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Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012

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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 May 12 - 12:32 PM

Thanks to Noel Harrington Fine Gael TD for sponsoring The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival,15 16 17 june 2012


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 May 12 - 12:10 PM

Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest
Festival to Hold Poetry and Art Competitions for Ballydehob Schools

The inaugural Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest is getting into gear this month with two competitions for the local schools in Ballydehob, Scoil Bhride National School and St Matthias National School.

The Fastnet Fest Poetry Competition is for children from 3rd to 6th classes and invites children to write their own poem on The Sea.

The Fastnet Fest Art Competition is for children from Junior to 2nd classes and is also on the festival theme of The Sea.

Entries will be collected in each school in advance of the festival, and winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each case, will be announced on Sunday 17 June, the last day of the festival.

Judging the poetry Competition will be Cork writer, Alice Taylor, author of many books on country life such as 'To School Through the Fields' as well as novels and poetry.

Local artist Carol James will be judging the Art Competition. Carol is well known for her inspirational work with children in West Cork schools.

Prizes for both competitions are book vouchers which have been sponsored by the Skibbereen Bookshop, Whyte's Bookshop and O'Donovan Murphy and Partners, Solicitors.

Winning entries will be published here on West Cork Guide so don't forget to come back and see who won!

Running from 15-17 June 2012, the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest is an international festival based in Ballydehob, West Cork, featuring maritime and other folk music. The event will feature sea songs, shanties, dance and craft displays, workshops, a sea song-writing competition, music in the pubs and main stage on Ballydehob Pier.

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The line-up will include: Jimmy Crowley, Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Baggyrinkle Swansea Shantymen, Trim Rig and a Doxy, Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton, Dave and Helen Howard, Dessi Redmond, Dick Miles, Rubicon, Rattlesnake County, Free Spirit, Devil's Water, Henk Voss, After the Storm, Verna Connolly, Capstan Full Strength, Andy Kenna, Cork Singers' Club, Stephen Park.


To keep up with the festival news, please see the Festival Web Site


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 May 12 - 05:18 PM

thanks to sponsor Mr Michael McCarthy TD


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
From: The Sandman
Date: 21 May 12 - 06:50 AM

many thanks to our latest sponsors West Cork Gourmet Store and Minihanes Electrical shop Ballydehob


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 10:23 AM

thanks to our sponsor, fastnet marine outdoor education centre


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 12:37 PM

thanks to sponsors Atlantic sea kayaking. There is a new addition to the programme a 25 minute recital of the Ancient Mariner, Sat 1 00pm youth centre


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
From: freespiritceol1
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 07:37 AM

Looking forward to the weekend, hope the weather is kind to us!!


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Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
From: The Sandman
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 05:00 AM

We just returned from a new sea music festival, in Ballydehob, near Skibbereen in West Cork. It's the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest, and it ran from Friday night through Sunday night (June 15-17, 2012). This being the first (hopefully not the last), it was smallish by Mystic standards, but it was a delightful weekend.

Among the listed performers were Baggyrinkle, Trim Rig and a Doxy, Andrew McKay/Carole Etherton, Andy Kenna, Verna Connolly, Devil's Wate, Capstan Full Strength, Henk Voss, Free Spirit, and After the Storm. On the landlubber side (as one of the sing-alongs was bi lled) were Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly (who played together and separately), Rattlesnake County, Molly O'Mahony, and Norman Collins. There were Irish trad sessions, Scottish country dancing, and traditional French dancing (led by Marie Laure Hasse).

Most of the action was in five pubs right in the town center, with some in the community center and the Methodist Church. Weather permitting (and it did, to the surprise of many), there were concerts on an outdoor stage down by the bay.

Ballydehob is a beautiful small town and the locals were very welcoming. It is just a few kilometers' drive to great views of Fastnet and its historic lighthouse, and just a few kilometres more to Mizenhead, Ireland's most southerly point with its great views and small maritime museum (and café).

The festival kicked off about 9 on Friday night with two singarounds, a trad session, and two individual concerts. Saturday morning saw five workshops – Jackie Daly, fiddle; Matt Cranitch, button accordion; Andy Kenna, John Masefield poems set to music; Tomas Wiegandt, percussion; and Norman Collins, understanding harmony and chords. The outdoor concert started about 2, and the sing-alongs and concerts started in earnest about 3 and lasted till well after midnight. Aside from the workshops, Sunday was much like Saturday. We left about 6 to get back to Dublin.

We keep saying 'singalong', but they were actually set up as miniconcerts. One of them had a series of 30-minute sets from maybe a half-dozen performers. The one we mainly attended (and preferred) was run by Verna Connolly and Dick Miles at Levi's Pub. They had the performers do three songs, and then took three floor singers from the audience, then another performer and more floor singers. All the sings that we went to at Levi's were rousing affairs, and we both sang at all of them.

The festival was, we understand, conceived, instigated, and organized almost singlehandedly by Dick Miles, who also raised the funds, performed, ran singalongs, headed up the songwriting competition, booked taxis for performers, and was called out of the competition when a toilet got blocked. He did an amazing job and should be congratulated.

Ireland has few sea music festivals, and unfortunately Fastnet fell on the same weekend as the third annual Rosses Point sea shanty festival, near Sligo Town. We went to that last year, and would have gone back this year but for the conflict. We made the right choice this year but would have liked to go to both. We hope that both festivals will thrive in future, but hopefully on separate weekends.

Gina and Bill Dunlap


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