The scenery in this Gaelic-speaking part of the county is worth the trip alone, but for trad musicians there is much more on offer during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School. The festival has two main centres: Cois Locha in the village of Dunlewey at the foot of Errigal Mountain, and Ostán Gaoth Dobhair in the seaside village of Bunbeg.
The winter school features a series of classes in various instruments and an enviable line-up of performers who take part in day-time recitals and night-time concerts.
With plenty of musicians attending, there is no shortage of informal sessions over the weekend. This year’s line-up included Donal Lunny, Paul Brady and Paddy Glackin; Máire Brennan (of Clannad fame); Hazel O Connor; Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh and of course the perennial performances of Altan.
Phone: +353 (0)74 9560698
This normally takes place in the last week in December/ start of Janurary.
Contact Anna, on the phone number above, for more details