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About the Spirit of Folk Awards & FEASTIVAL
Spirit of Folk had its humble beginnings in 2011. It was the seedling of a small team of music enthusiasts, event managers and artists. We 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, we want to shake things up a little bit. We think it’s not enough to confine the folk to our little hamlet in Co. Meath, and believe that there are increasingly creative and fun ways to fulfill our 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!
ATTENTION ALL BANDS
For any bands out there looking to get involved, Apply! We have some awesome prizes which include;
- €1000 bursary
- Recording time at Darklands Studios
- A weeks residential at Dunderry Park for writing and creative time
- The winning band profiled with all the Spirit of Folk Media Partners
To apply go to our ‘How to apply’ section on the website here. Any profits made will be going to our newly established animal sanctuary at Dunderry Park. This year we have embarked on setting up a small animal sanctuary at Dunderry and have already welcomed our first new resident. As well as that we will have donkeys, chickens and whatever comes our way. We hope that this event can help both up and coming musicians as well as help home some vulnerable animals. That, we think, would be pretty FOLK!