Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Banjo Burke Festival

(If you are looking for the post on the 2011 Banjo Burke Festival, click here)

I am taking a break from relating the Northern Ireland meetings here, which probably makes sense anyway, as Ireland is a large country, the Irish culture is dispersed across the world, so there is a lot with which to keep up.

I attended the Catskill Irish Arts Week last week. Once I was there, I realized I could interview people who are involved in the Irish arts. I also realized there are other events which are coming up which many might enjoy attending. And these events are a great way to join in the Irish culture!

One of these events is the Banjo Burke Festival on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-11, 2010. This event is unique in that it will be held entirely in public houses around East Durham. Sessions with musicians cooperatively making music are a feature of the Catskill Irish Arts Week, too, but the Banjo Burke Festival will be hold even its workshops, ceili sets, and concerts in the pubs.

The musicians committed to appearing are:

Brian Conway
Grainne Hambly
John Nolan
Seamus Connolly
Aine Meenaghan
Rose Conway Flanagan
Pat Kane
The Jameson Sisters
Damien Connolly
Margie Mulvihill
John Reynolds
Felix Dolan
Dylan Foley
Hearts Content

Concerts on Saturday are from 1:30 to 4:30 PM and 7:00 to 9:30 PM. The workshops, continuous music, sessions, house concerts, ceili sets, and a breakfast are all fit in around those.

More information can be found at , by emailing Bridget at , or by calling Bridget at 607-225-9928.

1 comment:

  1. The most amazing part of this festival is that these national and international artists donate much of their time at this festival in order to raise money for Parkinsons Research and to promote traditional Irish music. Class sizes are small so there are lots of opportunities to get answers to the questions you have. I've been donating my time and performances at this festival since it started. It is a great weekend in the Catskills as well since the Fall Folliage is near peak on Columbus Weekend every year.