East Durham Irish Festival returned for its 39th year with the announcement of the exciting 2016 artist line up with over 22 of the very best in Irish Rock and Traditional bands. Headlining the popular Irish festival was The Whistlin' Donkeys - *DIRECT from Ireland, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones and Seven Nations.
As well as the very best in Irish Music, there was all-ages activities and programming including Céilí Dancing workshops, Singing classes by Catskills Irish Arts Week Artistic Director, Réidín O'Flynn, and Old Stlyle Séan Nós Dance classes hosted by Siobhán Butler. Exciting childrens Irish plays were held throughout the weekend.
Guided tours of the Authentic Donegal Irish Cottage and World's Largest Map of Ireland - buy a brick and have it placed in the County of your choice. Everyone enjoyed our Irish hospitality at the Cottage with a cup of tea and homemade Soda Bread.
2016 Full line up included;
THE WHISTLIN' DONKEYS *DIRECT FROM IRELAND
DEREK WARFIELD AND THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES
SEVEN NATIONS ~ ANDY COONEY ~ KITTY KELLY
TOMMY FLYNN ~ NARROWBACKS ~ CELTIC CROSS
CANNY BROTHERS ~ MCLEAN AVENUE BAND ~ GIRSA
SHARON MC KENNA & PAT BURKE ~ FINTAN STANLEY
PRIDE OF MOYVANE ~ WILLIE KELLY ~ DYLAN FOLEY
DAN GURNEY ~ PAT EGAN ~ SEAN EARNEST
SUSAN AND GERARD~ MARY G
SIOBHAN BUTLER ~ MIKE FARRELL SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
DRAM ~ CRAIC AGUS CEOL ~ WILLIE LYNCH
BLACKSTONE CUIL ~ JIMMY GALLAGHER AND TARA GOLD
MIDDLE FORT PIPE BAND
For even more fun this summer, don't miss the Annual Catskills Irish Artist Festival, a week-long celebration of Irish music, song, dancing, language and crafts.