WELLCOME TO THE OFFICAL SITE OF
THE MICHAEL DWYER FESTIVAL
The memory of Michael Dwyer’s music will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. His spirit will forever be present in the laughter and sounds in his native Beara each June, as music lovers make their way "for a tune"
2017 Michael Dwyer Music Festival
June 9th, 10th 11th.
This will be the 19th year of our festival in Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork and the 20th anniversary of Michael Dwyer's death. We can promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances. This year will see the return of some great musicians, young and old, to Allihies, and we are also looking forward to some talented young musicians playing for the first time at the 2017 festival...see the programme 2017 page for gigs, concerts & workshops, and we hope to see you here in Allihies on June 9th,10th & 11th!
One of this year's many highlights will be the Saturday evening concert in Allihies Copper Mine Museum at 8.30 pm with musicians Mary Bergin, John Dwyer, Richard Dwyer, Seán Garvey, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and Mary Donegan. Richard Dwyer will also play with Seán Garvey in the Village Hostel on Sunday June 11th at 1.00 pm. John Dwyer will also play on Sunday at 4.00pm in Jimmy's Bar. There will also be a singing workshop with Micheál O'Shea (Fleadh Cheoil winner), and a Tin Whistle workshop with Mary Donegan, a cousin of the Dwyers and member of Reel Women who will play on Saturday night.
Both John and Richard Dwyer are acclaimed composers of traditional Irish music. Richard received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award in 2004 for composer of the year, John and Finbar Dwyer were joint winners in 2010 of the same award. Richard's tunes are part of the traditional repertoire in Ireland, America and the UK, his most well known reels are The Fox on the Town and Richard Dwyer's.
Richie Dwyer's CD
Since his retirement John travels the country, performing in sessions and concerts often with younger musicians who revere his music, including Lia Byrne, Siobhán Peoples and Edel Fox. John's reputation has now extended to music academia with Lia Byrne currently preparing a thesis about his compositions through Maynooth University. His most famous tune is perhaps the reel known simply as John Dwyer's.
See this link for more information about John's music
We are delighted that Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch will return to Allihies once again to be part of the concert on Saturday evening and for a Sunday evening session in Jimmy's Bar.