Lisdoonvarna will be ‘brewing up a storm’ this year with local band ‘The Stunning’ set to headline the first big music weekend of the annual matchmaking festival on Saturday, August 31st.
Formed by brothers Joe and Steve Wall from Ennistymon over 30 years, the band became legendary for their energetic live performances and eclectic song catalogue.
Joining them on the bill at the rock/folk weekend August 30th/31st will be Limerick natives Hermitage Green, Dublin’s Riptide Movement and All Folk’d Up.
Country music stars won’t be disappointed either as the second weekend of the festival sees country music stars Derek Ryan, Mike Denver Cliona Hagan and Barry Kirwan return to take the stage on September 6th and 7th at the marquee.
‘Huge demand for tickets’
Marcus White, Managing Director of the White Hotel Group said: “The country music weekends have been a huge success for Lisdoonvarna over the past few years.”
“This year we are trying something new with the first-ever rock/folk weekend - there hasn’t been anything like this in the village since the Lisdoonvarna folk festival took place over 30 years ago.”
“There has been a huge demand for tickets this year and we are advising people not to leave it to the last minute as they will be gone.
Music and dancing
The Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival continues for the whole month of September, jam-packed with music and dancing in all venues every day from 11am in the morning to late.
The traditional dance weekends are on the September 13th-15th, September 20th-22nd and September 27th-29th, featuring Teddy and Cathal Barry, Outa Diesel, Blue Ridge Country, the Moynihan Brothers, Michael Sexton, Pat Dowling and the Lisdoonvarna Showband at the Hydro and Imperial Hotels.
The popular tea dances at the historic Spa Wells are back again this year between 12-2pm with Larry McEvoy and his band.
Over 80,000 people
Now over 160 years old, the Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals and takes place over a five-week period. It attracts over 80,000 people from all over the world who come for music, dancing and to meet third-generation matchmaker Willie Daly.
“It’s a unique festival not only in Ireland but internationally, as people are still intrigued by the ancient tradition of matchmaking, in a world where online dating has become so popular.” Mr White added.
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