Busking takes over Clonmel

Richard Gleeson, Liam Condon and Eelco Beckers gearing up for the annual Busking Festival which takes place this weekend.
Festival Cluain Meala comes to an end this Sunday, with busking, dancing, food demonstrations - and tastings - and a family day of fun, fun, fun.

Festival Cluain Meala comes to an end this Sunday, with busking, dancing, food demonstrations - and tastings - and a family day of fun, fun, fun.

No taste or interest will be left wanting for as the fourth Clonmel Busking Festival takes over the town for the whole weekend and the Medieval Family Day transforms Gordon Street car park on Sunday.

There are 140 live gigs scheduled to take place in pubs and venues around Clonmel over the coming three nights, while hundreds of buskers will descend on Clonmel for the main street-performance aspect, which takes place from 12pm to 6pm each day. All the live gigs are free of charge, but music lovers are being asked to donate to the bucket collectors they will see throughout the weekend.
Celebrating 40 years’ in music, Johnny McEvoy opens the festival this evening, August 8, at Raheen House, starting at 7.30pm. This is one of just five shows that this music legend is performing this year. And for something a little different, TR Dallas plays The Coachman at 11pm on August 8, while Trudi Lawlor takes the stage there at 10.45pm on August 9.

Ham Sandwich, Rob Strong and John Spillane will perfom on Saturday in Gleeson’s, The Post House and Moran’s respectively. While on Sunday Bagatelle, Niall Toner and Hank Wedel can be seen in The Coachman, Daly’s and The Posthouse.

On Sunday August 11, the Busking Festival will go out with a bang as O’Connell Street will facilitate a monster street ceili, starting at 2pm, until 4pm. Beat FM will be in town for their ‘Beat on the Street’ from 3pm -7pm, and featuring a live performance of Keywest.

Clonmel native and chef, Barry Horne, son of well known local musician Ken Horne, will be cooking up a sumptuous storm on O’Connell Street on Saturday and Sunday. Barry has worked for Jamie Oliver in the past and currently works for Rick Stein, so hungry music lovers or ceili dancers will be well catered for with Barry’s sensational cooking skills.

Organiser and musician Eelco Beckers said organising this year’s festival has taken a huge amount of effort from a small, voluntary team. He is really looking forward to it but believes that this is still just the beginning of what the festival could become.

“I hope that this is a strong foundation for the future of the festival, it is in a great location with great scenery,” he said. He thanked all local musicians, scouts, volunteers and everyone who has helped make the festival possible. See www.clonmelbuskingfestival.com for more.