IMBOLC International Music Festival

The festival promotes and showcases music at the cutting edge of the traditional and folk genre, whilst representing the diversity that exists on the contemporary Irish music scene

Festival Details


Sunday, 28 January 2018 to Sunday, 04 February 2018


Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, The Glassworks, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh, Christ Church, The Guildhall.


The IMBOLC International Music Festival programme features an eclectic mix of new music, intimate performance and music for the ears of all ages. All in inspiring places – from churches, historic buildings to cafés and bars.

The festival comprises an extensive programme of events including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, choral events, events for children, community events, session trail, band competition and much more. It features some of the world’s finest musicians from Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia and Canada, with music from a wide range of genres represented, including Irish traditional, roots, world and folk. The festival starts on Sunday 28th January with a double bill with Kíla, one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands and Árchú, who play a blend of post-rock and electro-acoustic sounds.

Among the artists and groups appearing at the festival are Daoirí Farrell, Andreas Tophøj, Rune Barslund, The Outside Track, Duncan Chisholm, Úna Monaghan, Ryan Molloy, Dermot Dunne, Ulster Orchestra, Jarlath Henderson, Niall Hanna, Eilidh Patterson, Yvonne Lyon, Greenshine, Navá, Beoga, Codetta, Gerard McCrystal, Tim Edey and Four Men and a Dog.

Alongside concerts, the festival also has an extensive programme of music and dance workshops including sean-nós and two hands dance workshops, song-writing workshops, guitar and melodeon masterclasses led by Tim Edey, and a weekend-long Band Camp for young traditional musicians.

Accessibility and inclusion is central to the ethos of the festival and supporting access to music-making for as wide a range of people as possible is a vital expression of that philosophy. During the festival there will be music workshops and events for children and young people with special needs as well as music and dance workshops for older people.

The Irish tradition of spontaneous, unplugged traditional music sessions is one of our most exclusive cultural offerings, and it is the backbone of the festival, ensuring that even the most casual visitors will be immersed in a unique cultural tradition throughout the festival. In Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s café top quality musicians will form the core of our daily lunchtime session and at the weekend The Trad Trail will bring the festival to life across the city with a jam-packed schedule of traditional Irish music sessions in pubs, cafés and hotels.

IMBOLC International Music Festival 2018 runs from Sunday 28th January – Sunday 4th February and tickets can be booked at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on 028 7126 4132, or online at

IMBOLC International Music Festival is supported and funded by: Derry and Strabane District Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.