Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival

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Country and Region IrelandTipperary
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival
Heritage Centre
Main Street
Carrick-on-Suir, Co, Tipperary
Phone: +353 51 640200

Festival Description

Music and art with a sprinkle of magic, fun and splendour will fill the streets of Carrick-on-Suir once again this year as the town celebrates the fifth Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival. The town will be billowing at the seams with concerts, art exhibitions and installations, open air gigs, family fun days, river festival and sporting events. This year we have some exciting headline acts to enthral and entertain you throughout the weekend!

Festival Dates May 31 - June 4, 2012
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Festival Events:

Programming highlights 2012:
  • Friday, June 1
    • Also hitting the stage at the Brewery are The Mandolas, a 4-piece folk/pop group based in Cork. The band makes use of a wide range of acoustic instruments as well as incorporating lavish 4-part harmonies into their music. The Mandolas perform original material and combine Irish and English folk traditions with a unique blend of contemporary pop. The band supported Paul Brady at the festival last year and just released their debut E.P “The Greatest Day”. They will take to the Brewery Lane stage in a haze of folk and fun.
  • Saturday, June 2
    • The Strand Theatre also welcomes back a band that has a special place in the hearts of Carrick people. The platinum selling High Kings have just returned from abroad where they performed at The White House, Washington, for President Obama and headlined the Trafalgar Square St Patrick’s day festivities in London where they played to critical acclaim. The High Kings return to the Clancy Brothers festival and hometown of Finbarr Clancy after a long awaited two years. “It is always a privilege to perform in my home town” — Finbarr Clancy. The High Kings live performances captures the essence of the ensembles energetic sound of ‘folk n roll’, serving up laughter, good times and even the occasional sing-a-long.
  • Saturday, June 2
    • John Spillane will headline a songwriter evening along with local musicians Colm Power, Caroline Ború, Eamon Wall and Pete Smith at the intimate Brewery Lane Theatre at 8:15pm. Twice a Meteor award winner, John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, recording artist, storyteller, poet and dreamer. This is sure to be a great night and a showcase of pure song writing talent from both John and the local acts supporting him. John will also hold a song writing workshop at the theatre that day from 3-5pm. Spaces are limited. For booking information on the workshop you can contact Pete Smith on 086-8548381.
  • Sunday, June 3
    • Frankie Gavin and De Dannan will take to the stage at the Strand Theatre. In August 2009, Frankie Gavin unleashed a new ‘De Dannan’ line up which in his own words “reflects a ‘De Dannan’ of the 21st century”. The current ‘De Dannan’ ensemble is led by original De Dannan member, Frankie Gavin. It is sure to be a night filled with passion and music from one of Ireland’s best loved traditional outfits.


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2012:
  • Tickets for all the events at the Clancy Festival will go on sale on the 25th of April and can be bought from The Heritage Centre, Carrick-on-Suir. The number for the Heritage Centre is 051-640200 and opening times are 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You are advised to snap up your tickets as quick as you can to avoid any disappointment. For full line up of events you can head over to


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