Co Clare – one of Ireland’s most famous music locations – is staging its sixth annual traditional music festival from Friday 25 to Monday 28 April 2014. There will be a feast of set-dancing – in the home of Irish céilí – concerts, and the legendary Kilfenora pub sessions.

Contributing to the village’s uniqueness are a web of local families who have played in groups and céilí bands for around 140 years, starting with a fife and drum band in the 1870s and brass and reed band in the 1900s. Kilfenora’s most famous céilí band celebrated its centenary in 2009, and will be appearing ‘at home’ once again, at an open-air céilí on Sunday 27 April. A new exhibition space devoted to Kilfenora and its music will be open for visitors in the Burren Centre, Kilfenora.

There will be two concerts

• Liam Ó Maonlaí in the intimate setting of Vaughans Barn on Friday 25th – once lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers, Liam is recognised as one of Ireland’s top vocalists

• A fantastic array of Clare and Galway musicians coming together for a special show in the Kilfenora Hall (Saturday, – From Boffin to Burren. This includes Inishboffin’s most famous son – Dessie O’Halloran (vocals, fiddle) – and his brother Johnnie on accordion, with Kieran Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing and RTE fame (banjo), triple All-Ireland concertina champion Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Padraic and Damian O’Reilly on piano and accordion respectively, Ronan O’Flaherty (fiddle) and Sligo’s Seamus O’Donnell (flute) taking time out from touring with At The Racket.
On Sunday afternoon, there will be an attempt to create the largest céilí band ever for the Guinness Book of Records. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument and play along with the Kilfenora Céilí Band. (Registration from 13.30, followed by a practice, and then the actual attempt (14.30). More details of this very special event will be posted on the Kilfenoraclare website soon, or you can email

That will be followed by an open-air céilí hosted by the fabulous Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Other music events include céilís featuring the great accordionist and singer Donie Nolan and the Taylors Cross band (Vaughans Barn 10pm, Saturday) and the Four Courts Ceili Band (Vaughans Barn, 9,30pm, Sunday) and music sessions in the village pubs throughout the weekend with many fine musicians from North Clare and beyond, including numerous All-Ireland winners.

On Sunday morning there will be an Aifreann Traidisiúnta, a mass with traditional music. Additional events are being planned. Keep in touch with developments at and Tickets for the Saturday concert will be available through the website well before the event. For more information contact