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23-26 April 2009 – KILFENORA, CO. CLARE

Thursday, 23 April 2009
9 pm Céilí with Four Courts Céilí Band - Vaughans Barn
10 pm Singing Night - Linnanes Pub, Session – Nagles Pub

Friday, 24 April 2009
9.30 pm – 12.00 am Céilí with Kilfenora Céilí Band – Community Hall

Saturday, 25 April 2009
10 am – 12.00 pm Childrens’ Sean Nós & Step Dancing Workshop
1 – 3 pm Recital by local musical families – Community Hall
4 – 5.30 pm Lecture on History of Kilfenora Céilí Band by Gary Shannon and Photography Exhibition (from 3.00 pm) – Community Hall
8 – 10.30 pm Gala Celebration Concert with Kilfenora Céilí Band and special guests - Community Hall

Sunday, April 26th 2009
11 am Aifreann Traidisiúnta for deceased members of Kilfenora Céilí Band
– St. Fachnans Church
12 pm Unveiling of plaque commemorating 100 years of the Kilfenora Céilí Band – Burren Centre
1.30 pm Traditional music and entertainment by local musicians and school children – The Square, Kilfenora*
3.30 pm Launch of “Century” CD by Kilfenora Céilí Band – The Square, Kilfenora*
4.15 pm Tulla Céilí Band – The Square, Kilfenora*
5 pm Final concert including presentation to past members of Kilfenora Céilí Band – The Square, Kilfenora*
9 pm Céilí with Four Courts Céilí Band - Vaughans Barn
*Please note: Programme subject to change. In the event of rain, open air sessions will take place in the Community Hall

Issued by the Kilfenora Centenary Working Group, Comhaltas Cillfhionnúrach:
2 March 2009
A unique event in music and social history will take place in County Clare, Ireland from 23-26 April, when the centenary will be celebrated of the Kilfenora Ceili Band (KCB).
Few orchestras or musical ensembles can claim a hundred years of history – and indeed the Kilfenora has its origins in a village fife & drum band stretching back into the 1870s. Contributing to its uniqueness are its roots in a web of local families who have supplied many of its members over the century. Also unique is the KCB’s feat of winning at the Fleadh Cheoil three years running on two occasions – 1954-6 and 1993-5.

The festival will run from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 26 April in Kilfenora. The main events include:

  • a céilí with the Four Courts band – featuring several past players of the KCB (23.2)
  • a céilí with the Kilfenora band itself, in the hall that past members helped to build in 1954 (24.2)
  • a lecture by band-member Garry Shannon on the history of the band, followed by a gala concert where the Kilfenora will be joined by special guests (25.2)
  • recitals by Kilfenora’s talented , prize-winning youth players
  • a Sean Nós and Step Dancing workshop for children
  • an exhibition of the history of the band and of music in the area
  • a mass to remember late members of the band over the decades, followed by unveiling of a memorial plaque (27.2)
  • a launch of the Kilfenora’s new CD “Century” (27.2)
  • a guest appearance by the Tulla Ceili Band, historic rivals of the KCB who celebrated 60 years in 2008 (27.2)
  • a finale with the Kilfenora, featuring and honouring its past members (27.2)
  • singing and instrumental sessions in the pubs throughout the weekend with many fine musicians from North Clare and beyond.
A special memorial poster will be on sale during the weekend, among other items. The band will feature in a RTE documentary to be shown on 10 March, and on the Late Late show on 13 March.
The programme of events will be viewable shortly at For any enquiries before then, please email to, and we will endeavour to answer them as soon as possible. A provisional timetable is shown below for your information.
For editors considering feature articles, to access details on the band’s history and historic pictures, please contact Andy Lambert at

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