29 Sept 2022

Bundoran to host Festival of European Music with folk, jazz, ska, punk and reggae

Performers include Paddy’s Bangers from the Czech Republic plus acts from Finland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Hungary and the UK

Bundoran to host Festival of European Music with  folk, jazz, ska, punk and reggae

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth with Slovenian band Smetnaki in Bundoran’s twin town of Škofja Loka, Slovenia. Smetnaki is one of the acts that will perform at the festival

A unique festival of European music will take place in venues across Bundoran as part of the annual Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival from Friday to Sunday, October 14-16.

Musicians from Slovenia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, UK, Finland and Hungary as well as local performers will showcase their music in two concerts and at various venues throughout the seaside town.

The Friday night ‘Sounds of Europe’ will feature gypsy jazz performed by Ingo and William, from the Netherlands, acoustic guitar performer Ben Reidy, from the UK, ska, punk and reggae with Smetnaki, from Slovenia, and a mixture of Czech and Irish trad from Paddy’s Bangers from the Czech Republic.

Saturday will see unique performances as part of the “Music from the edge of Europe” including folk musician Eero Turkka from Finland best known from Sväng harmonica quartet, as well as CincáR from Hungary bringing their magical old tunes from all over Eastern-Europe. 

The trio of performers on Saturday night will be completed by local group Meitheal with a range of local musicians to add an Irish flavour to the evening.

Both concerts will take place at Bundoran Community Centre.

Festival coordinator, Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth, is looking forward to welcoming some talented European musicians.

“We reached out through our Douzelage Town Twinning network and have secured these wonderful musicians to come and play at our inaugural ‘Festival of Europe’. We are thankful to everyone who is helping to make this event happen, particularly the Local Live Performance Programme Support Scheme and all of our sponsors.”

Traolach Ó Fionnáin, Arts Officer with Donegal County Council and curator of the Donegal Bay & Blue Stacks Festival added: ‘We are delighted to have the Festival of Europe come on board as a Blue Stacks Festival event this year and look forward to an eclectic mix of European music from folk to trad to ska across the weekend in Bundoran’.

Participation by local performers in the Festival of Europe is supported by the Local Live Performance Programme Support Scheme, an initiative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media - administered by Donegal County Council.

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