Harvest tradition to be brought to life at Bunratty

Harvesting  reenactment to be held  at Bunratty on September 28
BUNRATTY Folk Park will host annual Harvest Day celebrations along with performances from the Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival.

BUNRATTY Folk Park will host annual Harvest Day celebrations along with performances from the Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival.

The event including the traditional 19th century Harvest Day will take place on Sunday, September 28.

John Ruddle, chief executive of Shannon Heritage, saidhe is delighted to be adding the additional element of the banjo festival to this year’s festivities.

“We are delighted to recapture the harvest traditions which brought communities together to support each other. We will have an extra sparkle to the event with a packed programme of musical performances throughout the afternoon,” he enthused.

On Harvest Sunday visitors to the Folk Park will experience a flavour of Irish life from over 100 years ago.

A variety of activities have been planned, including old style trashing demonstrations and storytelling with local seanachtaí

In addition, the Bunratty Folk Park Ban a Ti’ will demonstrate the art of bread baking and butter making.

The village school master will greet children and adults as they hand over their customary sod of turf for the school room fire.

Visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the musicians and the Strawboys performing in the Folk Park’s village street during the afternoon.

Music, dancing, sheaf throwing and the tug of war will also all be on show for visitors on the day.

Banjo musical events will be hosted from 1-5pm as part of the Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival, which is taking place in various locations around Bunratty from September 26 to 27.

Among the artists performing will be the Bog Standard String Band, Full Throttle, Saint John the Gambler and the Moron Brothers.

Bog Standard String Band members include Derek Cople, banjo and vocals; Ais Conway Keogh, fiddle; Tim Rodgers, mandolin and Ben Keogh, guitar.

Saint John the Gambler play Alt-Gypsy-Swing music, while the Moron Brothers are a Bluegrass duo from Kentucky who sing comical songs.