What's On This Season
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan
At the very heart of each Fleadh is the competition element. Between the 18th and 23rd of July next, competitors of every age and from every corner of Munster will descend on Cork city to compete for a place in the All Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Ennis Co. Clare in the third week in August. Each competitor will be hoping, ultimately, to become All Ireland champion in their chosen instrument or discipline. At provincial level the competition is intense, as all of the competitors will already have beaten all comers in their class at County level. Every traditional instrument imaginable is represented including voice together with set dancing and sean nós dancing and storytelling.
Fleadhanna have three main elements - the three Cs - Competition, Concerts and Craic.
This year the Munster Fleadh in Cork will be very special for contestants as CIT has very kindly made the Cork School of Music available to host the majority of the competitions. In many previous locations competition venues were widely dispersed. In Cork the competition venues are far more accessible. The City Council has also opened its doors to the Fleadh making the City Concert Hall available for the larger and some of the most popular Ceilí Band and Grupaí Cheoil competitions. The CETB has also stepped up to the plate and welcomed the Fleadh into the wonderful School of Commerce.
Those who love Irish dancing in all its forms will not be disappointed. Cork’s own Everyman Palace will host the dancing competitions over the weekend and the venue promises to be a spectacular backdrop to some spectacular footwork.
No Irish music festival would be complete without showcasing the very best of the top end practitioners of Irish music. Next month Cork will host two extraordinary concerts. The first, Glór Chorcaí, will feature the legendary box player and Kanturk native, Jackie Daly and the incomparable Matt Cranitch on stage in the Curtis Theatre in Cork School of music. They will be joined by another singing legend, Jimmy Crowley and, just back from the US, Máirtín de Cógáin. The concert will take place on the 18th July.
For more info visit www.munsterfleadh.ie