The organisers of the Pan Celtic Festival have announced an action-packed programme of events featuring some of the biggest names in traditional and folk music.
The festival, which will be held in Derry for the first time between April 22-27. will bring together the cultures from six Celtic nations; Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the arrival of the world-famous Spiegeltent, a unique mirrored venue which will be built in Guildhall Square and play host to line-up of exceptional musical acts under the title ‘The Spiegel Sessions’.
Over the course of six days the venue will see performances from Declan O’Rourke, Alana Henderson, Breton folk group Barzaz and the Máirtín O’Connor Band, amongst others.
The festival will be officially opened on Tuesday 22nd April by Celtic historian Brian Lacey, and will be followed by a performance by a group from each of the Celtic nations in the city’s Guildhall. The Spiegel Sessions will kick off that night with a gig by exciting trad act Goitse, whose track ‘The Burst Togs’ was the theme song of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013.
The closing event will be a concert with Scotland’s Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, performing on Sunday April 27 in the Spiegeltent as part of their 30th Anniversary tour.
Tickets for individual events can be purchased online at www.culturlann-doire.ie or through the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin box office. For more information on the festival, visit www.panceltic.ie or call +44 (0)28 7126 4132.