Inaugural Fringe Festival at West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Cellist Norah O'Leary from Ensemble Dagda with students from St Brendans NS Bantry at the launch of the West Cork Literary and Chamber Music Festival in Bantry. Pic: Darragh Kane

World-class chamber music will be heard throughout the Bantry region as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival debuts its inaugural Fringe Festival.

Ireland’s best young performers will join professional musicians to perform in a series of daily Pop-Ups, randomly performing in local coffee shops, restaurants, shops and streets. All events are free of charge and these lunchtime events will run in a variety of locations in the Bantry area, including Whiddy Island, Garnish Island and Durrus.

The Fringe begins on Whiddy Island when the young musicians of Ensemble Dagda perform on Saturday, 1st July. The action then moves to the Westlodge Hotel the following day when The Behn Quartet will perform in the Sugarloaf Restaurant. Ensemble Dagda return to the Fringe programme on Monday, 3rd July, upstairs in Organico Café. Mairead Hickey will perform in Bantry Library on Tuesday, 4th July. Flute player Katie Hyland, and harpist Fiona Gryson, will perform in Bantry Community Tourist Office on 5th July. On Thursday 6th July, Voice will perform in St James Church, Durrus.

The Fringe then sails to Garnish Island on Friday, 7th July, where Voice will be joined by harpist Fiona Gryson. Returning to the mainland, at Bantry Community Tourist Office on Saturday, 8th July, Voice will be joined by members of local choirs for a Fringe Finale.

Alex Petcu and Catriona Frost will bring Bang and Crash! to the Bantry Bay on Wolfe Tone Square on July 5th. This percussion workshop is for under 12s. For the second workshop, Alex Petcu and Catriona Frost return to take their show outdoors at the National Learning Network. On Friday 7th July, at the Bantry Bay, Voice will give a workshop to a number of locally based choirs.

The complete Festival and Fringe Festival Programmes are available online at or West Cork Music office on +353 (0) 27 52788

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Crespo Foundation, RTÉ Lyric fm and Cork County Council.