Spirit of Folk had its humble beginnings in 2011. It was the seedling of a small team of music enthusiasts, event managers and artists. They set out not just to provide a platform for Irish folk music, but also to educate, rejuvenate and nourish those who came through the gates. Spirit of Folk grew from a small 500 person event  in year one, to over 1,200 in 2012. It attracted international acts, community funding and amazing partnerships.

The Spirit of Folk Awards and FEASTIVAL Final
Following on from previous success, this year festival organisers want to shake things up a little bit. Not content to have the folk confined to their own little hamlet in Co. Meath, they believe that there are increasingly creative and fun ways to fulfill their mandate of promoting and supporting Irish folk music and arts. The idea for the 2013 Spirit of Folk awards was born out of this mandate.

The Semi Finals will be held in Whelans upstairs and VIP parlour bar on the 31st of August and will be an all day event with everything you could expect from a Spirit of Folk event including storytelling, delicious food and brilliant bands.

The Feastival Final will be held at Dunderry Park on the 21st of September and will be an all night event with doors opening at 3pm and activities happening long into the night. Tickets will include a large three course feast, archery, storytelling, drumming, shamanic workshops, the Hall of Heroes games area, full access to the house and grounds, Spirit of Folk Awards final and culminating in a burning of the phoenix!