Seamus Grant Traditional Music Festival 2021

Recordings of the 2021 concerts and workshops are available below, click on the date and time to view.


Official Opening

Sheila Fullerton and Patsy Toland will give a brief introduction to this years festival.

Gibbons family.

Harkin Dancers

Mick Denieffe, Dermot & Patsy Toland

Performing 3 sets drom the Seamus Grant collection.

Ryan MacNeil with Simon Workman(South Africa)

Ryan grew up in the musical traditions of Cape Breton. He visited Inishowen in 2004 and was invited to play piano for Seamus’ only Published CD. He remembers the occasion with fondness and was impressed with both the musical talent and the friendship he experienced. He now lives in South Africa.

Short Film.
In a small workshop in London Andreas Hudelmeyer handcrafts beautiful violins by hand.
A film by Richard Jung.

Martin McGinley

Martin is one of the best-known fiddlers in Donegal and has also been teaching fiddle for many years. Martin manages the Donegal Music Education Partnership, part of the Donegal Education and Training Board. The DMEP organises classical music tuition across Donegal.

Saturday 9th October - 11:00 AM


Roisin Mc Grory

11:00 - 11:30 : Fiddle workshop

Mick Denieffe

11:30 - 12:00 : Accordion workshop

Patsy Toland

12:00- 12:30 : Tenor guitar workshop


12:30- 13:00 : The Luthier - A Documentary.

Elma Toland Yogatherapist

13:00- 13:30 : A 25min simple exercise programme – stretches to maintain joint Mobility & Flexibility for musicians.

Further Workshop Information:

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Paul William & Brendan Doherty with Kate Glackin

The Inishowen song project

Grace Toland - performing two songs from the Inishowen Song Project.

Ciara Gilmore with Brónach& Eimear Harkin

Seamus Gibson Dermot Toland

This duo have been playing together for more than 20 years and feature the fiddle music of Donegal, Scotland and compositions from Seamus himself. A special focus in this performance is on Dermot who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over a year ago, but continues to enjoy regular sessions and performances.

Natalie MacMaster, Donell Leahy & family.(Canada)

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have received both industry-acclaim and a loyal fan base by combining their magnificent individual talents, giving audiences an unforgettable musical experience every performance.


Harkin Dancers

Isla & Fionn Doherty and Carragh & Ríona McDonald

David Stevenson & Paul Gervais (Canada)

David lived in Inishowen in the 1990s, enjoying the local music and learning fiddle from Seamus Grant. David is joined by his friend Paul Gervais on guitar .

McDaid &McFeeley families with Maeve Sweeney, Isle of Doagh

Kevin Doherty & Family (Boston)
Kevin Doherty a Clonmany native now lives in Boston and is well known there for his fiddle playing. He has recorded, with family members, a special performance to add to our musical programme

Reel Trad.

Reel Trad have been carrying on the tradition of Seamus Grant tunes for many years now and are the mainstay of the organising committee for the weekend festival. Sarah Shovlin, Michael McDaid, Christine Gilmore, Evelyn McGonigle and Eamonn McGonigle are Reel Trad and will play some of Seamus’ music.