Bunratty a new venue for Shannonside festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

SIXMILEBRIDGE Folk Club present the 13th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend this week, boasting over 70 events across 15 venues.

SIXMILEBRIDGE Folk Club present the 13th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend this week, boasting over 70 events across 15 venues.

For the first time ever Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will participate as one of the host venues, providing a ‘concert trail’ around the park on Saturday, with a “diverse range of musical performances”, according to John Ruddle, CEO of Shannon Heritage, the Shannon Development subsidiary who manage the park.

“We are delighted to be part of this year’s Sixmilebridge Winter Music Festival and offer visitors this unique opportunity to experience a diverse range of musical performances in six venues throughout the folk park,” explained Mr Ruddle.

“Visitors can enjoy classical music in the village church, explore the vicissitudes of life through the lonesome sounds of Appalachian Bluegrass in the barn, or listen to the French Canadian influences of Cajun style accordion and fiddle playing in the castle,” he added.

Brendan Walsh, festival director of the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, said the festival “attracts thousands of visitors every year to Sixmilebridge and the surrounding areas”.

“It is a folk festival, a traditional session fleadh, a bluegrass hoedown, a blues jam, a céilidh, all bound by the sheer enjoyment of music. We have musicians from all over the world braving the elements to be here, so do come out a give them a warm welcome,” he said.

Artists performing on Saturday in Bunratty include Kimber’s Men, Wookalily, I Draw Slow, Carrivick Sisters, Mary Stokes Trio and Elatha Classical Trio. Also new this year is the Poetry Evening featuring Belfast-born critic and novelist Fred Johnston and poet Clare Sawtell. The festival starts Thursday and runs until Sunday.

For full details on the events taking place this weekend ring 061 713605 or see www.wmw.ie.