Supported by the Dept. of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports, Clare County Council sought applications from interested parties who wished to receive support for outdoor performance events in the county from July 1st to September 30th 2021.

All genres of performance (Music, Spectacle, Circus, Street Arts etc) were encouraged to apply to this scheme. Small scale solo performances and unplugged presentations through to amplified concerts were considered and the following proposals were encouraged

  1. Proposals to provide live outdoor music and / or family friendly entertainment throughout Ennis Town Centre
  2. Proposals to provide live outdoor music and / or family friendly entertainment in Shannon Town Park
  3. Proposals to provide live outdoor music and / or family friendly entertainment in a variety of locations throughout the county.

The series of summer events comprised of:

Bualadh Busk – Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Bunratty & Newmarket on Fergus

The promotion of local talent was to the the forefront as Bualadh Busk organised outdoor music sections in the Shannon Municipal Area throughout the summer, offering a huge variety of performances and a great experience to locals and visitors alike.

Los Paddy’s Continental Ennis

Los Paddy’s entertained hundreds of people throughout Ennis over the summer, moving their pop show throughout the town as they brought joyful music and dance to locals and tourists alike.

Busking in the Banner

Concertina player, Christy McNamara travelled to towns and villages throughout the county over the summer, playing his music, meeting people and documenting his travels with his renowned photographic skills.

Once off events included:

John Spillane in Concert in Ogonnelloe – August 7th, 2021

A special evening in the Church Car Park in Ogonelloe, with well loved troubadour John Spillane joined by harpist, Niamh O’Brien and friends, braving the elements to perform to an enraptured audience.

Head shot of John Spillane gazing downwards Niamh O Brien, leaning on her harp, with autumnal sunshine shing through the trees behind her

Trad Gala – September 11th, 2021

Hundred’s gathered in Ennis on September 11th, 2021 to enjoy the music, songs and dances with Eoin O’Neil and his friends at The Height. Pedestrianisation enabled a couple of sets to be enjoyed by all in attendance.

The Doolin Sessions – September 17th – 19th

The scheme enabled us to support Hotel Doolin as they were unable to run the Doolin Folk Festival due to restrictions. Instead, we enabled The Doolin Sessions.