What's On

Friday 18 August, 8pm, €20

The Flanagan Brothers Award 2017 - Gerry O’Connor and Special Guests

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The second annual Flanagan Brothers Award will this year be presented to banjo legend Gerry O'Connor. Gerry will be joined on the night by many of his musical friends and family. Expect a unique night of music from one of the main trend-setters in banjo playing for the past 30 years.

Friday 18 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 9pm, €20

Breaking Trad: Derek Hickey, Liam Flanagan, Ryan O’Donnell and Deirdre Scanlan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017



Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), from Abbeyfeale,West Limerick, a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon, Niall Murphy (Fiddle) from Camlough, South Armagh, a winner of multiple awards including All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition, Fiddler Of Dooney and Fiddler of Oriel, and also Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals) who has vast experience working in a wide range of musical styles from Rock and Roll to Irish Traditional.

Between them, they have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, Dance star Michael Flatley, Bluegrass guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Country legend Randy Travis and many more.Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique',
and 'high octane'.

Breaking Trad are reviving Irish music with a fresh and modern twist with powerhouse tunes and exquisite vocals.

Friday 18th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €25

Stockton’s Wing (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Always so special to enjoy Stockton’s wing on their home turf. Magic made in Ennis!

Stocktons Wing began their career in Ennis sometime in 1977 with Kieran Hanrahan on banjo , mandolin and harmonica, Paul Roche on Flute and whistle, Maurice Lennon on fiddle, Tommy Hayes on Bodhran, spoons and bones and Tony Callinan on guitar and vocals.

The name Stocktons Wing came from a Bruce Springsteen song, “Backstreets” from the album “Born to Run”: 
Slow dancing on a moonlit street at Stocktons Wing, where desperate lovers park to meet the last of the Duke Street kings.”

The band signed a deal with Tara records after winning the Trad section of a music contest in Limerick. A group called U2 won the rock section.

The Current line-up includes Mike Hanrahan, Paul Roche, Tommy Hayes, Steve Cooney, Tara Breen and Karol Lynch.

This is a seated event for ages 18+.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 12pm, €8

The Speks (for ages 2+) (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTÉ Radio 1

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

“If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs...then The Speks are the boys for you!” Tom Dunne, Newstalk

Saturday 19 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Liam O’Brien, Derek Hickey, Claire Egan & Francis Cunningham

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Saturday concert features Liam O’Brien from Miltown Malbay recipient of the Ceoltóir Óg award for 2017. Liam will be joined by Derek Hickey, Claire Egan and Francis Cunningham

Saturday 19 August, 3pm, €15

The Hounds of Ulster

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The Hounds of Ulster are a flute music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, playing a mixture of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ulster-Scots tunes on both the wooden and Bb flutes.  This is their second visit to Ennis – back by popular demand!

Saturday 19 August, 8pm, €25

A Raw Bar Affair With Des Dillon & Dancers and Séan Ó Sé

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Vibrant music from the Raw Bar Collective, Des Dillon’s set dancing puppets and the outstanding voice of Séan Ó Sé – expect magic and mayhem in this spectacular night of music, song, dance and fun!

With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, the Raw Bar Collective presents a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The band members, Conal Ó Gráda, Benny McCarthy, and Dave Sheridan are long recognised as amongst the top instrumentalists in Ireland, Nell Ní Chróinín is commonly acknowledged as the most exciting traditional singing talent of her generation, and Colm Murphy is widely recognised as one of the top Traditional music percussionists of all time.

The Raw Bar will be joined by legendary singer Séan Ó Sé and artist and puppeteer Des Dillon.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €27.50

Sharon Shannon and her Sacred Earth Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon is delighted to be invited to perform at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, particularly as it is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare the county where she was born and grew up.

Sharon is also very pleased to be bringing her Sacred Earth Band, performing material from new album also called Sacred Earth as well as music taken from her back catalogue.

Saturday 19th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €20


as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Beoga returns to Ennis – and we welcome them back with open arms. Beoga is gaelic for ‘lively’ and it promises to be a great night.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Sunday 20 August, 10.15am - 3pm, €15

Willie Clancy Music & Heritage

as part of the County of Culture Tour Series 2017

Clare Tourism, Comhaltas and the Clare County Council Arts Office would like to share the diverse culture, heritage and sights of County Clare with visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2017. The tours will bring you to the four corners of Clare where you will meet the locals, enjoy the scenery and sample the local music.

The week of cultural tours ends with a trip to Atlantic coast and to Milltown Malbay. Meet with a local guide at the 'Music Makers of West Clare' with Oidhreacht an Chlair. The tour visits the grave of legendary musician Willie Clancy and is followed by a music session with local musicians at the Community Centre in the village. Willie Clancy, born in 1918 is one of the county’s best known pipes player and is the inspiration for the annual Willie Clancy Summer School.  Following the music session the tour returns to Ennis town.

The ticket includes coach transfer and entrance into a Riches of Clare Lunchtime Concert at chosen location or a local music session. Participants will also receive a complimentary Visit Clare welcome pack including a Riches of Clare music CD. You will be met at each location by a local guide. All tours will depart at 10:15am from the car park at glór.

Sunday 20 August at the Fleadh Dome, 7pm, €20

Senior Céilí Band Competition (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

One of the hottest tickets at the Fleadh so do book early.

All roads lead to the Dome for a fantastic night of ceol and competition. There is nothing quite like the Senior Ceili Bands as they battle for All Ireland glory. From the days when The Tulla and The Kilfenora used to wage musical war against each other, this competition never fails to weave a spell over Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Dome promises to be a spectacular setting for this spine tingling event.


Sunday 20th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €15

Seo Linn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Seo Linn is an energetic and fun young band with powerful originals and a unique take on contemporary songs with a particular passion for Gaeilge.

Not only have they had continuous success with their involvement in Coláiste Lurgan’s famous YouTube videos, with which they have now garnered upwards of 18 million views, but they have also brought their music all over Ireland and across the seas to places including Boston, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and even to Uganda with Gorta Self-Help Africa.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Monday 21st August at the Fleadh Dome, 1pm, €22

Socks in the Frying Pan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit will entertain and delight. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! The Socks come home but they won’t be putting their feet up!

Monday 21st August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 3pm, €15

Finbarr Dwyer Remembered

As part of the events celebrating the music and legacy of the music icon Finbarr Dwyer this star-studded concert with over 25 accordion performers will celebrate the much-loved legendary traditional Irish accordion player and composer whose reworking of familiar tunes has been a source of fascination for many accordion players.

Monday 21 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €22.50

Fleadh Farewell

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Join us for the final fling as we say Farewell to the Fleadh – you will be in excellent company – Bofin to Burren, Séan Keane, John Carty, Noel Hill & Liam O'Connor, Don Stiffe, Joanie Madden and Kathleen Boyle, Kevin Crawford & Dylan Foley, The Shandrum Céilí Band, Seamus Begley & Oisín MacDiarmada and many, many more.....