Tickets: FREE
Online - Broadcast Live From Venues Across Coventry
Fri 25 Jun 2021 to Sun 27 Jun 2021

Féile 2021

Fri 25 Jun 2021 to Sun 27 Jun 2021
Online - Broadcast Live From Venues Across Coventry
FREE
 

Join Irish communities across Coventry and the UK for a weekend of traditional music, dance, activities and storytelling.

An annual event run by Comhaltas in Britain, FÉILE 2021 (pronounced Fayla) promises an array of free online performances and workshops from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June.

It kicks off with an evening of Irish folk music broadcast live from Coventry’s Albany Theatre, and wraps up with the All-Britain Finals of the Online Comhaltas Competitions, an incredible display of musical talent.

Whatever your background, all are welcome to join us and celebrate Irish culture in the UK - there’s something for everyone.

HOW TO TAKE PART

All performances (excluding workshops) will be broadcast live from the Coventry UK City of Culture Facebook page. They can also be found on Comhaltas in Britain’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Workshops can be booked from our What’s On page soon.

 

FRIDAY 25 JUNE

7.00PM - 9.45PM

SHOWCASE CONCERT

FREE

Broadcast live from the Albany Theatre, Coventry

Featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk award winning Michael McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly & Ed Boyd. 

Also included in the lineup are Ìmar (Pronounced Eemar), BBC Radio 2 Folk award winners and Maebh Smyth. Maebh is joined by her brother Tiarnan and was recently crowned ‘Fiddler of London’ for 2021 – a prestigious title in the traditional musical world.

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10.30PM - 12.00AM

LIVE TRAD DISCO

FREE

Broadcast live from The Four Provinces pub, Coventry

Traditional music fused with disco beats and pop tunes featuring DJ Paddy Callaghan.

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Image: Maebh Smyth.

Image: Maebh Smyth.

SATURDAY 26 JUNE

11AM - 6PM

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

FREE

Zoom

Eight, hour-long online workshops each focusing on a different element of Irish culture. 

A range of Irish organisations in the city will showcase their crafts including the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) showcasing Irish sport, Coventry’s Irish dancing schools, an introduction to playing Irish music on the tin whistle (we will also be making a limited number of tin whistles available for delivery free of charge to take part) and also looking at Irish music as therapy for those who are living with dementia – not to mention instruction on baking an Irish loaf whilst learning the odd Irish song!

BOOKING LINK COMING SOON

From 8PM

GOING TO THE PUB

FREE

Broadcast live from Christ the King Parish Centre, Coventry

Tune in for live music, song and dance and to hear the stories of Coventry people who champion Irish culture and as they look towards the future. We are also looking to set a world record for the world’s biggest online Irish session – with individuals from across the world encouraged to take part in playing, singing, and dancing along to our house band and submitting their details via a registration site to be counted towards the record attempt.

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Image: Feile 2021 logo with the tagline 'Celebrating Irish Culture In Coventry'.

Image: Feile 2021 logo with the tagline 'Celebrating Irish Culture In Coventry'.

SUNDAY 27 JUNE

From 1PM

ONLINE COMHALTAS COMPETITIONS: ALL-BRITAIN FINALS

FREE

Broadcast live from across Britain

Following regional heats across England, Scotland and Wales, the All-Britain Finals of the Online Comhaltas Competitions are a showcase of the incredible talent across the UK. Categories range from musical instruments, singing and dancing to storytelling, whistling and lilting (the art of using sounds and words to ‘lilt’ a tune with the mouth). In each regional competition, three entries have qualified for the final. This broadcast will feature the ‘winners’ of each category and age group – the British champions in their field. It promises to be a fantastic display.

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Image: St Roch’s Ceili Band from Glasgow performing at 2019 Fleadh.

Image: St Roch’s Ceili Band from Glasgow performing at 2019 Fleadh.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Comhaltas in Britain (Pronounced Coal-tas) are the pre-eminent charity charged with the role of preserving and promoting Irish traditional Music, Song, Dance, Irish language, and storytelling and were first established in Britain in 1957. 

Traditionally the month of June hosts the largest Comhaltas event each year called the Fleadh (Pronounced Fla) – which are the British championships of music song and dance. Having already established a working relationship between Comhaltas and Coventry City of Culture Trust prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, when the idea of an in-person large scale event was not possible, both partners worked together to create something even bigger than what was originally planned, and with a much bigger scope to reach a worldwide online audience.