Rock/pop group Bagatelle, singer/songwriter John Spillane along with members of the Clancy family will be the big music attractions at this summer’s Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival.
The programme of events for Carrick’s seventh June Bank Holiday Weekend festival commemorating the legendary Clancy Brothers ballad group were announced last week.
Bagatelle, famed for its pop hits “Summer in Dublin” and “Second Violin”, will be the headline act at the River Festival in Sean Healy Park that will finish off the Clancy Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, June 2 from 2 to 5pm.
The River Festival, one of the most successful events of last year’s Clancy Festival, will also feature river boat races, Viking re-enactments, music workshops for children, bouncy castles and other entertainment for kids.
Another big free community celebration during the Festival will be the Butler Trail Family Day at Ormond Castle on Saturday, May 31 from 2pm to 5pm.
There will be falconry displays, medieval minstrels, a lecture on the life and times of the castle’s most famous resident Black Tom and storytelling for children.
Black Tom himself will appear at the event and show off 16th Century artefacts and weaponry. The rich folk music legacy of the Clancy Brothers will be celebrated at a Tribute to the Clancy Brothers Concert in the Strand Theatre on Friday, May 30.
The show will be directed and produced by Liam Butler and Dónal Clancy and feature members of the Clancy family including Roisín Clancy, Ryland Teifi, Colm Power, Kevin Power as well as Dónal and Liam.
Renowned singer/songwriter John Spillane returns to Brewery Lane for a songwriting workshop on Saturday, May 31 and a concert at the theatre that night.
Brewery Lane will also host a lunchtime theatre production, a variety show, concert with Jim McKee and Pete MacGowan and a folk club.
The popular Arts Trail of local artists’ exhibitions will run throughout the festival in venues across the town, and will include pop-up exhibitions, live photographic portraiture, yarn bombs, murals, Tech Meets Trad with Coderdojo and a treasure hunt.
An under-18s busking competition will fill the streets with music on Saturday, May 31. It boasts a prize fund of up to €1,000.
The Eoghan Power Ballad Singing Competition returns to Figgerty’s Pub on Thursday, May 29. And there will be a Live Music Pub Trail. Up to 10 pubs are involved this year with live sessions for all music fans throughout the festival.
Tickets for Festival events can be booked at Carrick Heritage Centre from May 6. Tel: (051) 640200. Clancy Tribute concert tickets go on sale on May 1 and can be booked by phoning (051) 645050.