The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns this month, Tuesday 24 – Sunday 29 January, bringing an eclectic mix of Irish and international artists to Cork for its eighth annual event. Building on previous years, 2017’s festival welcomes Grammy award-winning Americana artist Dirk Powell and rising star Sarah Jarosz. Traditional Irish music legends Máirtín O’Connor, Donal Lunny, Kevin Burke & Zoe Conway close the festival on Sunday the 29th. The 6-day long event also hosts, amongst others, Mick Flannery, Jack O’Rourke, Hattie Webb, The Frank and Walters and an afternoon concert with Maighréad & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, David Munnelly Trio & Caoimhín Vallely Trio.

Ballincollig’s The White Horse will once again play host to much of the festival programme, including a festival club and lively discussion. Workshops in traditional Irish music will take place in Gaelscoil Ui Riordan on Saturday the 28th as part of the festival. Additional events include John Blek, From the Forest, Two Time Polka, The White Horse Guitar Club, discussion with Culture Vultures (Tony Clayton-Lea), bow making exhibition with Noel Burke, traditional music workshops and lots of free traditional Irish music sessions.

For more information and tickets go to www.wintermusicfestial.ie