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Red hot bill for Buncrana Trad Fest 05.02.08

A GREAT line up including the 'incendiary Pyros' has been unveiled for the third annual Ar Ais Arís festival in Buncrana.
The popular weekend of music, song and dance kicks off on Thursday, March 27 and runs right through to Sunday's festival finale.
After asking locals who they'd like to see this year, the committee have arranged for Sharon Shannon and her band Renegade to join the line-up, with duo Maire Ni Chathasaigh (harp) and Chris Newman (guitar) on the bill as well.
One of the most popular bands to come out of the North West, Four Men and a Dog, is also scheduled for an appearance with local singer songwriter Kevin Doherty from the original line-up.
Other highlights include the premiere by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin of a piece he has composed specially for the festival. He'll be accompanied by the very best of the region's musicians, as well as an orchestra for what promises to be a very memorable concert. Of course, it wouldn't be the Ar Ais Arís without a few late-night gigs by the legendary, incendiary Pyros! There will also be a host of concerts, gigs, workshops,
Sharon Shannon
singers circle, traditional Masses and a pub session trail. Organising committee chairperson, Michael Gallanagh said when it started out, the chief aim of the festival was to "create something unique, not just another music festival".
"Judging by the enthusiastic response we've had from everyone who has taken part, we've managed to do this." He said the organisers have had a number of anxious queries regarding the fact that this is the third year of a three-year plan for the festival, and news that there might not be one next year.
"Our plan was always to run the event for three years, and then take a wee break to have a rethink. First off, organising the Ar Ais Arís is a huge commitment from quite a large number of volunteers, and it's not really fair to expect them to take on the task year after year, indefinitely.
"Secondly, we still want to ensure that the festival is fresh - special and unique.
So, we want to explore the best way to take it forward, not just carry on without a clear purpose." He said after this year's event, the committee will review its plans and "see where we go from there".
For more information, pick up a flyer, visit  www.buncranatradfest.com  or ring 086 882 9019.
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