Warm Vocals & more at Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2023 poster that presents North Cregg with very special guests The Céilí Allstars and Cónal Creedon.

If you’re in Cork or thinking of heading there, don’t miss out on the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. There’s lots going on – from special screenings, live music shows, events and musicals.

Talking about special screenings, watch out for – Breaking Out, a multi award-winning feature documentary about the life and music of Fergus O’Farrell, the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling and influential bands to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990s. He was best known for his timeless song “Gold” which featured in the soundtrack to Once, the Oscar-winning film and multi-Tony-award-winning musical.

It’s indeed a jam packed week ahead. A host of fantastic national and international headline artistes including Dirk & Amelia Powel, I Draw Slow, North Cregg, Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio will feature at the festival.

Bringing the festival to close on Sunday night, Multi-Grammy winner and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien duets with his wife Jan Fabricius. Tim has travelled the world and delighted audiences since 1975 with his warm vocals, string wizardry, and heartfelt original songs. His latest recording “He Walked On” maps a pathway through today’s world. In a duet with his wife Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals, you can expect acoustic instrumentation and sweet harmony singing, interspersed with O’Brien’s self-deprecating humour.

A brightly lit pub or an event venue with people clapping and watching a live musical performance.
A photograph from the official social media account of the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

Throughout the festival, you will also have the opportunity to catch various other talented artistes performing live including Celi Allstars, Conal Creedon, Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Nic Gareiss, Ultan O’Brien, and Yonder Boys . Some of these will be joining the daily trad sessions in the main bar at The White Horse. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. The busy schedule includes a selection of workshops, short films, and Music in the Community. For the younger fans, there are two beautiful children’s concerts on Sunday morning ” I am a boat ” with Fiona Kelleher, suitable for 3-6-year-olds.

Find all the details here. The festival runs from January 24th to 29th.


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