John McKenna Traditional Music Festival 2017

2017 sees the holding of the 210th annual John McKenna festival which will take place in Drumkeeran from June 8th – 11th 2016 incl The programme of events  includes competitions, concert, workshops and much more. Download the brochure here.


Thursday 8th June 2017

The Beginning! An Evening of Music and Song featuring young and old.
Venue: Áras Bríde, Drumkeeran - 6pm


Friday 9th June 2017

Marcus Hernon Family and Don Stiffe

Marcus Hernon is a flute player from Connemara who has been successful at All Ireland Fleadhanna. He has made a number of recordings over the years including The Grouse in the Heather and Feenish Legacy and is also an accomplished composer and flute maker. Marcus is joined by his sons Proinsias and Breandan together with his nephew Labhrás, all of whom are steeped in Connemara music.

Don Stiffe: Don Stiffe is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene. Stiffe hails from Galway and his singing prowess is up there with the greats that Ireland has produced. Don's award winning debut solo album "Start of a Dream" was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. His version of the "Dimming of the Day" by Richard Thompson won vocal cut of the year from the Live Ireland 2010 awards. The fantastic musicianship on this album speaks for itself and includes Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Arty McGlynn, Cathal Hayden and Carol Hession, to name but a few. Four of the songs on this album "Missing Galway", "Grosse Isle", "The Returning" and "The Banks of the Danube" were penned by Don himself.
Venue: Community Centre, Drumkeeran - 9.00pm, €12


Saturday 10th June 2017

Leitrim Day | Lá Liatrom
Youth Perfomance Workshops

Venue: Community Centre, Drumkeeran - 9.30am -12.30pm, (registration via schools during May 2017)


Whistle and Flute Competitions

Flute: U12,U14,U18.

Tin Whistle: U10, U12, U14, U18.

Cash prizes €50/€30 /€20 for U18 Flute winners
Venue: Community Centre, Drumkeeran - 1pm, €3 entry(registration 12.30am)


Singing Session

with Jim Bainbridge and Jackie Boyce

Special guests
Venue: Davitt's Bar, 2pm


Session in the Cottage

Festival favourite house session - All welcome!
Venue: Cottage at Community Centre, 5pm


Ceoltóírí Cluainín: Celebrating the music and North Leitrim

A concert of music and song highlighting and celebrating the music and musicians of North Leitrim.

> Venue: Community Centre, 9pm


Sunday 11th June 2017

Aifreann na Féile

Mass is followed by a wreath laying ceremony and music at John McKenna’s monument.
Venue: St Patrick’s Church, Tarmon,12.30pm


Music of the 'Mines'

A special musical gathering exploring music, stories and songs associated with the mining industries, in the company of Jim Bainbridge and friends, featuring contributions from musicians, singers from the locality as well as from further afield.
Venue: Arigna Visitor Centre,3pm


Festival 2016

Music Classes

Music Shop

2016 sees the holding of the 21th annual John McKenna festival which will take place in Drumkeeran from June 10th – 12th 2016 incl The programme of events will include competitions, concert, workshops and much more.
Our music classes continue on Thursday nights. 

Information: info@johnmckenna.ie or 086 8569900
The Music and Life of John McKenna: 'The Buck from the Mountain' and Joe 'Lacky' Gallagher: The Leitrim Cake are exclusively available now.