2016 Seamus Grant Weekend Announced!

We are excited to officially confirm that the 2016 Seamus Grant Weekend will once again take place this Autumn. This years weekend will begin on Friday  14th of October and conclude on the following Sunday 16th.

We hope to continue build on the success of the previous weekends, celebrating local music and heritage, while having a great few days craic in the process!

More details will be announced between now and the weekend. All the latest will be posted here. You can also follow us on Facebook.


Seamus Grant Weekend 2015 with Seamus Mcguire
The Opening Friday Night Ceremony of  the 2015 Seamus Grant Weekend with guest Seamus McGuire

Pub Sessions at 2015 Seamus Grant Weekend

trad sessions

This years weekend sees a packed line up of pub sessions hosted by great musicians from Clonmany and Inishowen.




Friday Night – 10pm

  • Square Bar – Des McGonigle and friends (open session)
  • McFeeley’s Bar – Open Session with Reel Trad and Friends
  • Mac Tams: Informal Music & Singing Session.

Saturday Night – 10pm

  • Square Bar – session with Tom Byrne and Micky Gallinagh
  • McFeeley’s Bar – session  with Paddy Cullen and Family
  • Mac Tams: Informal Music & Singing Session.

Sunday Evening- 5-7pm

  • Rusty Nail– Des McGonigle and friends (open session)

All musician, singer and dancers are welcome to join in.

See you there!


Checkout the program for our full lineup of events.

2015 Button Accordion and Concertina Workshop

mick denieffe

On Saturday from to 2pm to 4pm a Button Accordion and Concertina workshop will be taught by respected musician Mick Dennieffe.

The workshop will take place in the Clonmany national school and admission is €10.

If you have any inquiries about these workshop or any other matters regarding the festival, phone 074- 9376265 or 087 2859287.

About Mick Denieffe

A Kilkenny man raised in a tradition steeped in an environment steeped in traditional music, who has played the accordion from a very young age. Mick came to Inishowen in the 1980’s and found kindred spirits in characters like Seamus Grant, Mick McElkenny and  many others. A man with a great feel for what is real in tradition, he is a welcome addition to our programme.

mick denieffe
Mick Denieffe


2015 Beginner Music Workshops

The 2015 Seamus Grant weekend offers a number of beginner  workshops for aspiring musicians. From 11am to 1pm the workshops will be taught  in the Clonmany National School by local Clonmany musicians Reel Trad. Beginner workshops in the following instruments will be available:

  • Accordion
  • Tin whistle
  • Concertina
  • fiddle
  • banjo
  • bodhran

Booking is advisable. If you have any inquiries about these workshops or any other matters regarding the festival, phone 074- 9376265 or 087 2859287.

About Reel Trad

Local musicians from Clonmany who perform under the name Reel Trad. Formed in 2011 they continue in the local tradition; playing a rich collection of Inishowen tunes, and are equally engaged in promoting and circulating this musical repotoire.

Reel Trad with Astronaught Chris Hadfield
Reel Trad with Astronaught Chris Hadfield


Seamus McGuire at Seamus Grant Weekend 2015

We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned fiddle player Seamus McGuire will be attending the 2015 Seamus Grant Weekend. Seamus will feature in the Friday night opening ceremony before giving an advanced fiddle workshop on Saturday afternoon. Full details regarding both these event will be released shortly.

About Seamus Mc Guire

Séamus McGuire is recognized as one of Ireland’s most versatile fiddle-players, equally at home in the traditonal band Buttons and Bows as he is in the more classical format of The West Ocean String Quartet.

Born into the musical environment of County Sligo, and now living in Co Donegal, Séamus grew up in a family which fostered a great love of music and especially the art of fiddle-playing.

By the age of sixteen, Séamus had already won the prestigious “Fiddler of Dooney” competition, and was already recognised as one of the country’s finest young players. A few years later, his interest in classical violin playing lead him to join the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.

He is well known for his recordings and outstanding performances with the influential band Buttons and Bows which he formed with his brother Manus, the accordion-player Jackie Daly, and mando-cellist Garry O’Briain. The group has recently released (July 2015) their fourth album, The Return of Spring, to critical acclaim.

His recording, “The Missing Reel” – with Leitrim flute-player John Lee – explored the forgotten tunes of County Leitrim and the manuscripts of Stephen Grier and Alex Sutherland. “The Wishing Tree”, Seamus’ solo album was named by The Irish Times as one of the top five traditional recordings in Ireland in 1995.

The West Ocean String quartet which Séamus founded with Belfast cellist, Neil Martin, won “Trad Album of the Year” in 2014  (The Irish Times), and performed at The Royal Albert Hall, London, at “Ceiliuradh”, a celebration of President Michael D Higgins’ historic visit to the UK in 2014.