Féile Róise Rua returns live from Árainn Mhór Island to your screens this year with an online live streamed broadcast in partnership with Other Voices on the 19 of May and an in person festival from 20 -22 May.
Féile Róise Rua was set up in 2018 as a voluntary community based festival to revive the local music and song tradition on the island, in particular the music of local singer and song collector Róise Rua.
This year’s festival will include exclusive performances from some of Ireland’s finest artists including Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Helen Diamond, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Jimmy Canavan, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Seosamh O Neachtain and more to be announced.
This year’s livestream will take place in Early’s Bar, a historic music pub on the Island which has been known for its music and singing for generations. Viewers can expect to feel like they are at an intimate music session with these guests as they sing, play and interact with the audience throughout the livestream.
Philip King, founder of Other Voices, said:
“All of us at Other Voices are delighted to deepen and strengthen the relationship with Féile Róise Rua. The Féile this year will be so special as Arranmore Island will host a brilliant gathering of singers and welcome an audience to listen to them and experience the magic of being wrapped up in the warm cocoon of a song.”
As part of the livestream the Féile Róise Rua community also hope to raise money for the local community centre which is central to life on the Island, as well as for Gemma’s Legacy for Hope – a charity supporting mental health services in north-west Donegal. You can donate via the Go Fund Me page here.
Brían Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds and a member of the Féile Róise Rua team, will co-host the session with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and said:
‘While the past two years left us with a vacuum of live music on the island, we were so lucky to find an opportunity for connection with people all over the world through our collaboration with Other Voices. We’re hugely excited now to welcome visitors back to the island this May, while also inviting people from across the globe to join our live stream session again on Thursday the 19th of May.’
The livestream will be broadcast live via Féile Róise Rua and Other Voices on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube on 19th May at 8pm and fans can set a reminder here.
The festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Ealaín na Gaeltachta Donegal County Council and Three Ireland.
For more information, go to www.feileroiserua.com or follow Féile Róise Rua on social media.