Latest News

15 May 2017

1.. FLYER FRONT PAGE-PDF-jpeg imageA full Programme of Events is now available for Fleadh Uladh 2017! Click on the images below for more information or click on the link below to download a calendar of events in MS word format.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


14 May 2017

Glórthaí UIadh – Fleadh Extravaganza
choir 2
Fleadh Uladh 2017 is delighted to announce that the Irish Choir, GLÓRTHAÍ ULADH, will be performing at this year’s Ulster Fleadh at the FLEADH EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT in St Columbanus’ College,Ballymaconnell Rd, Bangor  on Tue 25th July.  Doors open at 6.30pm and admission is £10.Glórthaí Uladh is a combination of three choirs from Belfast, Derry and Donegal, directed by award-winning sean-nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde.  Steeped in the tradition of Gaelic song, Doimnic composes and arranges a range of songs for the singers and musicians  to perform.  These include his own compositions set of ancient Gaelic poetry, alongside other well-known airs.  Glórthaí Úladh regularly performs at concerts, events and festivals, offering a stunning sound of melody, harmony and musical accompaniment.  To date, the choir has performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, on tour to Wales and France, and more recently at the TG4 25th anniversary concert and BBC 2’s Ceiliuradh Féíle Padraig.
 
Joining  Glórthaí Uladh at the concert will be Fr. Martin O’Hagan (The Priests) and various school choirs / local trad and Irish dance groups.  FULL DETAILS OF THE CONCERT AND HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS WILL FOLLOW LATER THIS WEEK!

Glórthaí UIadh – Fleadh Extravaganza Concert – Tuesday 25th July @ 8:00pm – Admission £10


14 May 2017

Foxy & FriendsFoxy & Friends at the Fleadh!  
 

Foxy (aka Peter Carberry) is one of Tipperary’s greatest exports. A frequent visitor to Bangor over the last 20 years he has been permanently resident with his family for the last 10 years. He is a classic balladeer. He honed his craft in the bars and back rooms of Ireland, Jersey and Camden Town, London. His unique voice and style is memorising and whilst one can appreciate the influence of such great names as Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly, ultimately Foxy is very much his own man. Like a true balladeer, he not only sings the songs he owns the songs. In addition to singing regularly at the historic Fealty’s session, Foxy is increasingly in demand throughout Ireland. He will be accompanied by a number of local musicians for what will be a night that will undoubtedly live long in the memory.

FOXY

Foxy & Friends – Thursday 27th July – Fealty’s Bar, High Street, Bangor @ 8:00pm – Admission Free

Geordie at 80

Geordie McAdam – the term “living legend” is sometimes used a little freely these days but it is more than accurate when describing Geordie. Geordie now in his 80th year is a Colossus of the local music scene. Originally from the Shankill Road he first encountered Irish traditional music when walking in the Ardoyne as a young child. He has kept illustrious company Sean Maguire, Jackie Donnan and Nigel and Diana Boullier. He has played throughout the world as a traditional player and also as a player of blue grass and “old timie” tunes. He was a member of the acclaimed groups “The Black Mountain String Band” and “The Broken String Band”. He is also a fifer, a Lambeg drummer and mandolin player. He has recently taken up the ukulele! He has featured in many television and radio broadcasts.  In addition to his playing he is equally well known in local circles for his story telling and fiddle making (lately he has made a number of fiddles out of lollipop sticks and matches). His shop/workshop in Grayshill, Bangor is a much sought out destination by all musical enthusiasts. Recently the legendary Scottish accordion player Phil Cunningham dropped in to join Geordie in a number of tunes when filming his critically acclaimed documentary for the BBC “Wayfaring Stranger”. Geordie will be joined by a number of local musicians in what promises to be a historic occasion.

GEORDIE

Geordie at 80 – Monday 24th July – Imperial Bar, Central Avenue, Bangor @ 8:00pm – Admission Free

Keith Gregg

Keith Gregg, aged 15, is a champion Lambeg drummer and has been playing since he was 7 years old.  A member of the Ballyrobert Drumming Club he has triumphed in a number of competitions to great acclaim. He was recently requested by the Mayor to play at her inauguration when he shared a stage with a number of young local traditional musicians.

KEITH GREGG

Keith will be performing at two fleadh events, namely the Fleadh Youth concert on Thu 15th june @ St Comgall’s Parish Centre AND the Fleadh Opening concert on Fri 28th july @ Marine Court Hotel – Admission free


8 May 2017

Fleadh in the Parks: Call for Performers!

parks editedFleadh Uladh 2017 are now looking for musicians, singers and dancers etc from all community backgrounds to take part in this year’s open air performances at North Down Museum (Castle Park), Ward Park Bandstand and Bangor’s Seafront (Sunken Garden Park). The performances will take place on the afternoons of Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July. Full details of acts and performance times will follow at a later date.

Anyone interested should email Bronagh (bronaghdonnelly@live.co.uk), stating preferred dates/times, the number of artists performing and include a photo and short resumé about the performance. Every effort will be made to accommodate all applications/requests but the final choice of acts and running order will lie with The Fleadh Committee, who will ultimately decide the available time slots and format of the performances.

If this appeals to you or your group then please let Bronagh know ASAP!


30 April 2017

CAP ON THE WALLCap on the Wall, Bangor’s legendary folk and traditional band, started out in Bangor over twenty years ago and are still going strong today. They have gone on to tour in many European countries and the USA and have released several albums. Although some members of the band have come and gone, champion fiddle player Niall McClean and award-winning singer/guitarist Damian McCoubrey, have been there from the start.

The Ulster Fleadh are therefore delighted to announce that the original band will reform for this one-off gig with the legendary Damian Fitzpatrick (Fitzy) making an appearance.  Many other members over the years will also make a come back for what is going to be a cracking night of music and song. Expect everything from the Fureys to a mix of modern folk/ trad with a twist….. It’s going to be a very historical night for the band!
 
Tuesday 25th July from 10pm in the Rabbit Rooms Bar (downstairs), Quay St, Bangor.  Admission – free.

22nd March 2017

GORIAS thumbnailFleadh Uladh 2017 are delighted to announce that GORIAS, a new exciting traditional band from SW England, will be participating at this year’s festival!

GORIAS first met on the South West of England’s session circuit and all found a common bond in their passion and joy for traditional music. Vibrant and creative, the band comprises of Fred Holden on fiddle, who first cut his teeth in his native Kent and then the London scene before moving to Bristol and meeting flautist Marick Baxter. The two instantly hit it off with their similar approach to music and found themselves playing together regularly. The Rhythm section comprises of virtuoso guitarist Tim Petherick and double bassist Andrew North. Both were in the band Inu alongside Marick that toured various countries and festivals.

GORIAS JPEG
The line up is completed with talented young singer Declan Millar. He was spotted at a local festival when he was just 17 years old. The maturity and beauty of his song writing stood out and he was invited the following year to take part in the Bath folk festival’s new shoots competition where he won a unanimous victory with the judging panel. These five musicians have a wealth of experience and influences between them and live to play and share their music. They will be performing at different venues over the main fleadh weekend, including a support role at the fleadh’s main headline act LÚNASA on Fri 28th July at the Parish Centre, Brunswick Rd. 

20th January 2017

LUNASA POSTER - jpegFleadh Uladh 2017 are delighted to announce that the headline act for this year’s Ulster Fleadh is WORLD CLASS act LÚNASA! Lúnasa, described as THE HOTTEST IRISH ACCOUSTIC BAND ON THE PLANET, is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Friday 28th July, 2017
St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Brunswick Road, Bangor
Admission – £10 per person.
Doors open 7.30pm

Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have also been invited to appear at the White House.

LUNASA POSTER - full jpeg

Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

Tickets for the event are currently available to purchase online (Click Here for details) and in April 2017 they will also be available at Mace Store, Brunswick Rd, Bangor. Seating is limited so get your tickets asap!!