Kirkby Lonsdale is set to take centre stage fo one of Ireland’s most prestigious cultural events - the 2019 All-British Traditional Irish Music Festival.
In its 61 year history, the All Britain Fleadh (pronounced flah) has never before been held in a town. Previously, the organisers have relied on schools or universities to provide suitable venues.
Everyone in Kirkby Lonsdale is really looking forward to this one, as the Town will be taken over by musicians from far and wide competing and performing in venues around Kirkby lonsdale. Approximately 600 of the best musicians in Britain will compete, from under tens, to experienced seniors taking part in 49 contests in five age groups, in a total of 245 competitions!
Not only is the All Britain Fleadh a competion, it is also a Festival, and there will be concerts and events happening over the weekend also. On Saturday, 29 June there will be a Super Céilí with reigning with All-Ireland champions The Blackwater Céilí Band at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. This should be a riotous mix of music and dancing – not to be missed!
Up and coming (and award-winning) Scottish folk band Talisk will also be performing at St Mary's Church on Saturday, 29 June. Talisk are highly regarded as one of the finest folk bands in the country and we are thrilled to welcome them to our small town! In their five years, these Scottish firebrands have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
There will also be an Irish Cafe, where visitors can learn and speak the Irish language. This is to be hosted by the Book Loungeon Main Street.
Plans are for a grand concert on the Saturday at St Marys Church which will include several harpers for a spectacular show of song music and dance. In the square an outdoor stage is planned to run. Another first is a competition where shop windows around the town will be decorated with an Irish or music theme with prizes for the best displays.
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery are also producing a special beer to mark the occasion called Kirkby Fleadh. There is also a grand raffle with a first prize of a holiday for two kindly donated by Enjoy Travel of Blackburn.
Further details will be available soon!