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Spirit of Folk turns five

Mick Flannery heads the bill for the Co Meath festival in September

Wed, Jul 29, 2015, 10:06


One of the real tricks behind any successful annual or regular event that no-one really mentions is persistence. It’s one thing to do an event every so often or even on an once-off basis; it’s something else entirely to see an event come back year in and year out. Kudos then to the crew behind the Spirit of Folk festival which will be taking to the wilds of Dunderry Park, Co Meath for the fifth time in September. Over the last few years, the festival, which partly came about after a Banter panel discussion on festivals a few years ago, has become one of the finest new-folk gatherings in the land.

Acts playing this year’s event from September 18 to 20 include:

Mick Flannery (our favourite card-playing, wise-cracking stonemason)
Rhob Cunningham
Dr. Millar
Corner Boy
Rob Corcoran
The Blood Red Mountain Band
The Midnight Union Band

Saint Sister (recently profiled in the OTR New Music section)
(also a recent OTR New Music tip)
Majestic Bears
Na Tonnta
The Marriannes
Anna Mieke
The Ocelots
Kate O’Callaghan

More acts to be added next month. The festival will also feature such attractions as a bald eagle flying display, a bug hotel, marauding Vikings, storytelling, bicycle jousting, yoga, astronomy, bushcraft and talks and workshops on ancient druidism, Shamanism, African song and dance.

Tickets are now on sale and range in price from €70 (weekend tickets) to €40 (day ticket), while kids under 12 go free.