Russell Festival Weekend 2024
The countdown is on for the Russell Festival Weekend 2024, which features more events than ever before! This year marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the festival which has grown over the years with concerts, recitals, workshops, album launches, lectures, live Q&A’s, children-friendly events, singing circle, storytelling and more. It’s not a weekend you want to miss out on so here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival.
Full festival programme coming soon.
What is the festival all about?
The annual weekend is a traditional Irish music festival held in Doolin to celebrate the legacy of Micho, Packie & Gussie Russell and the musical heritage of Doolin in general. What a way to kick off the season with the brightest musicians descending on Doolin from the four corners of the world to play in sessions, attend workshops and perform at concerts and recitals.
The highlight of the festival are the Saturday and Sunday Concerts which take place in the Russell Cultural Centre. The 30th Russell Festival Weekend concerts will feature the following wonderful traditional artists; Martin Hayes, Sharon Shannon, Jim Murray and Jack Maher, James, Carol and Caoimhe Cullinan, Noel and Aine O’Donoghue, Mná, Yvonne Casey, Kevin Griffin and Eoin O’Neill.
Where is the festival held?
The festival takes place in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland. The main concerts and other festival events take place in the Russell Cultural Centre and sessions take place in all the local pubs and hotels.
Is there a festival schedule available?
Yes! The Full programme will be available soon!
Micho, Packie and Gussie Russell were very talented musicians who learned most of their music through their mother and other local musicians. They were from Doonagore in Doolin and lived there all their lives and played for house dances and later in the pubs of Doolin.
How much does the festival cost?
You can get a Weekend Ticket for €50. Instrument Workshops cost €40 for two days.
Who is playing at the main concerts on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February?
The 30th Russell Festival Weekend concerts will feature the following wonderful traditional artists; Martin Hayes, Sharon Shannon, Jim Murray and Jack Maher, James, Carol and Caoimhe Cullinan, Noel and Aine O’Donoghue, Mná, Yvonne Casey, Kevin Griffin and Eoin O’Neill.
Is there anything else happening at the Russell Cultural Centre during the Festival?
Yes, there is a lot happening at the Russell Centre! In fact, this year the Russell Centre will be used as a Festival Hub which will host an information point and pop-up shop.
Other events to follow
Other highlights of the weekend coming soon
Where to Stay
Doolin has a great selection of accommodation options to cater for all tastes, budgets and requirements. Choose from Hotels & Guest Houses, Inns, B&Bs, Hostels, Welcome Standard Speciality Lodging, as well as holiday homes to hire or campsites for caravans, campervans or tents.
Where to Eat
Guinness, Irish whiskey, Irish coffee, “The Fry”, Irish stews, vegetable soup and soda bread, potato cakes and fish and chips are just a few of the traditional dishes and beverages that are on offer here in Doolin. If you’re looking for pub grub, rustic fine dining or something in-between, Doolin is the place to enjoy all of these in both relaxed and vibrant dining atmospheres. The local eateries are stocked with all the best local produce, craft beers, wine and Irish favourites. Come and experience the tastes of the land and sea!
What to Do
If you’re looking to do some extra activities or shopping during the festival, you’re in luck. Aside from amazing musical experiences, Doolin is also home to some great activities, shops and places to see. Nestled in the beautiful Burren on the wild Atlantic coast, Doolin is rich in scenery, heritage and outdoor excursions.
Be sure to explore the rest of our website to find out more information, or to plan your next visit to beautiful Doolin in County Clare. Check out ’11 Tips To Enjoy An Authentic Irish Trad Session’, for more local knowledge and hidden gems!