Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest 2011

Fantastic Lineup announced for the

Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest 2011
28th – 31st July

The diverse and exciting lineup for the second annual Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest has been announced, and includes stars of the traditional music world, including Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, Eleanor Shanley & Mike Hanrahan, North Cregg & Eoin Coughlan, Liadan, Abbey Ceili Band.

This year, additional festival events include Circus Stachamoose, an amazing puppet show for all ages, Edwina Guckian’s lively Sean Nos Dancing Workshop and an exhibition of Limerick based artist Des Farrell’s work entitled In the Pockets of God.

Running in the historic village of Castlemartyr, and embracing the town in a number of venues this year including the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s Bar, the breathtaking Castlemartyr Resort and St Anne’s Church.  For four nights coming up to the August bank holiday weekend, Pat Shortt has persuaded an exceptional lineup of guests to take part in this year’s Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest.

On Thursday 28th July the Fest opens at 6pm with an art exhibition being held as an element of this celebration of Irish culture. Limerick-based artist Des Farrell will show a collection of work, a gathering of sculptural assemblages and printed images called In The Pockets Of God. Modern day artefacts based on information culled from catalogued town lands, place names and objects, are merged together to create fresh hybrids. Over the years Des Farrell has been a crusader on a mission to stop us, the viewers, from confusing the familiar with the banal and his work, though familiar, is idiosyncratic, intriguing sometimes even bizarre. In The Pockets Of God will be on view in Pat Shortt’s Bar.

The Fest kicks off musically in fine style in the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s Bar on  Thursday 28th July at 8pm with the pairing of Eleanor Shanley and Mike Hanrahan, along with some special guests. Known for her work with De Danann and renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and roots songs, Eleanor has worked with the inimitable Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon, and as a soloist both in Ireland and abroad. Eleanor has often worked with Mike, formerly of Stockton’s Wing.  Mike worked as a writer, producer and guitarist with Ronnie Drew and is also well known for his work with Leslie Dowdall, Maura O’Connell and Tommy Hayes and has a successful solo career. Tickets, as with all the Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest tickets, are available either through Ticketmaster, for €17.50, or for €15, directly from the bar on 021 462 3230.

Friday 29th July at the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s Bar at 8pm sees the epic coming together of three distinctively talented musicians – Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn. Phenomenally gifted, each of the trio has a proud and distinguished career.

A founding member of The Bothy Band, Matt Malloy appeared with Planxty, released highly acclaimed solo albums and teamed up with Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Dónal Lunny and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among others. He is especially well known for his legendary role as a member of The Chieftains.

Arty McGlynn is one of the most respected musicians and quite possibly the most influential Irish guitarist in traditional music, having played guitar on the critically acclaimed 1989 Van Morrison album, Avalon Sunset, played duo performances and recordings with uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn and his wife fiddle player Nollaig Casey.

John Carty, born in London, has a love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, and has three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt.

Matt, Arty & John recorded an album together back in 2007 and have been working together regularly since. This is an unmissable opportunity to witness some of Ireland’s finest musicians, with tickets €22.50 through Ticketmaster or €20.00 through the bar.

Saturday 30th July in the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s Bar at 8pm sees a fantastic double bill of Eoin Coughlan, followed by North CreggNorth Cregg continue to produce some of the freshest and finest sounds to be heard in Irish music today, rooted in the vibrant traditional music of their native County Cork and embracing musical influences from around the world to create a distinctive and charismatic sound. Eoin Coughlan, one of Cork’s most renowned singer/songwriter’s formerly of Nomos, and has collaborated with Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damien Dempsey and The Frames. He has recorded a critically acclaimed solo CD ‘Blood in Vein’. At €17.50 through Ticketmaster or €15.00 through the bar, these tickets will sell fast.

On Sunday 31st July in St Anne’s Church at 6pm ,Líadan, the innovative, all-female group whose gorgeous vocals, melodic harmonies and spell-binding arrangements will be appreciated all the more in this beautiful church venue. Voted Best Young Irish Traditional Act and Best Newcomer at Ireland’s Music Awards 2009, this band’s fifth anniversary is marked by the release of their stunning new CD ‘Turning the Tide’. Tickets are €17.50 through Ticketmaster or €15.00 through the bar.

On Saturday 30th July at the Castlemartyr Resort at 4pm, and building on its reputation as a family Festival,  this year we are proud to present the Circus Stachamoose, an amazing puppet show for children and adults alike. To be held in the picturesque Castlemartyr Resort Hotel, Tommy Baker will entertain and amuse with a mix of storytelling, humour and the intermingling of fantasy with realism, inspired by Irish Folk Legends.  Weather permitting this show may move outside into the beautiful backdrop setting of the Castlemartyr Resort grounds. Bookings to be made through Pat Shortt’s Bar for this event.

Also on Saturday 30th July at 12 noon in the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s BarEdwina Guckian’s Sean Nos Dancing Workshop proved a huge hit at last years’ Fest, and she is looking forward to being back at the Fest this year.  A hugely successful and experienced dancer, Edwina’s Workshop is welcoming and inclusive and caters for beginners and advanced dancers, children and adults of all ages.  For bookings contact Edwina at

On Sunday 31st July at 8pm in the Marquee at Pat Shortt’s BarDancing at the Crossroads with the Abbey Céilí Band will wrap up this year’s Fest with tickets at €17.50 through Ticketmaster or €15.00 through the bar. With their energetic, enthusiastic and exciting renditions of polkas, slides and other dance music this is certain to be a successful culmination to this year’s Guinness Kiltha River Trad Fest.

Kiltha River Trad Fest,
Pat Shortt’s Bar,
Main Street,
Co. Cork.
Thursday 28th July to Sunday 31st July 2011

Tel: +353 (0)21 462 3230
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For further media information please contact:

Róisín Murphy

Host PR

Tel: 01 855 8500


Notes to Editor
Accommodation Recommendation:

The 5 Star Castlemartyr Resort, only minutes from Pat Shortt’s Bar in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork has become known as one of the finest luxury destination resorts in the country since it opened in August 2007.

+353 (0)21  421 9000.


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