Some of Ireland’s finest folk and traditional Irish music acts will be performing at the second annual Doolin Folk Festival this week (13-15 June) in the Hotel Doolin Marquee.
Performers this year include Solas, Damien Dempsey, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin, Kíla, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Mike McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly, Lisa O’Neill, Séamus Begley & Jim Murray, Lumiére, Chris Droney, The Whileaways, Siobhán People, Murty Ryan & Pat Marsh, Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Moxie, The Unwanted, The Bonny Men, The Friel Sisters, New Road, Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello, and Blackie O’Connell & Friends.
“It’s only in its second year and yet the Doolin Folk Festival already has the feel of a defining feature in Ireland’s musical landscape,” commented Festival organiser and Hotel Doolin manager, Donal Minihane.
He added: “Taking inspiration from Clare’s deep musical roots and the nearby legendary Lisdoonvarna festivals of the 70s and 80s, Doolin 2014 will again present powerful music in an intimate setting and ensure that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit of such festivals.”
This year’s Doolin Folk Festival will also feature food stalls and a traditional crafts fair. Mr. Minihane explained: “We know from last year that we have all the ingredients in place – the right location, beautiful scenery, great restaurants and pubs and attractions, a full range of accommodation, great local support, and the music of course. All we need now is the audience.”
According to RTÉ presenter John Creedon: “Doolin 2013 was one of highlights of the year on The Creedon Show. We had spine tingling on-air performances from Iarla Ó Lionaird & Martin Hayes followed by Scullion, lit only by the sun setting over the Aran Islands to the West. This is a true ‘boutique festival’ – small and super cool, where the music really matters.”
Day and Weekend Tickets for the Doolin Folk Festival are on sales from www.tickets.ie, Hotel Doolin and Celtic Note record Shop in Dublin. Further information is available from www.doolinfolkfestival.com or www.facebook.com/doolinfolkfestival.