Tuning up for the County Fleadh

Wexford County Fleadh will bring a weekend of Irish music and culture to Craanford this weekend.

The prestigious Irish music competition is being organised for the third year in a row by Tuaisceart Loch Gorman (North Wexford CCÉ), Gorey's newest branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Sinéad Tobin the County Fleadh Chairperson, said the last three years has seen the County Fleadh become a weekend festival rather than just a one day event.

'Children are the next generation of music so it's important to pass on a genuine enjoyment of playing Irish music, so that they realise that is not all about competitions and more about meeting new people, learning new techniques and above all fun,' she said.

According to Sinéad the standard of music and the numbers of entries at county level has increased dramatically since she was a girl competing in the Fleadh circuit.

'The standard of the music is unbelievable so if anyone wants to hear a weekend of really good music, save the date, and enjoy music from some of the best musicians in the county,' she said.

The 2016 County Fleadh will be officially opened at the Old Mill in Craanford on Thursday, followed by performances from four internationally acclaimed musicians, fiddle player Niall Murphy, All Ireland Concertina champion Clara Mannion, award winning singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, as well as songs from Donal Clancy, founder of the popular folk band Danú at St. Patrick's Church.

The first of the competitions to select who goes through to the Leinster Finals starts on Friday with the marching bands. The county's best set dancers will compete on Saturday followed by an evening concert with local artists and special guests 'Seo Linn'. The final day of the Fleadh is the main competition day for soloists, duets, trios, céillí bands and grúpaí cheoil.

For more information check out the facebook page CCÉ Tuaisceart Loch Gorman or call Sinéad Tobin 089 2244776.

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