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Music festivals in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford
The fabulous medieval city of Kilkenny makes a stunning backdrop to its annual international arts festival. Whether you’re into theatre, art, dance, opera, literature, music or all of the above, you’ll find a mouth-watering collection of the very best in home-grown and international acts coming to Kilkenny. Every year, for 10 days in August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all. The city’s oldest and largest non profit festival now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer.
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Founded and curated by long time Irish residents, Swiss violinist Maya Homburger and English bass player Barry Guy, the Barrow River Arts Festival presents, in one packed weekend, a programme of classical music, free improvised jazz, theatre and visual art in two beautiful settings along the River Barrow in Counties Kilkenny and Carlow - Duiske Abbey and Borris House. Taking place annually in April, box Office: 059 917 2400
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Cashel Arts Fest is a 10 day festival of music, visual art, theatre, comedy, film, talks, workshops, family and children's events. A voluntary committee work hard year-round to bring an exciting and varied programme of events to Cashel each November. The festival endeavours to provide opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with a variety of art disciplines in an enjoyable and meaningful way, liasing with local primary and secondary schools as well as youth groups and organisations involving older people. Workshops for young and old will take place throughout the festival.
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The Clonmel Junction Festival is a nine-day annual cultural celebration taking place in Clonmel, South Tipperary. Having begun in 2001 with nine events over five days, the event has doubled in size each year and now hosts over 70 events. For nine days, the town is transformed with hand-made banners and flags adorning the streets with the theatres, pubs and cafes pulsating with vibrant music and theatre from all over the world.
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The annual Guinness Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford in August. It promises to be a great weekend of bluegrass music for enthusiasts and lovers of great music. Top American, European and Irish acts playing over four days. A full programme will be available at the pubs and hotels prior to the start of the festival. There is no entry fee and each of the groups play at all of the venues throughout the weekend - and from as early as 12noon on the Saturday and Sunday.
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Imagine Arts Festival is a unique celebration of the arts in Waterford City. The festival showcases all forms of the arts, from film and theatre, to music and dance plus everything in between. It gives everyone an opportunity to experience and participate in a broad range of creative arts. Imagine features live performances and special workshops for all ages and interests. The festival also gives new local young talent a platform to exhibit their work along with established international artists. Events are held in a number of locations across the City with some free events. The festival takes place annually in late October.
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The JFK Dunbrody Festival was established in 2001 to celebrate the two iconic tourist attractions in New Ross, The Dunbrody Famine Ship and the ancestral home of President John F. Kennedy. The festival is multifaceted, with live open air music, markets, arts and crafts and with a particular focus on international connections and the Irish Diaspora. The focal point of the festival is the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and the surrounding area which has international appeal. Taking place in late July. The Guinness Pub Music Trail features a variety of styles along with lots of other activities over the weekend. The vision for the future is to reach out to the Irish Diaspora throughout the world bringing them back home for a weekend of culture and enjoyment.
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The Kilkenny Rhythm N’ Roots Festival takes place over the May Bank holiday weekend each year. Running annually since 1998, it has attracted some of the finest acts in Americana music such as Ryan Adams, Guy Clarke and Ray La Montagne to name but a few. All types of Americana music can be heard over the 4-day festival – country, blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, soul and rockabilly, so no matter what your taste in music, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The festival has over 80 gigs throughout the weekend, a lot of which are free of charge.
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The Lismore Music festival is a unique Summer Music & Opera Festival in the scenic town of Lismore, standing on the Blackwater River. The Festival takes place each year on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the surrounds of the spectacular Lismore Castle. Attendees are urged to arrive early to enjoy a three course opera picnic with wine in the romantic castle gardens. A Prosecco and Wine Bar within the castle walls is present for the weekend. Tickets are available from Lismore Heritage Centre, Jonathan Ackroyd Jewellers, and online at Tickets and accommodation sell quickly so early booking is recommended.
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The Riverside Jump Festival is an annual event that takes place in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland every July. The festival is focused on 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and attracts visitors to town from all over Ireland and across Europe.
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