Following their very successful appearance at the 2012 Imagine John Dwyer weekend, Danú return to Waterford city once more to headline the John Dwyer trad weekend, 16th-18th October.
Hailing from County Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. For over a decade, the band’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. With a new album ‘Buan’ receiving rave reviews throughout Ireland, UK and US, the audience in the Tower Hotel on Friday, 16th October are certainly in for a treat.
As part of the festival, music and dance workshops will take place on Saturday 17th October in Gaelscoil na nDéise. Tutors include Edwina Guckian (sean nós dance), Tommy Fitzharris (flute), Jack Talty (concertina), Derek Hickey (accordion), Donal McCague (fiddle), Theresa O’Grady (banjo), Seán Ryan (whistle) and Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes). Instrument workshops are €20 and dance is €10 and classes will take place from 10am-1pm. There will also be a composition workshop for all instruments with Josephine Marsh from 2.30 – 4.30 in advance of the final of the Under 18 Pat O’Brien Composition Competition, which begins at 5pm in Dooley’s Hotel. For bookings and enquiries about these events, please call 087-9664436 or email email@example.com.
The Saturday night concert in Dooley’s Hotel will see all of the visiting musicians plus local musicians Edel Fox and Neill Byrne take to the stage. This night will be lead by the man himself, John Dwyer and promises to be fantastic celebration of traditional music, song and dance. The concert begins at 8pm and call 051-874402 for ticket bookings.
Other events throughout the weekend include a CD launch by Mick Kinsella and Steve Larkin on in Dooley’s Hotel at 12pm on Sunday 17th, an illustrated talk on the music of Newfoundland by local fiddle player Bridget O’Connell in the Greyfriar’s Gallery on Friday 16th at 6pm plus many free pub sessions in Jordan’s, Katty Barry’s, Dooley’s, The Reg and The Gingerman throughout the weekend.