Belfast Telegraph

Ards CCE take Bath by storm

The talented Trad musicians and dancers of Ards CCÉ (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann) are already pencilled in for next year's prestigious Bath Folk Festival in England after they proved a huge hit this year.

The young performers received an enthusiastic welcome both during their open air performances on Bath's historic cobbled streets, and at the headline concert when they supported top Trad band Lunasa.

Their dazzling display of musical excellence and dance earned them a standing ovation and had the audience chanting for more. The local group were busy throughout the festival and featured on local radio.

"Overall, the festival was an overwhelming success for Ards CCÉ and everyone in Bath adored their performances, so much so, the festival organisers are already negotiating their return next year," said a spokesman.

In the meantime, the group are bringing their award winning show to Liverpool Irish Festival; Johnny Doherty Festival, Ardara; Bangor Abbey and the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Tutors Niall and Bronagh McClean are resuming their Saturday morning classes at St Columbanus College, Bangor, on September 21 and the Wednesday evening class at St. Mary's Primary School, Comber on September 25. All age groups are welcome and separate classes are available for adults.

New classes are also being planned for Portaferry and there will be an 'Open Day' at St. Mary's Primary School, Portaferry on October 12 from 2-3pm. Information on classes will be provided and some of Ards CCÉ's young musicians will also be performing.

For further information contact Niall McClean at 07960072218.

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