Spirit of Folk set to send festival goers back in time with friendliest event of the season

The much anticipated Spirit of Folk festival, which is due to be held in the lush County Meath countryside from September 23 to 25, has recently added several more bands, storytellers, and activities to an already impressive line up.

The intimate festival, being held in the stunning grounds of Dunderry Park, looks set to enchant festival goers and has been cited as the friendliest festival you’ll attend this year.

With an emphasis on community-based activities, as well as a stellar musical line up of folk legends, this boutique festival is gearing up to be a treat for all the senses and promises to be a soothing way to end the festival season.

Seventies folk heroes, Dr Strangely Strange, which have just been added to the line up, will take to the special Magnakata stage along with Gay Woods of Steeleye Span, Fiach, Lisa O’Neill, Rob Cunningham, The Young Folk, Owensie, Hot Sprockets and St John the Gambler.

The weekend will kick off with a lively Ceili Mor on Friday and guests are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments and join in the fun.

The Lake At Dunderry Park

What makes this festival truly unique is that it will offer so much more than the music, with many fresh and exciting sideline events that have never before been seen at music festivals.

Event organisers have promised a weekend to rival Bilbo Baggins’ birthday bash with an endless list of unconventional activities including, archery, ancient astronomy, falconry, battle re-enactments, storytelling in a candle lit cairn, burning effigies, medieval games, fireworks, community games, shamanism as well as a Mind, Body and Soul area.

Storytellers due to take part include Richard Marsh, Pat Speight as well as Dr Eamon O Giardha. A games area will be held in an Old Moroccan Tent and there will be nightly pub quizzes as well as dinner parties! Outdoor games will include a folk tug-o-war and Rounders and the dedicated kids area will be supervised.

Revellers can indulge themselves in the many holistic treatments that will be on offer including Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Acupuncture as well as a spot of either Kundalini or Laughing Yoga for those who want a meaningful festival awakening.

Campers will not have far to walk to the main festival area and those counting the pennies will be thrilled to know they can bring along t

Our Storytelling Cairn

heir own tipple. However lots of delicious food will be available on site.

Owner of Dunderry Park, Martin Duffy said he decided to run a folk music festival after seeing the revival of folk music, as well an interest in community based activities.

“When I saw the recent surge in popularity for smaller niche festivals, I felt it was something I would like to do at Dunderry Park. I thought that in these recessionary times, people feel like going back to basics. I wanted something with a sense of community and something that would lift people’s spirits and would help them connect to their roots,” Martin says.

Fingal Living History

Fingal Living History

Martin’s main aim is to create a relaxed and intimate space for people who want a real festival experience, but with a twist. He added, “We hope that like minded and light hearted people will come along.”

Another aim of the Festival is to raise much-needed funds for the charity and centre which he has run for several years. All profits will go towards the Oaktree Charitable Trust, which runs Dunderry Park. The centre provides a space for groups of people who are suffering from depression or anxiety as well as rape crisis groups, youth groups, groups dealing with the effects of the troubles in Northern Ireland and youth mental health.

Ticket Details – €95 for weekend camping pass, €59 for Saturday Only. Kids under 12 go free. Tickets are available online from tickets.ie or directly from Dunderry Park by calling 046 90 74455. Please be advised that no alcohol will be sold on site so those who enjoy a tipple should bring their own.

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