The best of luck to our branch and the other County Down branches in the Ulster Fleadh this weekends competitions, the timetable is available for download here - http://www.ulsterfleadh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/clar-2014.pdf
The County Down Fleadh in Castlewellan yesterday was a great success with musicians from across the County proving once again that traditional music is alive and well in our wonderful County. Well done to everyone who took part and best of luck to those who have qualified for the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore (19th-27th July)
Download the County Down Fleadh Results 2014 (pdf)
This years County Fleadh will be held in St Malachys High School Castlewellan on Saturday the 21st June. The timetable for the County Fleadh Competitions is now available, please download using link following link -> Download County Down Fleadh – Timetable (word doc)
The Dancing competitions will take place this Saturday(14th) in the Lodge, Castlewellan at 3pm.
Hope to see you all there!!!!
Friday, June 27
The Lodge, Castlewellan
This is an opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s most distinctive voices sing some great songs.
Included in his set will be his newly released single “Don’t teach me how to cry”. This follows up from his album release “Never Alone” that had 45 tracks including six new tracks and 39 tracks from his previous 8 albums.
Since returning to the circuit Sean has toured Germany and America. He will be playing all over the country during the summer. In September he will be returning to America, October he will take in Spain and England and most of November he will be in Germany. In December he will be touring Ireland with his “Christmas by the Hearth tour”. Due to the great loss of his wife Virginia in 2010 Sean did not tour for nearly four years and last year he made the decision to go back on tour and he is really enjoying his revival and getting to play in venues where he used to sing on an annual basis.
This is an opportunity to hear Sean sing “Home”, “Home away from Home”, “Exile”, “Isle of Hope”, “Paint me a picture of Ireland”, “Galway to Graceland”, “Man from Connemara”, “Like i used to do” and many more.
Sean will be joined on stage with Pat Coyne on guitar and Fergus Feeley on Mandocello. Sean also plays the tin whistle, low whistle, flute, harmonica and Uilleann pipes. His music spans many genres – Traditional, Sean nos, Country and Bluegrass.
Sean is from a very famous musical family, his grandmother was well known for collecting songs.
His father and uncle and aunts had a traditional Ceile band and played around county Galway during the fifties and sixties.
15-18 Group practice tonight (Wednesday) evening @ 5.30pm
Full attendance is required.
Newcastle CCÉ along with Glor Uachtar Tire will be offering a small number of Gaeltacht Scholarships again this year.
CCÉ members must meet criteria to be considered.
If you wish to be considered please speak to any committee member for criteria.
Entries for this year’s County Down Fleadh need to be completed and handed in by this Saturday, 17th May.
We would encourage all our members to enter the Fleadh and join in competition with fellow musicians from across our County.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Comhaltas website (see links below) OR we will have copies available at the desk on Thursday/Saturday classes.
Download Fleadh Entry Forms
Hope you have all had a lovely Easter break.
Latest News & Updates
1. Classes resume this Thursday 1st May and Saturday 3rd May.
2. Could all sponsored walk money raised please be handed in to any committee member as soon as possible.
3. Entry forms for the County Fleadh are now available online -
http://comhaltas.ie/press_room/detail/fleadh_entry_form/ – printed
copies will also be made available at the desk or from tutors. These need to be completed and handed in asap. For guidance on filling in the forms please speak to any committee member.
4. Branch meeting this Thursday evening at 8.30pm, everyone welcome!
It’s almost Fleadh time again, this year’s County Down Fleadh will be held in Castlewellan on the 21st June (sets/ceili competitions on the 14th June). We would encourage all our members to enter the Fleadh and join in competition with fellow musicians from across our County.
Entry forms need to be filled out by the 21st May and returned to any committee member. You can download a copy of the form using the link below OR we will have copies available at the desk on Thursday/Saturday classes.
Download Fleadh Entry Form
With deep regret we unfortunately have to cancel the ceili planned for the 21st March. This was due to circumstances beyond our control.
Please pass on this information to any of our regular ceili goers with our apologies!
Hope to see you all at our April ceili (25th)
Sharon and the rest of the Ceili Committee