Folk's finest flock to Cork Folk Festival

Folk musicians, artists, dancers and singers from Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond will descend on Cork this weekend for the Beamish Cork Folk Festival.

The Festival runs throughout Cork City from tomorrow to Sunday October 5.

This year’s festival will take place in over 22 venues in Cork City featuring over 34 acts, 280 musicians and 5,000 dancers.

This year’s highlights will include Damien Dempsey; Lisa Hannigan; West Kerry’s ‘Beal Tuinne’ featuring Seamus Begley, Rita Connolly, Jim Murray and Shaun Davey.

Vibrant 11 piece world music fusion band ‘Salsa Celtica’ will come over from Edinburgh and Frankie Gavin and Martin O’Connor will perform in St Finbarr’s Cathedral.

Also performing at the Beamish Cork Folk Festival this year will be the Michael McGoldrick Trio with John Joe Kelly & Ed Boyd, the 'pride of the west' with John Wynne & John McEvoy, the legendary Beara box player Finbarr Dwyer and Cork’s own Conal O Gráda.

Throughout the weekend, audiences can sample everything from the very best fiddle, accordion, pipes and flute players in Ireland to a giant open-air Céilí Mór with the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

The festival will feature concerts from the Cork Blues’, Pipes’ and Singers’ clubs and a music trail featuring over 40 free sessions.

The festival will include the festival club specialist concerts and master classes.

Bookings can now be made through tickets.ie and from individual venues for further information please visit www.corkfolkfestival.com

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