The 37th annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival, the longest running festival of its kind worldwide, was officially launched on Saturday night at McGrath’s Bridgend Bar. 

Ballyshannon is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3) as the sounds of traditional and folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again. One of Ireland's longest running festivals, this promises to be a great weekend for all the family.

The weekend also offers plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops and the annual showcase competition with €1,000 cash for this year’s winner. 

Amongst the performers to appear on stage will be Paul Brady, DE Dannan with Eleanor Shanley, Tupelo, Jimmy Crowley and Stokers Lodge, Leonard Barry and Rick Epping and the Maguire family.

As participating in the showcase competition are Seamus Sweeney School of Music, and there will also be traditional Irish music sessions, workshops, free open air concerts at a number of locations, story telling markets, céilís, barndances and more acts and events to be announced!

Workshops will include song writing, fiddle, flute, story telling, banjo, sound engineering, bodhran and whistle to name but a few. 

Full details available from www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com

For full photo coverage from Saturday night’s festival launch see today’s Donegal Post!

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