Cork music festival to go-ahead later this month

Cork music festival to go-ahead later this month

The line up for this year's Masters of tradition includes Christy Moore, Donovan, Steve Cooney, Cormac Begley, Ye Vagabonds, Dónal McCague, Tommy Fitzharris, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán O Maonaigh, Róisín Chambers, Eimear Coughlan and Francis Cunningham. Picture: Darragh Kane

LIVE music will finally make a welcome, but restrained, return to West Cork later this month when Masters of Tradition takes place in Bantry.

This year's festival will take place from Wednesday, August 19 - Sunday 23. 

The stellar line up includes Christy Moore, Donovan, Steve Cooney, Cormac Begley, Ye Vagabonds, Dónal McCague, Tommy Fitzharris, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán O Maonaigh, Róisín Chambers, Eimear Coughlan and Francis Cunningham.

Artistic Director, Martin Hayes, usually features throughout the festival. 

Due to travel restrictions, Mr Hayes will not be able to attend in person this year but will be present virtually on screen.

"Things are a little different [this year]

"Obviously with the pandemic we've had to change quite a bit about what we do but West Cork Music and Masters of Tradition are very adamant that we plow ahead and do the very best we can in these circumstances," he commented.

This year's festival will have three live performances with an audience and the remainder of the programme will be shot on location and streamed for fans and patrons all over the world to enjoy. 

With indoor gatherings currently restricted to a maximum of 50 people, there will be limited tickets available for each of the three live concerts in the Maritime Hotel.

Covid regulations will be meticulously observed and ticket-holders will receive detailed guidance on the latest safety procedures.

"Enjoy the programme.

"This time next year, all going well, we will all be able to convene in person again in Bantry," Mr Hayes said.

If you would like to book any of the live concerts at this year's Masters of Tradition, you can ring the Festival office on +353 (0) 27 52788. 

You can book a maximum of four tickets for each live concert. 

Online booking is not available for the 2020 Masters of Tradition.

The full line up can be viewed on www.westcorkmusic.ie/masters-of-tradition

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