Gig Rig



Gig Rig

Venue: Fly Shannon Stage, Abbey Street Car Park, Ennis
Date: 13th - 20th August 2017
Price: Free

Sunday 13th August

1.30    Deirdre O’Brien Vaughan and friends from The Old Ground Hotel Summer Show with Set dancers from the Helen Hehir School of Dancing, Lissycasey
2.30    Official opening of Fleadh with Michael Flatley
3.30    Martin Hayes and The Tulla Céilí Band
4.30    Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe, a talented group of musicians, singers and dancers from Cnoc na Gaoithe Comhaltas Cultural Centre in Tulla County Clare who toured China in 2016 and 2017, featuring Kate McNamara, Colm Slattery, Kevin Carey, Finbarr English, Gearóid McNamara, Amy McNamara, with dancers Rebecca and Jeremy Saich, Ciara Jennings and Seamus O’Flathartha (dancing and vocals)
5.30    Draíochta - a lively traditional music group from West Clare, featuring Davan Livingstone, Joe Lineen and friends with guest dancers

Monday 14th August

Gig Rig na Gaeilge is an integral part of the Gig Rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and an hour long show ‘as Gaeilge’ will take place at 6pm each evening, Monday to Saturday with guest singers.

6.00    Gig Rig na Gaeilge: Frances Cunningham, Eimear Coughlan, Marian Curtin, Mark Burke, Sinéad Ní Éigní, and Edel Vaughan, with Denise Whelan and Rita Guthrie

Comhaltas Seisiún provides a unique traditional entertainment experience at over 50 venues throughout Ireland during July and August. It is a staged show of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling followed by an informal session with audience participation. Clare Seisiún Groups will be featured each evening to give a taste of what is on offer in throughout the county during the summer.

7.00    Seisiún Cnoc na Gaoithe, An Tulach, Contae an Chláir, with members of Tulla CCÉ and the Cnoc na Gaoithe Set Dancers, Irish and sean nós dancing, singing and storytelling.
7.40    Seisiún CCÉ Inis Cathaigh, Cill Rois, Contae an Chláir, music, song and dance performance
8.15    ‘From Camden to Tulla’ Karen Ryan, Pete Quinn & Andrew MacNamara, the husband and wife pairing who have performed together for 15 years have recently released a CD with Tulla accordion player Andrew MacNamara.
9.00    Nuala Hehir and Yvonne Griffin with Daithí Gormley, John Weir, Liz Gaughan, Kevin Finnucane, Eithne Donnelly, Shane Greene, Deirdre Scanlan and Deridre Synott.

Tuesday 15th August

6.00    Gig Rig na Gaeilge with Liam Jones agus a chairde with guest singer Roisin Rodgers
7.00    Seisiún CCÉ Cill Fhionnurach Contae an Chláir, music, song and dance performance
7.50    Ceoltóirí Mainistir an Chláír
8.20    Ashling Hunt agus a cairde, traditional music group
9.15    Séis, are a four piece band from County Armagh, featuring Micheal Muckian on accordion, Aislinn Fegan, banjo, Alana Flynn on bodhran and Tiarnán Smyth on guitar. They are the winners of Mullahoran’s prestigious Battle of the Bands competition for 2017

Wednesday 16th August

6.00    Gig Rig na Gaeilge – Fiúntas – Laois musicians David and Mark Vesey, Dara Clooney, Lily and Naoise Kettle from Spink Comhaltas and Caoimhe Lowry, Molly Donnery and Conor Thompson from Camross Comhaltas. They were runners up at the Siansa Gael Linn final in 2017. Guest singers Cadhla Brock and Orla Murphy
7.00    Seisiún Cois na hAbhna, Inis, Contae an Chláír featuring members of Abbey Branch CCÉ
7.45    Ann O’Connell School of Irish Dancing, Ennis, County Clare
8.10    Siarlinn – Áine Heslin, Mairead Considine, Órla Coughlan, Caoimhe Millar and Caitríona O’Gorman from West Clare
8.50    Kieran McDermott, musician and song-writer
9.15    Rigs and Jeels - Keelan McGrath, Blaithín Kennedy, Mary Meagher, Eoghan McGrath and Sarah Bourke from Tipperary

Thursday 17th August

3.00    Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education programme - a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Dept. of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships present a three-hour showcase of young musicians from around the country including Sligo, Mayo, Laois, South Dublin, Donegal and County Clare
6.00    Gig Rig na Gaeilge with Dúchas, All Ireland Champion Siansa Gael Linn winners 2017 from Corofin, County Clare, Conchubhar Ó Lochlainn, Fionnuala Ní Aoidh, Daire Ó Seanáin, Ross Ó Donnabháin, Áine Ní Cheallaigh, Cathal Ó Corbáin, Pól Ó Fearáin and Seán Ó Dochartaigh with guest singers Elle Marie O’Dwyer and Mary Noonan.
7.00    East Clare Seisiún Group, CCÉ East Clare, music, song and dance performance
7.45    West Clare Banjo’s – West Clare banjo maestro Noel Bermingham with past and present pupils and friends
8.30    ‘Yield Up The Night Time’ West Clare natives Michael Butler and Aidan McMahon who are strongly rooted in the traditional music of Kilfenora, team up with Michael Landers from Tulla to release a CD of music and songs
9.15    The Chapel Gate Wrenboys, West Clare’s finest musicians, singers, dancers and story tellers who are five time All-Ireland Champions

Friday 18th August

12.00    Haley Richardson, the young New York fiddle player will launch her CD “Music For Mercy” She is joined by a host of musicians including Ademar O’Connor, Nia Byrne-Ni Mhaonaigh, John Paul Reynolds, Colman Connolly, Keegan Loesel, Patrick Finley and Senan Moran
12.45    CUMAS are a traditional Irish Céilí Band from Wexford. The band was established in 2012 and consists of nine members, eight accordion players and a drummer
1.30    Cairde Seán Ryan from County Laois, consist of a group of musicians who play music from the great Seán Ryan, it includes his grandchildren as well as other local musicians
2.10    Sharkey School of Irish Dancing, Ennis, County Clare
2.40    The Hounds of Ulster are a flute music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim. They play a mixture of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ulster – Scots tunes
3.20    Scoil Uí Ruairc School of Irish Dancing, County Clare and Limerick
4.00    Comeraghs CCÉ Cúil na Sméar, County Waterford, Micheál Marrinan and friends
4.40    Wild Atlantic Steps – celebration of West Clare’s renowned culture, music, song and dance, featuring West Clare’s finest musicians, singers and dancers who regularly perform in Carrigaholt
5.20    Ceoltóirí na Breataine are the youth group of Comhaltas in Britain, comprising musicians, singers and dancers from the 4 regions in Britain: Scotland, Northern England, Midlands & London & Southern UK
6.00    Gig Rig na Gaeilge - Cléite - Jennifer Markham, Fergal Breen and Sinead Mulqueen, with guest singers Ann Kirrane and Micheál Ó Sé
7.00    Seisiún Laichtín Naofa CCÉ performance of traditional music, song and dance
7.45    Manccrowd – Eileen McGoldrick and friends’ music group from Manchester UK
8.30    Kerns Ireland – contemporary folk group from County Louth featuring Brendan McCreanor on uilleann pipes and whistles, Barry Kiernan on fiddle and SJ McArdle on vocals and guitar
9.15     The Mulcahy Family, Mick, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy, much acclaimed and award winning traditional music family from Abbeyfeale, County Limerick
10.00     The Rising – Trad/Rock band from County Kerry, John Kelliher, Stephen O’Leary, Cian O’Sullivan and Thomas Barrett

Saturday 19th August

12.00    Ann Burke School of Irish Dancing, County Clare and County Galway
12.30    Ceolta Sí are the performing group of the Youghal branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This international award winning group have performed all over the world and, for over 25 years, they have been staging summer shows in Youghal for local residents and visitors to the area
1.15    Ards CCÉ Entertainment Group was established in 2012 by music tutors Niall and Bronagh McClean in an attempt to bring all the young talented artists together, as a team, to promote Irish Music, Song and Dance in the form of a Stage Show
2.00    Nyah CCÉ From the heart of the County Cavan Martin Donohoe and his group of talented musicians will deliver the pure Cavan version of pure Irish trad while blasting you with pure Cavan wit and wisdom Nyah
2.45    Croghan/Greene Academy of Irish Dance from Limerick and County Clare
3.15    Elle Marie Dywer and John Flanaghan – Clare County Council traditional singers in residence Elle Marie and John with their students
4.00    P.J. Murrihy Band, with Moira Murrihy, Seamus Shannon, Martin O’Malley and friends
4.45    Rockchapel CCÉ, Bruach na Carraige Seisiún Group, Rockchapel, County Cork
5.25    Kevin Morrin Band, featuring Kevin on vocals with Brian Hughes on pipes and tinwhistle, John Hosey on guitar
    and Vincent Crowley on piano
6.00     Gig Rig na Gaeilge, Emer O'Flaherty with Paddy Mulcahy and Angelo Heart winners of the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2017
7.00    Clarecastle/Ballyea Seisiún Group, music, song and dance performance
7.30    Break for technical set up for Céílí House
9.10    Céilí House is one of RTÉ Radio’s most popular programmes of traditional Irish music and song with host Kieran Hanrahan broadcasting live from the Gig Rig
10.10     Out The Gap – five piece dynamic traditional music band from East Clare featuring Kevin Carey (flute and drums) Amy McNamara and Pamela Queally (fiddles) Colm Slattery (accordion) and Gearóid McNamara (piano)

Sunday 20th August

12.00    The Really, Truly, Joyful, Ennis Gospel Choir
12.45    Seinn na nÓg, a talented group of young musicians, singers and dancers from the Ennis Schools
1.35    Moycullen CCÉ, County Galway, music, song and dance performance
2.25    Siobhán Dorman School of Irish Dance in Tullamore, Limerick and County Clare
3.00    The Best of The US. A collection of young musicians, singers and dancers from North America
3.50    Scoil Rince Staic School of Irish Dancing, Limerick
4.30    Ceol na nÓg - Young musicians from Bríd O’Donohue music school in Miltown Malbay
5.10    Muintir Uí Bhriain - Bríd O’Donohue and her talented family from Miltown Malbay, - Seán (flute), Eibhlís (uilleann pipes), Deirdre(harp), Sinéad (fiddle) and Liam (concertina) current TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2017
5.50    MacGabhann Family, County Meath, another musical dynasty, Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle) with his daughters, Bernadette (fiddle) and Caitlín (concertina and dance)
6.30    Elle Marie O’Dywer CD launch Cork native, Elle Marie O’ Dwyer is currently Traditional Singer in Residence in County Clare. All Ireland champion on several occasions, she launches her latest album ‘On a Day Like This’ which includes her own composition ‘Brave Ireland’
7.15    Ireland’s Traddest Family. The Doohan family from Lissycasey were the winners of RTÉ’s ‘Ireland’s Traddest Family’ competition on the Ray Darcy Show on RTÉ 1. The family are mother Margaret, daughters Christina, Claire, Carmel, Caroline and Clodagh, her sons Derek and Dermot and grandson Stephen
8.00     The Boruma Trio – a musical collaboration featuring Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O’Brien (fiddle) and Geraldine Cotter (piano and tinwhistle)
8.40    Mick Foster and Band, Mick is an All -Ireland Champion accordion player who has been touring Ireland and overseas for many years and is well known for his duet performances as Foster and Allen with Tony Allen
9.25    Officially Tapped - Paul Clesham, Shane Creed, Edward Looney, Richie Delahunty with dancer David Geaney
10.15    Shaskeen Céilí Band with Tom Cussen and friends with guest singers and dancers

Sometimes due to circumstance beyond our control small changes may occur to the line up.