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Press Release – 11th August


  Tuesday 11 August 2020

Live Music makes a return to West Cork

Live music will finally make a welcome but restrained return to West Cork this month when Masters of Tradition takes place in Bantry from Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd August.

The 2020 Masters include Donovan, Christy Moore, Steve Cooney,Cormac Begley, Ye Vagabonds, Dónal McCague, Tommy Fitzharris, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán  O Maonaigh, Róisín Chambers, Eimear Coughlan and Francis Cunningham.

Artistic Director, Martin Hayes, usually features throughout the festival. Due to travel restrictions he will not be able to attend in person this year, but will be present virtually on screen.

With indoor gatherings currently restricted to a maximum of 50 people, there will be limited tickets available for each of the three live concerts in the Maritime Hotel. Covid regulations will be meticulously observed and ticket-holders will receive detailed guidance on the latest safety procedures. Each concert will also be filmed and made available for streaming.

The musicians will also revive the secret concert series and will create a series of films in favourite locations such as Bantry House, Whiddy and Garnish Islands and Future Forests that will be streamed during the Festival. More details of these streamed concerts will be announced nearer the time.

West Cork Music would like to thank the Arts Council, Cork County Council and Failte Ireland for the generous funding which has enabled Masters of Tradition to take place this year.

Tickets for the three Live concerts in the Maritime Hotel are now SOLD OUT.

However, you can book tickets for the virtual concerts on Vimeo MOT Video On Demand. Concerts will only become available for booking after the concert has been uploaded to Vimeo.  If you would prefer to book your ticket in advance, please ring the Festival office on +353 (0) 27 52788

For more information on our Virtual Masters of Tradition Programme page.

2020 Masters Artists Collage

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