The big build-up for Fleadh Uladh 2015 has well and truly begun with a packed schedule of events from July 18-26.
Fleadh Uladh takes place once again in Dromore and is expected to draw thousands from across the island to experience the biggest cultural celebration in Ulster.
Many of the county fleadhs have drawn to a close with eager competitors, parents and teachers all competing for their place in Fleadh Uladh in Dromore.
The Fleadh kicks off on Saturday, July 18 with the Big Fleadh Launch Concert featuring Darren Breslin, Brid Harper and PJ McDonald. This keenly anticipated concert takes place in Dromore Sports Complex starting at 8.30pm.
Darren Breslin is the 2008 All Ireland Senior Button Accordion champion known for his unique and pulsating style of accordion playing.
People travel from far and wide to hear Darren play the music handed down to him by local influences such as Sean Nugent and Sean McCusker.
Brid Harper hails from Castlefin, Co Donegal.
She is one of Ireland’s finest exponents of fiddle playing. Brid is currently in the process on releasing an eagerly anticipated solo album.
PJ McDonald is a remarkably talented singer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. PJ recently recorded an album ‘The Long Road Home’ which was released to critical acclaim. PJ is also well known for his distinct and bright style of whistle playing.
Thursday, July 23 sees the final chapter of the Families of Ulster series featuring talent from each of the nine counties in Ulster.
The previous two years have proved extremely popular and entertaining with some of Ulster’s finest youth talent taking centre stage.
The official opening of the Fleadh takes place on Friday, July 25 featuring the All-Ireland Champions – ‘The Knockmore Ceili Band’ giving an open-air performance at 7pm.
Following on from this the Ulster Youth Group will perform, featuring the cream of youth musicians from throughout the North.
‘The Knockmore Ceili Band’ will also play at the Sets Ceili on Saturday, July 25 in St Patrick’s Hall at 10pm.
The feature weekend of Fleadh Uladh shall see the streets come alive with music, song and dance with many lively sessions and impromptu street performances from Friday July 24 until Sunday, July 26.
Fleadh Uladh draws to a close with the Cultural Parade at 5pm on Sunday evening.
Speaking on behalf of the organising committee Brendan McAleer commented, “It is the perfect experience for young and old to soak up the talent and culture from all across Ulster with something for all the family. Come along and enjoy!”