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The Leeds Gathering.

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A celebration of Irish music and arts kicks off in Leeds from the 23 November to the 2 December. Organised by the Irish Arts Foundation, based in Leeds, events are designed to appeal to both those of an Irish background and people from the wider community with an interest in music and the arts.




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As usual, the festival features a number of concerts, traditional Irish music sessions, and educational events as well as a film screening. The fifteenth Leeds Gathering features some of the most experienced and emerging performers and artistes in the world of Irish music and arts.

“The Leeds Irish community represents members from all over Ireland–County Mayo in particular– but there exists a strong connection with County Leitrim. We are particularly delighted to welcome this year from County Leitrim– ‘Garadice’ ‘’ Christy Herron – Irish Arts Foundation Development Officer.

Featuring Eleanor Shanley (lead vocals), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano), Padraig McGovern (Uilleann Pipes and Whistles) and John McCartin. (Guitar), Garadice will play The Inkwell, Chapel Allerton on Saturday 23 November.

A festival preview evening– Irish Traditional Music meets Jazz and Blues– featuring acclaimed County Waterford based duo Dylan Bible (Guitar) & Amanda Fardy (Vocals), will take place in The Assembly Bar & Kitchen in HEART, Headingley on Saturday 16th November.