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 bringing 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, Johnny Moynihan, Brian Mullen, Kitty Hayes, Paddy Cronin, Jamsie Byrne and Barry Gleeson to the Dublin south-west region.

The 2017 festival will feature Liam O'Connor, Paul McGrattan, The Greasy Coat Band, Hugh Buckley, Ain't Saint John, Jimmy Kelly, Niamh Ni Bheolain, Liam Kennedy, Kevin Ward and more special guests to be announced.

Here's this year's schedule:

Des Carty Sessions 2017
October 14th, 15th & 20th

Saturday 14th October, 9pm

Dublin Guitar Night with Hugh Buckley & special guests.
Free Admission

Rathcoole Inn Snug, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.


Sunday 15th October, 9pm

Ain’t Saint John, Jimmy Kelly, Liam Kennedy, Niamh Ni Bheolain, Kevin Ward, The Greasy Coat Band.
Free Admission

Rathcoole Inn Snug, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.


Friday 20th October, 8pm

Paul McGrattan, Liam O’Connor, The Greasy Coat Band
Free Admission

Celbridge Library, Celbridge, Co Kildare. 

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