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Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2019

Friday 31st May-Monday 3rd June 2019

Experience the very best in authentic traditional Irish music “the pure drop” with internationally acclaimed musicians at the Ceol Aneas Festival. Ceol Aneas pronounced (kee-ol an-ass) is Irish Gaelic for Music (Ceol) of the South.

"It's a great weekend as there’s no way you can separate the music from the ‘craic’ (fun)."

The Festival Highlight Concert will be starting at 7pm on Sunday and will feature an exciting line up of festival guests, including Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Mary McNamara (concertina), Angela Usher (banjo), Dougal Adams (flute), Caleb Chia (guitar), Declan Simpson (fiddle) and Pat Higgins (whistle).

A Ceili Dance, with live musicians, will be held on Saturday from 7pm onwards and is fun for everyone.

Traditional Irish music ‘sessions' will be from 8 pm till late at venues around town. Highly regarded world-wide, the Ceol Aneas Festival attracts skilled musicians to Nelson and the sessions, with festival guests included, provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

A singing session, focusing on Irish singing, welcoming all, family friendly and free to enter will be held on Saturday from 4 - 6 pm.

Family Friendly


May 31
June 1–3


Nelson & suburbs


Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
48 Nile Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Ceili to be held at Trafalgar Hall (Old Folks' Hall), 67 Trafalgar St, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Showcase Concert - Adult $30, concession $20

Tickets from Ticket Direct, Nelson Centre for Musical Arts


Ph. 027 687 5455

Additional Info

Official Website

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