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The Small Festival with the Big Reputation!

One of Ireland’s favourite music festivals, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair takes place this year from 9th to 12th of May, with musicians from USA, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Scotland, England and from all over Ireland.

Baltimore Fiddle Fair has evolved from humble beginnings to become one of the most loved and respected festivals in the country. It is famous for its intimate settings, beautiful surroundings, friendly atmosphere, and primarily perhaps for its consistent ability to present a world-class line-up of national and international acts. This year’s festival is no exception and features an eclectic programme of incredible artists from Ireland and around the world.

The 2024 line-up includes 6 Irish premiere performances, featuring American folk sensations Nora Brown & Stephanie Coleman, Swedish/USA fiddle whizz’s Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas, Norwegian Hardanger maestro Alexander Aga Røynstrand, amazing Scottish trio Lyre, powerhouse Swedish/Scottish 5-piece Ian Carr & The Various Artists and the incredible young Finnish quartet Polenta.

The festival also welcome back some old friends from the early days, back in the legendary McCarthy’s Bar in Baltimore. These include the mesmerizing UK quartet Flook with special guest Patsy Reid, astounding Shetland 7-piece Fiddlers’ Bid plus three incredible Irish acts: Tola Custy & Laosie Kelly from counties Clare and Mayo, Connemara’s The Kane Sisters with John Blake and Cork’s very own North Cregg.

One poignant event this year promises to be a very special tribute to Clonakilty-native and Boston’s premier promoter of Celtic music and culture Brian O’Donovan, who sadly passed away a few months ago. This concert, on the Saturday afternoon, will feature a gathering of amazing singers and musicians who knew him well.

These intimate concerts will be held in unique venues across Baltimore, including small churches and cosy marquees, and all in one of the most stunning festival settings on the planet.

Baltimore Fiddle Fair will also include a host of additional events including musical boat trips on the river and on the ocean, top class workshops, a documentary film screening, an informative historical walking tour, outdoor musical yoga, a concert for local primary schools and a plethora of great sessions in and around the village.

For many musicians and music lovers, the annual pilgrimage to the Baltimore Fiddle Fair is definitely the highlight of the year and this year’s festival promises to be no exception.

A few remaining tickets Baltimore Fiddle Fair are still available at

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