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30 June 2017

tg4 logoTG4 to film Marching Bands Competition. This year ‘Imagine Media’ will be filming a programme for TG4 about the Marching Bands Competition during Fleadh Uladh 2017.  They will be primarily following the Marching Bands from Donegal and reporting on their journey through the various competitions. This is always a great and colourful event to witness, so we would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the amazing talent all the bands will give. The event will take place at PORTAFERRY GAA CLUB on SUNDAY 23RD JULY at 2.00pm.


 

30 June 2017

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Broadway comes again to Ulster Fleadh Bangor! More fantastic news for Fleadh Uladh 2017! Conor Smyth from Michael Flatley’s Broadway Show “Lord of the Dance” will also be making an appearance at the fleadh opening ceremony at Marine Court Hotel, Bangor on Friday 28th July. He will join big sister Lauren Smyth and other family members for an Irish dance extravaganza. Full details of this amazing family event will be posted soon, so keep checking our facebook page for the complete performance line-up.


 

8 June 2017

Lauren Smyth – Riverdance

Fleadh Uladh are thrilled to announce that Lauren Smyth, lead dancer in RIVERDANCE, will be performing at the FLEADH OPENING CONCERT on Friday 28th July at Marine Court Hotel, Bangor. The performance will be early evening; exact times will be issued nearer the time so please keep visiting our social media websites for regular fleadh updates. Lauren is without doubt the poster girl for the festival dance tradition which exists only in Ulster. Born in Newtownards she began Irish dancing at an early age and went on to win many regional championships, including the Ulster and Northern Ireland titles numerous times.
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In 2007 she joined RHYTHMN OF THE DANCE, where she performed the lead role for three years. However, in 2010 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition by joining the world renowned Irish Dance phenomenon…..RIVERDANCE. In 2014 it got even better and her childhood dreams really did come true as Lauren finally stepped out on stage in Belfast as LEAD DANCER in RIVERDANCE! This really will be an evening to remember as Lauren will be joined by her amazing younger siblings…..a family truly steeped in the Irish Dance tradition!


The Kieran Sisters

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The Kiernan sisters, featuring Paula (fiddle), Roísín (flute) and Joan (guitar, concertina, vocals) have been immersed in traditional music all their lives, growing up in the musical village of Madden, County Armagh. They have been taught by some of the finest traditional musicians around including Brian Finnegan, Paul Meehan and the legendary Tommy Peoples. All members of the Armagh Pipers Club from an early age, they have each since taught at the club, as well as at various other music clubs and Comhaltas groups across Ulster. Individually and with various other ensembles, the sisters have performed at notable events such as the Piping Live Festival, Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections Glasgow, Fiddle Fair Festival in Baltimore Cork, Tonder Festival Denmark, William Kennedy Piping Festival Armagh and at the opening ceremony for the Transplant Games NI at the Waterfront Hall.

The sisters will have their own slot at “FLEADH IN THE PARK” at WARD PARK BANDSTAND on SUNDAY 3OTH JULY and provide a support role at the MULHOLLAND FAMILY GIG on FRIDAY 28TH JULY at RABBIT ROOMS BAR, BANGOR.  This is going to be a superb weekend of traditional Irish entertainment, so don’t miss them!  Admission is FREE!!


Competition Timetable

Fleadh Uladh 2017 Fleadh Mass / Church Services
 
  • Fleadh Mass – St Comgall’s RC Church, Brunswick Rd, Bangor
    Saturday, 29th July – 6.30pm
    (The Parish Folk Group and some musicians from Ards CCÉ will be providing traditional music at this mass)
  • Alternative Masses – St Comgall’s RC Church, Brunswick Rd, Bangor
    Sunday, 30th July – 10.30am & 12.30pm
  • Alternative Masses – Most Holy Redeemer RC Church, Ballyholme
    Sunday, 30th July – 11.00am
  • Church Service – Bangor Abbey (Church of Ireland), 1 St Malachy’s Way, Bangor
    Sunday, 30th July – 8.30am & 10.30am
  • Church Service – Hamilton Rd Methodist Church, 5 Hamilton Rd, Bangor
    Sunday, 30th July – 11.30am

The Mulholland Family

MULHOLLAND FAMILY
Don’t miss this great family gig at the Rabbit Rooms Bar in Bangor on Friday 28th July….and admission is FREE!
 
Hailing from Magherafelt, Co. Derry, the Mulholland family have been playing Irish Traditional Music from a young age.  Learning their music initially from Loup Branch of CCÉ, their love for music grew and became an integral part of family life.  Going to fleadhanna and seisiúns across the country they gained a lot of experience and friends along the way. With numerous titles at All-Ireland, Ulster and County levels between them and just about every instrument associated with Irish Trad, Emmet, Dermot, Fintan and Eimhéar have a deep understanding of the tradition and a vast repertoire of tunes and songs from session classics to newly composed.
All teachers at the Armagh Pipers Club and various other music schools and Comhaltas branches, they know the importance of passing on the tradition to the next generation. The Mulholland’s have a wealth of performing experience in different guises, from playing Trad with Réalta, Coiriú and Siansa Gael Linn & BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Ioscaid, to playing with various rock bands and orchestras. On the rare occasion they are all in one place, the Mulholland family have performed at various festivals across the country such as Milltown Trad Festival and The William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh.

Brendan Monaghan
BRENDAN MONAGHAN
Great to have Brendan back with us this year at Fleadh Uladh 2017.  He will be one of the many artists performing at the “Fleadh in the Park“ event on Sunday 30th July in Ward Park, Bangor.
 
County Down singer songwriter Brendan Monaghan performs his material at home and in many different countries around the world. Monaghan has shared the same bill as many top international artists and has written material for several recording artists. He has released six albums “precious time“, “no more words“, “look no further“, “flicker of hope“, “never too late to come home“ and “lovers always win“. He has received very enthusiastic reviews for his music as he continues to progress in his art form. 2016 saw the release of Monaghan’s new album “today is a good day“ on Brambus Records.
Belfast singer/songwriter and journalist David Ballantine has praised Monaghan and his music by saying “Brendan is one of Ireland’s unsung songmiths who writes straight from the heart. He is also a performer of electrifying energy and enthusiasm”. Irish journalist and RTE presenter John O’Regan says “Brendan Monaghan’s music evokes the best elements of classic folk rock, singer songwriter artistry and Irish folk sensibilities in an attractive, listenable package “never too late to come home“ has a strong Celtic musical base while offering a batch of songs both fine-tuned and accessible which capitalise on the promise hinted at to date. Brendan Monaghan has a strong distinctive vocal style and a cache that encompasses folk, pop, country elements and combines them to create a unique personalised take on Irish roots music and on this album finds his talents at their peak John O’Regan.
 
Author, poet and journalist Jackie Hayden. “Brendan Monaghan’s success proves that sometimes, although not often enough, talent wins in the end“
Writer/journalist. Tim Carroll. “Nothing outrageous, nothing extravagant, meeting every expectation, this is simply a well crafted, finely produced album that shows how an accomplished singer songwriter delivers his art“
Journalist. Gabriele H. German FOLK Magazine. “If you don’t know Brendan Monaghan yet, the man is a treasure“
Journalist. Mike Ainscoe. FATEA Music. “lovers always win“ is a good, honest retrospective of Brendan Monaghan’s early years“
Australian photographer. June Underwood. “Brendan Monaghan has a gift of capturing moments of life experiences and emotions in his brilliant songwriting, bringing words to life in music”. Irish Writers Hubs. “Brendan Monaghan – Bringing Words to Life in Music“
Irish Music Magaizine. Eileen McCabe. “Brendan has a voice that creates appeal and can enchant with tales of sorrow and joy in a soulful and folk rock setting“
 
Alan Grant (Presenter, Celtic Music Radio) Scotland. Brendan Monaghan “never too late to come home“ “one oft he best albums that I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to”.

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
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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.

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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.

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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!!