Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2024

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The organisers of this festival set themselves a brief of bringing to Clonakilty some of the greatest guitarists in Ireland and, indeed, the world. It’s a tall order, but they certainly hit the spot and seem to return each year with a bigger and better event.

This is a musicians festival, and in previous years has been notable for the many guitarists who although not officially playing turn up just to see their peers in action – so you really never know who you might meet up with there.

As well as the main performances, there are excellent and very popular workshops and classes, where young musicians can learn from the masters.

A very popular feature of the festival is the acoustic forum, which is a chance to hear some of the festival’s artists play in a smaller, more relaxed and informal setting. Guitarists perform, discuss their playing style, and demonstrate – a chance to learn, laugh and hear some great music all at the same time.

The session trail takes you around the pubs and other smaller venues in Clonakilty where you’ll hear music of all styles, from folk to rock, rockabilly to delta blues.

A bonus for guitar loving visitors to Ireland who are thinking of attending this festival is its location. West Cork is a beautiful part of Ireland and Clonakilty is a great town, with good bars and restaurants, and is a pleasure to visit at any time. With the festival on it’ll be a fantastic place to be.

Date and details for 2024 subject to confirmation.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival

19th - 24th of September 2024

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Posted: January 25, 2023, 10:03 am
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival has embarked on a new Cork County Council pilot programme to support the greening of festivals in the county. Joined by festival organisers from Youghal Medieval Festival and Timoleague Harvest Festival in a Cork County Council funded initiative, the programme will include training workshops, virtual support sessions and in person support at  … Read more
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Friends, This year there will be a new version of Clonakilty International Guitar Festival for the new version of the world we find ourselves in. This year’s event, our 16th annual festival, will be completely online. But we are still bringing the same high quality and eclectic line-up that’s come to characterise our festival. There  … Read more
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Map for Clonakilty Guitar Festival

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