Foxford is a small town in county Mayo, steeped in Irish music. Our aim is to continue to nourish and grow our culture of Irish Music, Song and Dance in an accessible and fun environment. Our family friendly festival is a cultural weekend of music, song and dance with concerts, workshops, master classes, session trail, junior, teenage and senior events. A warm welcomes awaits!
Foxford Traditional Weekend with run from 14th-17th October 2021 Music lovers from far and near will enjoy a feast of traditional music, song and dance this October as ‘Foxford Traditional Weekend’ gets underway from the 14th – 17th October. The town which is a haven for many musicians will host the annual event and there is a fantastic weekend of music in store. Events will commence with a Rambling House on Thursday 14th October in Guiry’s Bar with some special characters. This is always a very enjoyable night of song and stories, music and fun and the perfect start to a jam-packed musical weekend. A session trail of music around the town, will commence on Friday evening and will continue at different times, for the whole weekend, in all public houses. The session trail will include some of Ireland’s finest musicians from all parts of the country and this ‘high energy’ trail is sure to lift your heart and get your feet tapping. All musicians are invited to join in the session trail or initiate their own session in one of the many nooks and crannies. The standard and quality of music from the younger generation is just inspiring and a showcase of their talent will be on show during ‘Teen Trad’ in Cruiser’s on Friday evening at 7pm. This event will feature many All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil finalists and indeed winners, from all over Ireland and will not disappoint. This will be followed by a Teenage session which in turn will be followed by a session led by one of Ireland’s youngest and leading trad groups, Síar (Caoilte Ó Cuanaigh, Patrick Cafferkey, Cillian McNeela and Mathew Dillane. A series of workshops and master classes will take place over Saturday with some of Ireland’s leading tutors including Aileen Bourke, Marianne Knight, Tom Doherty, David Doocey Brian Scahill and Stephen Doherty. Workshops over the weekend include tin-whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, accordion and concertina. A bodhrán Master Class will take place with bodhrán master, John Joe Kelly, while there is a real treat for Sean Keane fans as he will give a Singing Master Class on Saturday afternoon – places will be limited so book early on www.foxfordtraditionalweekend.com Two mixed instrument performance master classes will be held on the Saturday afternoon, to cater for proficient musicians in different age groups. The three-hour workshops, led by Multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Doherty and David Doocey will guide participants through all aspects of group and stage performance with a focus on arrangement, technique, composition etc. The mixed instrument Masterclasses will focus on advanced players only and is open to all instruments. Featuring our ‘Special Guest’, and world renowned singer, Sean Keane, the Féile concert will take place in the Foxford Leisure Centre, at 8pm on Saturday 16th October. Newly formed group ‘ DDK ‘ will play their first official performance as part of the Féile Concert at Foxford Traditional Weekend. Consisting of Foxford brothers David & Patrick Doocey on fiddle and guitar alongside brothers Stephen & Kevin Doherty on flute/accordion and double bass, the lineup is completed by Sligo resident John Joe Kelly on bodhran. Individually they have toured the world with acclaimed acts such as Lunasa , Flook , Grada and the Sean Keane band. This new group forms a blend of their new compositions alongside traditional influences and guarantees a world class performance. The concert will also include performances from Glór na Sí, Moffatt School of Dance and Visiting Musicians. This promises to be a great night of music, song and dance. With Workshops, Master Classes, Concert, Session Trail, Teen Trad, Rambling House, Junior Sessions and lots, lots more, tune up your instruments, polish your shoes…or just come along and soak up the atmosphere…A must for all true Irish music lovers. For full details on the weekend and bookings go to www.foxfordtraditionalweekend.com
We would like to say a special 'Míle Buíochas' to our sponsors from previous years, without whom our weekend would not be possible
Míle Buíochas le: Tutors, Local & Visiting Musicians, Cllr. Neil Cruise, Local Publicans, Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford National School, Foxford Secondary School, Accommodation Providers, O’Haras of Foxford, Local Sponsors, Mayo Arts Squad, Tom Doherty - USA June Walsh Photography, John O'Connor Photography