The momentous event that is Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, came to Drogheda from 12-19th August 2018. It was a huge occasion for our town with 500,000 people attending this celebration of Irish music, language and culture.
The team at WhiteLight Consulting decided to close the office for the week and volunteer to help the organising committee. It was a great decision. Although it was a busy week we were delighted to be part of the Fleadh and we worked on some amazing concerts.
Monday’s concert featured Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill in the newly opened Crescent Theatre in Drogheda’s Fair Green.
This quickly gave way to preparations for Frankie Gavin and Beoga in The Dome in St. Dominic’s Park on Tuesday.
It was hard to believe this feast of music was all happening in one week, in one town. Wednesday saw us looking after Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Triona and Maghread Ni Domhnaill and Moya Brennan from Clannad for their breathtaking concert in The Dome.
On Thursday we were back in the Dome preparing for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, with Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny and Bill Whelan. It was slightly surreal to stand on the path alongside Drogheda’s majestic River Boyne and hear Bill Whelan and the orchestra performing a full rendition of Riverdance. It truly is a magical piece of music and to see it performed live was just spectacular.
Friday saw us set up for the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland’s Legacy concert under the baton on Tom Doorley. Producer Ray Conway and the orchestra were ably supported by narrators Ciana Campbell and Diarmuid deFaoite. The Legacy story is so compelling and communicated so beautifully by this wonderfully talented group of young musicians.
On Saturday we took up residence in the Augustinian Church on Shop Street for the “Marbha 1916 – Requiem” composed by Odhran O Casaide and performed by exceptional musicians and singers from across County Louth. It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Michael Mulvey and the team from the Dept. of Creative Arts, Media and Music at the Dundalk Institute of Technology on this concert.
All credit goes to Aoife Ruane who programmed the entire week of events. It was fantastic to get a close-up view of some of Ireland’s most talented musicians and we are so proud of how beautiful the town looked and how much people enjoyed their visit.
Roll on Fleadh 2019!!! Plan your visit now on www.FleadhCheoil.ie.
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