The four-day festival on Oct 2-5 takes in 30 venues, and will boast headline acts such as Mozaic, featuring Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, and a concert entitled A Stór Mo Chroí with household names John Spillane, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Lumiere.
The festival, which is gaining a reputation on the Continent, will also see the return of Scotland’s Eddi Reader along with Alan Kelly Gang, while Frankie Gavin features with his new Dé Dannan line-up.
Some of Ireland’s finest newest trad groups taking part are We Banjo Three, Buille, Moxie, and Conor Byrne’s New Road. They will be joined by Scotland’s, Dick Gaughan, Germany’s, Cara, Rue de Canal from France, and a selection of musicians from England’s Warwick Folk Festival.
The festival has two special events: a County Comes to Cork concert/céilí at Cork City Hall with an all-star line-up, and celebrating 21 years of the Cork Singers Club.
This year will see the second Noel Brazil Contemporary Song-Writing Competition, along with the Bulmers Gig Trails.
Festival chairman Jim Walsh, who was involved from the beginning in 1979, said its success was due to “consistently delivering a pretty tried-and-tested formula of mixing the best of traditional music with established folk and new and upcoming acts.”
The programme will also include the usual excellent selection of pipe and fiddle concerts, instrument workshops, along with rousing sessions.
The festival is grant-aided by Cork City Council, The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland.