Féile Beag features in Thurles on the August Bank Holiday weekend

This August Bank Holiday weekend Féile Beag 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of Féile 1990, the Trip-2-Tipp.

This August Bank Holiday weekend Féile Beag 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of Féile 1990, the Trip-2-Tipp.

A few mindful locals with life-long memories and in one case a direct link to Féile ’91 could not let this milestone pass without some kind of event.

The two main venues will go a long way to recreate that unforgettable Féile atmosphere with live music from 2pm on both days - ending Sunday night with a Féile-themed disco featuring hits played live in Semple Stadium. While the original Féile was packed with national and international music stars Féile Beag has the best that Thurles has to offer and a few others.

First up on Saturday, August 1st at 2pm Hickey’s will host no less than ten acts. All who attend will get more than their fill with the Brian Loughnane Band brining their grunge sound, Ric & Macs high energy country-rock, Lee Riordan Band’s blues-rock fusion, that and much more are all on the menu for a ten-hour feast of music.

Then on Sunday it’s over to Millea’s who will have their marquee ready to rock and give us that outdoor festival experience. What a line up we have - solo musician James Phelan will be one to catch early on, later Jim O’ The Mill’s Ceile Band will no doubt have many more making the Thursday pilgrimige to Upperchurch for a taste of more. The next two acts are music royalty. There’s no one busier than Kenny Ryder - his hits have won him fans at every venue. Then Tom Lyons, the man behind Whislte This Promotions and Monday night Blues, in The Monks brings his folk/rock sound to get toes tapping and the floor swinging.

Jester take to the stage and will waste no time in raising the tempo.Next up is Seskin Lane a real top act whose curve is definitely on the up. A high point being their album release of “History of Things To Come”. Last, but not least Crimson River, fronted by David Sullivan who played Féile ‘91, have the perfect crowd-rousing rock rhythm that will bring the live music to a fitting end.

With all the bands giving up their time free of charge for Féile Beag the festival organisers hope you can give up some of yours to come and see the bands play.

The money raised at the various venues over the weekend will go to the hard working CAMEO Care unit in Thurles who carry out valuable work helping dementia sufferers, their families and carers.

Here’s a line up of the bands with first named last on stage - Saturday, August 1st - venue Hickey’s Bar: Lee Riordan Band, U Turn, Keltic Swing, Ric and Mac, House Number 4, the Brian Loughnane Band, Monsters in Vegas, Lyum, Jamie Lee and Small Fish.

Sunday, August Aug 2nd - venue Millea’s: Crimson River, Seskin Lane, Jester, Tom Lyons, Kenny Ryder, Jim O’ The Mill Ceile Band, Larry O’ Sullivan, Tony O’ Dwyer Band, Pat Wright and Acoustra, James Phelan and Cadence.