15 Aug 2022

Local céilί dancers are being invited to part in a massive Céilί Mόr taking place in Derry’s Guildhall on Sunday

éilί dancers are being invited to a Céilί Mόr in Derry’s Guildhall, the highlight of the city’s inaugural “Awakening Festival.” The Céilί Mόr is taking place on Sunday, August 26, from 8.00pm to 11.00pm and will feature the world renowned Emerald Céilί Band. Joe Quinn, who is well known to dancers in Derry through his popular Monday-night classes in Pilot's Row, will be Fear a’ Tί for the evening, which will also include a light supper. Admission to the Céilί Mόr is £6 or €8 and tickets are currently on sale in the Irish Shop in the Craft Village on Shipquay Street in the city and Studio 2, 4, Beraghmore Road, Foyle Business Park, Skeoge Industrial Estate, Derry. Tickets can also be obtained by messaging the Studio 2 Facebook page: and the CCÉ Baile na gCailleach Facebook page: /ccebailenagcailleach/. The “Awakening Festival 2018” is Derry’s brand new Traditional Irish Arts Festival. It will run from Saturday, August 25 until Monday, August 27. According to festival co-organiser, Ollie Green, Studio 2’s Artistic Director, the ‘Awakening Festival 2018’ promises to be a “wonderful showcase of Ireland’s most talented traditional musicians and artists.” Mr Green said: “The ‘Awakening Festival 2018’ will feature an eclectic programme of events, including our Céilί Mόr and ‘Home from the Hinterlands’, a series of Irish Traditional Music Sessions, which will fill our city centre streets and byways with music, dance and storytelling. “We are also planning a ‘Dance Derry’ Spectacular, which will bring hundreds of Irish Dancers together to perform on the Peace Bridge on Bank Holiday Monday. “The ‘Awakening Festival 2018’ promises to ring loud and proud across Derry’s streets. “Nowhere will this be more apparent than during our ‘Irish Legends’ Concert, which will feature exceptional, internationally acclaimed Trad musicians of the calibre of Martin Donohoe, Jim Mc Grath, Michael Carey, Gabby Ardle, Philp Clarke, Marcas Ó Murchu, Josie Nugent and Brian Stafford, who will be joined by our home-grown Trad legends, Siobhan and Brendan Molly and Karen Carlin. The musicians will be preforming live and free in the city centre,” said Mr Green.

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