Letterkenny trad week returns this june

Altan perform at An Grianán Theatre as part of Letterkenny Trad Week, June 2022.

Altan: Legendary trad group Altan make a welcome return to An Grianán Theatre and Trad Week on Saturday, 4th June.

Annual festival of Irish traditional, folk and world music set for June Bank Holiday Weekend

Letterkenny’s annual celebration of Irish traditional, folk and world music, Trad Week, is all set for an extended June Bank Holiday Weekend.

Rescheduled from its usual January dates, Letterkenny Trad Week 2022 will be held from Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 5th June.

Presented by the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) and An Grianán Theatre, the annual festival features a host of exciting acts in its 2022 line-up.

The line-up has a particular Donegal flavour this year with acts from across the county beginning with highly-regarded fiddle player Damien McGeehan who will officially mark the launch of his recently latest release in the RCC on Wednesday, 1st June.

The Ardara native recently released his eagerly-anticipated second solo album, Kin, which has received rave reviews at home and abroad. Receiving airplay across the globe, Kin has been featured as album of the week on RTE RnaG, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and has been described by BBC Radio’s Frank Hennessy as ‘a full-blown fiddle masterclass’.

On Thursday, 2nd June the RCC hosts a real Inishowen family affair when well-known multi-instrumentalist and Burnfoot native Paul Harrigan launches his new album, The Seven Waves, supported by his nieces, Culdaff sisters Deirdre & Ella McGrory.

Pontún: The Regional Cultural Centre welcomes trad/world music supergroup, Pontún, featuring renowned guitarist Steve Cooney on Friday 3rd June.

The new super group Pontún adds brings a blend of folk traditions from Ireland and Africa to the RCC on Friday, 3rd June. The Irish-based band features Éamonn Galldubh on whistle and uilleann pipes, Robbie Harris on percussion, Niwel Tsumbu on guitar and vocals and the legendary Steve Cooney also joins them on bass.

The spirit and sound of Altan, who make a very welcome return to An Grianán Theatre for Trad Week on Saturday 4th June, comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native County Donegal. Fronted by one of Donegal and Ireland’s leading musical ladies, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan always bring high energy and world class performances.

The 2022 festivities will come to a close with a real hooley in the RCC with the double-header that is Caitlín & Ciarán and The Friel Sisters on Sunday 5th June.

Acclaimed Irish musicians each in their own right, Gaoth Dobhair-based Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts.

Partners on and off stage, the pair’s spirited music and dance is rooted in the tradition; brimming with soul and life. Through fiddle, concertina and dance, Caitlín and Ciarán breathe fire into musical pieces, combining their arts with chemistry and energy.

The Friel Sisters 1-An-Grainan
Glasgow-born Donegal sisters The Friels will be part of an incredible closing night at the The Regional Cultural Centre on Sunday, 5th June.

The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

They play a mixture of music interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes.

An Grianán Theatre will also be hosting free lunchtime concerts in the Eatery cafe, including Nia Ní Bheirn, Megan McGinley & Áine Ferry on Wednesday, 1st June (1.30pm) and Martin Crossin, Theresa Kavanagh & Ian Smith on Friday, 3rd June (1.30pm).

Letterkenny Trad Week 1 to 5 June 2022

Wed 1 June at 1.30pm
Free Lunchtime Concert* with Nia Ní Bheirn, Megan McGinley & Áine Ferry
Venue: The Eatery Cafe at An Grianán

Wed 1 June at 8pm
Damien McGeehan BOOK NOW
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre

Thur 2 June at 8pm
Paul Harrigan with Deirdre and Ella McGrory BOOK NOW
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre

Fri 3 June at 1.30pm
Free Lunchtime Concert* with Martin Crossin, Theresa Kavanagh & Ian Smith
Venue: The Eatery Cafe at An Grianán

Fri 3 June at 8pm
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre

Sat 4 June at 8pm
Venue: An Grianán Theatre

Sun 5 June at 8pm
Caitlín & Ciarán and The Friel Sisters BOOK NOW
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre

*Lunchtime gigs: free admission, no booking necessary.

Letterkenny Trad Week is presented by the Regional Cultural Centre & An Grianán Theatre with the kind support of Donegal County Council & Arts Council Ireland

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