€30.50 & €33.50*
With a Guinness world record, performances across the globe and over 110 years of experience under their belt, the Kilfenora Ceilí Band are showing no signs of slowing down that lively, spirited sound they’re so renowned for, with two unmissable shows presented by TEG MJR Eire on the calendar for 2022.
Winners of a host of awards since their formation in 1909 along with numerous recordings, concerts and television appearances both at home and abroad, this eclectic group of musicians from a small village near the Burren have managed, many times against the odds, to keep a tradition not just alive but alive and kicking!
Over the years the band has brought its distinctive driving rhythm worldwide to festivals and venues including Glastonbury, Milwaukee Irish Fest and Mid-Summer Swing at The Lincoln Centre New York, as well as London, Paris, Horgen, Switzerland, and Cleveland. Now they are hitting the road at home again, with their Cork and Castlebar shows.
And in keeping with their motto, ‘you don't play to be listened to. You play to be danced to’, the band will be joined by dancers and social media sensations Matthew and Michael Gardiner and dancer Sinead Neylon on both nights, plus singer Edel Vaughan.
As for the origins of Ireland’s pioneering ceilí band, the earliest newspaper reference to a band in the Co Clare village was made in The Clare Journal, 1888 which reported on the "Kilfenora Band" who played outside the courthouse in Ennis as an expression of solidarity for a group of local land activists who were being tried for a raid during which a constable had been killed.
The centenary celebration of the formation of the first Kilfenora Céilí band took place in 2009. By staying true to traditional instrumentation and repertoire, the present outfit is determined to maintain and preserve authenticity and reach yet another generation of dancers, supporters and musicians.
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