Home & Away

Irish culture is reknowned worldwide for its hospitality and inclusivity. The Irish artistic community in Berlin has been growing rapidly for several years, with new and “established” talent from all corners of the world coming together to exchange and explore ideas and experiences. For the first time, the Irish traditional music and dance scene will take to the ufaFabrik’s beautiful, canopied open air stage to present two days of music, dance, song, story-telling and Gaelic sport. This international community has created a home-from-home for themselves in their shared love and appreciation of these traditional arts and invites you to join the festivities in one of the city’s most extraordinary cultural venues.

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Festival ticket

Fri + Sat all day

€35, conc. €28

Day ticket

Fri or Sat all day

€21, conc. €17

Friday from 10pm

Fir na mara only

€12, conc. €8

Family tickets

Sat 3pm – 6pm

Children €6, Adults €9

Programme

Friday, 17 Aug

7pm   Concert  Canopied summer stage

Béar

Fionnuala Mc Nelis  flute
Wolfgang Szengel  bouzouki
Gyula Glaser  three-time European champion Irish dance
Nicole Ohnesorge  Irish dance
Liam Blaney  vocals, guitar
David Flowerkraut  nyckelharpa, fiddle
Ciarán MacSuibhne  vocals, guitar

Ernst Erland Kühn

Julius Kühn  fiddle, vocals
Peter Palberg  guitar, vocals
Felix Raupp  double bass, vocals

10pm   Concert  Theatre hall

Fir na mara

Neil Macdonald  guitar, vocals
Noel Minogue  button accordion
Bríd Ni Catháin  Celtic harp, vocals
Bernd Lüdtke  fiddle, vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán
Christian Tschirch  uilleann pipes, low whistle

Saturday, 18 Aug

3pm   Family programme  Canopied summer stage

Gaelic Sports

Setanta Berlin GAA   Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic football

4pm   Family programme  Canopied summer stage

Irish stories

Barbara Lemko with music by Avondale

4pm   Workshops  Studios

Céilí Workshops

Dance and music workshops with Sandra Kuhnert and Emer Toale

5pm   Family programme  Canopied summer stage

Children Danceshow

Tap Connection

6pm   Dance  Canopied summer stage

Céilí dance with live music

With Sandra Kuhnert and Emer Toale

7pm   Concert  Canopied summer stage

Elvena

Patrizia Sieweck   fiddle, vocals
Emer Toale   Celtic harp

8pm   Concert & Danceshow  Canopied summer stage

Lumas

Lorenzo Saracino   flute, piccolo flute
Jamie Ross   guitar
Robert Klafs   bodhrán
Special Guest:
Jane South   flute, piano accordion

Nasc Rince
Dance Connection

Donegals
Jigs & Reels
Tap Connection
Urban Beat

10pm   Session  Theatre foyer

Festival Session

Free entry

Céilí Workshops

Music Workshop

with Emer Toale

Instrumentalists are invited to learn the tunes and style of an Irish “Banna Céilί” (Céilί Band) with pianist and harpist Emer Toale.  Discover the secrets behind playing for dancers, as well as the intricacies used by professional Céilί Bands. Melody players will learn some new tunes, while accompanying instruments will tighten up their rhythm and create a strong beat and support for the melody musicians and dancers alike.

Requirements

Traditionally Céilί Bands are made up of flutes, fiddles, an accordion and a concertina accompanied by piano and drums, but feel free to bring your whistle, guitar, harp, cajόn or double bass! We can create our own alternative Céilί Band! Tunes will be taught both by ear and with notes.  A strong sense of rhythm, and an intermediate knowledge of an instrument is a must!  You must provide your own instrument.

Dance Workshop

with Sandra Kuhnert

Dance enthusiasts immerse themselves in the world of Céilí dances with Irish Step and Céilí Dance teacher Sandra Kuhnert TCRG, certified by the Irish Dance Commission An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. Together we learn jigs, reels and hornpipes, such as the dances Siege of Ennis and The Fairy Reel. We start with a little introduction to the different steps, until we turn to the dance figures with partners and in groups.

Requirements

No previous experience is needed, just a lot of desire for dancing and light clothes like soft pants, skirts and t-shirts. No high heel shoes, no special Irish dance shoes are required. Sneakers are perfectly fine. Even total newcomers can join. Dance partners can be brought along, but there is no problem to participate solo.

The fee for each workshop is €20.
Participants also have an option to purchase a ticket for the Saturday evening show at the reduced price of €12.
Both workshops will begin on

Sat 18 August at 4pm

To register, please send an email to

Artists

Béar

Fri 17 Aug  //  7pm

Canopied summer stage

Béar is a platform for creative, cross-genre collaborations of new and establish talent in Berlin.

“Berlin-based talent unleashed”

Fionnuala Mc Nelis &
Wolfgang Szengel

flute, bouzouki

IRE & DE

Fionnuala’s foray into Irish music began with the tin whistle at the age of five. She quickly progressed onto the flute and was fortunate to have been taught by a number of well-renowned Irish musicians, namely Tim Collins and Denis Liddy. Their varied and distinctive styles, and the unique exposure to the wealth of traditional music in her home county, Clare, in the West of Ireland, had a huge influence on her playing. Fionnuala favours a mixture of contemporary and traditional tunes which she has explored both as a soloist and in the many groups she has been involved in. She will be accompanied by Wolfgang Szengel, a well-known and amongst traditional musicians very sought after bouzouki player.

Gyula Glaser &
Nicole Ohnesorge

Irish dance

HUN & DE

Three-time European champion Gyula Glaser and his partner Nicole Ohnesorge are superb exponents of the Irish Dance tradition. Both artists collaborated with the band Cornamusa to create the show World of Pipe Rock and Irish Dance which successfully premiered in 2013 and was performed in sold-out venues all over Germany, recently in the Tempodrom in Berlin.
Gyula is touring worldwide with stage productions since 2007. He danced the leading part of “The Devil” in Magic of the Dance and perfomed in Breandán de Gallais‘ modern dance show Noctu at the New Yorck Off-Braodway Irish Repertory Theatre. He is co-founder of the Berlin dance ensemble “Irish Beats Dance Company”.
Nicole toured Europa in recent years with various productions, for example dancing the solo part of “She Devil” in Magic of the Dance. She also developes choreophies amongst others for MDR Deutsches Fernsehballett and she teaches Irish dance for children and adults at “Tap Connection Berlin”.

Liam
Blaney

vocals, guitar

IRE/DE

Since 2006 the German-Irish performs in various constellations and solo as guitar player and singer. His repertoire combines traditional and modern Irish Folk with blues and roots music. Slideguitar (Bottleneck), Fingerstyle Picking, Open tunings and his hearty voice define his way of playing music. Liams sets contain songs of Chris Jones, Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Rory Gallagher, Ben Harper, Steve Earle, Jack Lukeman and many more as well as his own ones.

David
Flowerkraut

nyckelharpa, fiddle

DE

David Flowerkraut is multi-instrumentalist who has a big passion for European traditional music, especially from Ireland, France and Sweden. On his travels he has played all over Europe and North America. His experiences also include workshops with Tara Diamond (flute) and Martin Hayes (fiddle) and he frequently played Hurdy Gurdy in the streets of Dublin, Cork and Galway. He now focuses on the Swedish nyckelharpa, trying to adapt it for Irish music.

Ciarán
MacSuibhne

vocals, guitar

IRE

Ciarán hails from Donegal. After travelling his home country Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, his music now brought him to Berlin where his natural and unfabricated voice and style quickly increases the number of appreciative listeners.

Ernst Erland
Kühn

fiddle, guitar, double bass, vocals

DE

Old instruments, harmony singing and one microphone: Ernst Erland Kühn tie in with many good folk traditions in their songs and arrangements. Life-long friends Julius Kühn, Peter Palberg and Felix Raupp recently left their rural home of the Lower Rhine for Berlin maintaining their unique folky sound.

Fir na mara

Fri 17 Aug  //  10pm

Theatre hall

The band with Scottish frontman Neil Macdonald continuously stirs its audience to dance and sing along when performing in Berlin or beyond.

“Buckle up and raise the roof”

Neil
Macdonald

guitar, vocals

SCO

Noel
Minogue

button accordion

IRE

Noel comes from Borrisokane in the County Tipperary, a rural area in which traditional music is very much looked after. In his large family, everyone plays an instrument and Noel, already began as a child to learn the Button accordion, also lovingly named “the box”. During innumerable sessions, he studied the polkas, jigs and reels of his native home. At the age of fourteen he was nominated “Tipperary junior champion” in the music competitions through out Ireland. He lived a long time in Dublin and played in the band Beal Bocht. He later spent a long time in London and Paris and when he came to Berlin he had already a good reputation as a highly talented box player. Here he met Aaron and Bernd, who already performed successfully together and sought a new melody instrumental player. As a trio, they named themselves Midnight Court.

Bríd Ni
Catháin

Celtic harp, vocals

IRE

Bríd was born into a musical family in Connemara, a cultural region in county Galway, Ireland. The area has a strong association with traditional Irish culture and contains a major part of the Connacht Irish-speaking gaeltacht. At an early age she began to sing and play the harp. With her beautiful voice and outstanding playing Bríd enchants her audience again and yet again.

Bernd
Lüdtke

fiddle, vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán

DE

Bernd, founding member of Midnight Court, was born and grew up in West Berlin, he took already classical guitar lessons at the early age of nine. The influence of the english speaking radio stations AFN and BFBS with their folk and country music programs led to it that already with 16 years he played folk guitar and 5 string banjo. Soon he was active in several groups in Berlin, as well as in Bluegrass also in the Irish Folk branch. At 17 he achieved a “young talent guitarist” award. His fast musical aptitude and skill led to it that he soon played tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhrán and Irish bouzouki and was a very sought after group and studio musician. After his studies, he moved into the professional camp and played in many groups. His wish was always to play a lead melody instrument, so he began to learn the Irish fiddle through teachers and workshops in Ireland and Germany. Today when time permits, Bernd is active as a fiddle teacher and gives instruction in fiddle workshops.

Christian
Tschirch

uilleann pipes, low whistle

DE

Family Programme

Sat 18 Aug  //  3pm

Canopied summer stage

The second day of the festivals starts off with an afternoon full of fun and activities for families and friends.

“Activities and fun for all ages”

Setanta Berlin GAA
Gaelic Sports

Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic football

3pm

A little known fact: Berlin is home to one of Europe’s largest Irish sports clubs! Setanta Berlin GAA welcome people from all nationalities to share in Ireland’s rich sporting heritage. Providing regular training and competitive tournaments for all ages in both Hurling and Gaelic football, Setanta Berlin GAA are your local Irish sports community with a busy social calendar to include everyone. Be sure to watch their stage demonstration and speak with Setanta Berlin GAA members at their festival stand.
Want more information now? Check out setanta-berlin.de and search “Hurling” or “Gaelic football” on Youtube.

Irish
Stories

With Barbara Lemko and music by Avondale

4pm

The tradition of storytelling is an ancient art and Barbara is a mediator between our current modern times and the wisdom of dateless myths. The band Avondale from Berlin (Beate Ratz and Rainer Baumgärtel, vocals and guitar; Hans-Henner Becker, mandolin) will accompany the stories. Special Guest: Christine Gieszer (fiddle)

Children
Danceshow

Tap Connection

5pm

Elvena

Sat 18 Aug  //  7pm

Canopied summer stage

Elvena’s sound is uplifting, full of atmosphere and authentic, the duo’ repertoire consists of traditional tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland and Canada.

“The best trad duo in town”

Patrizia
Sieweck

fiddle, vocals

DE

Patrizia Sieweck is a fiddle, banjo and guitar player as well as a singer and currently works in Berlin. Years of travels to festivals, workshops and sessions throughout Europe made it possible for her to study the violin styles of some of the best players in the folk world such as Brittany Haas, Aly Bain, Dirk Powell, Olivier Demers, Paul Bradley, Paul O’Shaughnessy, Lori Watson, Adam Sutherland and Shane Cook, to name a few. She has become an accomplished player of the Irish and American Old Time fiddle traditions but also dipped her toes into other musical heritage such as Scottish, Swedish, French and English traditional music. She currently performs with the Huas Irish and Celtic Music Collective in Berlin, Elvena, Irish folk rock band Larkin, Nightlark, the Silver Tassie Ceilidh Band and others. She also has ties to Vienna and to musicians such as Boxer John, Stephan Steiner, Valentin Arnold, Geza Frank, Lucia Wagner and many more.

Emer
Toale

Celtic harp

IRE

Emer Toale is a professional traditional Irish harpist and harp teacher from Dublin, Ireland based in Berlin, Germany.
Having been learning tin whistle and piano for some years prior, Emer started learning harp when she was twelve, in her own Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch of Seán Treacy in Dublin with Lindsay Moynagh. Emer progressed rapidly and took a keen interest in competition, and in 2006 she won her first Leinster Fleadh, qualifying her to the All-Ireland Fleadh (Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann), which she has since done eight more times. In 2011 and 2012 Emer was awarded third place at the All-Ireland Fleadh as part of a duet with Dublin accordionist, Grace Dowling. Emer has also competed and won prizes in several other competitions, including Granard Harp Festival, Keadue Harp Festival and Nobber Harp Festival.
Emer has completed all the exams with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Scrúdú Ceol Tíre, accredited by RIAM) in harp and has completed Grade 8 in classical piano, as well as receiving the gold medal in Advanced Piano Recital. In 2012 Emer was awarded the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) High Achiever’s Award for Advanced Piano Recital. She is also a qualified adjudicator at Fleadhanna Ceoil.
Emer is an experienced performer. Her work has ranged from family parties and intimate weddings to corporate and state events. In 2012 Emer was invited to join some of Ireland’s best young traditional musicians on the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Tour of Ireland. With her group, she subsequently toured Britain and America in 2013.
Emer started teaching privately when she was just sixteen. At seventeen she started to teach with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Craobh Seán Treacy, and has continued to teach there until she relocated to Berlin in 2016. Emer has also taught with Ceoltóirí Cluain Tarbh since 2014. Emer has experience teaching tin whistle, piano (classical and Irish traditional) and traditional orchestra (grúpa cheoil & banna céilí) as well as harp. Emer is a warm and patient teacher who takes each student’s ability, personality and personal preferences into account. Her students have been very successful in competition at county, provincial and All-Ireland level.

Lumas

Sat 18 Aug  //  8pm

Canopied summer stage

Brandnew three piece band based in Berlin. High quality, feet tapping eclectic class! With Special Guest!

“High energy, versatile Brilliance!”

Lorenzo
Saracino

flute, piccolo flute

IT

Native of Rome, Lorenzo Saracino spent two years in Galway city to specialize in Irish traditional flute and tin whistle. In 2015 he moved to Berlin, where he works as a flute maker and restorer as well as giving music lessons and playing concerts.

Jamie
Ross

guitar

SCO

Jamie Ross, born in Inverness, Scotland, is an artist, musician and composer now based in Berlin. He relishes the chance to play traditional music on both fiddle and guitar whenever he can. He has been performing with some great musicians such as Kris Drever, Duncan Wood and Norman Mackay.

Robert
Klafs

bodhrán

DE

Robert is a bodhrán player, his melodious drumming style was very much influenced by the thriving session scene in Galway where he lived as a student.

Jane
South

Special Guest  flute, piano accordion

EN

Jane began performing as a teenager at festivals and concerts alongside giving classical recitals and composing. She gained the ABRSM Laura Marco Prize on flute and performed solo concerts for Dorset Youth Music and with the Purcell School. She has toured Europe in the contemporary folk duo Folk&South and arranged and recorded on their debut album. Concerts with HK119 Finnish multimedia artist included Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic while touring her Imaginature album (One Little Indian Records). She has performed also worked with Musica Planina (Balkan folk), Laika (European folk), Moveable Feast (World folk), a jazz duo with guitarist Jeff Rodrigues, My Gosh Marvellous Bigband and Brazilian and Latin jazz groups.

Nasc Rince Dance Connection

Sat 18 Aug  //  8pm

Canopied summer stage

For the very first time all four Irish dance schools in Berlin come together to create an extraordinary evening of dance never before seen in this city.

“The biggest irish dance event in berlin ever!”

Donegals
Irish Dance

The Donegals are an Irish step dance group with a passion for Irish dance willing to share their enthusiasm with anyone interested. The fun of dancing is at the forefront of their performances be it at private partys, folk festivals or corporate events.

Jigs & Reels
Irish Dance Academy

Jigs & Reels Irish Dance Academy Berlin is based in the district of Prenzlauer Berg and teaches children and adults of all ages, from beginners to professional dancers. The best dancers present Irish dance in the Jigs & Reels Show Troupe.

Tap
Connection

Located in the district of Steglitz the dance studio Tap Connection Irish Dance Berlin teaches Irish dance for all age groups and skill levels. Not only do students receive training to dance at various events and take part in dance competitions, everyone with an interest in Irish music has the opportunity to move to traditional rhythms. Lessons for soft and hard shoe dancing are just a part of the programme as community céilí evenings.

Urban Beat
Irish Dance Academy

The Urban Beat Irish Dance Academy is an Irish dance school and show group located in Berlin, Germany. Led and instructed by Janna Hoppe, former WIDA world Irish dance champion, the Urban Beat Irish Dance Academy consists of dancers of all age groups and levels. We offer classes for those wishing to partake in competitive dance, as well as classes that focus on recreational or show choreography. New dancers are always welcome – regardless of age or experience.

Tickets +49 (0)30 75 50 30

 

or write an email to

Festival ticket

Fri + Sat all day

€35, conc. €28

Day ticket

Fr or Sa all day

€21, conc. €17

Friday from 10pm

Fir na mara only

€12, conc. €8

Family tickets

Sat 3pm – 6pm

Children €6, Adults €9

Location

 

International Cultural Centre ufaFabrik

Viktoriastr. 10 – 18, 12105 Berlin-Tempelhof, Germany

U6 Ullsteinstr., Bus 170, N6, N84

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