September 30th until October 2nd at Yeats Country Hotel, Rosses Point,

All events free of charge. All singers and listeners welcome!
Yeats Country Hotel, info@yeatscountryhotel.com

Festival Launch

Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend Launch took place in Durkans Bar, Ballinacarrow on 14th September, 2022 by Gene Sheerin, pictured with committe members and singers

Alan Woods

Alan Woods is a singer from Co. Leitrim. He currently resides in Dublin, where he works with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA). His work with the ITMA includes field recording at traditional music events around the country, conducting interviews with traditional musicians and presenting lectures on topics related to Irish music. Alan is also a co-organiser of The Night Before Larry Got Stretched, a singing collective which hosts a monthly singing session in The Cobblestone pub, Smithfield.

At the Frank Finn Singing Weekend 2022, Alan will present an illustrated lecture highlighting song based collections which are held in the ITMA collection. This overview will include a look at audio, video and print based material which feature Irish traditional song.

Mattie Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta

Mattie Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta is from Na hAille in Connemara, Co. Galway, and is a well-known and respected figure in music circles throughout this country and further afield. He is an acclaimed sean-nós singer, and won Corn Uí Riada, the All-Ireland sean-nós competition, in 2001. He is also a skilled instrumentalist, and plays flute and uilleann pipes.

Joe Neary

Joe Neary is an excellent storyteller from Bofield (near Attymass), Co Mayo. He is a regular contributor to our monthly singing sessions. Joe comes from a family steeped in traditional music and he himself is an accomplished musician. He runs regular sessions in the Fr. Peyton Centre, Attymass.

Schedule outline
Friday– (Evening) – Welcome & Singing Session @ Yeats Country Hotel
Saturday– (Morning) visit to Coney Island: Workshop & Singing Session
Saturday-(Afternoon) Session @ Harrys Bar, Rosses Point
Saturday-(Evening) Lecture & Singing Session @ Yeats Country Hotel
Sunday– (Morning) Singing Session & Farewell

More details to follow…

Sligo Traditional Singers Circle

Sligo Traditional Singers Circle was set up to nurture and promote the art of traditional singing and storytelling in Sligo and surrounding areas. The Singing Circle welcomes all singers, storytellers and supporters to come, enjoy, and perhaps join in the activities.

Sligo has a rich culture of traditional music, song and story telling. At our sessions you will hear many songs, some you will recognise, some you will never have heard before, stories of Ireland,  past and present. So whether you are local or a visiting tourist you are sure to enjoy the session.

Monthly Sessions

We meet the second Wednesday of every month to sing and exchange songs and stories  in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Durkin’s Pub in the small village of Ballinacarrow, 10 miles south of Sligo town. We have visited schools, local nursing homes and hospitals to entertain and promote singing and story telling. We regularly feature special guests at our monthly sessions.

Singing Circles

We maintain a close association with similar singing communities, such as Boyle Singers, South Roscommon Singers, Ciorcal na n-Amhran Falcarragh,  Creggan, Co. Derry and Fermanagh Singers. We regularly visit these singing sessions which strengthens the bonds of friendship and the sharing of songs and stories with other singing circles.

Sligo Traditional Singing Weekend

In 2007, we organised our inaugural Sligo Traditional Singing Weekend in Sligo town. This was a great success and attracted singers from all over Ireland, both North and South. There were in excess of 75 singers and listeners at each of our singing sessions.  We repeated this exercise on the first weekend of October every year since, proving a major success, and attracting singers from Ireland and abroad. At least 30 rooms are occupied in the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point for the festival. There are bookings in B &B’s and and up to a dozen Camper Vans parked at the hotel.

At the Festival weekend we provide singing sessions, singing workshops, story telling  and scholarly lectures  with  invited speakers..

 A field trip to Coney Island is always included where we have workshops and a sing song before returning to the mainland for our afternoon singing session.