Earagail Arts Festival & The Regional Cultural Centre present

Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend

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The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend, brought to you in partnership with the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, returns with some of the finest national and international guests.

Mouthpiece Open Mic – FREE
The Cottage Bar, Letterkenny, Wednesday 10th July, 9pm

With a reputation for delivering some of the best original music, spoken word and comedy the county has to offer, Mouthpiece Open Mic, presented by Artist Support Network (ASN) promises laughter, tears, surprises and a warm, supportive atmosphere. MORE INFO

Music at the Castle – FREE
Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh, Thursday 11th July, 1pm – 5pm

Earagail Arts Festival invites you to an afternoon of free seisiúns in the stunning surroundings of Glenveagh Castle. Renowned local artists such as Diane Ní Chanainn (Diane Cannon) & Manus Lunny are joined by Greek Irish bouzouki duo Duo Zouk, the bluegrass and old timey Americana of the Morgan O Kane Band and the young trad supergroup Coirm in hosting a series of open to all, traditional music performances celebrating Donegal’s international folk connections. MORE INFO

Ceolchoirm le Ceol na Coille – €15/€12
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Thursday 11th July, 8pm

A feast of traditional Irish music featuring tutors from this year’s Ceol na Coille Traditional Music Summer School, including Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes/vocals), Hamish Napier (piano/flute/whistle), Innes Watson (guitar) and special guests. MORE INFO

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Friday 12th July, 8pm

Lankum is the type of band you never knew you where searching for. A Dublin-based group of individuals united by a gang mentality, Lankum’s close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pins you to the seat and revives the spirit. The group shows that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today. MORE INFO

Citadels of the Sun€15/€12
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 1pm

Citadels of The Sun is a new two-part creative collaboration sharing common themes and stories that unite Irish and Indian culture through music, featuring Sarah E Cullen (Donegal fiddle, vocals), Martin Coyle (bouzouki), Paul Cutliffe (uilleann pipes, whistles) with Asin Khan (sarangi and vocals) and Sawai Khan Manganiyar (multi-percussion and vocals). MORE INFO

Moonlight Benjamin€15/€12
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 8pm

Moonlight Benjamin creates a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo and 70’s US blues rock. Between her powerful and rebellious voice and the tension of saturated guitars, her music delivers voodoo trance in a new and explosive style! MORE INFO

Eclipse – Citadels of the Sun Pt 2FREE
Port Road/Main Street, Letterkenny, Saturday 13th July, 10.30pm

For the second instalment of Citadels of The Sun, landscape theatre company LUXE celebrate connecting Donegal and Rajasthan – a world apart, yet bound by symbolic significance – with an illuminated musical adventure on Letterkenny’s Port Road and Main Street. MORE INFO

Ó Ghlúin go Glúin – From Generation to Generation €15/€12
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 1pm

Having lost a number of influential keepers of the tradition in the last year, such as Tommy Peoples and Vincent Campbell, this year Tara Connaghan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will gather some of the mentors of Donegal fiddle traditions from around the county to give a taste of the passing on of this great tradition and heritage. MORE INFO

The Donegal International Folk & Roots BBQ presents

Morgan O Kane€5
Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 4pm

Following last year’s inaugural Folk & Roots Sunday Americana BBQ we are delighted to return to the historic 17th century surroundings of Castle Grove with Virginia-born virtuoso banjoist and songwriter Morgan O Kane, joined by one of Donegal’s finest duos, Without Willow. MORE INFO

Joan As Police Woman€18/€15
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Sunday 14th July, 8pm

Joan Wasser is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders and played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Those Bastard Souls. Since 2004 she has released her solo material as Joan As Police Woman and on May 24 is set to release her new new triple album compilation, ‘JOANTHOLOGY’. MORE INFO

Image courtesy of Eugene McGinty

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