The Sodshow, Garden Podcast

Final Call: Spirit of Folk Festival 2014


peter donegan, spirit of folk

Of note, both Peter, Brian and a host of fine friends will be at this gig. It is the festivals fourth year and we are happy to note we have been there since day 1. If you’re heading along and fancy a natter….. drop us a line, @sodshow on twitter or on facebook as The Sodshow.

In the meantime, grab a cuppa and take this in, from the very lovely Natasha of The Spirit of Folk Festival – 19/ 21 September – who sez:

After a jam packed summer season of festivals, Spirit of Folk, happening this 19th-21st of September is planning to see the season out with something a little different than what punters might have seen at festivals this year. Set on the grounds of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath with 25 acress of wooded parkland and lake the festival which hosts two stages of live music from the folk, trad and bluegrass genres will also hope to educate and delight festival goers with their wide range of eclectic activities.

From battle reenactments, falconry, midnight shadow puppet shows to inspirational talks and workshops, relaxing treatments and tours and trips to local sites such as the Hill of Tara, Spirit of Folk is one for those looking for a completely immersive experience right in the middle of the Boyne Valley.

‘Festivals, historically, were a chance for the community to re set. To step outside their everyday lives, dance, celebrate and get ready for the season ahead. I hope SOFF is a good example of those kind of ideas in a modern setting.’ Says Festival Director Natasha Duffy ‘Im looking forward to learning more about the night sky from our resident astrophysics Lee Hurley who will be hosting a telescope session after dark both nights and of course to our headline act of Dee Armstrong, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Eoin Dillon and Seanan Brennan of Kíla!’

Over 40 acts will grace both the main and woodland stage including Tupelo, voted best Folk Act at the Hot Press Reader’s Poll 2013; Dan Walsh, Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK; In Their Thousands, a four-piece outfit comprising alt-country, folk & rock; Dan Amor, Hailing from North Wales, a formidable talent making his way to Ireland for the first time; The Emerald Armada, an energetic festival-favorite and Belfast born and bred.

As well as great musicians there will be lots of alternative events that will complement the music and these include storytelling and poetry reading by Pat Speight, Eddie Lenihan, Aideen Mc Bride as well as talks and workshops on ancient druidism and shamanism; African song and dance workshops; yoga; ancient astronomy and bushcraft.

‘The Festival scene in Ireland is rich at the moment but we hope Spirit of Folk stands out as something a little different, one for those maybe looking for a quieter magic, more conversation and one that will leave you a little inspired!’

Weekend tickets cost €70 and day tickets cost €40. To purchase your Spirit of Folk 2014 tickets go to

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In garden outdoors terms  we’ve aired about 20 conversations, but this interview with Brendan O’Neill an experimantal archaelogist, possibly one of the faves of both Brian and Peter recorded over the last 3 years.

Other acts featuring at this year’s festival include: Carriages, Lynched, Bunoscionn, DANI, Leading Armies, Coscan, Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, Elk, Juhn Echo, Liam Quinn, Stephen James, Na Tonnta, Wicker Bones, Corner Boy, Catherine Hatt, Oisin McCole, Laura Ann Brady, Ailbhe Reddy, Darren Lynch, Owensie, Rob Corcoran and Tommy Hayes & Mattu Noone, Old Hannah with more acts to be announced!

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