This is my third year at this Festival, which has rapidly become one of the must-attend events of the Festival year. Day 1 delivered everything it promised. Local stars included Tara Howley and friends (and family, Sharon Howley and Eimear Howley) and Tara Breen and the Tri Tones. There was the extraordinary virtuosity of Cathal Hayden, Mairtin O’Connor and Seamie O’Dowd. Luka Bloom weaved his magic to his local legion of fans and there was the surprise packet that was Scottish band Lau with its inventive mix of traditional and new instruments. The night was capped with a return of ALDOC with Pauline Scanlon up front. And a song from a Norwegian choir thrown in. For those who weren’t there here are a few photos to show you what you missed.
Roll on Day 2.