The Earagail Arts festival runs from the 7th to the 29th of July 2018 with event venues spanning the length and breadth of County Donegal, maximising opportunities to experience the best that the most Northern part of the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way offers top quality entertainment, tremendous food, exceptional accommodation and of course spectacular scenery. In addition to weekdays, the Earagail Arts Festival stretches across three weekends during July and we have exciting events lined up for each one.
Weekend 1 : Donegal International Folk and Roots Weekend
(12th– 16th July)
We invite you to join us for a four-day celebration of folk, traditional and indigenous music all along the northernmost part of the Wild Atlantic Way in County Donegal. Between the 12th and 16th of July, various locations in Donegal will play host to an array of wonderful performances by local, national and international musicians. The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend runs in tandem with the Leo’s Tavern 50th Anniversary Festival which celebrates world famous pub’s heritage, family legacy, the local talent inspired and the enduring power of music in a special corner of West Donegal.
The weekend showcases talent from around the globe including Malian musicians Songhoy Blues and unique collaborations such as folk group Ulaid and renowned songwriter Duke Special. The Mná na bhFidleacha concert celebrates the finest female fiddlers from around County Donegal.
The weekend comes to a close with the first-ever summer Americana BBQ. The evening will be set in the exquisite surroundings of Castle Grove Country House featuring a host of musical talent from Florida’s Possessed by Paul James to flourishing local talent Without Willow and Declan McClafferty & Sarah Cullen.
The popular Music at The Castle returns to Glenveagh National Park where our artists-in-residence, The California Feetwarmers, play their first set of the weekend alongside Gweedore’s very own trad supergroup, An Crann Óg. Glenveagh National Park with its beautiful mountains, lakes, glens and woods is the venue for Music at the Castle or “Ceol ag an Caisleáin”. This array of traditional music performances runs on Thursday 12th July between 12- 5pm celebrating Donegal’s international folk connections.
Weekend 2 : Wild Atlantic Weekend
(21 – 22th July)
Malin, Ireland’s most northern village on the Wild Atlantic Way plays host to The Wild Atlantic Weekend! The picturesque town will be alive with performers, street food vendors and circus acts.
The Wild Atlantic Weekend promises to be jam-packed with family fun events, magnificent music and fabulous art and theatre. The Lords of Strut, Tumblecircus and Ballet Poulet are sure to put on a great show.
Malin is the perfect place to explore the outdoors, get in touch with nature and to feel free. The Atlantic Ocean awaits as there are many water–based activities to take part in including kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and sailing. Culdaff Blue Flag beach is only a short drive from Malin. This sandy gem is the perfect beach to relax on whilst the children play.
Accommodation is plentiful in Malin, with some events being held in McGrory’s of Culdaff Hotel, it makes it convenient for visitors to stay among the festival atmosphere. Moh! Kouyaté & Velvet Alibi, The California Feetwarmers and The Lost Brothers & Joshua Burnside are just some of the music acts that will grace the stage.
Home With The Henry Girls
A unique interactive residency is running from the 16th to 20th July. Based in their home village of Malin, Donegal – the world’s “coolest destination” for 2017 (National Geographic), The Henry Girls will be your hosts for 5 days of songwriting workshops, cultural & culinary tours, traditional pub sessions and 4 very special concerts. All levels of experience welcome, some musical knowledge preferred, suitable for ages 16+.
Weekend 3: Swell Festival
(27th 28th & 29th July)
Arranmore Island is situated off the coast of Donegal and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The island is home to Swell Music & Arts Festival running on the 27th, 28th and 29th July 2018.
The Mountain Stage sponsored by Kinnegar Brewing welcomes local emerging artists, renowned musicians and international guests for a weekend of top-quality entertainment. Artists include Eithne Ní Chatháin, Anne Martin, a performance by the Gaelic electronic duo Whyte, Niall Hackett, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and special guests, but also Donal Dineen (Thanks to our friends at Bluestack Records), Slow Place Like Home, The Bonk, Alien She, Strength NIA, Shammen Delly, People That Listen To The Sky, F12, Distorted Perspectives DJS and more. Arranmore oozes heritage and culture with Day 3 of the festival celebrating Gaelic Culture and transatlantic folk & roots.
In addition to the quality entertainment from Swell Festival, there are a number of activities to do on the island including diving, fishing, hiking, visiting the lighthouse and relaxing on the stunning beaches around the island.