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Spirit of Folk festival

by Cathy

Spirit of Folk festival

Spirit of Folk festival

Spirit of Folk festival

Spirit of Folk is a 2 day family friendly camping festival set in the magical surrounds of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath from September 19 - 21.

The festival is not just about folk music but is a holistic event, which celebrates all aspects of our rich ancestral traditions, including folk music, storytelling, folk living and folk games. Our Living History area will actually bring to life many of the traditional crafts of old, with costumed craftsmen running workshops on long forgotten skills.

If that's not enough, we will also be showcasing small scale re-enactments of some of the famous battles from celtic history! Our music area will feature some of the top folk acts from the UK and Ireland.Our diverse line up of acts will cover everything from chilled out folk singer songwriters, to upbeat, expansive folk rock, along with traditional Irish Ceili Music, bringing you on a journey through all the best sounds folk has to offer.

Festival Goers can participate in traditional Irish Shamanic and Druidic ceremonies in the Soul Seminars tent, where the ancient spiritual practices of Ireland will be explored through immersive ritual and ceremony. This area will also host pop up dance & yoga sessions as well as some inspirational talks and speakers!

If thats not enough you will have a chance to partake in some immersive experiences of old such as archery lessons, falconry (yes real life birds of prey), astronomy and witness some of Irelands best Seanacais spin some tails in our very own replica megalithic cairn.

Kíla, hailed as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, have been announced as headliners of this year’s Spirit of Folk Festival, set to take place in the idyllic surroundings of Dunderry Park, Co Meath from September 19 to 21.

Spirit of Folk 2014 will see musicians and storytellers from all over Ireland and the UK come together for a weekend sprinkled with magic. Alongside Kíla his year’s festival will also feature Tupelo, voted best Folk Act at the Hot Press Reader's Poll 2013; Dan Walsh, Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK; In Their Thousands, a four-piece outfit comprising alt-country, folk & rock; Dan Amor, hailing from North Wales, a formidable talent making his way to Ireland for the first time; The Emerald Armada, an energetic festival-favourite and Belfast born and bred. A full line-up of over 30 musical acts including Owensie, Lynched, Bunoscionn, and Carriages is available at www.spiritoffolk.com

As well as great musicians there will be lots of alternative events that will complement the music and these include storytelling and poetry reading by Pat Speight, Eddie Lenihan, Aideen Mc Bride as well as talks and workshops on ancient druidism and shamanism; African song and dance workshops; yoga; ancient astronomy and bushcraft.

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