The Square      2018

Sunday 22nd

Our Host for the Opening Day events is Christy McGuigan

3:00 Darragh Folk

Their lively repertoire evokes their wide major influences from  The Dubliners to Van Morrison and the Saw Doctors. Great group and great music!

4:00 Good Relations

The Brennan and Farrell clans re-unite for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.  Lively songs and tunes, soulful ballads.




5:00 Twisted Sisters

Hailing from County Armagh, the sisters front a zany, high energy, eclectic band aiming to have fun while elevating their vibe into another dimension!

6:00 Opening Parade   from Fairy Glen to The Square

 Longstone Pipe Band, Holy Cross Attical Accordion Band,  Mayobridge Accordion Band.

6:30 Official opening of the 2018 Fiddler’s Green International Festival





8:00 Grand Opening Ceili with the Copperplate Copper Ceili Band

Caller: Paddy Mee  (Transfer to Petit Park if weather does not permit)

Monday  23rd

2:00 Irish Dancing Workshop

This two hour workshop with Turlough O’Neil introduces you to some basic steps and well known traditional ceili  dances, preparing you to join in the fun of the Festival’s open air ceilis.

4:00 Open Trad Session – All Musicians Welcome

8:00 Belfast Ukulele Band

Back again after last year’s dazzling performance at Fiddler’s Green, the Belfast Ukulele Band gives us more of their  energetic  music and the best singalong in Ireland!


Tuesday 24th

2:00 Ripton Lyndsay      Dance workshop

Jamaican born Ripton Lindsay was dancing and performing since childhood, mastering the art of the Kumina dance as preserved by the Maroon community in Jamaica.  Great time for all ages!




4:00 Open Trad Session  –  All Musicians Welcome

8:00 Sounds New –   Hosted by Christy McGuigan

An opportunity for groups or individuals who have never performed at the Festival to appear on the Open Air Stage and compete for the support slot for The Sands Family concert on the 29th.  The winner will be presented with the Patsy Tinnelly Award.

Only four acts will be selected to compete, performing in half hour slots on the 24th. Check our Facebook page for competition entry information.

Wednesday 25th

2:00 Thomas Annang   Drumming Workshop

Considered to be the premier African hand drummer in Ireland today, Thomas is originally from Ghana with a polyrhythmic style rooted in Ghanaian tradition.  Workshop is fun for all ages and abilities.



4:00 Open Trad Session     All Musicians Welcome

8:00 Draiocht

A quartet of highly talented local musicians will delight with the best of traditional music on fiddle, flute, accordion and concertina. A traditional music treat

9:00 The Kelly Family

The talented Kellys, Bronagh, Paul and Sean, are back on home ground performing their first class music and songs that always delights their audience.




Thursday 26th

2:00 Circus Workshop   – Sponsored by WBR Credit Union

Have a go at plate spinning, team or solo juggling, the ultra versatile hula hoop or making massive bubbles. There is something for everyone – all ages, all abilities welcome!

4:00 Open Trad Session   –  All Musicians Welcome

8:00 Nitehawks  Featuring hard charging blues, high energy soul and smooth pop classics this

combo produces a modern ‘big band’ sound. The Nitehawks are dedicated to keeping the spirit of soulful music alive.




Friday 27th           

2:00 Kids Fancy Dress Competition (see Children’s Programme for details)

4:00 Open Trad Session –  All Musicians Welcome

8:00 Copperplate Copper Ceili Band

Caller: Paddy Mee (Transfer to Petit Park if weather does not permit)

Saturday 28th

12 noon Prizes awarded to winners of the Children’s Art Competition


3:00  Gerry Tully   

 A native of county Meath and an outstanding performer entertaining crowds with his own evocative style.  His songs are mesmerising, political and caring, thoughtful and haunting.



3:45  Mary McGrath     – 17 year old, Rostrevor girl, Mary McGrath with her beautiful voice and musical

talent sings a mixture of Country/Pop. This up and coming artist is not to be missed.

 4:15 Darragh McSloy Trio     –    Paul and the Meanie   

A young talented group, making their name across the music industry with their fantastic style and repertoire.  Great entertainment.


8:00 The Murray Family Ceili Band

With caller:  Paddy Mee (Transfer to Pettit Park if weather does not permit)

Sunday 29th

3:00 Chanel McManus

Chanel’s music has captivated Festival audiences for many years now.  With her engaging voice and intricate guitar accompaniment, it is a delight to welcome her to the Open Air Stage

3.30 Clonduff  Ballad Group 

This excellent quintet brought great honour to their local County Down when they clinched the all-Ireland ballad group title at the Scor SINSIR held in Belfast in May 2017



4.30 The Burn and Lantern   Brian Garvey (Armagh, Ireland) and Alistair Macfarlane (Balloch by Loch Lomond, Scotland) bring a mix of original, folk inspired songs together with old tunes from the mountains, islands and badlands of Scotland, Ireland and North America.

Joined by Belfast based Gerry Garvey, formerly of the pioneering traditional group Buachaillí





5:30 Alison McGrath Band

Allison Hails from Northern Ireland and has a musical Career spanning 2 decades. She has performed Solo and with various line-ups and has a distinctive unique style blending Blues, Folk, Jazz, Reggae, Groove , Funk and Rock.



8:00  The Murray Family Ceili Band

with caller:  Paddy Mee (Transfer to Pettit Park if weather does not permit)