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Folk Festival returns to Limavady

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The 21st annual Roe Valley International Folk Festival, will take place this year from October 18-22.

This event has grown to become one of the biggest occasions in the North West region and once again promises to be a great celebration of many cross cultural activities.

The festival will be launched on Thursday October 18 at Harkins Bar in Limavady.

This bar is now reopening following a major refurbishment operation which will make it one of the major entertainment hotspots of the North West.

Over this weekend, there will be a vast array of performances.

These will include folk and traditional entertainment from Scotland, England and the rest of Ireland.

Over the weekend of October 19-21, there will be an abundance of folk performances, sessions and activities. The Newton Stewart Quartet from Scotland, will be making their first ever appearance at this festival.

They will bring a mixture of songs and tunes from Scotland and link them to our local music.

There will also be a number of local artists making their debut at the festival such as Damien Quinn, Bracken Folk and Fergus Cleary.

Roola Boola from County Cork will be returning with the help of some local musicians, who will provide the entertainment.

They will also contribute to many sessions where they will be joined by the Loup Players and many other established local musicians.

Other acts will include; the John Mc Nicholl Band, Emily Barker, Banjoes, Simple Truth, Francis Harrison, Patrick Duffy and The Misfits.

The weekend will be completed, as always, with traditional sessions and sing songs on Monday 22 October.

These will take place in Browns, Drumsurn and the Alexander Arms, in Limavady.

These are folk sessions for those with the stamina to keep going for one more night.

All of this would not be possible without the support of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the DFC Volunteering Department along with a number of local businesses.

Further details are contained in the festival brochures, various local newspapers and also local radio programmes.

It promises to be a great night so come along, join in and enjoy.

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