The Doolin Folk Festival is returning for another round this year from June 13th - 15th and what a line-up they have in store.
Damien Dempsey, Solas, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin and Kíla were but four of the impressive names confirmed today. Joining them for the three-day musical festival will be The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Mike McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly, Lisa O’Neill, Séamus Begley & Jim Murray, Lumiére, Chris Droney, The Whileaways, Siobhán People, Murty Ryan & Pat Marsh, Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Moxie, The Unwanted, The Bonny Men, The Friel Sisters, New Road, Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello, and Blackie O’Connell & Friends.
Speaking at the act announcement, festival organiser and Hotel Doolin manager, Donal Minihane said, "It’s only in its second year and yet the Doolin Folk Festival already has the feel of a defining feature in Ireland’s musical landscape. Taking inspiration from the great Lisdoonvarna festivals of the 70s and 80s from Clare's deep musical roots, Doolin 2014 will again present powerful music in an intimate setting and ensure that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit of such festivals."
Those of you who are unsure about going to one of the busier, musical fests this year might want to keep Doolin in mind. Take it from RTÉ presenter John Creedon who remarked, “Doolin 2013 was one of highlights of the year on The Creedon Show. We had spine tingling on-air performances from Iarla Ó Lionaird & Martin Hayes followed by Scullion, lit only by the sun setting over the Aran islands to the West. This is a true ‘boutique festival’ – small and super cool, where the music really matters.”
The festival will take place in the Hotel Doolin Marquee. More information can be found at www.doolinfolkfestival.com