Classical Notes: Feis Ceoil plugs itself into a new era

It's Ireland's biggest music festival by far, and it's also the most historic.

11th March, 2012
Classical Notes: Feis Ceoil plugs itself into a new era
Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains.

It's Ireland's biggest music festival by far, and it's also the most historic.

It's the one where, famously, James Joyce didn't win a gold medal for his light tenor voice (some say it was squeaky) but John McCormack did. It's also the one where outraged competitors once walked out because a song, Fair Clarissa, had the word 'kiss' in it more than once. Even the Easter Rising failed to stop it.

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