Ballintogher Music Festival 2010

Fred Finn Branch C.C.E.

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Come and visit Ballintogher Co. Sligo Ireland for the:

13th Annual Traditional Music Festival

Ballintogher 33rd Annual Feis. (Bank Holiday W'end)

Fri 22nd October to Sun 31st October 2010

Timetable of events

Commemorating John Egan - Flute Player

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Traditional Music Festival & Feis 2010

Fáilte Róimh Gach Einne                              Traditional Pub Sessions Nightly

Friday 22nd October (De hAoine) 33rd Annual Feis
10am Art Competition Judging Contact M. Mulvaney 071-9164187
Saturday 23rd October (De Sathairn)  
10am Dancing (C.L.R.G.) Contact 071-9164061
10am Music Contact 071-9164250 or 071-916424
All Feis Enquiries to Teresa McCormack, Althvelid, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo  +353(0)71-9164250
  Francis Taaffe +353(0)87-6787342
Sunday 24th October (De Domhnaigh) 13th Annual Festival
9pm Come Dancing - Social and Old Time
Tuesday 26th October (De Máirth)  
9pm Set Dancing Night
Wednesday 27th October (De Céadaoin)  
7:30pm Active Retired Social -  Music Song Dance
Thursday 28th October (De Deardaoin)  
9.30pm Table Quiz - Morans Lounge Bi-Lingual- Oiche Gelach , Caint & Craic
Friday 29nd October (De hAoine)  
8pm Official Opening - by Martin Enright , Cathaoirleach, Sligo C.C.E. , followed by Traditional Concert - Including

Ceoltóirí An Iarthair (Meitheal Traditional Group)
Michael O'Raghallaigh, June McCormack, Michael Rooney &  Local CCE Group.

Saturday 30th October (De Sathairn)  Advanced booking essential
10.30 am to 1.00pm Master Class Concertina with Michael O'Raghallaigh
  General master class on all instruments with June McCormack & Michael Rooney
2.00pm Recital/Concert with Michael O'Raghallaigh, June McCormack & Michael Rooney - followed by session
4.30pm Traditional Singing session in Donegan's Lounge with Frank Finn


9.30pm Ceili - Swallow's Tail
Sunday 31st October (De Domhnaigh)  
11.30 am Aifreann Na Féile - St Teresa's Church , Baile An Tochair
-followed by Commeration at John Egan Memorial
- followed by Lecture -Joe McGowan "Customs and Traditions" in Moran's Lounge
4.30pm Dartry Ceili Band 2009 All Ireland Winners - Ballina Strawboys - Music, Song , Dance , Straw Craft with Ted Kelly
9.30pm Farewell Session , Donegan's Lounge

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John Egan

Flute player (1903 – 1989)

John Egan was born in 1903 in Ardleybeg, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. John had 4 brothers and 3 sisters. His mother was Ann Callaghan from Coolbock, Riverstown, Co. Sligo.

He started playing the flute at home at a young age. John and his brothers were involved in the local Fife and Drum Band in nearby Sooey. Young people and musicians would congregate in neighbour’s houses a few nights each week, where music would be played, songs would be sung , sets, schottisches, barn dances and the occasional waltz, would be danced.

John spent much of his young days in Callaghans, Coolbock. He learned his first tunes from Andy and James Doyle (Father and Son), flute players from Lackagh, Drumfin, Co. Sligo. At that time he also met and played with flute players Brian Luby and John Joe Gardiner, Corhubber Ballymote. This was where John acquired his initial store of music. He also learned to play the fiddle.

He left Sligo in his early 20’s, to work on the railway in Donegal and London. He married Mary Reynolds from Donegal. They had 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys. He returned to Dublin in 1937 where he worked in Murphy’s pub. He joined The Pipers Club in Dublin and there he met and played with Kathleen Harrington, Pat O’Brien, John Brennan, Bill Davis and John Stenson from Sligo. Also Tom and Joe Liddy, Tim and John Mulligan from Leitrim. He was a member of the Kincora Band. This group produced an LP with rare recordings in the Sligo – Leitrim style of music. On this LP, there is a mix of the Kincora Ceili Band, the Gardiner Trio and the Belhavil Trio. In 1952 John and other musical friends established the St. Mary’s Traditional Music Club, Church St. The Club moved to various venues in Dublin over the years. Up to 100 musicians singers and dancers attended. The sessions continued up until the time of John’s death on the 10th January, 1989.



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Teresa McCormack                +353 (0)71 91 64250 Tourist Office Sligo                  +353 (0)71 91 61201

Fáilte Róimh Gach Einne                              Traditional Pub Sessions Nightly

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