Fleadh Showcase


Tuesday 15 August




Shannon Aerodome Ennis

The massive dome in the centre of Ennis which can accommodate 2,000 people is back! This will be the setting for a series of concerts and the Senior Céilí Band Competition . The first concert will showcase upcoming Trad talent including the newly formed Clare Youth Trad Orchestra and Dúchas the and place will be hoppin’.


Clare Youth Trad Orchestra to Premiere at 2017 Fleadh

Up to 70 Clare teenage traditional musicians in the first Clare Youth Trad Orchestra will premiere at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 under the baton of Director, Padraic O’Reilly. Young people from across the county were invited to become involved in this innovative project. The orchestra is open to all instruments including unusual instruments like the cello, double bass, brass etc.

The initiative, supported by Clare Arts Office, Music Generation Clare and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí

Éireann, enables young people to be involved in the orchestra free of charge. They will have the honour of being the first group to perform at the Shannon Aerodome at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.


About Padraic O’Reilly

Padraic O’Reilly is a well-known traditional piano player from Corofin. He is Chairman of the Musical Events Committee of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 and is known in Comhaltas circles for his work with Céilí Bands for over 20 years. He was leader of the Ennis Céilí Band who won three All-Ireland titles in the early 2000s and has worked extensively with the Inis Óg underage groups who have competed with unprecedented success at Fleadhanna over the past twenty years. He was founder of the Corofin Traditional Music Festival, is a regular contributor at concerts and sessions around the country. He is a member of the band Bofin to Burren who will also appear at the Fleadh Farewell Concert which takes place in the Shannon Aerodome on the final night of the Fleadh Monday 21st August.


Dúchas is a group of eight energetic young musicians from Co. Clare, who recently won the prestigious Siansa Gael Linn competition in the National Concert Hall. Their passion lies in traditional music and they have been playing together for almost a decade in 'The Burren' Groups and Bands, led by Garry Shannon. They recently performed at Consairtín, the National Concertina Convention, held in Ennis in April.

All of the group members hold Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann medals, in solo or group competitions, or both. Their dynamic sound stems from their youth, fusing the ideas of pop and modern music with trad.

Dúchas members

Ross O'Donovan Guitar
Daire Shannon Double Bass
Conor O'Loughlin Concertina
Cathal Corbett Banjo/Mandolin
Fionnuala McKey Fiddle/Vocals
Paul Farren Fiddle
Seán Doherty Concertina/Piano
Áine Kelly Flute/Whistle


Other acts will be added soon, so check back for more details.

This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).