Milestone Comhaltas Congress for Tullamore

AN exciting array of musical events will be among the highlights at the forthcoming Annual Comhaltas Cheoltoiri Eireann Congress, which takes place in Tullamore from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 next.

AN exciting array of musical events will be among the highlights at the forthcoming Annual Comhaltas Cheoltoiri Eireann Congress, which takes place in Tullamore from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 next.

This Congress will celebrate a milestone in Comhaltas history as they mark their 60th anniversary with a weekend of workshops, sessions, concerts and much much more.

The International Seisiun Competition will kick the weekend event off in various locations in the town. It is calling on musicians, who play in regular sessions to take part for a potential prize of €5,000 by getting their local pub to sponsor their group. In addition, to the prize fund, the winners will receive a plaque that will look brilliant mounted on their sponsor’s wall.

There will be a myriad of concerts over the weekend including the Button Accordion Champions Concert, the Singing Champions Seisiun and the Seisiun Mor on the Friday evening. Workshops will be held in the Sacred Heart Secondary School on the Saturday and will include many talented and well known musicians parting with their pearls of musicial wisdom.

These include Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Banjo (Kieran Hanrahan), and Junior Davy (Bodhran) and many more well known traditional Irish musicians.

The International Seisiun competition will continue on the Saturday evening/night and promises to be a great night’s entertainment while the ‘Singers Get Together’ continues as well.

The Fiddle Champions Concert promises to raise the roof later on Saturday evening and features All Ireland Fiddle Champions from 1951 to 1986. It is a must for all fiddle music lovers.

The Final of the International Seisiun competition will take place on the Sunday afternoon with the Grand Finale Dinner and Ceili happening later on Sunday evening. The Annual Congress concludes with the Seisiun Mor on Sunday night and marks the end of this wonderful event.

The local organising committee promises the events are ones not to be missed and that it will be a wonderful weekend of traditional Irish music and an excellent showcase of Irish talent, local, national and international. They are asking people to come out and show their support for this milestone celebration and are looking forward to seeing many talented musicians demonstrate their love of the music as well as their talents over the weekend.

For further information on any of the weekend’s events, please check out www.comhaltas.ie or email attractabrady@hotmail.com