Turlough O’Carolan may have died over 250 years ago, but his legacy to Irish music lives on and is celebrated in this weekend festival in Keadue, Co Roscommon.
O’Carolan is often referred to as ‘the blind harpist’ and was a prolific composer and performer of both songs and instrumental harp music, the most famous of which is probably Carolan’s Concerto.
The festival takes place in the Co Roscommon village of Keadue, where O’Carolan is buried.
In addition to headline concerts events over the weekend include Ceili, Harp workshops, Set Dancing, Harp Recitals and a signature Harp Competition with very valuable prizes.
The harp is not a commonly heard solo instrument outside orchestral settings, and in Keadue you’ll have the chance to hear not only some of the best know harpists around but also emerging new talent.
It’s not all about the harp though, there are workshops and lessons for other instrumentalists too and for traditional and Sean Nós singers. Add in a growing art, crafts and food festival and street entertainment and you have pretty much something for everyone.
Event Information and Location Map
Tickets for the two headline events are available on the festival website and can also be purchased at the door. Most other events are free.