Welcome to official website of the Kilfenora Ceili Band
Not many people live to the ripe old age of 100.
In the span of a century, entire countries rise and fall, cultures evolve, fashions transform. Yet some have endured.
There are those who still prevail and even prosper.
One such icon, Ireland’s oldest Céilí Band, was born a century ago in the tiny village of Kilfenora.
Kilfenora Céilí Band Hit the Road for 2015
New Album “Now Is The Hour” Released 13 March
The legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band are set to release their latest album “Now Is The Hour” on 13 March 2015 along with lead single “My Heart’s Tonight In Ireland”. The launch coincides with their pulsating new tour which is set to showcase a musical gear-change with Lunasa’s Kevin Crawford on production duties for the second time with the band.
With tunes forged out of raw native dance riffs from the Burren hills, the century-long odyssey of the Kilfenora is picking up pace. 2015 is set to be an exciting time for the powerful 13-member supergroup and for their audiences!
As expected, this iconic troupe is kicking on with a more contemporary sound. Artistic tension between the rich dance music heritage and their big new soundscape has added spice to their large-scale theatre spectacle complete with pile-driving rhythms, slick dancers and the talented Don Stiffe on vocals.
After 105 years in the business the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band are seen by many afficianadoes as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, puntuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite this link with the past, their recent recordings and concert performances point to a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre. Collaborations with a diverse range of song and dance artists, experimentation with repertoire outside of the dance domain and complex harmonic arrangements speak to an ensemble who are pioneering new and exciting performance contexts for the céilí band genre. While acknowledging and incorporating the past, the Kilfenora thrives on creativity and innovation.
The band has travelled extensively, visiting Britain, Northern Ireland, Europe and the U.S. They have performed at Glastonbury twice and in 2009 headlined on the Acoustic Stage. The band has also performed concerts in Milwaukee, Lincoln Centre New York, Ireland’s National Concert Hall and Cork Opera House to name but a few.
The Kilfenora features fiddles, bass, cello, flutes, banjo, concertina and accordion, with what “Folk Roots” magazine called “one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world”.
“Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music. Irish music lovers all over the world are going to absolutely cherish this album”. Sharon Shannon
Tour Dates 2015
14-03-2015 Cork Opera House www.corkoperahouse.ie
16-03-2015 National Concert Hall www.nch.ie
22-03-2015 INEC, Killarney www.inec.ie
29-03-2015 The Royal Theatre, Castlebar www.theroyal.ie
18-04-2015 Town Hall Galway www.thtgalway.ie
27-04-2015 Kilfenora music Festival www.kilfenoraclare.com
05-07-2015 Willie Clancy Festival, Clare www.willieclancyfestival.com/
08-07-2015 Willie Clancy Festival, Clare www.willieclancyfestival.com/
25-07-2015 24th Phil Murphy Weekend www.philmurphyweekend.com/
01-08-2019 Ballyshannon Folk Festival www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
04-10-2015 Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick www.limetreetheatre.ie