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About The Gathering

From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís, The Gathering Traditional Festival returns to Killarney for its seventeenth year from February 17 to 21. Celebrating the craic and culture of Irish traditional music and dance, The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses. Headquartered at The Gleneagle Hotel, this five-day festival attracts trad fans from the US, Britain, France, Germany and all over Ireland. Highlights include performances by Danú, Ushers Island, Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch and Paul DeGrae.

“We have worked really hard to secure some of the top traditional artists for this year’s festival,” says Festival Chairman John O’Shea. “We expect that it will be our liveliest festival yet, which is a tall task given the success of previous years.”

Stepping it out for this year’s céilís are Úi Bhriain, Neily O’Connor, the Abbey Céilí Band, Striolán Céilí Band and Johnny Reidy. The Schools Outreach Programme will once again visit schools, in the lead up to the festival, showcasing traditional music and set dancing while the hugely popular Session on the Lakes takes place on Saturday, February 21.

Legendary storyteller Eddie Lenihan, along with fellow seanachis Jim Maher and Batt Burns, will recount a series of tall tales throughout the festival. While new for 2016, the Singer Songwriters Hour will feature Aoife Scott, Jer Wolfe, Tom Lucey and Ronnie Moore.

This year’s concert line-up includes five jam-packed days of performances including; on Thursday Deirdre Granville and Brendan McCreanor, Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Brian McGrath and Gabriel McArdle; on Friday Danú, Noel Hill, Frankie Gavin, and Brian McGrath; on Saturday afternoon Meabh Begley and Matt Griffin, and The Trítones; on Saturday evening Ushers Island - Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, John Doyle and Mike McGoldrick, and Moya Brennan and Cormac DeBarra; on Sunday afternoon Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch and Paul DeGrae, Brian O'Leary with Colm Guilfoyle and Michael Connor; on Sunday night The Tin Sandwich Band and We Banjo Three.