Fleadh headliner acts unveiled

Four Men and a Dog. (1801MM31)
Four Men and a Dog. (1801MM31)

The headline acts for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann which will be held in Derry in August, will feature some of the biggest names in traditional music, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

Dungiven’s own, Cara Dillon, will head the all-star line up for the fleadh, the largest festival of Irish traditional music in the world.

Cara Dillon. (1801MM30)

Cara Dillon. (1801MM30)

The county Derry singer will be performing with the Orchestra of Ireland, which features some of the most talented traditional musicians in the country, at a gala headline concert in the Millennium Forum during the fleadh.

The Dungiven songstress is no stranger to the Fleadh Cheoil na’Éireann having won the traditional singing trophy aged 12 years-old.

Other major acts who will be performing in the city during the fleadh include traditional music giants Dervish and Four Men and Dog, both renowned for the energy of their live shows.

Both bands have strong north west connections and are set to be popular with local audiences. Buncrana man Kevin Doherty and County Derry man Gino Lupari are both members of Four Men and a Dog while Sligo-based Dervish also have strong links to the city. They will be joined by a selection of some of the finest musicians on the traditional music scene, including trad fusion act, Flook, who attracted large words at last year’s fleadh in Cavan, and Beoga.

As well as the performances on the main gig-rig stages, the newly refurbished Guildhall will be the venue for a series of lunchtime concerts featuring traditional music from across the world.

These events will include some of the best traditional musicians from Nova Scotia and north America as well as the best of Irish music with the Meitheal orchestra.

The strong links between Irish and Scottish traditional music will be celebrated with performances from popular band The Campbells, well known piper Lorne MacDoughall, and Finlay Wells.

They will also be joined by Rona Wilkie & Marit Falt who won the Danny Kyle Award at last year’s Celtic Connections festival and went on to be named Young Traditional Music of the Year in Scotland.

The organisers of Derry’s fleadh are in Scotland this weekend for the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow where they will be encouraging festival goers to come to Derry in August.

The Celtic Connections festival is an international celebration of Scottish and other traditional and folk music and attracts some of the major names in the traditional music world.

The fleadh will from August 11th-18th and see the streets of Derry transformed into an enormous performance space with impromptu sessions taking place on the streets as well as in bars and other venues across the city.

It is expected to attract up to 250,000 visitors to the city and generate an estimated £40 million for the local economy. It will be the first time in the history of Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann that the event has been held north of the border.