Cork Folk Festival 2018

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 to Monday, October 1st, 2018 (Details provisional)

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An annual event since 1979 the Cork Folk Festival brings a feast of folk events of all kinds to more than 40 venues around the city and county.

There is something for every taste and interest – from set to sean nós dancing, bluegrass to cajun music and singers clubs to singer songwriters. Many of the events are free. A pub trail map is available which allows you to skip from place to place and take in several acts in a single evening.

There is a strong focus on local styles of music,  especially the traditional music of Sliabh Luachra and Cúil Aodha, regions of Co Cork famous for their distinctive playing and singing style.

The event opens each year with a big event in Grand Parade, with musicians, dancers and a crowd of up to 10000 people – the theme varies annually, but it will always be a real spectacle for sure.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Date and details for 2018 subject to confirmation.

Cork Folk Festival - Cork, Ireland - 28th Sep - 1st October 2017

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A Great Big Cork Folk Festival ‘Thank You’ On behalf of all the festival team, thank you so much for making Cork Folk Festival 2017 such a fantastic four days. The positive feedback from our audience has been overwhelming and the critical praise glowing. To everyone who helped, supported and[...]
Posted: October 4, 2017, 3:16 pm
Crowd soaks up sweet sounds at Cork Folk Festival opening night Friday, September 29, 2017Eoin Edwards THE two Irelands met a few hundred yards from each other near the South Main Street, Cork last night, where a 1,000-year-old Viking weaver’s sword was recently discovered by archaeologists at the historic site[...]
Posted: September 29, 2017, 9:28 am
Cork Folk Festival headliner Andy Irvine on the road again Monday, September 25, 2017 At 75, Cork Folk Festival headliner Andy Irvine still gets a buzz out of touring and playing his music, writes Joe Dermody. Andy Irvine plays Triskel in Cork on Thursday night. OREVER the musician’s musician, Andy[...]
Posted: September 25, 2017, 12:04 pm

Event Information and Map

Tickets for events which are not free of charge are available on the website. Some free events may require prebooking, so check that out in advance.

Main events take place in the locations marked below, but there will be plenty going on in many other venues in the city.

A. An Spailpin Fanach
B. Rearden’s Bar
C. Triskel Christchurch
D.  The Pavilion
E. Grand Parade

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