2017 Programme / The 35th Annual Glenties Fiddlers Gathering

Donegal Fiddlers Concert

The 35th Annual Glenties Fiddlers Gathering

Date: Saturday October 07
Venue: Highlands Hotel, Glenties
Time: 9.00pm / Cost: €12

One of the main focal points of the weekend is the Donegal Fiddlers concert on Saturday night. To celebrate Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2017 this first 35 years of the Fiddlers Gathering, the spotlight will be firmly on the Donegal players and will feature performances by Jimmy Campbell, Siobhán Peoples, Aidan O’Donnell, Tara Connaghan, Dermot McLaughin, Martin McGinley, Ronan Galvin, Jimmy Campbell and a very special guest from Scotland, Inverness fiddler Graham Mackenzie. 

Jimmy Campbell was born into a house of music in the Glen of Glenties some eight decades ago. Jimmy is always in demand as a fiddle player and is a must as MC at the Glenties Fiddle Concerts.

Siobhán Peoples is a daughter of the great East Donegal fiddle player and composer Tommy Peoples. A native of County Clare, she has a wonderful repertoire of tunes drawn from both musical traditions.

Dermot McLaughlin is a fiddle player, music producer and broadcaster with a great affinity for all things Donegal. He learned from many of the Donegal fiddle masters and has produced some seminal Donegal fiddle recordings, by John Doherty, James Byrne, Néillidh Boyle and Vincent Campbell, among others.

Highland fiddler Graham Mackenzie was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician Awards. In 2015, Graham was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write for the New Voices series. His commission, titled Crossing Borders, was released as his debut album in September 2016.

Aidan O’Donnell is a tremendous fiddle player from Dunkineely. The 2010 TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year is also a member of the brilliant Donegal fiddle trio, Fidil.

Martin McGinley is a well known fiddler player and journalist from Raphoe in East Donegal. He is currently Project Manager of the hugely successful Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Tara Connaghan is a highly regarded fiddle player and teacher from Glenties. She recorded a tremendously well received CD, The Far Side of the Glen, with fellow fiddle player Derek McGinley, in 2012.

Ronan Galvin was born and raised in Dublin by Donegal parents. He is very strongly connected to the fiddle playing traditions of Gleann Choilm Cille.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available from The Highlands Hotel, Glenties.

Tel: 071 95 11111

For all Festival events, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue on the evening of the performance. To avoid disappointment, however, please plan arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the advertised showtime.

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