19 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

The Peace III-sponsored open air “Gig Rig” at the Egg Market just off Cavan’s James Connolly Street (at the southern end of the town’s Main Street) was one of the many innovations introduced to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan last year, when it proved a hugely popular attraction with the crowds for five days on the trot, culminating with a mighty show by the Sharon Shannon band.
Fleadh 2011 will again see a huge line-up of performers provide a wonderful and varied programme of free, all-day entertainment at the Peace III Gig Rig, including shows by world-renowned traditional musicians like fiddling virtuoso Frankie Gavin and flute legend Seamus Tansey, as well as Gerry ‘Fiddle’ O’Connor, box player Martin Quinn, singers Gabriel McArdle and Cathal McConnell, the famed London Lasses band, and of course, Willie Drennan and his Ulster Scots Band with their booming Lambeg drums.
The Gig Rig heralds the new era of peace on this island, and with its border proximity, Cavan is ideally placed to extend the hand of friendship across all historical divides as it prepares to welcome well over 200,000 visitors to the All-Ireland Fleadh for the second year in succession.
The state-of-the-art open air stage will provide a focal point for performances and pageantry with a multi-cultural theme, ensuring that the very air in Cavan is alive with music, song and dance from many traditions from Thursday 18th August through to Monday 22nd — where the final event will be a hilarious, fun-filled Guinness World Record attempt to have the greatest number of people brush dancing in any one place, as Frankie Gavin provides the music!
Full report in The Northern Standard

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