Ulster Fleadh 2016

Adds CCÉ are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the Ulster Fleadh 2016 this year in the beautiful seaside resort of Bangor, Co Down. It will run from Saturday 16th July to Sunday 24th July 2016 inclusive and will incorporate an impressive combination of literary events, workshops, seisiúns, headline / youth concerts, dancing and singing … so everyone is very welcome to come along and enjoy the craic as well as the countless family amenities Bangor has to offer!

Competition Information
The competition will run over the weekend commencing SATURDAY 23 JULY at:

Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College,
2 Castle Park Road,
Bangor BT20 4TB
Click Here to get directions to the venue.

Bangor Academy
Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College
Events Information
A full programme of events for the Fleadh is currently being drawn up and will be available to peruse later this year, but confirmed events so far are as follows:

2009 Beoga stand M


Saturday 16th July – Headline Concert – Beoga – Parish Centre, Bangor
Great to have this band back in Bangor! Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) are based in County Antrim with the bedrock of their sound lying firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure and it all works – wonderfully well.  The Wall Street Journal describes them as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.” Irish Music Magazine writes, “Beoga are at the forefront of the new Irish wave.”  Full concert details to follow. 
Sunday 17th July – Ards CCÉ 40th Birthday Celebrations – The Coach Inn, Portaferry 

This year Ards CCÉ celebrates its 40th Anniversary and there’s just no better place to do this than, where it all began in 1976, at The Sands Bar, Portaferry. Everybody is welcome to attend this informal evening seisiún and enjoy the music and the craic!

Sands Family

Thursdays 21st July – The Sands Family Band & Na Leanaí Concert – Bangor Abbey

Na Leanai SandsBorn, bred and based in County Down, the Sands Family Band have been singing and playing music for as long as anyone can remember.  They are absolute local legends and the most famous Co Down folk group ever! Their repertoire largely consists of their own compositions together with some of their favourites from the bottomless well of the Irish song and music tradition.

Na Leanaí are a new dynamic Co Down folk group, who are taking the Irish music scene by storm.  They are the offspring of the legendary Sands Family and after spending many of their years growing up singing with their kin, they made the decision in 2014 to officially form a band.  This will truly be a fantastic family concert and one not to miss!  Full concert details to follow.

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