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. One of this year's highlights will be the Saturday evening concert with guests, Mary Bergin, John Dwyer, Richard Dwyer, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and Mary Donegan.
We are very happy that the Dwyer brothers John and Richard will be with us again this year. Both brothers will perform in Allihies Mine Museum on Saturday 10th at 8.30 pm. Richard will also play with Seán Garvey in the Village Hostel on Sunday June 11th at 1.00 pm.
Both John and Richard 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.
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....we will soon be posting updates on gigs, concerts & workshops, and we hope to see you here in Allihies on June 9th,10th & 11th! There will be a singing workshop with Tim Dennehy & Seán Garvey, and a Tin Whistle workshop with Mary Donegan, a cousin of the Dwyers and member of Reel Women who will play on Saturday night.
See under events for information about the
with Tim Dennehy & Seán Garvey
on Saturday June 10th from 10 am to 11.30 am in Allihies Community Centre.
All welcome regardless of ability!
Tim Dennehy was born in Ballinskelligs and later the family moved to nearby Cahersiveen. Both his parents sang and were inheritors of a huge store of songs and stories in the Irish language. Tim's mother, Nora Kelly from Cill Rialaig, had developed the custom of constantly singing as she went about her daily chores and this left an indelible mark. These days Tim can be found teaching his class of twelve year olds in Ennis C.B.S. and is also part of a team of traditional and folk music presenters on Clare FM Radio. He continues to write poems and songs and is a regular contributor to various workshops and singing weekends throughout the country and abroad.
Sean Garvey is a traditional singer/musician from Cahersiveen. In 2006 Seán was awarded the most prestigious traditional music award, the TG4, Traditional Singer of the Year, and has been acknowledged by his peers as much as by his audiences, as being one of our finest exponents of traditional singing. The acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes says of Sean; "it is rare to see anybody perform with so much sincerity and authenticity. Seán believes what he sings and he makes you believe also".