Winter Music Festival returns to Ballincollig

Winter Music Festival returns to Ballincollig
The White Horse guitar club playing at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival at Hare's corner at The White Horse. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Now in its tenth year and well established as one of Ireland’s premier music events, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns this month, with a host of national and international headline artists in concert at The White Horse music venue. 

Conor Tallon and Michael Carr at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Conor Tallon and Michael Carr at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The weekend events include free music events, traditional Irish music sessions, workshops and an expanded series of Community Events, to bring the festival to every corner of the community.

For this very special edition of the festival, a number of previous headliners will make return appearances including Tim O’Brien, Donal Lunny and The Voice Squad while Jerry Douglas of the famed Alison Krauss and Union Station will grace the stage for the first time.

Brendan Whelan and Stephen Hegarty at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Brendan Whelan and Stephen Hegarty at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Retro, country-soul outfit The Delines get proceedings underway on Wednesday, January 23. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, The Delines features vocalist Amy Boone and acclaimed novelist and songwriter, Willy Vlautin (Lean on Pete).

Thursday 24 will see Dublin singer-songwriter Cathy Davey take to The White Horse stage. On the same night, White Horse Guitar Club perform at The Cork Opera House for what promises to be a sell-out show with some very special guests.

Susan Murphy and Rebecca Murphy at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Susan Murphy and Rebecca Murphy at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Friday night’s concert celebrates 10 years of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival with a line up that features the legendary Andy Irvine, regular visitors to The White Horse Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin as well as rising folk star Lisa O’Neill. The gig will take the form of a song cycle and more names are set to be added to the line-up over the coming weeks!

Saturday night’s concert features 14-time Grammy award winning Dobro player Jerry Douglas performing upstairs with support from Cork’s own Greenshine.

Grammy award-winning West Virginian Tim O’Brien will close proceedings on Sunday with Jan Fabricius, delivering their unique style of old-time and bluegrass music. Prior to that The Voice Squad will open the night. 

Tickets for concerts are available at www.wintermusicfestival.ie

Adrian O'Mahony and Liam Fitzgerald, at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Adrian O'Mahony and Liam Fitzgerald, at the launch of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

"We’re really looking forward to what will be our 10th Ballincollig Winter Music Festival” says festival organiser Joe Carey. “We have a new addition of a Community Events programme, kindly support by the Cork City Council, which we will be announcing details of in the coming weeks."

The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival takes place from the 23rd to the 27th of January 2019. Tickets for concerts are available at www.wintermusicfestival.ie or www.whitehorse.ie/venue. Limited tickets for events also available from The White Horse bar. Tickets for White Horse Guitar Club are available at Cork Opera House Box Office.

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