Fleadh 2020 on TG4
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.
This year was due to be a big year for Mullingar. Dubbed The Homecoming, the 2020 Fleadh was set to return to the place where it all began in 1951.
Because of Covid-19, however, the event had to be cancelled for the first time in its 70-year history. But as one door closes, another opens: Fáilte go Fleadh 2020!
Fleadh 2020 is a series of programmes which will be broadcast on four consecutive evenings from August 6 to 9 on TG4 at 9.30 p.m. The programmes will be coming from Mullingar, where this year’s Fleadh Cheoil was due to take place.
Over the course of four 90-minute programmes, TG4 will present engaging, unmissable entertainment for the hundreds of thousands of people who would have found themselves in Mullingar this August.
Fleadh 2020 is a unique, one-off series of programmes where entertainment and inclusivity are at its very core. Presented in a new format, and available to view online, each of the programmes will be rooted in the traditions of the Fleadh.
TG4’s series will feature musicians from all provinces and from the Diaspora. These include: Beoga, Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley and family, Liz and Yvonne Kane and dancer Nathan Pilatske, Matt Molloy and John Carty, Sí Fiddlers, Blackwater Céilí Band, Glackin family (including presenter Doireann), Four Men and a Dog, Eamonn MacDonncha and family, David Geaney, Ryan Molloy and Fergal Scahill, the Droney family, Aedmar O’Connor, Reelig, Attracta Brady and friends, the Fitzgibbon family from Limerick, Bofield CCE, composer Michael Rooney, and many more.
Footage of musicians from around the world will also feature over the four programmes. These include a session with Irish musicians based in Brisbane, Frankie McCormick (a singing priest in New York) will make an appearance, as will Frank McArdle and the Irish Minstrels branch in Glasgow, and we have an all Japanese céilí band from Tokyo performing.
Each programme will also have a reflective segment presented by Kieran Hanrahan, where each night a different set of panellists discuss the relevance and significance of the Fleadh to each region. These discussions will highlight the impact of the Fleadh on the local and wider Fleadh community.
Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, Daithi Ó Sé and Céilí House’s Kieran Hanrahan, Fleadh 2020 will air on TG4 for four consecutive nights from August 6 to 9, starting at 9.30 p.m. nightly. The series is produced for TG4 by Power Pictures Ltd.
*Pictured above, the co-presenter of Fleadh 2020, Kieran Hanrahan. Photo: Bryan Brophy