Michael Flatley to open Fleadh Cheoil 2017

Michael Flatley to open Fleadh Cheoil 2017


Photo: Brian Doherty

Dancer extraordinaire, Michael Flatley will perform the official opening of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis next month.

On Sunday August 13th, the man who revolutionised Irish dancing across the world, will take to the Fly Shannon stage in Abbey Street Car-Park.

He will briefly address the assembled gathering and play the flute with uilleann piper and composer, Gerard Fahy, from Ballinakill, Co. Galway, who has toured extensively with Michael and his Lord of the Dance troupe and is composer of Michael’s recent hit show, Dangerous Games.

An accomplished dancer, flautist, actor, director and producer, Michael Flatley first stepped onto the world stage in 1994 when he created Riverdance, a dance performance that caught the attention of millions around the world. Over the past two decades he has created, directed, produced and starred in several other successful shows including Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, Celtic Tiger and his latest show Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, which he took to London’s West End and Broadway.

‘It’s a great honour to be asked to open this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis. It is such a great home of traditional music and a place I have very fond memories of including winning the All-Ireland there many years ago. It is vitally important for all of us to nurture young talent and to encourage young people today to play Irish music. I’m really looking forward to it and am sure it will be a huge success,’ said Michael Flatley.

Frank Whelan, added that the Fleadh Executive Committee was hugely indebted and greatly privileged that Michael Flatley had accepted its invitation to open this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. ‘The fact that the best-known figure in the world of Irish dancing over many decades is taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to join us for the opening on Sunday 13th August is no doubt going to make the occasion truly special,’ said the Committee Chairman.


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