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Johnny Doherty Music & Dancing Festival

21st – 23rd September 2018, Ardara

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The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend.

Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area.  John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in Ardara, and is responsible for much of the local music.  The festival presents, in concert and in informal settings, some of the best local artists as well as some internationally renowned musicians, singers and dancers.  Artists involved this year include Cherish The Ladies, Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne & Steve Cooney, and The Friel Sisters.  There are also several traditional dance workshops and ceilis over the weekend, as well as traditional sessions in various venues around the town.

Programme of Events 2018

Friday 21st September:

8pm, Beehive Bar. Opening concert:

‘Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney

with special guests Gaelic singers Mischa MacPherson and Kim Carnie’

10pm, Nesbitt Arms Hotel:

Sets & Céili with ‘The Duntally Céilí Band’

Saturday 22nd September:

11am 1pm Heritage Centre:

Sets & Céilí Workshop with ‘Clement Gallagher’

2pm, Beehive Bar:

Gaelic Singing Workshop

2pm – 4pm, Heritage Centre:

Two Hand Dance Workshop with ‘Ann Connaghan & Connie McKelvey’

4pm – 5pm, Riverside Park:

Dance The Tune with ‘Stephen Gallagher’

8pm, Nesbitt Arms Hotel:

‘Cherish The Ladies’ in concert.

Sunday 23rd September:

11am – 1pm, Heritage Centre:

Sean Nós Dance Workshop with ‘Joe McGuigan’

3pm, Nesbitt Arms Hotel:

Sets & Céilí with ‘The Emerald Ceilí Band’

10pm, Beehive Bar. Final concert:

‘The Friel Sisters’

Street and Pub sessions all weekend


Tickets available from The Beehive Bar or The Nesbitt Arms Hotel

Or they can  be reserved  by calling Pat on 08769 00714.

Weekend Ticket for all concerts: €60


Weekend Concert Ticket: €40


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Pat McGill


T: +353 (0)74 9537949

M: +353 (0)87 6900714

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