Celtic Music Radio 95 FM is at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo and returns with an live broadcast from Sligo on Sunday 17 August from 2.00 to 6.00pm.
Gordon Hotchkiss with Joan and Alex Jenkins are based at The Glasshouse Hotel in the centre of Sligo to capture the atmosphere and buzz of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly what it is.
The Fleadh, as it is usually called, is the largest single festival of Irish Music and can reach attendances of 400,000 over the course of nine eventful days.
Pictured left is Gordon Hotchkiss interviewing Brian Quinn of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo on Saturday afternoon during the broadcast. The Fleadh is a competition for amateur musicians.
The focus was always on individual ability and so it is to this day. Few places in the western world have managed to maintain their musical traditions as successfully as Ireland has. The Fleadh is the showcasing of this tradition as well as a celebration of the individual skills of the competitors. It is a valuable testament to creativity. It is a celebration of the new ways for doing the old things. It is a great holiday. It is a big party.
Celtic Music Radio is based in The Glasshouse Hotel (pictured left), Sligo’s only 4 star city centre hotel, towering dramatically over the Garavogue River .
Celtic Music Radio in association with Tourism Ireland is broadcasting live from The Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo in north-west Ireland on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 August with Gordon Hotchkiss and the rest of team talking to musicians, competitors, visitors and organisers plus live music sessions.
More live music sessions into the late Friday night and early morning in the centre of Sligo at the Swagman’s Bar stage and Gig Rig. Pics: Alex Jenkins
Tune in Sunday to Celtic Music Radio 95 FM from 2.00 to 6.00pm for more from Sligo, Ireland.