Festival – Singing Weekend

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

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

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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 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.