Cork Folk Festival

39th Cork Folk Festival 3rd -7th October 2018

All roads lead to Cork this October for the 39th Cork Folk Festival. The packed international line up features musicians from all over Europe and Ireland. Headlining this year festival will be the wonderful singer from Yorkshires, Kate Rusby. The five day festival will also include a performance by Dave Flynn's 20 piece Irish Memory Orchestra with special guest accordion player Máirtín O’Connor.  Another concert at this year’s 5 day festival will be three of Ireland’s most famous musicians, Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne. This year the festival has commissioned west Cork harpist, Máire Ní Chathasaigh to write a piece of new music to commemorate the founding of the folk festival in 1979. The new music will be performed by Nollaig Casey, her sister Mairéad and a host of Cork Musicians at St Finn Barre’s Cathedral.  Also for the first during the folk festival we will feature Fada music from Portugal. Travelling from Lisbon to sing in Cork will be Claudia Aurora and her band.

The festival line up is huge this year and it include Cork’s own John Spillane with writer Conal Creedon, Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge, Seamus Begley, Chris Droney , Ye Vagabonds, Pete Coe (UK), Desi Wilkinson & Patrick Moulard from Brittany Máire Ní Cheileachair, Two Time Polka, Striolán Céilí Band, Blind Poets, Rowan Piggott,  Cork Singers Club and Cork Pipers Club.  Early bird tickets covering all events are available for €85 until August 7th from . More details are available at

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