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All Britain Fleadh set for Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley are set to take centre stage for one of Ireland’s most prestigious cultural events - the 2019 All-British Traditional Irish Music Festival. In its 61-year history, the All Britain Fleadh (pronounced flah) has never before been held in a town. Previously, the organisers have relied on schools or universities to provide suitable venues.

More than 300 competing musicians, aged from schoolchildren to pensioners, will travel to Kirkby Lonsdale to take part. Every instrument used in traditional Irish music will be featured, from the tin whistle and fiddle to Uilleann pipes and ceilidh bands. There will also be singing and Irish dancing competitions. The musicians are expected to entertain in various hostelries and other venues each evening of the three-day event, which will take place on the weekend of 28-30 June 2019.

There will be a special Gaeltacht area of the camp site, and there will also be an Irish Cafe, where the Irish language can be learned and spoken, led by the Irish language group from London. All-Ireland champions, the Blackwater Céilí Band will also be in attendance for what is sure to be a great weekend of music, songs and dance.