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……

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