Des Carty Sessions

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The Des Carty Sessions is an annual traditional and folk music festival held in South County Dublin each October. Alternative Entertainments has been at the heart of a strong local traditional music scene since its inception and has programmed events to promote local musicians and to expose them to wider influences.

In the 80s and 90s The Tallaght Traditional Music Seminar served this function, and for the past 12 years The Sessions has continued bribing the best Irish and world talent to the area. The festival has served as an important focus point for traditional music players and audiences in South Dublin County.

Celebrated musicians from around the world congregate in venues in Tallaght, Rathcoole, Clondalkin, Saggart, Celbridge and Rathfarnham to play, teach, learn and discuss the country’s musical culture and its influence worldwide.

Since 2004 the festival has brought musicians such as Martin Carthy, Jim Rooney, Seán Keane, Tony MacMahon, Tommy Peoples, Steve Cooney, Kathleen Lougnane, Alec Finn, Charlie Piggott, Paddy Keenan, Maurice Lennon, Seán Potts, Micho Russell, Johnny Moynihan, Brian Mullen, Kitty Hayes, Paddy Cronin, Jamsie Byrne and Barry Gleeson to the Dublin south-west region.

The 2016 festival will feature local man Sean Keane. Sean, who made his name with The Chieftains, is admired and respected throughout the world for his fiddle playing. He'll be performing a solo set in Celbridge Library on Thursday October 20th. Supporting him will be Caoimhe Hogarty, a young singer who has come to prominence in the treatitional music scene in the past 5 years. Also appearing at this year's festival will be Gypsy Jazz band Loco Swing, traditional singer Daoiri Farrell and Kerry fiddle player Aoife Desmond. Check in for more updates over the coming days.

Paul McGrattan, Liam O'Connor, Liam Kennedy, Pat Goode and Paul Browne have been added to the list of performwers for The Des Carty Sessions 2016.
Here's this year's schedule:

Thursday 20th October, 8.00pm

Recital - Sean Keane, Caoimhe Hogarty & Paul Browne. Free Admission. Celbridge Library, Celbridge, Co Kildare. 

(To book contact Marianne in Celbridge Library at 01-6272207)

Friday 21st October, 9pm

Paul McGrattan, Liam O’Connor, Liam Kennedy & Pat Goode. Free Admission. Rathcoole Inn Snug, Rathcoole, Co Dublin. 

Saturday 22nd October, 9pm

Gypsy Jazz & Swing with Loco Swing. Free Admission. Rathcoole Inn Snug, Rathcoole, Co Dublin. 

Workshops will be held in St. Mary’s National School, Saggart for the school’s pupils, and in The Four Districts Day Care Centre, Rathcoole for the centre’s attendees.