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Welcome to the Baltimore Fiddle Fair Website

"Congratulations, big time, on what was for me one of the more enjoyable events of music I have been to in a while, just outstanding. I can't tell you how much I was thrilled with it."
--Brian O'Donovan, Celtic Connections
"Congrats on another savage weekend, best festival in Ireland..by far!"
--Siobhan Peoples
"WOW! Baltimore rocks! BFF2007 exceeded all my expectations - the concerts were breathtaking, the pub sessions were incredible and the workshops inspirational - thanks Declan and your team for a brilliant event!"
--Alison, attendee
"Very well done to Declan and all the people involved. I Will be coming back next year and I'll be bringing half a dozen friends with me. The best music I've heard in a long time."
--Iain O'Neill, attendee
"The Fiddle Fair has now firmly established itself as one of the premier opportunities to help encourage and develop the talents of budding fiddle players from Ireland and abroad."
--Irish Music Rights Organisation
"How on earth do I get hold of a ticket for next year's festival?"
--Phil Thomas, FolkMusic.net
"The standard and talent of all the musicians took my breath away. Thanks for such a magical weekend and I look forward to returning ... for a top up of pure heaven."
--Wendy Jane Lichtblau, attendee
"The Baltimore Fiddle Fair is unique. Whether listening through an open window to the children at an open-air workshop master a tune or the swirl of a master-fiddler in the early hours, Baltimore weaves a sweet melody. Beir bua!"
--John Creedon, The Creedon Show RTE Radio 1
"I just came back home from Baltimore. I just wanted to thank you for giving us such a wonderful festival."
--Fumihiko Akamine, attendee
"You can't ask for a nicer setting, or a more interesting lineup. Declan knows bigger isn't necessarily better ... everyone feels at home."
--Tim O'Brien, 2006 Grammy Winner


Four Fridays

August 2015, Saint Matthew's Church, Baltimore, Ireland

A series of four intimate candlelit concerts in a beautiful atmospheric location

Only 1 Date Left!!! Frankie Gavin and Arty McGlynn!!!

Autumn Concerts

Fall 2015

Jimmy MacCarthy

Saturday 12 September | 8:00pm | Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, Ireland

One of Ireland's greatest ever songwriters!

The Second Fiddle Fair Autumn School

November 1st - 8th, 2015

Baltimore Fiddle Fair is extremely proud to present the second Fiddle Fair Autumn school, a unique opportunity to spend a week in beautiful Baltimore, West Cork and learn from two of the absolute masters of the fiddle tradition: Kevin Burke and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

The price of €999 includes airport transfers, seven nights luxury accommodation at the amazing Inish Beg estate, breakfast and dinner every evening, seven days of classes at Inish Beg (morning and afternoon with Mairéad and Kevin) and a tailor-made immersion in Baltimore and the islands.

Baltimore is not only synonymous with great fiddling, it is now a favoured destination for humpback whales! Your trip will include some whale-watching, island hopping and nightly sessions in local bars with your fiddle masters.

Price includes tickets to a concert in the beautiful Saint Matthew's church on Saturday Nov 7th with Kevin and Mairéad.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Suitable for 'pretty handy', intermediate and experienced fiddlers only. Limited to 12 students, which will allow for a really intimate, quality experience. Packages available for non-playing partners.

If you are interested in this once-in-lifetime experience you can email Declan at declan@fiddlefair.com or Grainne at grainne.mccarthy@gmail.com or visit www.fiddlefair.com for more details.

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Fiddle Fair Weblog

August 12, 2015

Four Fridays

Hi there,

Some beautiful concerts coming up in the next few weeks - Tickets now on Sale at www.fiddlefair.com

Four Fridays August 2015, Saint Matthew's Church, Baltimore

A series of four intimate candlelit concerts in a beautiful atmospheric location.

Friday 7th: Karan Casey with Niall Vallely & Robbie Overson
Friday 14th: Ger Wolfe with Richard Lucey & Caoimhín Vallely
Friday 21st: Mick Flannery, (solo)
Friday 28th: Frankie Gavin and Arty McGlynn

Only 100 tickets available for each show!

All concerts start at 8.30pm

Tickets now on Sale at www.fiddlefair.com

Ger Wolfe with Richard Lucey & Caoimhín Vallely

"The poetic soul of Ireland"

John Spillane

Described by others as a genius, a prophet, and a poet, Cork singer-songwriter Ger Wolfe possesses a rare ability to capture the hearts and minds of his listeners and carry them away in an ethereal haze.

He lives an ordinary life, by day he teaches singing and tin whistle in local schools, he potters about in his garden, grows his own vegetables, loves nature and wears an array of interesting woolly jumpers. By night Ger is a musician whose music and lyrics are the very embodiment of the Irish spirit and easily evoke the essence of the Irish character.

Joined by Richard Lucey, one of the country's finest box players and one of our great pianists, Caoimhín Vallely, this concert will be very special indeed!

Mick Flannery

"Mick is a songwriter of the first order. His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks." -- Urban Folk, New York

A rare opportunity to catch a solo performance by the great Mick Flannery.

One of Ireland's most popular performers, Mick is a man of few words but his amazing songs tell you all you need to know about him, a very special talent!

Frankie Gavin & Arty McGlynn

Two of the great names of traditional Irish music bring our 'Four Fridays' to a close.

Frankie Gavin is regarded by many as being 'the finest fiddler of them all' and has played all over the world many times over with the great De Dannan.

Arty McGlynn is probably the most influential guitarist in the history of traditional Irish music and is a Fiddle Fair living legend!

Jimmy MacCarthy
Saturday 12th September, Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen

One of Ireland's greatest ever songwriters!