Féile Naithí 2014, Craobh Naithí’s weekend festival of traditional music workshops, masterclasses, concert recitals and sessions took place over the weekend of 14th and 15th November.
This is the 19th consecutive year that Craobh Naithí has run this event and it continues to play an important part in the development of our young musicians.
The weekend got off to a flying start with a lively session in Faughs GAA Club, where over 30 young and not so young musicians entertained the club patrons.
Masterclasses were held in St. Colmcille’s Community School on Saturday 15th. Visiting tutors were Edel Fox from Miltown Malbay on concertina, Colm Gannon from Boston via Conamara taught button accordion, Tommy FitzHarris from Stradbally, Co. Laois on concert flute and Donal McCague from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan on fiddle.
For our younger pupils, Sarah-Jane Woods delivered an excellent Junior Traditional Music Workshop with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment and was supported by guest storyteller Niall de Búrca.
The festival highlight was the concert in the Divine Word Parish Centre in Marlay Grange where the visiting tutors delivered a top class concert to a very appreciative audience. In keeping with recent tradition, Craobh Naithí brothers Eric and Conor Nolan opened the first half of the concert with lovely flute and concertina playing and the second half of the concert was started by very sweet duet playing from Sadhbh NicUileagóid on fiddle and Tierna Rowsome on concertina.
Many thanks to all Craobh Naithí committee members who made Féile Naithí 2014 such a success and also to the Arts Council for their continued financial support.