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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

3rd – 6th August 2017, Ballyshannon

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Ballyshannon Folk Festival Marquee is back in 2017!

It’s back! The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival marquee in the Market Yard is back in 2017 for its 40th anniversary and already the excitement is mounting.  Many of you will remember down through the years the festival marquee hosted a ticker tape of huge names in the Irish music scene, a veritable who’s who with Altan, Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, 4 Men and a Dog, Maura O’Connell, Sean and Dolores Keane, The Black sisters, Mary and Frances, Finbar Furey, ‘The Eleanors’ – Shanley and McEvoy – all stepping up to microphone in the famous Market Yard Marquee.

This year’s line-up is very exciting with a mix of traditional and contemporary artists to suit all tastes.  We kick-off Friday night with No Crows, a dynamic folk orchestra celebrating 12 years on their musical journey with their fifth CD Why Us just launched at Christmas.  Multi platinum record selling Mundy, who’s version of Steve Earle’s Galway Girl shot him to fame can stir the crowd into a hearty sing-along is next on Friday night’s bill and rounding off our first night in the Marquee is Donegal’s own, Altan who have entertained audiences and music lovers all over the world in the last 30 years.

Line Up 2017



The ‘Folk Festival’ has hosted all of the great names from the Irish folk and trad scene since the heady days of the late 1970’s and continues today to offer itself as a vital platform for emerging folk and traditional music talent with our annual showcase competition which offers a prize fund of €1,000; plus the opportunity to perform at the festival.

In 2017 Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Festival look forward to returning to its ‘roots’ with a marquee style festival, lively pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops, busking competitions, fringe events and ceilidh’s –  this leading festival still has something to cater for all tastes 40  years later – which is a testament to its adaptability!

For Ballyshannon – the Folk Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend is a permanent fixture in an ever changing world.

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