Clashmore Strings & Things Festival 2017

Last Year’s Programme


A wicked crowd at Clashmore Strings and Things Festival June 2017

Opening Parade

Village parade led by the winners of the national schools poster design competition from Old School House to the River Stage accompanied by the Wobbly Circus Stiltwalkers.

Starting at the Old School House to the River Stage

Official opening of the festival followed by ‘The Little Strings’ and ‘The Hard Workers’ performing their guitar prowess on the main stage (T-shirts Sponsored by Eachtra Archaeological Projects). Kaara will play on the River Stage from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The River Stage is sponsored by Killian McGrath & Liquid Solutions.

Two Time Polka

Guitars, bass, drums, mandolin and accordion drive the Cajun sound of this band with classic rhythms and punchy vocals. Brilliant musicianship combines with a swing-sound that defi es toes to tap and makes Two Time Polka an infectious, danceable festival band. Tickets can be purchased in The Old Still Bar daily from 3pm – 10pm. Contact 024 82009 or 087 4148651.
Please note the Old School house is limited to 80 seats so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Old School House 8.00pm
Tickets €15

Decies Bar: Eastbound & Down 10.00pm
Rising Sun Bar: Dave L 10.00pm
Old Still Bar: Kaara 10.00pm



Len Rodgers Memorial
The annual Len Rodgers Memorial Cup will be held in Pablo Park. This competition showcases the talents of local schoolboy soccer teams. Come out and support the young ramblers and ramblerettes.
Pablo Park
10.00am – 4.00pm

Free Teddy Bears Picnic
Come to the teddy bears picnic in the playground. Entertainment will be provided by the Balloon Man and storytellers and there will be lots of little treats for the small ones. Bring your own Teddy.
Sponsored by Stepping Stones .
11.00am – 1.00pm

Free Village Fair
Visit the village fair which will be held around The Heritage Centre along with Mayfield Birds of Prey from Kilmacthomas.
Mayfield Birds of Prey Sponsored by Stephen Dunne and Martin Hoskins.
The Heritage Centre
11.30am – 2.30pm

Children’s Activities
A host of children’s activities, Bucking Bronco and Bouncy Castle Slide will take place at the Village Fair including a Clown Show.
Clown show and Circus Workshop Sponsored by Liz Salmon & The Old Still.
The Heritage Centre
11.30am – 2.30pm

Local Bands
These are Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg’s finest young musicians from 8-16 who will sing and play on the River Stage.
River Stage 
2.30pm – 4.00pm

An Irish traditional contemporary band just back from touring Canada, playing banjo, mandolin, fiddles,flutes. Mighty craic.
River Stage
4.00pm – 6.00pm



Oidhche Sheanchais
Robert Flaherty’s lost Irish Gaelic film found at Harvard
Documentary pioneer Robert Flaherty directed the first film made in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais (“A Night of Storytelling”) in 1935 during the production of his now classic film Man of Aran.
Cited in nearly every history of Irish cinema, this short (11 minute) film has been missing, believed lost, since a fire destroyed the only known copies in 1943. A nitrate print of the film, purchased by the Harvard College Library in 1935 at the request of Harvard’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, was rediscovered by Houghton Library curators during a cataloging update in 2012.
Oidhche Sheanchais, a fascinating distillation of Flaherty’s belief in cinema as a kind of folkloric art, depicts a typical Irish hearth, where the main cast members of Man of Aran sit, listening to an ancient tale told by famed Seanchaí (storyteller) Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin. Oidhche Sheanchais is Flaherty’s first work in direct sound and the first “talkie” in Irish Gaelic. It was filmed in the same London studio where the Man of Aran cast had already gathered for the recording of post-synch sound.
Sponsored by Brian Foley Building and Carpentry Services.
Old School House
7.00pm – 8.00pm

Pontius Pilot and The Naildrivers
In 1999, four people came together as Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers because of their love of the energy, message and fun of ska music. They are now a nine piece ska explosion complete with brass section.
River Stage
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Decies Bar: Clare Sands Trio 10.00pm
Rising Sun Bar: The Relics of Valentine 10.00pm
Old Still Bar: Hank Wedel Trio 10.00pm


Bring your small ones to watch Mona the movie.
Sponsored by James Fitzgerald Electrical.
Old School House

Pablo’s Regatta
Clashmore Ramblers FC will race their boats down the river in their annual Ramblers Regatta. All proceeds with be split between the club and Irish Cancer. Boats are €3 or three for €5.

Clown show and Circus Workshop
Sponsored by Youghal Credit Union
Clashmore Village 
12.00pm – 4.00pm

Junior Busking Competition
Come join the junior busking competition on the main street in Clashmore from 1-4pm. All age groups.
1st Prize €75 2nd Prize €50 3rd Prize €25
Sponsored by Kieran Foley Construction.
Well Lane
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Free Entry

Natural Gas Trio
Best known for their song “The Langer”, Cork trad band Natural Gas Trio with take to the River Stage.
River Stage
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Gemma and the Jets
Gemma is one of most popular front women in Irish music. They cover a multitude of songs including The Beatles, Country, Soul and Rock n’Roll.
River Stage
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Crow Black Chicken
Crow Black Chicken have earned a reputation as one of Irelands top blues acts. This power trio of Christy O Hanlon (Vocals, Guitar) Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums, backing vocals) combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to create their greasy blues rock sound.
River Stage
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Mick Flannery Unplugged
“In the end of the day and the heel of the hunt, you’re left with the songs. Everything else comes and goes – the shows and the tours and the applause and the acclaim, which goes with them, the prattle and the palaver which accompany an album release. Everything else fades out of view. Everything else doesn’t matter in the long run. But the songs remain. The songs you write on your own stick around. They’re going to be here for many years to come so they deserve to be treated with due care and utmost respect in the creation process”. Mick Flannery – 2017
Mick Flannery realised this a long time ago. He also realised that songwriting was the best part of this strange job of being a jobbing-gigging-talking-singing musician.
“Mick Flannery is a singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with” Siobhán Long, Irish Times
“Mick is a songwriter of the fi rst order… His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks” Urban Folk, New York
“This former stonemason from Cork is a cracking songwriter with a voice that can stop you in your tracks” Tom Gatti, The Times UK
Tickets can be purchased in The Old Still Bar daily from 3pm – 10pm. Contact 024 82009 or 087 4148651.
Please note the Old School house is limited to 80 seats so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Old School House
Sunday June 4th at 8.00pm
Tickets €20

Decies Bar: Hank Wedel Trio 10.00pm
Rising Sun Bar: Martin Murray & Mo Connors 10.00pm
Old Still Bar: Full Circle 10.00pm


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