Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomNorthern Ireland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland UK
Festival Contact Information

Newcastle Tourist Information Centre
Central Promenade
County Down BT33 0AA
Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (0) 28 4372 2222
Fax: +44 (0) 28 4461 0801
Email: newcastle.tic@downdc.gov.uk

Festival Description

The festival is a mix of traditional and contemporary cool. World class songs, singers and musicians come together in Co. Down, Northern Ireland to present the very best of the international strands of celtic connections music.

Festival Dates June 28 - 30, 2013
Festival Links


Festival Story:

Have you ever found yourself being transported to another place and time while listening to music? If so, then you might have been listening to celtic music. This festival honors the celtic tradition and gives it a new spin with each artist. Fusion is indeed the theme of each festival with artists coming from around the world to add their styles, instrumentation, and voices to celtic songs — fast ones, contemplative ones, and ones that just make you want to dance. It all starts with the “Shindig in the Square.”


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Articles and Reviews
  • Festival funding boost (Down Democrat, June 02, 2004)
  • Young Musicians On Cultural Exchange (Hi Arts, June 28, 2004)
  • Big name stars launch Celtic Fusion (Down Democrat, May 04, 2004)
  • The Second Celtic Fusion International Music Festival got under way in Ballynahinch on Thursday night (7th August) at the Market House. (Ballynahinch Regeneration, August, 2003)
  • All roads lead to Castlewellan in Co Down as the annual Celtic Fusion international music festival gets under way. (Belfast Telegraph, August 7, 2003)
  • Celtic Fusion cash windfall (Down Democrat, December 16, 2003)
Recordings from Amazon
  • Various Artists, Celtic Tides
  • The Saw Doctors, Songs from Sun Street
  • The Saw Doctors, All The Way From Tuam


Practical Info:

How to get there:
  • County Down is the southeastern-most county in Northern Ireland, and is accessible by air and sea for those travelling from outside Northern Ireland.


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