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Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2021

Friday 4th-Monday 7th June 2021

Experience the very best in authentic traditional Irish music “the pure drop” with internationally acclaimed musicians at the Ceol Aneas Festival.

The Festival Highlight Concert will be at The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts at 7pm Sunday, and will feature an exciting line up of festival guests including Evey McAuliffe (Irish song), Rennie Pearson (flute), Rob Zielinski (fiddle), Bob McNeill (guitar), Alex Davidson (whistle, flute), Steve McGlone (mandolin, bouzouki) and Kara Dawson (accordion, whistle). Tickets will be available from the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

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 The Free House, the Workshop and the Wakatu Hotel. 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 family friendly singing session will be held on Saturday from 3.30-5.30pm (venue TBC).

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

Family Friendly


June 4–7


Nelson & suburbs


Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
48 Nile Street, Nelson, New Zealand
For classes and concerts. Ceili to be held at Trafalgar Hall, and sessions at venues as specified.

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Tickets from NCMA for concert tickets, ceili tickets available at the door


Ph. 0276875455

Additional Info

Official Website


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