Traveling in Ireland in 2017

Festivals to consider attending!!

Information gathered from Irish Music Magazine, 26 Clare St., Dublin 2, Ireland

and other sources,
As of October, 2017
Irish Festivals in Ireland and abroad

Ardara, County Donegal, information on the town

Information: Patrick McGill 011–353–74–953.7949 or call Eileen 011 – 353 – 86 – 239-1441.


Irish Festivals in Ireland & Beyond


•  October 4 to 8, The Irish Festival of Oulu. / ( in Finland). Irish concerts including: Clann Mhic Ruari, Rianta, Dervish & Altan. Top Finnish bands: Droichead, Narrow Neck, Ylasirtola Ramblers and from Sweden the duo Reeds.


•  October 6 to 8, Scoil Cheoil Na Botha, , in Scotstown, Co. Monaghan. Includes instrumental and vocal workshops; tutor's recital, heritage walks & talks, and more. Information: , Email: .


•  October 6 to 14, “21 st Celtic Colours International Festival”, Cape Breton Island, Canada. (49 concerts) or 1.902.567.3000


•  October 11 to 22, The Fenians, (Terry Casey, Rob Williams, Brendan Harkins, Chris Pierce, & Tardu Yegin), out of Orange County, CA, will tour Ireland. They will perform in three concerts: Galway @ The Quays, in Kinsale @ The Trident Hotel's Wharf Tavern, and In Kilkenny, The Irish Weavers, Matt the Millers will host the final concert. Information: .


•  October 13 & 14, Dingle Folk Fest, . Entertainment includes: Donal Lunny, The Atlantic Arc Orchestra, Pauline Scanlon, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O'Rourke, Padraig Byrne, Éilís Kennedy with Fire and Grace, plus more.


•  October 24 to 29, Galway Bay's 14 th Annual Celtic Music Feis (Washington State). Entertainment: Crooked Jacks, Ockham's Razor, The Black Donnellys, The Whiskey Dicks, Seamus Kennedy, Tallymore, St. James Gate, Ojizo and more. Information: .


•  October 24 to October 30, Return to Camden Town, festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song, & Dance. Includes: Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn, The Bonny Men, Noel Hill, Gatehouse, Mick O'Brien, Aoife Ni Bhrian& Caoimhin O'Fearghall, and more. Information: / .


•  October 25 to 30, Sligo LIVE, Folk Roots & Indie Festival w/ Imelda May, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Sharon Shannon, Kevin Burke, Robert Glasper Trio + More. Tickets: and Ticketmaster, or 011.353.71.916.1518.


•  October 28 to 31, Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, Tel: 011-44-28 7125 3253, Email: Check out



•  November 3 to 5, Copenhagen Irish Festival. Featuring Len Graham & Jack Lynch, Buttons & Bows, Gatehouse, plus more. and Facebook / .


•  November 10 & 18, New York Trad Fest presenting Irish Trad music along with other ethnic music: Bluegrass, Appalachian, Indian, Jazz & Singer Songwriter. Visit .



•  January 24 to 28, 2018 – TradFest @ Temple Bar with Martha Wainwright, Judy Collins, Téda, Blazin Fiddles & Frankie Gavin, Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan, Laoise Kelly, plus many more. Tickets .


•  February 3 to 10, Joanie Madden's Folk'N Irish Cruise to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Epic, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Entertainment: Cherish The Ladies, Lunasa, The Black Family, Susan McCann, Frankie Gavin, Don Stiffe, Rory Makem & Donal Clancy (Makem & Clancy), plus more. or 1-855-Irish-CR. Also Alaskan Adventure August 19 to 26, 2018.


•  February 21 to 28, The Gathering Traditional Festival, , at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Ceili Bands – úi Bhriain, Neily O'Connor, Shandrum Ceili Band, Striolan Ceili Band & Johnny Reidy. Lots of music here. Storytelling w/ Batt Burns and more; Workshops in dance, song, & instrument Master Classes.