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