Ireland Folk Fest Killarney

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A host of Folk musicians will descend on Killarney along with hip, alternative, independent music lovers in Ireland as Folk Fest Killarney kicks off on Friday.

This was the line up back in 2015

For Line Up This Year Please Click On Links At Bottom.

Folk Fest Killarney at the INEC offers something for every festival goer from four different stages over the course of three days.

Whether it’s the comeback of a legendary supergroup, a visit from international artists, or the performances of young rising stars, each act has a common desire to keep spirits high from dusk ‘til dawn.

Folk Fest goers have a range of performances to chose from. A showcasing of the best of Kerry on the Gathering Stage, an outdoor céilí with the Tulla Céilí Band, intimate performances in the Acoustic Club and acts in the Ballroom and Main Stage.

Festival programmer, Conor Byrne, said, "Putting together a programme for the first Folk Fest Killarney is very exciting for me and everyone involved - a coming together of the best in traditional, contemporary and alternative folk, from many parts of the globe.

We are very much about catering for artists and audience, in a way never seen before. Rest assured, this will be one of the best musical experiences for everyone involved," he said.

Fans will get the opportunity to watch lifelong favourite acts such as Begley & Cooney, Luka Bloom and Tinariwen, discover new artists to Ireland such as Druce & Jones or Tim Eriksen, and those relatively new to the festival scene such as locals Ríona and Bryan O’Leary.

Councillor Nial Kelleher said, “I am thrilled to see an event like Folk Fest taking place in Killarney. Traditional and Folk music is a big part of our culture here in Kerry, particularly with Sliabh Luachra, an area that has generated musical legends like Johnny O'Leary only outside of the town. His grandson, Bryan will be performing at Folk Fest and it is fantastic to see local talent taking to the stage among esteemed  acts like Moving Hearts and Luka Bloom.”

Any event that generates business for the town is a great boost, it also creates a positive and lively atmosphere among tourists who I am sure will relish the opportunity to see prolific international musicians perform in what has to be the best and most diverse venue in the country to date, the INEC,” he said.

Arguably a line up to rival any Festival in Ireland 2015 the best of Irish and International Folk will take to the stage over three thrilling days. With a superb mix of headline grabbing acts, legendary supergoups, international artists, grass root and young rising stars, Killarney will be bursting at the seams with musical talent this July.

Friday night kicks off with Moving Hearts & special Guests, The Unthanks, Luka Bloom and Fiddlers Bid. Saturday’s jam packed schedule sees over twelve acts including Begley and Cooney, Lost Brothers, Lynched, Aldoc, Druce & Jones and we are just getting warmed up. Sunday’s line up is guaranteed folk from dusk ‘til dawn as Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Paddy Glackin, Martin Hayes & Iarla Ó’ Lionáird with Steve Cooney, Moxie, Julie Fowlis and many more promise to leave you reeling!

Make Killarney Folk Fest your business this July.

Weekend tickets €98 and a limited number of daily tickets €39 available from

(These are 2015 prices, click link above)

For more information contact or 064 6671531

Legendary folk singer Christy Moore headlines Saturday night at Folkfest 2016, signalling a return to his roots having recorded the famous “Ride On” album in Killarney July 1986.

We are also delighted to have Damien Dempsey headlines Friday night. Other confirmed acts over the weekend include traditional flute genius, Mike McGoldrick who has just completed a World Arena Tour with Mark Knopfler; fiddle player and composer, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, formerly of the Frames; The ethereal Maria Doyle Kennedy; and Sean-Nós singer Iarla O Lionáird of the Gloaming, who has recently been the subject of great acclaim for his cameo appearance in the Irish Blockbuster ‘Brooklyn’ . This first announcement is a sign of what is to follow. There are many more quality acts to be announced, for what guarantees to be a great weekend!

A festival for musicians Folkfest Killarney 2015 was bursting with musical talent homegrown and international. “Never before had we had such a unique mix of music, from all corners of the world” says festival programmer Conor Byrne “Like last year, this festival is all about the music, where Killarney is treated to many of the finest International and Irish acts around. We very much look forward to providing an amazing musical experience in 2016”.

Having entertained Moving Hearts at this year’s Festival, founding member Christy Moore is looking forward to taking to the stage in 2016  “Happy to hear that we are playing the Killarney Folk Fest next year...always been a good town for music...see you in The Kingdom come Summertime”
Highlights from 2015 include Moving Hearts, The Unthanks, Begley and Cooney, Lost Brothers, Lynched, Aldoc, Paddy Glackin, The Gloaming with Steve Cooney, Vieux Farka Touré, Kíla Tim Eriksen, Danú, Moxie and Mícheál O Súilleabháin. Look forward to a mix of traditional, contemporary and alternative folk. Bigí Linn July 2016!

Venue: INEC & Gleneagle Hotel Killarney

Food, drink and accommodation is available on site, giving a full festival feel, without being subjected to the vagaries of the Irish weather. Weekend and day tickets are available from

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