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One For the Road

Foyles Hotel

Martin Donohoe with Paddy Buckley and Friends

Cavan Fever spills over into Clifden when accordionist Martin Donohoe, ‘The Cavanman’ joins forces Paddy Buckley and friends. Their individual instrumental excellence combine to create a powerful force.

A native of Cavan Town, Martin Donohoe is an accordion player and Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio Presenter. He is
a gifted traditional musician and highly regarded in traditional circles for his dynamic personal style on the accordion and unique, individual interpretation of the music, Martin’s music has been recorded and released in a number of albums on the Clo Iar Chonnachta Label and NYAH label.


Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra

The Square

Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra grew from the Oleku Band, formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian musicians recently settled in and around Dublin. Led by composer/ arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi – originally from Abeokuta in south-west Nigeria, the birthplace of Fela Kuti – the band plays
authentic Afrobeat and highlife from their Yoruba roots.

Oleku Band was always an Afrobeat orchestra in miniature so it was no surprise that the six-piece band metamorphosed into a full Afrobeat orchestra, with a brass section, rhythm section and chorus. AllenTaylor Adeniyi is still in charge of the band and his wife Tomilola still runs the chorus.
Since its debut Irish performance in 2007, the band has played festivals including The National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore and the Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire. It toured Ireland with Music Network in 2010, and has featured on RTÉ 1’s Nationwide.


The Grand Parade

The Square

To Infinity and Beyond!

Having travelled around the Sun and a half a billion kilometres more through space, LUXE return to Clifden with a magnificent illuminated parade to celebrate our collective journey amongst the stars.

Followed by fireworks (weather permitting) and Afrobeat Orchestra on the Gig Rig from 10 PM

Photo credit: Julia Dunin Photography

2022 Festival Programme