Ceol na gCruach is an annual traditional Irish music festival, hosted by The Glen Tavern, Glenties, that is designed to encompass and include the music and dance traditions of the local Croaghs area and bring it to a local and also a wider audience of musicians.
The events including, sessions, workshops, barn dance and a lecture are structured in such a way that the musicians and dancers of the local traditions can impart their tunes and dances onto the other musicians and dancers in a natural way through learning by listening and participating. The music sessions are more like those that were held as house sessions in the past where all participants get the opportunity to play and show their individual styles as well as join in the overall session.
This year Macallaí sa Ghleann will be introduced. This will reflect an old tradition of playing outside where the music would carry across the Glen to a neighbouring musician. In particular areas, it was common for a second player to respond in a rare form of musical courtship that could last until one of their repertoires was exhausted. We have identified locations in the Glen of Glenties where this practice is possible and will position a number of musicians on each side of the Glen where they will play and respond to each other.
Ceol na gCruach has an open attendance policy and welcomes all artists of all backgrounds and traditions interested in traditional music from all communities locally, nationally and international.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.