Coalisland Clonoe Comhaltas Spring Féile 2017FAcebook poster

Coalisland Clonoe Comhaltas will host the 3rd Spring Féile on 12-14 May 2017. This year the Féile features the hugely popular Blackwater Céilí Band. Indeed, our very own Michael Coney is one of the members of the Band. We are delighted to have the Blackwater Céilí Band with us this year. They are exceptionally talented and will not only give us a wonderful evening’s entertainment at the Concert, they will also provide some exceptional tuition at the Music Workshops.
The Féile will open with an Irish Speaking Session & Gaelic Culture Night in Assoication with Cairde Uí Néill on Friday 12 May 2017 in the Millcourt bar, Coalisland from 9.30pm onwards. The renowned Sean-Nós singer, Uilleann Piper & Box player Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde from the Donegal Gaeltacht will be in attendance along with our own local singers & musicians. There will be a light buffet half-way through. This is a free event with everyone welcome.
The Workshops will run on Saturday morning in St Joseph’s College, Coalisland from 10.00am with a Session at 3.30-4.30pm. The Committee worked extremely hard to secure experienced and talented musicians who will enhance and develop the talents of our Music Students and include Martin Meehan Flute, Conor Mallon and Ciaran Hanna on Whistle, Rosie Ferguson Eugene McKenna Ursula McAdam and Rachel McGarrity on Fiddle, George McAdam and Stephen Banjo McKee on Banjo, Michael Curran and John McCann on accordion, Jack Warnock Singing and Guitar, Sárán Mulligan on Concertina, and Lauren O’Neill on Harp. Students who at an intermediate level are eligible to attend. Half day works shops in some instruments/singing are available. Full day workshops are £20, Half Day £15 including lunch and entrance to the Concert. Places are filling up fast so we recommend booking an advance to avoid disappointment on the day. Contact Mary McIlvenna on 07719 451523 to book a place.
The Concert, compered by the great Martin Donohoe, will open on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 8pm in St Joseph’s College, Coalisland with our Groupa Cheoil who have been practicing very hard under the guidance of Michael Coney and Aoibheann McArdle. Our next act will be the 2017 Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Ceoil Urlise Champions from Naomh Pádraig Domhnach Mór, Co Tír Eoghain. Hailing from musical families this group have been playing together at Feis, Scór na nÓg and Fleadh Cheoil competitions since 2008. Between them they hold countless Feis titles, Fleadh Ulster titles, and All-Ireland Fleadh titles for Uilleann Pipes and Solo singing. The group also includes three members of the 2016 Ballad Group title holders who made history in Killarney, Co Kerry by taking Donaghmore’s first All-Ireland Scór title in nearly 40 years. The group continue to develop their own unique style, now intertwining music and song in their performances. They have recently made appearances at Healey Park, Croke Park and played support to Cúig, John Spillane and Sharon Shannon. Donaghmore GAC All-Ireland Winning Scór na Nóg Instrumental Team with All Ireland Fleadh Winner, Niamh McCyrstal. Jack Warnock will take the stage with his unique style of singing. Jack Warnock is a Guitarist/Pianist/Vocalist from Maghera, Co. Derry. Jack began solo porting at the age of 16 when he won ‘An Ré Nua,’ a competition organised in the lead up to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013. Jack was awarded with a performance at the Fleadh, along with an E.P. As Guitar/Piano/Vocalist in the traditional groups ‘Cóiriú’ and ‘Meargánta’ he performed in the final of Siansa Gael Linn in the National Concert Hall on multiple occasions, and in the Royal Albert Hall, London, with Cóiriú. Jack also placed 2nd in the 15-18 Accompaniment at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014. Jack has played support to many top level musicians, such as Brendan Mulholland, We Banjo 3, 4 Men and a Dog and others. He also recently took part in a Master and Apprentice project organised by an tAcadamh Ceoil Derry, with guitar legend John Doyle, and gave an intimate performance with John after months of tutelage. Jack is currently studying Irish with Music at the Magee Campus of Ulster University. Our main performer for the event is the Blackwater Céilí Band. The Blackwater Céilí Band was formed in 2015 and is made up of musicians from Co. Tyrone and the surrounding areas. A number of members have been playing together for many years locally. The band gets its name from the River Blackwater, which runs through the heart of the area. The band have performed at numerous concerts, festivals, and events over the last few years, most notably headlining at the Ballyshannon Folk Festival in 2016. The band is made up of numerous All-Ireland Champions in many disciplines, and are highly sought after musicians throughout Ireland. The Band have also took part in Fleadhanna Cheoil competitions and are the current senior Ulster champions. The music played by the band is strongly influenced by its ulster routes. Band members include: Eugene McKenna, Rosie Ferguson, Lydia Warnock and Ursula McAdam (fiddles) James MCaffrey and Michael Coney (Flutes) Michael Curran (Button Accordion) Ryan Hackett (Piano Accordion) George McAdam (Drums) Rachael Masterson (Piano). Entrance is £10, £5 for U18’s. On Sunday 14 May 2017, we have the Coalisland Music Feis. Competitions will take place in all instruments for individuals, groups, duets and trios from U8 to Over 18. Entries are £2 each should be given to Mary McIlvenna. It promises to be a great weekend with something for everyone. We endeavour to bring some of the finest talent from the Traditional Music Scene to our event for everyone to experience the variety in styles of Traditional Music and also to showcase and promote our local talent as well. We hope you will be able to come along, support and enjoy the programme of events. More details of our Programme of Events can be found on our Facebook page and website coalislandclonoecce@gmail.com.