NYAH Co Cavan Traditional Music Live & Virtual Festival.

NYAH (Not Your Average Hooley)  

Co Cavan Traditional Music Live & Virtual Festival. 


Are you ready for even more great live music in Cavan in March 2023? 

NYAH in partnership with Town Hall Cavan, Farnham Arms Hotel, Shannonside Northern Sound Radio, and Cavan Arts Office is delighted to welcome everyone to Cavan Town – for an exciting new arts 2023 programme funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cavan County Council, 



NYAH at the Town Hall 


St Patrick's Day festivities are to be greatly enhanced in Co Cavan this year with Five free traditional music sessions, and a special evening of musical entertainment in Townhall. The sessions will feature all-star contributions from over forty singers, dancers and musicians.

The Four days celebration starts off Thursday, March 16th. Free Lunchtime music session in Johnston Central Library on March 16th at 1 pm.

From 9 pm a traditional Irish Music session in Ramblin’ House lounge Cootehill led by locals Hugh P Donohoe Banjo & friends. 

Friday 17th St Patricks Day begins with a nursing home visit by NYAH CCE Youth at 11 am. Percy French Cocktail Bar (Farnham Arms) From 2 pm -4 pm The great Eugenio Collinassi from Italy on Banjo /Mandola with Karen McMahon Guitar & Martin Donohoe in the corner entertaining.  From 6-8 pm 

A Special Radio Broadcast on Shannonside Northern sound Radio has Festival guests on air with Philip Clark, Hannah O Reilly, Oliver Diviney, Tommy Mc Dermott, Belturbet CCE, Barry Conaty, Bernie Charles, Shane Duffy and Curran Lads Niall & Sean also stories from Eamon Maguire & Peter Mc Ginnity.  From 7 pm Thunder Bar Cavan has John Crane Dublin Singer with Fermanagh’s Fintan McManus Guitar and we finish Patrick’s day in Ramblin’ House Cootehill from 9 pm with a session Mickey Mc Donnell banjo, Eugenio Collinassi  From Italy on Banjo /Mandl, Trevor Bury Bodhran / Bones, Karen Mc Mahon Guitar & Martin Donohoe accordion. 

Martin says the idea of the St Patrick's weekend festivities was a way of bringing traditional music to as many people as possible: “The Arts Council offered support for concerts under the festival funding programme. We applied with the idea of bringing a variety of Ulster musicians, singers and dancers to Cavan for this wonderful event. 

Martin says there's a great delight among members at the chance to celebrate over two decades of the traditional music group: “This is the 23rd year of NYAH. For the last couple of years, the lockdown has curtailed our programme. We didn't get to celebrate as we would have liked to, so this is our chance to make up for that. What better time to celebrate our traditional arts than on and around St Patrick's Day.”

He says the St Patrick's day festivities will also feature a wonderful multicultural event as part of the programme to embrace the changing face of Cavan.

Coordinated with the assistance of the Cavan County Council Arts Office, the programme highlights the seated concert on March 18th in Townhall, Cavan. 

The Townhall Jig of Life concert commences at 8 pm, with tickets costing €16 and concessions for €14. 

Galway’s Oliver Diviney Accordion Champ receiving the specially commissioned Crystal Award made by Tommy Kenny. Show line up being recorded for Radio Na Gaeltacht and later Broadcast with Guests Annette Owens, Accordion and Brenda Mc Cann, Fiddle Fermanagh

Kanako Machida (Accordion) Japan, Brian McGrath (Banjo and Piano) Fermanagh.

Darren Breslin Accordion Fermanagh, Stanley & Evija Nwaneri & Multicultural Dancing Group, Eamon Mc Givney Fiddle Longford, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha Flute /Whistle Galway, Martin Murphy Drums Longford, Philip Clarke Piano, Aoife Murray McGovern, Hannah O Reilly Singers & Fintan McManus Guitar, Padraig Conroy Accordion, Duffy dancing Brothers, Curran Family & O Reilly Family from NYAH CCE.Martin Donohoe Accordion Karen McMahon Guitar

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Sunday 19th 

Music & Song  One to One Masterclass workshops from 10am . We like to thank Tinko Tinev from Cavan Media who oversees the virtual online media elements. 


Final session from 3 pm in Farnham Arms Hotel with many guests dropping in . A new Quartet Shane Walsh Vocals /Banjo /Guitar ,Sean Curran Pipes  ,David Waters Accordion and Niall Curran flute will showcase as part of the afternoon.  


Over the Years NYAH has received financial support, with thanks to Arts Council Festivals Investment Scheme, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.



Thanks to Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan, Catriona O’Reilly Arts Officer Cavan Co Council, Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio, American Friends Mary & Rich Brautigam, Felix & Sharon McQuaid Opticians, ITMA Director Liam O’Connor & Staff Brian Doyle & Alan Woods, Town Hall Cavan, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha of Raidio na Gaeltachta, Emma Clancy Co Cavan Librarian, Creative Cavan /Ireland, Robert & Emma Irish Music Magazine, Backyard Arts Centre, Cavan Monaghan ETB, Comhaltas Seisiun Fund, Dr Labhrás Ó Murchú Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, 

Sherdian’s Insurance College St ,Lizzie Buggies Ballyconnell ,Ramblin House Cootehill ,Cavan Crystal Hotel , The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.FM Computers . 


Information from Martin Donohoe Mob : 0862342270, Email : Find event updates on FB via Co Cavan Nyah Traditional Music Page & The Wind That Blows Radio Show EVERY Saturday with the Cavanman on Shannonside Northern Sound Radio 8pm -10pm. 



The Wind That Blows Radio Show FOLKING TRADITIONAL 

Every Saturday 8pm   with the Cavanman 

on Shannonside Northern Sound Radio

Date and time:

16 March 2023 from 10:00 to 10:00


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