The festival came into being just as the fall of 1993 approached. RTE Radio 1 presenter / producer, Peter Browne prompted that some event or other should be held to honour O’Keeffe – as that year marked the 30th anniversary of his death.
Téada, a top traditional music bad, will be playing at the festival along with Seamus Begley will be headlining the Saturday night concert at this years festival. Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne will be the supporting act on the night. One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musiciansThere is numerous activities taking place throughout the festival including the following: Registration for music classes, Sliabh Luachra Classes in fiddle, accordion, banjo, flute and concertina and uileann pipes, Fiddle Concert, Pub Trail runs all day, Pop Up Gaeltacht, Kid’s session, Finn Harper art exhibition, Singing Concert and much more. There is also a mass held with traditional music for the departed friends of the festival.