Féile Strokestown returns to the town this weekend with a whole host of events taking place from Friday, October 11th to Sunday, October 13th.
The official opening will take place at 8 pm in The Percy French Hotel, Strokestown this Friday night and that will be followed by a tribute concert to the late Mairtin Ó Muiri from 8.30 pm.
The annual Session Trail, which sees music sessions taking place in local pubs and venues, will kick off on Friday evening at 10 pm and continue over the weekend.
On Saturday (12th), Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown will play host to Master Classes from 10 am to 1 pm. Dr. Geraldine Cotter will lead piano accompaniment, while there will also be a fiddle master class with Eileen O’Brien; flute with Orlaith McCauliffe; concertina with Liam O’Brien and accordion with Danny O’Reilly. The Master Classes cost €25 (family discounts) and registration is online or on Saturday morning at 9.30 am.
The Hub will host the Flute Forum and Recital at 1.30 pm on Saturday. Admission costs €10 and the event will feature Patsy Hanly, John Carlos, Tommy Guihan and a host of excellent Roscommon flute players. Special guest on the day will be the 2019 TG4 Gradam Ceoil recipient Catherine McEvoy.
Following this, at 4 pm, will be the launch of three CDs in The Percy French Hotel.
Shane Meehan’s ‘twill do!’, Páraic Mac Donnchadha’s ‘Not Before Time’ and ‘Carlos Sweeney McCartin’ by Dylan Carlos, Cein Sweeney and John McCartin.
Later that evening the Carthy family will be joined by Francis Gaffney, Kate McHugh, All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Champion, Dylan Carlos and All-Ireland Senior Sean Nós Dancer Rian Biesty for a concert at The Percy French Hotel from 8 pm. Tickets cost €20. The Session Trail will take place throughout the day and night.
Féile continues on Sunday with Aifreann na Féile (Mass) at 11.30 am.
At 12.30 pm Tommy McDermott, Marie Gilhooley and Hilke Billerbeck will present Songs and Stories of Percy French at The Percy French Hotel.
Mary Corcoran, Majella O’Beirne and Aoife O’Connor or ‘The Dublin Lasses’ as they’re collectively known, will launch a new CD at 1.30 pm.
At 3 pm, the Joe Donoghue Memorial Open Fiddle Competition will take place with the first prize the Joe Donoghue Perpetual Cup and €200.
The Percy French will host a Céilí Mór with the Tulla Céilí Band from 4 pm. Tickets cost €10.
The Session Trail will continue on Sunday night as Féile Strokestown 2019 comes to a close.