Laois Fleadh hots up

Laois’s finest traditional musicians are invited to enter the Laois County Fleadh, which takes place in the last week of May in Portlaoise, with many expected to qualify for Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann in Sligo next August.

Laois’s finest traditional musicians are invited to enter the Laois County Fleadh, which takes place in the last week of May in Portlaoise, with many expected to qualify for Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann in Sligo next August.

Tickets for the Goitse concert at Dunamaise Arts Centre on May 2 have sold out fast, leaving a waiting list of fans on standby for cancellations.

The fleadh begins on May 24, a week long fun event ending with an afternoon Ceili at the Macra na Feirme Hall on bank holiday Monday June 1, to the music of Johnny Reidy and his band.

The major competitions take place on May 29/30/31 at Railway St and Tower Hill by kind permission of Laois/Offaly ETB.

In order to perform at the All-Ireland, competitors must qualify through a knock out system at county and provincial level. Laois has a proud record of competition success, and a vibrant traditional music scene.

The Portlaoise formed six years ago and has flourished, bringing native music and song to the fore for hundreds of young people.

As hosts for 2015, the branch committee are inviting the local community to meet and greet visitors from across the county and abroad, including a visit by a French group.

For information and entry forms email laoisfleadh2015@gmail.com Entries must be in by April 29 through any of the seven Laois CCÉ branches.