As part of this year’s Féile Frank McGann in Strokestown, two CD launches will take place on this Friday evening at the Percy French Hotel. Both CDs feature Roscommon flute players and the Percy French Hotel will be brimming with the top flute players in Roscommon.
The Roscommon Flute Players will launch volume two of their celebrated CD at 6.45 pm on Friday 10th October. There are twenty-three tracks on the new CD featuring a mixture of new recordings and archival material. Some of the artists involved are internationally recognised, others known widely but previously unrecorded and others emerging players, all of varying ages. The proceeds will continue the Roscommon Flute Players society’s work to purchase flutes for young musicians, finance young musicians’ participation in summer schools throughout the country and set up an online archive collection.
Also launching her new CD at Féile Frank McGann is renowned Roscommon flute player, Catherine McEvoy. Catherine, one of the best exponents of the Sligo - Roscommon style of flute playing will be launching her third album, The Home Ruler, which has already done much to confirm her reputation as one of the most talented flute players in the country.
The weekend festivities kick off on Thursday with lectures and talks while Thursday night will reverberate to the sound of the Shaskeen Céilí Band at the Percy French Hotel. On Friday morning the hotel will be buzzing early when popular broadcaster, Joe Finnegan, broadcasts his morning show from the hotel foyer.
With most of the Country’s top trad musicians hitting Strokestown this weekend, there will be plenty of Sessions in town and in the surrounding areas. Féile sessions will also take place in The Silver Eel in Grange and in Leavy’s in Scramogue as well as in pubs in Strokestown itself.
Saturday 11th will be a busy day with workshops held in a range of instruments, in singing and in dancing, taught by some of the leading tutors in Ireland. Another treat for those attending the Féile will be a talk and tunes session by renowned Button Accordion player, James Keane which will take place at 2.30 pm in the Percy French Hotel on Saturday. The talk is entitled: “Growing up in the Tradition”. The highlight of Saturday night will again undoubtedly be the gala concert, which this year features Four Men and a Dog and the Mulcahy Family.
Sunday 12th October will see the second “Kitchen Session” with traditional group Dordán featuring Kathleen Loughnane on harp, Mary Bergin on whistle and Dearbhail Standun on fiddle.
Later on Sunday afternoon crowds will gather in Strokestown to attend the Sunday Céilí with the Kilfenora Céilí Band, which has now become an institution in Strokestown and will be eagerly awaited by Céilí fans throughout the region and from further afield. Sessions, both organised and impromptu, will as always be a central feature of the Féile Frank McGann experience throughout the weekend.
Further details on the Féile are available from www.feilefrankmcgann.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Mairead Casey on (086) 8546433, Anne O’Connor on (086) 3750298, or Eugene Murphy on (086) 8975006.