2021 Festival Schedule

Dear Festival enthusiasts,

The 2021 daily schedule is now up, and can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. As you are likely already aware of, we will be following a somewhat modified format this year.  Thursday, September 16th will open up the Festival with a single 4:30 concert, “Lads at the Dog Bar,” featuring Ed Miller, Patsy O’Brien, and Rich Brotherton.  Friday and Saturday will include a full slate of workshops and demos, culminating each evening with a performance.  We will wrap it up Sunday morning with a now familiar “Tea and Scones” free event, including special musical guests.

We believe that there are some very exciting events this year.  In 2019 we launched a series of workshops on session playing, led by Take Down the Door (TDTD).  We loved the response, and so are building on the concept again this year.  The workshops will be for all instruments, intermediate level and above.  On Friday the fellows from Lunasa will be heading up the melody instruments, while John Doyle, Eric Thorin, and Beth Gadbaw will lead the rhythm group.  The groups will bring it together for Part 2 on Saturday.  Staff notation will be provided in advance for those who register early.

In line with the concept of playing with others, we will also have three “Artistic Concepts” workshops, for “Small Groups” on Friday (led by TDTD), and for “Voice & Guitar” (Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton) and “Instrumental Duos” (Jon Sousa and Adam Agee) on Saturday.

For musicians and non-musicians alike, we will have numerous demo/presentations, led by Patsy O’Brien, Kevin Burke, Colin Farrell, Ed Miller, Beth Gadbaw (singing), Barbara Yule (stories and story-telling), and Don Lowe (Scottish dress and weaponry).

You can download the schedule by clicking on the following two links:



You can also access the mail-in Registration Form here.


We will be posting following listings by category in the days to come.