Press release for the 2015 Festival

23nd James Morrison Traditional Music Festival

July 31st ,August 1st – 3th, 2015,,

The 23nd James Morrison Traditional Music Festival runs from Friday, July 31st to August 1st–3rd, 2014 in Riverstown, Co. Sligo. The unspoiled rural village of Riverstown in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Unshin, two miles off the N4 at Drumfin, makes for a most enjoyable music festival. Riverstown’s Irish name is Baile Idir Dhá Abhainn (The town between two rivers),a rural retreat 9 miles from Sligo Town, is always enhanced in its appearance thanks to the trojan efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee and locals alike. A convivial and also welcoming village atmosphere is the hallmark of an intimate festival which focuses on a real traditional experience including trad pub sessions by day and night, a superb concert, open air ceilís, a sean-nós dance competition and a symposium on Raymond Conlon ,Geevagh & NY. The second annual Sean-nós Dancing Competition features The John Callaghan Memorial Cup.

The Official Opening will be performed by Paschal Morrison, nephew of James Morrison. Having won the gold medal for senior fiddle at The Sligo Feis Fiddle master and dancer Morrison emigrated to the US in 1915. The Opening concert on Friday, July 31st features a host of traditional musicians. Concert artists will include ; Michael Curran, John Joyce, Patrick Reddin, Gerard Devane, John & Marie Walsh, Conal Mc Cormack, Josie & Una Canavan, James O Halloran, Vincent Griffin, Séamus Tansey, Eimear Mulvey, Orlaith & Brogan Mc Auliffe , Marie Reilly , Gerry Plelan & Gale Force 3 and Riverstown CCE. Artist, Gordon D’Arcy’s workshop on Saturday at 11.00am is always a totally absorbing experience for those children selected to take part. The Diamond is the location of the Saturday and Sunday open air Céilís, music by The Bush Ceilí Band, The Collis Family and The Marshy Ridge Céilí Band. Harry Bradshaw will deliver the Commemorative address at The Morrison Teach Ceoil on 8.00 pm. Singers are welcome to the Philip Doddy led Singing session in Tommy Mac’s, Sat .7.30 pm. The Closing Session will take place at The Corner House on Monday 3rd at 12.00 noon.

The Festival has frequently been favoured with balmy August Bank Holiday weather where locals and visitors can enjoy the very best of traditional music. Trad music enthusiasts can this year extend their stay in Co. Sligo by booking in early for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo August 9th–16th. See

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