NYAH Co Cavan Traditional Music Festival 2019

NYAH Traditional Irish Music Festival

March 8th -  18th  2019    throughout Co. Cavan.

Now in its 19th year. The word “NYAH ” refers to the very expression of the tradition … to its lift or “soul”. This is a festival of all things Cavan. NYAH festival celebrates the traditional music, song, dance and culture of County Cavan, the Ulster tradition and the county’s very own musical style.


There's going to be good ceol agus craic in Cavan for the NYAH Traditional Irish music festival 2019.  


Highlights include Jig Of Life Award Winners Concert, Cavan Library Event Space at Johnston Central Library Farnham Street in the centre of Cavan Town 7.30 pm, Friday 8 March:

Mick O Connor Banjo London ,Rosie Stewart Singer Fermanagh ,P J Hernon Accordion  Galway, Bríd Harper Fiddle Donegal. Singer Roisin White Co Down who will launch her book & 2 cds “ Tis pretty to be in Ballinderry “ Robert Cinnamond 1884-1968. Galway's Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha & Accordion Tommy Mellett will launch the new album, An Tower: Traditional Irish Music on Accordion and Flute released on the Cló Iar-Chonnacht label. Selection of tunes /songs from Accordion Eugene Teevan ,Fiddle Eamon Mc Givney ,Flute  Barry Conaty ,  Banjo  Catriona Lagan , Singer Cathal Lynch ,Piano Accordion Dean Warner, Singer Hannah O Reilly Accordion  Michael Burke, Lilter  Seamus Fay – MC Martin Donohoe. 


Jig of Life Concert is now sold out. The Farnham Arms hotel will hold two sessions after the concert for a chance to share music and song with the visiting artists and everyone is welcome!


On Saturday 9th March the NYAH branch of Comhaltas are hosting a singing recital  in the Farnham Arms Hotel Percy French Bar in Cavan town 12pm - 2:30pm.

The event will start at 12 noon and will last until around 2:30pm. It will consist of a range of singers with seasoned names such as: Rita Gallagher from Donegal , Roisin White from Co Down, Cathal Lynch, Aoife Murray, Seamus Fay ,Marian Crowe and other enthusiastic songsters such as Hannah O’ Reilly, Annie & Kayla Farrell, Lavina Hyland Kinsella and storyteller Eamon Maguire. 

The main purpose of this event (which will be coordinated by Tyrone singer Cathal Lynch) is to explore the background of Irish Traditional singing and hear from each individual singer their own personal journey in the world of song.  We will hear each singer talk about the songs they sing, where they obtained them and of course hear them sing a song or two! 

There will be chance to ask questions, get the words of songs and record the rich tradition which is flowing throughout country at present.  Singer Roisin White, Co Down will talk about her new book & 2 cds “ Tis pretty to be in Ballinderry “ "Robert Cinnamond 1884-1968" during the event.  This event hopes to be the start of a possible singing weekend to be held in Cavan as part of the NYAH events. So why not come along and join us for the songs and the craic. 

Adm Free to Farnham Arms Singing, All Welcome.


Saturday  night 9  March 10pm Glan Bar, Mullahoran:

Tunes & Song Session with Antóin Mac Gabhann Fiddler And banjoist Mick O'Connor from London playing Saturday 9 th March in Glan Bar Mullahoran with NYAH CCE musicians. All Ireland Fleadh Winners  Hannah O Reilly  Song & Barry Conaty Music & Philip Clarke Keyboard will be performing -


Many school visits and sessions will continue in Co Cavan till the festival draws to a close on St Patrick's Weekend.


Friday 15th March

Widows Bar, Belturbet, with NYAH Comhaltas



Saturday 16th March

6 - 8pm Radio Broadcast on Shannonside Northern Sound


10pm Fitzpatrick's Bar, Rockcorry, Co Monaghan NYAH trad session



Sunday 17th March

1pm - 3:30pm Farnham Arms Hotel St Patrick's Day sessions.


6pm Virginia Park Lodge Host a CEILI HOUSE in celebration of St Patrick with an evening of traditional Irish food, song and dance.

Martin Donohoe & NYAH Entertainment will start at 6pm.

Chef  Richard Corrigan and his team will serve up a heart-warming bowl-food supper from 7:30pm. This will be followed by entertainment from NYAH  musicians and sean-nos dancers in what promises to be a fun and interactive evening.

€35pp for Ceili House Evening 

€135pp for Ceili House with B&B 

Booking at (049) 854 6100


10pm Cavan Crystal Hotel Bar,  the Irish  session continues with many guests performing at these open sessions .



Monday 18th March

12pm Castlesaunderson Scout Centre. If you fancy a walk to clear your head after all the music & songs, Belturbet Comhaltas Branch host a Green Themed fun run / walk  in Castlesaunderson Scout Centre, followed by a full Irish breakfast in the Scout Centre.  Concluding with the launch of the Cavan  County Fleadh, a session for musicans singers and dancers will follow. 

Belturbet will host the County Fleadh 31 May - 3 June 2019 (June Bank Holiday Weekend)

Fleadh Information FACEBOOK


DATE FOR THE DIARY Sunday 2 June 2019
The Voice of Ireland Seán Ó Sé   from Cork will be in Concert at Cavan Co Fleadh in Civic Centre Belturbet.

All Star NYAH Show with Padraig Sinnott piper ,Brigid Sinnott accordion ,Aishling O'Reilly flute, Cathal Lynch singer, Dean Warner Accordion, Nadia Markey Harp, Bernard O Sullivan singer, Gary Lynch fiddle local musicians - Martin Donohoe, Fintan Mc Manus, Philip Clarke — Belturbet & NYAH Comhaltas Youth

Time: 7.30 pm 

Tickets €15 Book via text at 0868173153


NYAH  has received financial support ,with thanks to Arts Council Festivals Investment Scheme 2019 / An Chomhairle Ealaíon the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. The Arts Council recognise the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant and sustainable arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. Thanks to Ann, Fiona & Michael Sheils at Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan, Tom Sullivan & Creative Cavan 2018 – 2022 Committee, the Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Funding Plan for County Cavan which is an initiative of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Catriona O Reilly Arts Officer & Cavan Co Council Arts Office, Comhaltas HQ Seisiun Fund, Linda O Reilly Editor Anglo Celt Newspaper, NYAH Comhaltas Branch Committee,  Bernie & Sean, Matt & Catherine, Karen and Ellen Barry, Noeleen,Corina and  Dennis ,Sandy and Andy, Fintan and Ann, Angela, Keenan & Zoran, NYAH Youth Group, Charlie, Jack, Aoife, Niall, Sean, Hannah & Emily.Daniel Peeters IT Cavan Co Council, Narissa Cosgrove Arts Office, Robert Heuston Irish Music Magazine.

Noel Tierney Multisound Cavan ,Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio , American Friends Mary & Rich Brautigam ,Felix & Sharon Mc Quaid Opticians ,Philip Lynch  LYNCHPRINT Drumalee  and Edel Halton Brady Graphic Designer, Mickey Mc Donnell Northern Standard  ,ITMA Grace Toland , Brian Doyle ,Alan Woods  Irish Traditional Music Archive Dublin ,Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha of Radio na Gaeltachta , Widows Bar Belturbet Brendan Fay ,Zara Fitzpatrick's Bar Rockcorry, Terry & Brendan Crowe Backyard Art Centre Moynehall, John Conlon Lights , Derry Scanlan signage  ,Tommy Kenny Old Abbey Glass,Neal Doherty Mels Signs ,Marian Crowe Cavan Set Dancers,Joanne Hayes Cavan County Tourism Officer, Conor Harrington Tourism, ,Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board – CMETB, Bernard O Sullivan CCE Project Director ,Cavan Crystal Hotel ,Fintan Mc Manus Sound & PA  ,Patrick Doheny Photographer, .Noeleen Gallagher Sheridan's Insurance, Virginia Park Lodge Richard Corrigan ,Brian Reynolds Video ,Ray O Reilly Cavan 1 Hour Kodak Express Cavan .Community & Enterprise Cavan County Council  Festival & Events Grant Scheme .Dr  Labhrás Ó Murchú Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann  & The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.



NYAH Festival Booking via 0868173153 Call /Text,

Session  & Learning Music Information from  Martin Donohoe 086 234 2270. Email

Martin Donohoe AKA The Cavanman presents, “The Wind that Blows” Show every Saturday night on Shannonside & Northern Sound Radio 6pm to 8pm


Date and time:

06 March 2019 to 02 June 2019

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