2018 Special Guests Seamus Gibson and Dermot Toland

We are delighted to announce that special guest for 2018 will be fiddle player Seamus Gibson and guitarist Dermot Toland.

Seamus and Dermot, will be the headline act for our 2018 Opening  Concert on Friday 12th of October in the Market House.

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Fiddle player Seamus Gibson

Seamus Gibson

Seamus Gibson was born into the rich musical tradition around St.Johnston, Co Donegal. The music of the area had strong links to the Scottish fiddle tradition and also had a great pipe band history which added to the style and repertoire of the area. Seamus would have heard the same tunes, styles and songs as his uncle Tommy Peoples, who sadly passed away in August this year. The music of his father and many others shaped Seamus in his playing, but the area also had a great tradition of composing new tunes. Seamus is a master of the tradition that was shared with Inishowen and it is clear to hear the style and tunes that Seamus Grant would have played in this guest for our 2018 weekend.

Dermot Toland

Dermot Toland has strong connections with Clonmany but now lives in Gortahork. He has accompanied Seamus Gibson on guitar for many years and has a distinct style which is rooted in understanding the tunes and the influences on the player he is backing. He will also give an advanced guitar class on accompaniment for traditional music and/or a method of learning and playing tunes on guitar.



Rab Cherry

Rab is one of Ireland’s foremost fiddle makers and restorers and he will be in the Market house, Clonmany on Saturday 14th October.

If you have an old fiddle lying around your house you can bring it along and Rab will assess it for you. He will also be giving a talk about fiddles so don’t miss this great opportunity which is all free on the day.

Fiddle assessment 3.30pm-4.30pm

Fiddle talk    4.30pm-5.30pm

Special guest 2017 Paddy McMenamin

We are delighted to announce that our guest musician for the 2017 Seamus Grant Weekend is renowned Glenfin fiddle player Paddy McMenamin.

The part-time farmer from the Glenfin Gaeltacht is a self taught fiddler who as a child picked up his tunes from musicians who called to his house and from his Father Paddy ‘Neil’ an accordion and fiddle player and his Mother Rose Anne, a singer who also played the Jew’s harp.

Paddy launched his debut album in 2016
‘Paddy McMenamin and Friends’.

This is a live CD which showcases the unique style of Paddy’s musical talent.

Brendan Hendry and Jonny Toman are back!

For the second year we are delighted to be welcoming Brendan and Jonny to our upcoming Seamus Grant Weekend which will take place in October.

We had the great pleasure of having Brendan and Jonny as our special guests at the  2016 Friday night official opening session, they gave workshops on the Saturday and also joined us in the pub sessions over the weekend, such a wealth of talent was brought to our weekend by these two Gentlemen.

This year they will take to the stage on Saturday 14th October in the Ballyliffen hotel along with their bluegrass band ‘Northern Exposure’. A night not to be missed. More info to follow……