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The perfect location
Festival Dates
April 20th - 23rd 2017
A Fantastic Weekend
Of the best in Irish music


The 4 Of Us - Acoustic

  • €20/€18 Concession

  • The 4 of Us return with a brand new album, Sugar Island.

The 4 of Us hail from Newry, Co. Down. This multi-award-winning band have seven fine albums under their belt and a back catalogue of memorable songs that have featured on American, British and Irish TV and film soundtracks. To this day, their smash hit Mary, remains one of the most played tracks on Irish radio and is currently featured on SingStar, one of Sony PlayStation”s most popular games.

Founding members and brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy have been captivating audiences on their recent tours of Germany and Ireland with their superb acoustic performances.

For tickets please contact The Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare on (064) 6648701  or book online at


De Danann

  • April 22nd, 8.00pm, The Carnegie Arts Centre
  • €20/€18 Concession

  • 'The Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music' return to Kenmare.

The legendary group De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music before going their separate ways in 2003. The group released their debut album ‘De Danann’ in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including ‘Anthem’, ‘Star Spangled Molly’, and ‘A Jacket of Batteries’ and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status. 

Famous for their cross cultural experiments they recorded Irish versions of The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’, Handel's ‘The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba’ which they called ‘The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba to Galway’. They also recorded Jewish Klezmer music with Andy Statman and made an album called ‘Half Set in Harlem’ featuring American Gospel singing. Their distinctive approach to the tradition both musically and vocally have been the cornerstone of Irish music for over two decades and is also evident on their latest album 'WonderWaltz'. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley ( Vocals), Derek hickey ( Accordion), Ronan O'Flaherty ( Fiddle) and Neill Lyons (Bodhran)

For tickets please contact The Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare on (064) 6648701  or book online at

Saturday Afternoon Recital

  • April 22nd, 3.00pm, St. Patrick's Church

  • €10

  • An afternoon of music in the beautiful setting of St. Patrick's Church

The Afternoon Recital was introduced into the programme in 2016 to allow students the opportunity to see their very talented festival tutors perform in a concert setting. It proved to be a firm favourite not only with the students but also with the general public - supberb music in a stunning setting. This year we will have Paul de Grae on Guitar with Reidun Sclesinger on harp, Richard Lucey on accordion with Diarmuid O'Brien on fiddle and Dessie Kelleher on banjo with Brian O'Loughlin on flute and Hugh Healy on concertina.


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