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Accordionist Sharon Shannon and other musicians to perform at the annual Féile Binn Éadair in Howth. Photo courtesy of Féile Binn Éadair.

Howth to Host Traditional Music Festival in May

Expect plenty of traditional music from May 24th through the 26th in Howth as Féile Binn Éadair, formerly known as Howth Tradfest, takes place in the popular fishing village, which is located on the outskirts of Dublin.

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Accordionist Sharon Shannon will be headlining this year's festival, appearing at The Abbey Tavern.

Accordionist Sharon Shannon. Photo courtesy of Féile Binn Éadair.

Shannon is renowned for her mastery of the accordion and her electrifying performances that blend traditional Irish music with influences from around the world.

Other headline acts at the popular Howth pub include the dynamic ensemble Kíla, the legendary Irish folk rock band Scullion, and the captivating vocalist Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin.

Féile Binn Éadair boasts a diverse lineup of 27 free gigs and sessions spread across six venues throughout the village and hill of Howth.

From the lively atmosphere of McNeills to the cozy charm of the Harbour Bar, attendees can wander from one performance to the next.

Imagine the atmosphere of Electric Picnic, but without the entry fee.

The band Scullion. Photo courtesy of Féile Binn Éadair.

The full lineup includes Sharon Shannon, Kila, Scullion, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Caoimhín, Billy Treacy and The Scope, Lynn Thizzy, Saltaire, Buíoch, Whiskey Still, Poka, Noiníní, Grand, The Cooleys, Clumsy Maggie, The Beermats, The Macks, Tradstone, Enda McCabe, Allied Irish Bandits, Mursheen Durkin, Dabilla, The Howth Chamber Orchestra and Trad Sessions with Ispíní na hÉireann, The Sibin Band, The McFlooseys, Dara's Friends, Er & Oz, Howth Trad Collective and Folk Alley.

For those seeking outdoor entertainment, select venues have created special spaces for summer gigs.

The Summit Inn has the Tramline Stage, a fantastic outdoor performance area, while The Bloody Stream offers the renowned Phil Lynott Stage in their tented beer garden.

The group Kila will be performing at the Féile Binn Éadair Festival in Howth. Photo courtesy of Féile Binn Éadair.

Meanwhile, The Harbour Bar invites guests to enjoy the Garden Stage, an intimate outdoor setting nestled in their covered beer garden.

Tickets for performances by Sharon Shannon, Kila, Scullion, and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin are available for purchase on

For more information and updates, visit or follow the festival on the social media handle @feilebinneadair.

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