what's in a Fleadh?
The term Fleadh Cheoil is Irish, and directly translate to "Feast of Music". So, the Fleadh is a festival celebrating traditional Irish Culture. A gathering of musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, organised by musicians and for musicians. There are competition and performance elements to the festival but the main focus is on musicians coming together to share tunes, songs and stories for their own enjoyment - and everyone is welcome.
We have been organising fleadhanna since our foundation back in 1951 and today we host 4 regional fleadhanna around Britain every year before everyone comes together for our national, or All Britain, Fleadh. Which is what we are bringing to Kirkby Lonsdale at the end of June.
The biggest Fleadh (Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann) is held in Ireland and for 10 days every August we see up to half a million people gather to celebrate Traditional Irish music in a town.
For those competing at the Fleadh in Kirkby Lonsdale they will be hoping to qualify to be able to compete at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August.