What happens when the largest Folk Alliance in the world meets the best damn little guitar festival in the land?

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This September Clonakilty International Guitar Festival are proud to partner with Folk Alliance International to present the first ever FAI European conference right here in Guitartown! This pilot event will see the cream of folk artists and rising stars perform showcase events in the prestigious & historic music venues for which west Cork is famed, before dovetailing seamlessly into the 13th edition of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. West Cork is rightfully proud of its food and scenery but the other natural resource we have is a vibrant musical culture and it is this alchemy which will draw Folk Alliance delegates from all over the globe to our corner of paradise. As well as the panel discussions and showcase concerts, the event will also include the presentation of the FAI Lifetime Achievement Award to Donal Lunny for his contribution to traditional music over his stellar career. Lunny will join Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Mavis Staples in receiving this award.

The following shows have also now been added to an all ready jam packed festival lineup with tickets available to festival goers! Tickets on sale now!

FAI & CIGF Presents:
Laura Cortese (US) & Moxie (IRL)
DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty :
Tuesday 19th September 9pm
Tickets: €15 (+booking)
FAI & CIGF Presents:
“In The Round“ with: Wallis Bird, Mick Flannery, Lisa O’Neill, John Smith.
DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty
Weds 20th September 9pm
Tickets: €20 (+booking)
FAI & CIGF Presents:
“In The Round“ with: John Spillane, Mide Houlihan, Steve Poltz, Sam Clague
Shanley’s, Clonakilty :
Thursday 21st September 3:30pm


CIGF17: Things involving guitars will be happening…

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The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2017 returns front the 20th-24th of September this year for the 13th edition of the festival- & guess what? …


CIGF16: Welcome to Guitar Town…..

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Guitartown is back in 2016!
The Guitar Mardi Gras that is The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is returning for its twelfth year this September. There’ll be twelve strings, twelve bar blues and at least twelve angry men (with even angrier guitars) in this twelfth year of guitar heaven.
Hey “Spinal Tap” fans – this one goes up to twelve. Worship!

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival has announced its first case-load of acts appearing in 2016. It’s a list that puts the thrum in plectrum, the zing in string, and the surprise in “C’Mon Feel The Noize”.

There’s the nomadic son of Milwaukee who, along with being a Violent Femmes collaborator, has written jingles for tampon ads on Vietnamese national television: Brett Newski.

There’s Hozier’s touring band and standalone, stand out pop/rock/rnb priestesses Wyvern Lingo

There’s Ray Davies’ favourite guitar-man, the Clonakilty native who links The Kinks and Hendrix: Bill Shanley.

There’s the Afro dub monks from London consecrating 24 carat dub, afro-beat, and deep-funk: Soothsayers

There’s the poet laureate of Irish Guitar: Steve Cooney

There’s the whole country of Sweden’s brightest country-blues hope: Shoutin’ Red.

There’s the U.S/Swede/U.K all-girl garage group of your wildest dreams: The Franklys.

There’s three of Ireland’s most talented composers/interpreters of traditional and original music on a sonic rendezvous with the ether: Úlaid.

There’s that very fine purveyor of “world music for a new world”: John Spillane.

There’s a while yet to go to the actual twelfth Clonakilty International Guitar Festival; can you imagine what more delights they’ll have lined up for us by the time September swings around?
Say it once/Say it loud/Guitartown is back/Guitartown is proud. Ralph Mexico


CIGF15 is coming……..

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We’re delighted to announce that plans for this years 11th Clonakilty International Guitar Festival are well underway!!! The dates for this years epic guitar-ocalypse are the 17th-20th of September….put them in your book!

CIGF 2014- get ready!

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As you can see, we’re updating the website with artists and events for the tenth edition of the festival, to help from the 18th – 21st of September.  Keep checking here and on our social media sites for the revelations as they happen!

Thanks everyone

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Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2013 has come to a close and we’d like to thank everyone who visited, volunteered, played, sang, or had any part at all to play in what was undoubtedly the best festival yet!  See ye all on the 18th-21st os September 2014 for our 10th birthday!