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Concert - Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2017


Sun 4 Jun 2017, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Theatre Royal Nelson, 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Student / Child: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: ceolaneas

The highlight of the annual Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival is the tutor's concert.

Featuring each of the festival guests, expect a rousing night of traditional Irish music with toe-tapping tunes from all of the artists and with a bit of 'craic' thrown in for good measure.

This year’s guests represent a veritable powerhouse of international Irish music talent, the strongest lineup the festival has ever had. Headlined by the talented Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell, Patrick Doocey and Dáire Mulhern from Ireland, the concert is a chance for all our tutors and festival guests to give us a taste of their wonderful musical skills and creativity.

Kevin Crawford (flute) a virtuoso flute player, is one of the world’s leading Irish musicians and known internationally as part of Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lúnasa. A founding member of the Clare-based band Moving Cloud, his latest project is the Teetotallers, a supergroup trio that also features Martin Hayes and John Doyle.

Kevin has also recorded several solo albums including The ‘D’ Flute Album, In Good Company, On Common Ground, a duo recording with Lúnasa’s piper, Cillian Vallely, and his most recent, Carrying the Tune.

Colin Farrell (fiddle) started playing the fiddle and tin whistle from an early age and has performed and recorded with an array of great musicians including Flook, Grada, John Doyle, Tim O’Brien, Karen Casey, the Elders, Project West, the Michael McGoldrick Band and Lunasa. Colin has a Masters Degree in Music from Limerick University and is also a composer whose tunes have been played and recorded by numerous bands and musicians.

Dáire Mulhern (accordion) is from Ennis in County Clare in the west of Ireland, the home of traditional music. Related to the renowned fiddler Michael Coleman, Dáire has won five solo all-Ireland Fleadh titles as well as many first place finishes in Ceili Bands, Duets & Trios and has toured extensively. Dáire also composes music, some of which was featured on the Grammy short-listed Beoga album “The Incident”.

Patrick Doocey (guitar) is an All-Ireland winning multi-instrumentalist. His talents have brought him and his music all over Europe, Asia, America and Africa. He performs with artists such as Sharon Shannon, Liz Carroll, Lunasa, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teada, Buille, Cathal Hayden, Karan Casey, Sean Keane.

Rounding out this year’s awesome tutor lineup are three of the finest musicians from the strong Irish music scene in Australia, Ben Stephenson (Whistle), Ado Barker (fiddle) renowned for their part in "Trouble in the Kitchen" and Luke Plumb (Mandolin) ex “Shooglenifty" and more recently touring with Andy Irvine (Patrick Street/Planxy/Mozaik) and their recently recorded album "Precious Heroes". Joining them is Nelsons' Brendyn Montgomery (Flute) one of New Zealand’s leading traditional Irish Musicians.

Last year's concert was full so be in quick to avoid disappointment.

Similarly to summer schools in Ireland, the Ceol Aneas (Irish Gaelic for Music of the South) Festival, held annually in Nelson over the Queen’s Birthday holiday features a long weekend of celebration of Irish traditional music.

On Saturday 3rd June at 6pm the Ceili Dance with called dances and live musicians is fun for all ages. Also on Saturday from 4 - 6pm a singing session, focusing on Irish song is on at Yaza Cafe.

Free to attend and all welcome.

The sound of traditional Irish music will be heard from 8 pm till late at The Free House and East Street Cafe & Bar in Church Street. The sessions provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

More information about the festival and the musicians can be found on the website.