Cork Folk Festival 2021

For information about exact dates and arrangements for this event during the COVID 19 restrictions please visit the website.

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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 2021 subject to confirmation.

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Folk Music Festival in Cork City, Ireland

  Cork Folk Festival Highlights with The Bonny Men, Fiona Kelleher and Jim Murray, Cian Smith, and Edel Fox and Neill Byrne. Sunday, 2 May 2021, 9.30  TG4  Watch this little video Cork Folk Festival brings highlights of the festival gathering to our screens starting 2 May at 9.30pm on TG4. This[...]
Posted: April 26, 2021, 5:06 pm
                                             Míle Buíochas The 41st Cork Folk Festival, a festival behind closed doors was a major success with thousands of people viewing the festival online. We had to re[...]
Posted: October 7, 2020, 6:17 pm
Cork Folk Festival Live Stream Click Here Live From the Cork Opera House Friday 2nd October 7pm Karen Casey with Niamh Dunne & Sean Og Graham 8pm Lee Valley String Band 9pm John Spillane with Pauline Scanlon Saturday 3rd October 7pm The Bonny Boys 8pm Strung 9pm Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh,[...]
Posted: October 2, 2020, 10:40 am

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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