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Hi folks,

We are delighted to announce the nine Semi Finalists for the Spirit of Folk Awards 2013. Over 100 bands applied and after several shortlists, hours of listening parties and much musing over how talented this nation is, our judges, (after much deliberation), have decided on who will play at The Semi Finals in Whelans on Wexford Street on the 31st of August.

The nine bands are


Miriam Donohue 

My Fellow Sponges

Garr Cleary

Laura Ann Brady

The Cujo Family

Mossy Nolan Colm McGowan

Vickers Vimy

A Band called Wanda


We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that applied and we hope to get to work with the many talented bands that put their names forward either at this years main festival at Dunderry Park or in 2014.


The Whelans event will also play host to storytellers from across Ireland, a craft market and will end with a massive Ceili!

To book tickets for this all day event visit


All at Spirit of Folk!

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