From humble beginnings in 1992 this remarkable festival has grown a little in size and a lot in stature and is now a key fixture on Irish and international music calendars. Its reputation is built on its consistent ability to present world-class acts in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore in West Cork and once again they have come up with a programme that is simply astonishing.
International acts include legendary Scottish band Capercaille (the only Irish appearance of their 30th anniversary tour), American genius Casey Driessen performing the Irish premiere of ‘The Casey Driessen Singularity’, one of the worlds leading Old Time fiddlers Bruce Molsky from New York, young Creole/Cajun sensation from Louisiana Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, exciting Scandinavian trio The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc and Cork native Una Palliser with Slovenian accordionist Marco Hatlak.
Top class Irish acts include the new ‘supergroup’ The Teetotallers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford & John Doyle), The Frames and The Swell Season member Colm Mac Con Iomaire with special guests, masterful duos John Carty with Arty McGlynn, Liam Flanagan & Derek Hickey and Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke and young Northern Irish 5-piece Reel It In’.
These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, from garden amphitheatres to ancient castles to cosy marquees, and all in one of the most stunning festival settings on the planet.
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair will also include a host of additional events including top class workshops, art exhibitions and a plethora of great sessions in and around the village.
For many musicians and music lovers, the annual pilgrimage to the Baltimore Fiddle Fair is the musical highlight of the year and this year’s festival promises to be one of the best yet!
Tickets for the 21st anniversary Baltimore Fiddle Fair are on-sale now.
For full line up, schedule and ticket information, log on to www.fiddlefair.com
Murphy’s and Beamish are set to host the greatest gathering of Irish stouts, musicians and Cork artisan food providers at the first ever Cork Stout Fest 2013 at the Beamish & Crawford site on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
In keeping with previous Murphy’s events in Cork, this will be a three-day festival all about celebrating the best of who we are.
MUSIC Network presents a dream concert that brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest traditional musicians; button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny in Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Thursday 9th May at 8:30pm.
Enter Shikari round off a solid 18 months of touring the world promoting their third album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ with the ‘Return To Energiser 2013′ tour that sees them playing 24 intimate shows in towns that they have either not played for a long time, never played before, or that never really get rock shows on their doorstep.
A UNIQUE “Bookshop Band” from the UK will be appearing at the Bookstor in Kinsale on April 30th as part of their upcoming Irish tour.
The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and are bringing their uniquely-inspired and accomplished songs to bookshops throughout Ireland.
Since their first event in September 2010, the band has written over 70 songs inspired by 39 books from Andrew Miller’s Pure (2011 Costa Novel of the Year) to China Mieville’s acclaimed science-fiction novel Embassytown.
THE winners of this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival / Cork County Council Young Composers Bursary Scheme 2013 have been announced, as follows: Seán Doherty,Retreat; Solfa Carlile, Fables; Timothy Cape, Collectors Item and Patrick Egan, Then Til Now.
Among those appearing this year will be Jimmy Crowley, Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Baggyrinkle Swansea Shantymen, Jim Mageaan, Dick Miles, Jim Bainbridge Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton, Rubicon,Lands End Bluegrass band, the Cork Singers’ Club and many many more.
RECENTLY awarded the MBE, the world-renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti will be performing an exciting programme at this summer’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival from June 28th to July 6th in Bantry.
This extraordinary young violinist was born in Scotland and is of Italian heritage. Since rising to prominence in 2004 when she was named BBC Young Musician of the Year, she has captivated audiences and critics alike with her talent and poise and has an ability to communicate with and enthrall audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances.
Saturday 4 May at 7pm, St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry Town
West Cork Music, in association with Cork International Choral Festival, is delighted to present The Songmen, who will perform in St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry Town on Saturday 4 May at 7pm, as part of Concert Series 2013.
THE Bandon Music Festival which takes place in West Cork each June bank holiday weekend, has released details of its 2013 line-up.
Saturday, June 1st 2013 sees Royseven – one of Ireland’s leading indie-rock bands – take centre stage in Bandon as part of a line-up that also includes Cork alternative rock legends The Frank & Walters.