Festival Events 2014

Events Schedule 2014

Event Date Time / Event
Thursday
20th Feb 2014
Evening
Traditional music sessions in Doolin's pubs and Hotel Doolin.
Friday
21st Feb 2014
8-00pm
A showcase of local young talent with a host of local musicians, organised by Aibhin Holden. Traditional music, set dancing, and seán nós:  Russell Cultural Centre, doors open at 7pm, all are welcome.
Saturday
22nd Feb 2014
10-00am Cliff walk, guided walking tour setting out from O'Connors pub along the old Moher road, led by local historian Patrick Sweeney. All welcome. Free.

10-30am- 12-30pm Music Workshops in fiddle (McGann's Pub), concertina (McDermott's Pub), tin whistle (O'Connor's Pub), and accordion (Hotel Doolin). Workshops cost €20 per workshop or €30 for both workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

2pm
The Russell Concert  features Ann Droney Kirrane & band with special guests, Chris & Francis Droney, Aine McGrath, and the Cooraclare Seán Nós Dancers.
Russell Cultural Centre, Tickets at the door. (Adm. includes wine and food reception). Doors open at 1-30pm

5pm Russell Music: Traditional Singing recital, O’Gorman Room, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm. Free

Sunday
23rd Feb 2014
10-30am - 12-30pm  Music Workshops in fiddle (McGann's Pub), concertina (McDermott's Pub), tin whistle (O'Connor's Pub), and accordion (Hotel Doolin). Workshops cost €20 per workshop or €30 for both workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

1pm 
Anniversary Remembrance Mass at Doolin Church followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave

7pm 
Set Dancing: music by Alan Flynn and the Five Counties 10 piece Céilí BandRussell Cultural Centre
Adm. €10

Monday night
24th Feb 2014
Monday night music sessions in Doolin's pubs and hotels
Workshops 
Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd 
10-30am - 12-30pm
Workshops:

Fiddle (musician to be announced). Venue: McGann's Pub.

Concertina (musician to be announced). Venue: McDermott's Pub.

Tin Whistle (musician to be announced). Venue:  O'Connor's Pub.

Accordion (musician to be announced) Venue: Hotel Doolin.

Workshops €20 per session or two sessions for €30. For further details of workshops, please contact +353 (0)65- 7074168, 7074328, 7074133, 085 2497843 or Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111.

Pub Music Sessions Live music throughout the weekend in Doolin's pubs and hotels
Accommodation For accommodation in Doolin see  Doolin Tourism
   

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The Russell Memorial Weekend Committee acknowledges the financial support of Guinness in making the 20th Russell Memorial Weekend possible.

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Russell Memorial Weekend FestivalWelcome

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year.

The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994. In 2006 by request of the Russell family the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers, Micho, Packie, and Gussie.

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Ann Droney Kirrane (photo courtesy of Ann Kirrane)

Frank Kilkelly (photo courtesy of Ann Kirrane)

Ann Kirrane (pictured above) who headlines the Russell concert comes from Bellharbour Co.Clare. As a conertina player and singer she has a long musical tradition. Her father, Chris Droney, is one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. It will be a delight to see her joined on stage by her father, brother Francis and his wife Áine McGrath.

Ann will also be performing songs from her recently-released first album, "One Small Star", singing traditional American country and folk songs as well as some of her own compositions. She will be supported on stage by her band including musicians Frank Kilkelly (pictured above), Catherine McHugh, Gary Quinn, and Ronan Greene. The concert will also feature the Cooraclare Sean Nós Dancers.

Russell concert on Saturday 22nd Feb 2014 at 2pm in Doolin READ MORE

The Russells

Packie (Patrick) Russell was the youngest of the three Russell brothers. A stone mason by trade he worked locally quarrying Doonagore flagstone. Musically he was gifted. He learned the concertina from his mother and his neighbour, Patrick Flanagan, and he played it with aplomb and passion. 
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Further Information:
email:info@michorussellweekend.ie
or
telephone +353 (0)65-7074168, 7074133, 7074328, 085 2497843 or 065-7074111