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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




FIDDLE FAIR PRESENTS

Fiddle Fair 2016
Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th May
Tickets On Sale Now!

Message from Declan

Hello and welcome to Fiddle Fair 2016. Our reputation is built on our ability to consistently present a world-class line-up and we're sure you'll agree that this year's programme is very special indeed (you are welcome to skip this summary and head over right now to buy tickets on our Schedule page).

We start off on Thursday 5th with our annual candlelit concert where this year's guests are Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O' Brien. As a duo this is their second visit to the Fiddle Fair and believe me this show should not be missed!

On Friday night at the Fiddle Fair marquee we present the Irish premiere performance by Fru Skaggerak, a beautiful new trio from Scandinavia featuring fiddlers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

We follow that with another beautiful trio, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn - no introduction needed really apart from saying that these are three of the most legendary names in traditional Irish music.

On Saturday lunchtime we present another great duo Bríd Harper and Tony O' Connell. Bríd is an amazing fiddler from Donegal, the spiritual home of Irish fiddle music and Tony is a brilliant concertina player from county Limerick. As a duo this is their first appearance at the festival.

Saturday afternoon's show at Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre marks another first for the Fiddle Fair when we present out first ever act from China. Ling Peng plays the erhu, a two-sringed 'fiddle' of extraordinary sound and she is accompanied by reknowned Latvian guitarist Dmitri Fedotov.

Also on Saturday afternoon we present another band making their Fiddle Fair debut. The Outside Track are an excellent band featuring musicians from several countries including the incredible cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin.

On Saturday night we head back to the marquee for another double-bill that kicks off with young Manchester fiddler Emma Sweeney and her band. Mike McGoldrick told us about Emma many moons ago and that's a pretty good recommendation.

Then we are delighted to welcome back the band who played the last ever Fiddle Fair gig at McCarthy's Bar back in 2004. Shetland's extraordinary Fiddlers Bid are quite simply one of the best bands you will ever see anywhere and are simply a 'must-see'.

Sunday lunchtime sees another great new duo make their first visit to the Fiddle Fair. One of our favourite albums of last year was 'Music from the Hudson Valley' by Dylan Foley and Dan Gurney.We loved it so much that we sent an email to New York and invited them to the festival. Thankfully they said yes.

Sunday afternoon's show features our 'artist in residence' Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh perfoming a solo show. Although he plays in some of the hippest bands on the circuit right now, and in some exceptional duos, his solo shows are different...and very special.

Many years ago Donegal box-player and Fiddle Fair regular Dermot Byrne made a beautiful album with Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer. They have come together again for a few very special shows around the country and we're delighted that the Fiddle Fair is one of them. They are joined by one of our all-time favourite musicians Steve Cooney.

Sunday night's finale promises to be exceptional. First up from Louisiana are Dirk Powell and Courtney Granger. Dirk is a bit of a Fiddle Fair legend and has been here many times. On one memorable occasion he brought his wife's nephew Courtney, a young kid with an incredible voice. We loved Coutnry so much that we kept him on to tend bar for the summer and we're delighted that he's coming back.

Finally we present a band that we have wanted to bring to the festival for many years, Le Vent Du Nord. We have been lucky enough to see this amazing band from Quebec at several festivals around the world and we guarantee that they will bring Fiddle Fair 2016 to a rousing finale!

New Ticket Categories

All of our shows have unreserved seating and standing areas but this year we are introducing tiered ticketing for some of our nightime shows. This will enable you to purchase reserved seating if you wish.

Alternatively you can just 'take your chances' and purchase a regular ticket where you may get a seat or may stand. And remember there's no such thing as a bad spot at a Fiddle Fair show.

Hope to see you in May

Declan McCarthy

The Line Up!



Fiddle Fair Weblog


February 23, 2016

Fiddle Fair 2016 | Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th May

Message from Declan

Hello and welcome to Fiddle Fair 2016. Our reputation is built on our ability to consistently present a world-class line-up and we're sure you'll agree that this year's programme is very special indeed (you are welcome to skip this summary and head over right now to buy tickets on our Schedule page).

We start off on Thursday 5th with our annual candlelit concert where this year's guests are Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O' Brien. As a duo this is their second visit to the Fiddle Fair and believe me this show should not be missed!

On Friday night at the Fiddle Fair marquee we present the Irish premiere performance by Fru Skaggerak, a beautiful new trio from Scandinavia featuring fiddlers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

We follow that with another beautiful trio, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn - no introduction needed really apart from saying that these are three of the most legendary names in traditional Irish music.

On Saturday lunchtime we present another great duo Bríd Harper and Tony O' Connell. Bríd is an amazing fiddler from Donegal, the spiritual home of Irish fiddle music and Tony is a brilliant concertina player from county Limerick. As a duo this is their first appearance at the festival.

Saturday afternoon's show at Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre marks another first for the Fiddle Fair when we present out first ever act from China. Ling Peng plays the erhu, a two-sringed 'fiddle' of extraordinary sound and she is accompanied by reknowned Latvian guitarist Dmitri Fedotov.

Also on Saturday afternoon we present another band making their Fiddle Fair debut. The Outside Track are an excellent band featuring musicians from several countries including the incredible cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin.

On Saturday night we head back to the marquee for another double-bill that kicks off with young Manchester fiddler Emma Sweeney and her band. Mike McGoldrick told us about Emma many moons ago and that's a pretty good recommendation.

Then we are delighted to welcome back the band who played the last ever Fiddle Fair gig at McCarthy's Bar back in 2004. Shetland's extraordinary Fiddlers Bid are quite simply one of the best bands you will ever see anywhere and are simply a 'must-see'.

Sunday lunchtime sees another great new duo make their first visit to the Fiddle Fair. One of our favourite albums of last year was 'Music from the Hudson Valley' by Dylan Foley and Dan Gurney.We loved it so much that we sent an email to New York and invited them to the festival. Thankfully they said yes.

Sunday afternoon's show features our 'artist in residence' Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh perfoming a solo show. Although he plays in some of the hippest bands on the circuit right now, and in some exceptional duos, his solo shows are different...and very special.

Many years ago Donegal box-player and Fiddle Fair regular Dermot Byrne made a beautiful album with Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer. They have come together again for a few very special shows around the country and we're delighted that the Fiddle Fair is one of them. They are joined by one of our all-time favourite musicians Steve Cooney.

Sunday night's finale promises to be exceptional. First up from Louisiana are Dirk Powell and Courtney Granger. Dirk is a bit of a Fiddle Fair legend and has been here many times. On one memorable occasion he brought his wife's nephew Courtney, a young kid with an incredible voice. We loved Coutnry so much that we kept him on to tend bar for the summer and we're delighted that he's coming back.

Finally we present a band that we have wanted to bring to the festival for many years, Le Vent Du Nord. We have been lucky enough to see this amazing band from Quebec at several festivals around the world and we guarantee that they will bring Fiddle Fair 2016 to a rousing finale!

New Ticket Categories

All of our shows have unreserved seating and standing areas but this year we are introducing tiered ticketing for some of our nightime shows. This will enable you to purchase reserved seating if you wish.

Alternatively you can just 'take your chances' and purchase a regular ticket where you may get a seat or may stand. And remember there's no such thing as a bad spot at a Fiddle Fair show.

Hope to see you in May

Declan McCarthy

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