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Remembering the Fleadh down in Ennis
Cois na hAbhna –9.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2006

“They came from the north and they came from the east
They came from the west and the south ‘twas a thriller to see”
From “The Fleadh down in Ennis”
By Robbie McMahon

The words of Robbie McMahon’s song paint a vivid picture of the excitement generated by the arrival of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis in 1956. Some 50 years later, Robbie’s song forms the backdrop for this year’s theme event: “Remembering the Fleadh down in Ennis.”

Producer, Pat Liddy, has assembled a unique line up drawn from the characters mentioned in the song who are still with us and representatives of those who aren’t. Guests include Kevin Rowsome and Lorraine Hickey, Eileen O’Brien and Vincent Broderick and many others. With the emphasis on Ceol, Caint agus Comhluadar the atmosphere will be more akin to a house party than a formal concert as Fleadh Nua salutes these pioneers. It is only fitting that the recently refurbished Cois na hAbhna – the regional centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann - should play host to this tribute as it is itself a tangible legacy of both the 1956 and 1977 Fleadhanna Cheoil which took place in Ennis.

Aos Óg
Holy Family Hall – 8.00 p.m. on Friday, 26th May, 2006

That our traditional arts enjoy a rude state of health at present can best be gauged from this event. The cast for the Aos Óg Concert is drawn from the cream of Ireland’s underage talent. And what a line up producer, Martin Connolly has assembled. Local stars, Tara Breen and Eimear Arkins will be joined by harpist, Niamh Denmead, singer, Oisín Ó hIarnáin, banjo player, James Harvey and Máiréad Ní Chorradáin on the concertina among others. Visitors to Fleadh Nua consistently rate this event as the highlight of the entire festival. Come along and see why.

“A Terrible Beauty”
Glór – 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, 27th May, 2006

There can be little doubt that the 1916 Rising has played a pivotal rôle in the shaping of modern Ireland. Fleadh Nua looks back on the tumultuous events of that time in the feature concert: “A Terrible Beauty.” Singers Seán Ó Sé, Tadhg Maher, Edel Vaughan and Seamus Mac Mathúna come together with the Turloughmore Céilí Band for an evening of reflection and remembrance. Noted broadcasters, Ciana Campbell and Pat Costelloe will narrate a specially commissioned script so as to place the event in context.

Fidil Beo Recital
Old Ground Hotel – 9.00 p.m. on Sunday, 28th May, 2006

Underlying the Fidil Beo concept is a profound appreciaition for the sheer artistry of our finest traditional musicianas. For it is only playing of exceptional quality that can survive the perils of acoustic performance in a semi-formal setting. Musicians who have featured previously include the Healy Brothers and Timmy Collins – proof if any was necessary that quality is paramount at this event. Little wonder tehn that Fleadh Nua is delighted to welcome the “arch-druid of the accordion”, Joe Burke who will be accompanied by his wife, Anne Conroy-Burke, to this year’s recital. Tickets for this event are sure to be scarce so come early so as to avoid disappointment.


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