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"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


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 (€1 service fee applies) 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.

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