Festival Events 2015

Events Schedule 2015

Event Date Time / Event
Thursday
26th Feb 2015
Evening
Traditional music sessions in Doolin's pubs and Hotel Doolin.
Friday
27th Feb 2015
8-00pm
A showcase for the rising local talent of traditional music, set dancing, and seán nós featuring performances from a host of local musicians. (Further details to be announced)  Russell Cultural Centre, doors open at 7pm, all are welcome.
Saturday
28th Feb 2015
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.(Details to be announced later.)

2pm
The Russell Concert  features the renowned Dessie O'Halloran on fiddle and vocals, Kieran Hanrahan on banjo and mandolin, Johnnie O'Halloran on accordion and melodion, Caitlin Ni Gabhann on concertina and dance, Damien O'Reilly on accordion and guitar, Padraic O'Reilly on piano, Seamus O'Connell on concert flute and vocals, and Ronan Flaherty on fiddle. They will be performing at the Russell concert on Saturday 28th Feb 2015.
Russell Cultural Centre, Tickets at the door. (Adm. includes wine and food reception). Doors open at 1-30pm

5pm Russell Music: Traditional Singing recital, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm. Free

Sunday
1st Mar 2015
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. (Further details to be announced)

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

7pm 
Set Dancing Music is by the Five Counties Céilí Band.  Russell Cultural Centre
Adm. €10

Monday night
2nd Mar 2015
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 and Clare Arts Office in making the 21st 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 last 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, and at the request of the Russell family, the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers and two sisters; Micho (1915-1994), Gussie (1917-2004), Brigid, Packie (1920-1977), and Mary Kate (1921-2007).

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Festival News

Dessie O Halloran The Pound Road

Caitlín Ni Gabhann (photo courtesy of Caitlín Ni Gabhann)

Dessie O'Halloran is a native of Inishbofin, Co. Galway. His talent as a singer and musician has brought him success at home and abroad. Returning to his island home in 1982 after years playing on the music circuit in England, Dessie's music career began to take centre stage working with Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, and many more. When his distinctive rendition of the Hylo Brown bluegrass song "Say You Love Me", which featured on Sharon Shannon's Diamond Mountain Sessions album, was released in 2001 it became a phenomenal Irish chart success winning him a whole new audience.

The Russell Memorial Weekend is delighted to welcome Dessie to Doolin to perform at the Russell concert. Dessie will be performing songs from his latest album and be joined on stage by a bunch of hugely talented musicians including his brother Johnnie O'Halloran, Kieran Hanrahan, Caitlín Ni Gabhann (pictured above), Damien O'Reilly, Padraic O'Reilly, Seamus O'Connell, and Ronan Flaherty.

Russell concert on Saturday 28th Feb 2015 at 2pm in Doolin READ MORE

The Russells

Gussie Russell was born in 1917 and died on May 18, 2004. He lived all his life in Doolin farming the small family holding. Of the three Russell brothers, it can be said of Gussie that his was the life that was least "changed" by the music, though he lived and breathed it as much as his brothers Micho and Packie.

 
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Further Information:
email:info@michorussellweekend.ie
or
telephone +353 (0)65-7074168, 7074133, 7074328, 085 2497843 or 065-7074111