Festival Events 2016

Events Schedule 2016

Event Date Time / Event
Thursday
25th Feb 2016
Evening
Traditional music sessions in Doolin's pubs and Hotel Doolin.
Friday
26th Feb 2016
8-00pm
A showcase for the rising local talent of traditional music, set dancing, and seán nós run by Aoibhin Holden School of Dancing. The evening will feature performances from a host of local musicians. (Further details to be announced)  Russell Cultural Centre, doors open at 7pm, all are welcome.
Saturday
27th Feb 2016
10-30am- 12-30pm Music Workshops Details to be announced.

2pm
The Russell Concert  features the renowned Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. They will be performing at the Russell concert on Saturday 27th Feb 2016.
Russell Cultural Centre, Tickets at the door. (€20 adm. includes wine and food reception). Doors open at 1-30pm

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

Sunday
28th Feb 2016
10-30am - 12-30pm  Music Workshops Details to be announced.

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

7pm 
Set Dancing with music by Five Counties Ceili Band.  Russell Cultural Centre
Adm. €10

Monday night
29th Feb 2016
Monday night music sessions in Doolin's pubs and hotels
Workshops 
Sat 27th February & Sun 28th February  
10-30am - 12-30pm
Workshops:

Details to follow.

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 22nd 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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Frankie_Gavin_De_Dannan

Frankie Gavin is the most celebrated Irish fiddle player of all time and has performed and recorded with rock legends The Rolling Stones, Jazz Legend Stephane Grappelli and world renowned violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin amongst many others. Current line up as follows:

  • Frankie Gavin Fiddle Flutes.
  • Barry Brady Accordion.
  • Colm O Caoimh Guitar.
  • Dan Bodwell Bass.
  • Bernadine Casserly Vocals.

The Russell Memorial Weekend is delighted to welcome Frankie and De Dannan to Doolin to perform at the Russell concert.

Russell concert on Saturday 27th Feb 2016 at 2pm in Doolin

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