Ceol na Coille Summer School

Ceol na Coille is an Irish Music School based in Letterkenny – so called due to its beautiful location, embedded among the tall trees of Doon Glebe

Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters

Ballyshannon Folk Festival 2014


Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters – The oldest Traditional Music Festival in the country, this year presents an exiting programme with some of the newest, youngest and freshest Irish and international talent on the folk and traditional music scene.

Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters

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The 37th annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be next August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 31st July – Sunday 3rd August 2014) as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again. One of Ireland’s longest running festival, this promises to be a great weekend for all the family.

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Another top class lineup has been announced bringing the best of folk & trad acts to the Ballyshannon stage. The weekend also offers plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops and our annual showcase competition with €1000 CASH for this years winner. This will no doubt be another memorable festival weekend.

With free open air concerts, live pub sessions, workshops and a new talent showcase in this years programme, The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival is sure to have something to cater for all tastes. Full details of all events are available online at

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The Henry Girls – December Moon

The Henry Girls hit all the right spots on this their fourth album.

The Henry Girls are sisters from Inishowen in Co. Donegal, Ireland and have been performing together as a band for almost a decade. I get the feeling that ‘December Moon’ is going to be a breakthrough album for the band. It’s released on the back of European tours and a successful Summer tour in the US. Its recent release also precedes a big European Spring tour as well as a return back to America. There are many really great songs on ‘December Moon’ which will appeal to fans of folk and roots with the band being comparable to The Dixie Chicks, The Good Be Tanyas or The Indigo Girls.

The 14 tracks include two instrumental arrangements, eleven original tracks and a fine cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Watching the Detective’. While it’s fair to call this album a folk album it flirts with happy Pop on tracks like ‘When Will I See You Again’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’. There are well written ballads such as the beautiful ‘Farewell’ and the blissful ‘Sweet Dreams’. We also have homage to roots and bluegrass on ‘Ol’ Cook Pot’ and ‘The Long Road’ and then there’s the theatrical cover of the brilliant ‘Watching the Detectives’. All these genres fit together because of the cohesiveness of the harmonies and the musicianship on the album.

The Pyros – I Want You

Buncrana band The Pyros returned to Donegal last year to record a long awaited CD. The album, aptly titled “At Last” was recorded in the tiny town of Culdaff in the legendary McGrory’s Backroom Bar. This is a song from that CD mixed with pictures and video snippets from the band’s Irish tour of Christmas 2009.

Ribbon Rhythm Festival 2011

Aslan, The Gandhis, Seven Days, Henry McCullough, Lee Headly, Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Pontiax, Mark Black and Grianne Duffy
Miami Showband, Johnny Duhan, Fil Campbell, Lou McMahon and The Mudskippers

Ribbon Rhythm Festival is a dynamic new musical festival that will shake the winter blues from your soul and put a spring back in your step, and it’s all in aid of charity.
The festival has assembled a crack team of talented acts for a weekend crammed with fantastic tunes and a bounty of side events to keep you entertained and amused.
The ever-popular Aslan will headline Saturday’s stellar line-up, which also includes Henry McCullough, The Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Mark Black, Grainne Duffy, Lee Hedley and Pontiax. And that’s just for starters.

Sunday’s legendary headliners are The Miami Showband, who will be joined for a second day of musical merry-making by the likes of Fil Campbell, Lou McMahon and Johnny Duhan.
There will also be free music in the front bar for the duration of the two days for those who like their tunes unplugged and personal. Additional acts are being added all the time so stayed tuned to the website for more details.
The charity chosen for 2011 is Donegal’s Autism Family Support Group.

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Date: Saturday 26 February – Sunday 27 Februay 2011
Location: Mt Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal, R.O.I.
Cost: Sat 26 Feb €50, Sun 27 Feb €40, Weekend Ticket €80

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival

The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in the town where Ireland’s greatest Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist, Rory Gallagher has born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. The 4-day programme of events are packed with outdoor music gigs, guitar workshops, exhibitions, nightly theatre concerts, late night gigs beginning at midnight, films, The Story of Rory, Seminar at the Rory Gallagher Theatre, non-stop Rock ‘n Blues Pub gigs.

This event takes place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Rory Gallagher Festival 2020

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020 will take place in the town where the world’s greatest Guitarist was born – Ballyshannon, Ireland

We are proud to host this wonderful Festival to Rory Gallagher, Born at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival has celebrated the Music & Life of Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon. Fans attend the Festival annually in Ballyshannon from all over the world. Rory would be very proud of this great 4 day event.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place between Thursday 27th August and Sunday 30th August 2020