The Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is a traditional Irish music competition and festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is Gaelic for “Music Festival of Ireland”. It is an annual event that is hosted by a different town in Ireland, usually every 2 years and then it changes to another location. The festival runs for over a week and is made up of different competitions. Over the course of previous months, competitors enter the local county heats and then finalists for each county, get to compete at the main Fleadh Cheoil held in August.
Competitions are held in traditional Irish music, singing, dancing, poetry. Musicians play traditional Irish music instruments such as the Tin Whistle, bodhrán, Accordion, Harp, Fiddle, Uilleann pipes and also Piano, guitar and banjo and dancers compete in Sean-nós dancing, Irish dancing, set dancing competitions.
The competitions are open to young and old, there are junior sections and adult over 18 section. Competitors can enter solo or in a group such as a céilí band. The regional competitions are held in Ireland, Great Britain and America to cater for all the Irish diaspora with an interest in Irish music.
The competitions are open to the public to come and see the competitors, playing, singing, reciting and dancing. The week of the Fleadh Cheoil, musicians take to the streets busking and all the pubs are filled with musicians playing.
Large crowds attend every day and the streets are filled with various food stalls and craft stands. The Fleadh Cheoil was held in Sligo in August 2014 and will be held in Sligo again in August 2015.