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Cork Folk Festival - 3-6 October

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The Cork Folk Festival is an annual music event that takes place in Ireland’s southern capital, Cork. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the festival is one of the most important folk and traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets, with concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children’s events, and traditional set dancing. The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Irish Traditional and folk musicians and singers, so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads.

Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars. Set in Cork city, it has a unique atmosphere, and the festival feels intimate, despite its diversity in venues. Whether it’s local foods; tripe and drisheen, or a bodhrán workshop, fiddle concert or trad session that you’re after, the festival is well catered and all at minimal cost. Put short, it’s an old school festival for audiences who appreciate world class acoustic music.

Guests at this year's festival include Andy Irvine, Dougie McLean, Martin & Eliza Carthy, Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny & Mairtin O'Connor, Frankie Gavin & The Roaring 20s Irish Orchestra, Nollaig Casey & Arty McGlynn, Kila, Liz Doherty, Karan Casey & Niall Vallely, Niamh Dunne & Sean Og Graham, Steve Turner, Granny's Attic, Lee Valley String Band, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly and much more.

For more info see: Cork Folk Festival website