Musician's at the 2011 trad fest.

BALLYDEHOB can look forward to a bumper weekend of traditional Irish music, song, dance and entertainment as part of the 2012 Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival which will take place in the village on the weekend of Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st.

The festival which is now in its sixth year will opens with a céilí in Ballydehob Community Hall with music by the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band.

From 9.30pm, the festival session trail will commence with sessions in Rosies, Irish Whip and Vincent Coughlans.

On Saturday morning workshops will take place in Scoil Bhríde National School. Tutoring the workshops this year are a selection of the finest Irish musicians and teachers, all who have toured extensively worldwide: fiddle with Oisín MacDiarmada; button accordion with Paul Finn; flute with Damien Stenson; concertina with Tommy Fitzharris; banjo with Seán McElwain and traditional singing with Máire Ní Chéilleachair.

The fee for workshops is €20 which includes a complimentary ticket to the Saturday night Téada concert and advance booking is essential.

Brian Cunningham from Connemara will tutor the festival sean-nós dancing workshop and this is open is everyone to come along and learn some sean-nós steps. There will be two dance workshops at 11am-1pm for adults only and from 2-4pm for Under 18s, entry is €10.

The Gala Festival Concert will take place on Saturday evening in Ballydehob Community Hall starting at 7.30pm, with a spectacular concert from festival headline act Téada.

The concert will also feature Tommy Fitzharris, Brian Cunningham and Máire Ní Chéilleachair.

Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, €5 for students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.

Following the concert at 10pm, the festival session trail will once again take place in all the village pubs.

For all singers there will be a singers night in Levis’s Corner Bar with Bean an Tí Mary Tisdall O’Sullivan.

On Sunday afternoon April 1st from 2-4pm, Ballydehob will ring to the sounds of Irish music with a street seisiún competition taking place on the village streets.

Prizes are divided into three categories Under 12, Under 18 and Senior.

Session groups can consist of between two and eight members.

Full competition details are available on the festival website.

The festival concludes on Sunday evening with a closing session in Rosie’s Bar at 6pm featuring a host of local musicians including Ann Redmond, Ivan Camier, Noel Camier, Maria Cotter and many more.

For more information visit www.ballydehobtradfestival.com or contact Ann Redmond on 028 37676.