19 - 23 February 2014
Venue: INEC, Killarney
With a finely tuned mix of concerts, céilís, workshops and sessions The Gathering has been the highlight of the Irish cultural calendar for traditional musicians and céilí dancers since its inception in 1999.
This year, the Gathering will host the long awaited reunion of Buttons & Bows, featuring Jackie Daly, Seamus and Manus McGuire and Gary O'Briain. The festival will also welcome back many of the artists that thousands have enjoyed over the past 14 years, including fiddle maestro Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Due to popular demand, Teade, along with their newest member Seamus Begley, are making a welcome return.
New for 2014 is The Voice Squad, featuring Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran Mc Phail, with highlights of their new album, Concerning of Three Young Men. There will also be a beautiful harp and fiddle recital and the Killarney School of Music will delight on Sunday afternoon.
Other highlights of the 2014 festival include Caladh Nua, Siobhan's People, Murty Ryan and Mary Bergin, Tony Linnane and Paul De Grae and Damien Mullane & Friends.
For those of you who have energy to burn, the céilís promise to deliver with Ui Bhriain, Donie Nolan Céilí Band, Con Herbert & Friends, The Abbey Céilí Band, Striolan Céilí Band and Johnny Reidy Céilí Band. The 3rd Gathering Showcase Series, in association with Culture Ireland, will showcase some of Ireland's best talents to Europe wide festival organisers. The Schools Outreach Programme will have Gathering musicians, dancers and story tellers/seanchaí visit the local primary schools.