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Musicians flock to Derry for Fleadh competition

By Brendan McDaid

Traditional musicians from across the county will gather to compete in the Fleadh competition this weekend.

The event is being held in Culturlann Ui Chanain in Londonderry’s city centre for the third consecutive year.

Organisers said there have been record numbers of entries for this year’s competitions, which run on Saturday and Sunday in the Irish centre on Great James Street.

The competition is the first stage on the journey to an all-Ireland title, and hopes are high that Co Derry musicians will make an impact ahead of the city hosting the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 2013.

Alongside the competitions, members of the Co Derry board of international trad music and culture promoters Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann have organised several cultural events, including a seisiun mor (big session) on Saturday night to which all participating musicians, singers and dancers are invited, as well as the general public.

Derry youth officer Siobhan Molloy said: “The Fleadh is an excellent vehicle for raising and maintaining high standards in traditional music.”

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