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The sun is set to shine for Spirit of Folk festival this weekend!
– Last festival of the summer takes place from 18th to 20th September in Co Meath –
The Spirit of Folk festival, celebrating its fifth birthday, will happen this weekend from the 18th to 20th September in Dunderry Park, Co. Meath and according to early weather reports will see sun for the last festival of the summer!
Over 30 bands are gearing up for Spirit of Folk 2015, a boutique, family-friendly festival, set across 25 acres of wooded parkland and Lakeland. The festival hosts two stages of live music from across folk, trad and bluegrass genres, and is also a holistic event, which celebrates all aspects of Irish ancestral traditions, including storytelling, traditional crafts, and ancient spiritual practices.
The festival gates will open at 6pm, and activities take place from 7pm to late on Friday 18th September, from 9am to late on Saturday 19th September, and from 9am until the Closing Ceremony at 12.30pm on Sunday 20th September. Highlights will include:
· A stunning line-up of main stage music performances by: Meteor award winner Mick Flannery; contemporary rock-trad powerhouse, Moxie; a soulful and much hyped Inni-k; Dublin singer-songwriter Rhob Cunningham; and the roof raising ‘Bunoscionn’, returning from their European tour, to perform a reggae-trad inspired ‘GAA Disco’.
· Other up and coming Irish acts include; Elm, Carriages, Dr. Millar, Mongoose, Cuig, Corner Boy, Barry McCormack, Rob Corcoran, The Blood Red Mountain Band, The Midnight Union Band, Elephant, Saint Sister, Elaine, Petonc, Basciville, Majestic Bears, Na Tonnta, Sun.Set.Ships, The Mariannes, Anna Mieke, The Ocelots, Carron and Kate O’Callaghan.
· Storytelling and poetry reading by Batt Burns, Eddie Lenihan, Jack Lynch and Nuala Hayes.
· The ‘Hall of Heroes’, a Spirit of Folk trademark attraction, will feature: The Irish Times Book Club discussion of Nuala O’Connor’s latest novel ‘Miss Emily’; a Strive Theatre production of ‘In Light of Salt Rings They Drew’, written by Sadhbh Moriarty the recipient of the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers' Week 2015; a table quiz; comic jam; and the raucously funny Spirit of Folk ‘Blind Date’.
· Children’s activities, including mindfulness for kids, dream catcher workshops, theatre performances, face-painting, puppet making, storytelling and dance.
· There will also be a lot of delicious food and drink options from the Home Fries caravan, Natasha's Living Foods, healthy veg juice ice pops from Well Nice Pops, Suha’s Falafal and Pie Man.
· In addition, there will be talks and workshops on ancient druidism and shamanism, African song and dance workshops, living history, viking battle reenactments, archery, falconry, bicycle jousting, yoga, astronomy and bushcraft.
Spirit of Folk weekend tickets cost €70, including camping, and day tickets cost €50. To purchase your tickets go to www.spiritoffolk.com/festival-tickets.
To purchase tickets and to view the full programme of activities for Spirit of Folk 2015, visit www.spiritoffolk.com.