Kilfenora Ceili Band Exhibition
Fans of The Kilfenora Céilí Band can enjoy an exhibition tracing the music and history of the internationally renowned band at The Burren Centre, Kilfenora.
Experience top of the range visual displays, artefacts, musical instruments, artwork and acoustics. The music of The Kilfenora Céilí Band will visually and aurally come to life before you.
104 years in the business and the Kilfenora Céilí Band has gone from strength to strength since their Centenary! From village parties in the early 1900s right down to their current international profile in the new millennium, each generation slots seamlessly into the groove of their forebears.
The group originated in the late 1800s. At the time, music was an important feature of life in rural Ireland. Kilfenora boasted a fine brass band, which gradually evolved into a dance band. Its story is the story of Irish music itself.
From village parties in the early 1900s to bigger dances in the ’30s, broadcasts in the ’40s, commercial recordings in the 50s, foreign tours in the ’60s and ’70s and the reformation of the band in its current format in the ’90s. The Kilfenora Céilí Band features fiddles, bass, cello, flutes, banjo, concertina, and accordion with what Folk Roots Magazine called “one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world”.