43rd Festival Interceltique Kicks off in Lorient


As one of the real European cultural success stories, the ten-day long fest of traditional music from the Celtic nations is set to roll on once more in Southern Brittany.

There are lots of acts participating this year from all corners of the Celtic globe, with performers from Cornwall, Galicia, Canada, Asturias, Bulgaria, Scotland, Italy, Wales and the Isle of Man, as well as a strong contingent from Brittany itself.

The Irish emissaries playing this year in Lorient include some veterans such as Clannad and Sinéad O’Connor, as well as the more contemporary in the form of Imelda May. Other Irish acts include this year include the Ballboley Pipe Band from Northern Ireland (also veterans, as they’re on the go for 94 years), the De la Salle Pipe Band from Waterford, young Donegal singer Noeleen Ní Cholla and young trad groups Réalta and Skipper’s Alley and Rinceoirí Cois Laoi from Cork.

For anyone planning on heading over to Brittany or France on holidays, check out all necessary details at www.festival-interceltique.com.

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