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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

That’s NOT all folks….

In 2013 Spirit of Folk will be hosting ‘The Spirit of Folk Awards’ with a very special qualifying all day event in Whelans in Dublin and a bespoke final at the Dunderry Park house and grounds in September.

Spirit of Folk Festival Film Folkus Winner

So Spirit of Folk has come and gone for another year and great craic was had by all! Throughout the festival weekend we had teams of filmmakers competing in our FILM FOLKUS competition. The rules were simple: Write and direct a 2 min short that includes falconry, archery, a Viking and at least one cast member you don't know. We were looking for all our teams to use their creative powers to capture the magic of the Spirit of Folk. Well, we received the team entries after the festival weekend, all of which were of high quality and very entertaining!

SOF 2012 Festival Press Release!

Spirit of Folk ends festival season with an inspiring and original array of activities.

Shortlisted in 2011 for ‘Best New Festival’ in the European Festival awards, Spirit of Folk returns this September 21st-23rd with a unique slant on the traditional Irish camping festival. The festival prides itself on it’s well defined niche, and promises to celebrate the harvest season in style amongst the stunning backdrop of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath.

Spirit of Folk launches!!!

Press Release 08.08.12

Spirit of Folk Festival officially launches and announces new acts to the bill!

Festival organisers Natasha and Emily Duffy have officially launched the second year of the Spirit of Folk Festival and announced over a dozen new acts to the line-up. The festival will return to the lush surrounds of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath from September 21-23, and looks to build on the success of last year to create an original, intimate, and inspiring event.

Calling all budding Filmmakers!

Spirit of Folk Festival, now in its second year, runs from Fri 21st-Sun 23rd September in Dunderry Park, Co. Meath. The festival is all about family friendly fun to a background of falconry,archery, history, storytelling, astronomy and music ranging from chilled folk singer-songwriters to upbeat, expansive folk-rock, blugrass and traditional.

This year Spirit of Folk will be running FILM FOLKUS, a competition for filmmakers to show off their talent and leave their creative mark!

Bust and Bust and Bunoscionn!

Friends of the Festival, Bunoscionn take some time out with Bust and Bust to have a chat and play a tune...

Experimental Video Blogging!

Some of you may remember our wonderful Experimental Archaeology area from last year... well people enjoyed it so much that we've brought it back for 2012! 
So Bust and Bust decided they needed to check in with, history guru, Bren O'Neill and see what he had planned for us this year and to remind us what exactly Experimental Archaeology is all about.


Brainstorming with Bust and Bust...

Those of you who attended Spirit of Folk 2012, may already be acquainted with Bust and Bust, as they entertained the masses as hosts of our Hall of Heroes. Well, finding something constructive for them to do in the run up to the Festival has been difficult... luckily for us, they've got something planned.

Check out this little teaser of what's to come.


Memories of 2011...

So here we are, mere months away from this year’s Spirit of Folk and while we’ve been busy making sure that the festival this year is bigger and better than the last, we’ve maybe been a little lazy regarding the Blog... But No More! Over the coming weeks, we’ve got some wonderful things in store for those of you paying attention.

Starting this week with a little nostalgia trip to last year...