Super Line-Up Of Entertainment For Christie Hennessy Festival This Weekend

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The Mayor of Tralee Cllr Jim Finucane who launched the Christy Hennessy Festival week-end in The Mall Tralee on Tuesday.  Included is, in front; Suzanne Ennis of Cara Credit Union, Cllr Sam Locke, Jim Finucane and Kieran Ruttledge. Back; Vicky O’Regan, Celene Moloney and Peter Maguire. Photo by Joe Hanley

THE 9th annual Christie Hennessy Festival weekend will kick off with the ever popular Troubadour Club presented by Francie Conway this Friday night.

Returning to The Ashe Hotel, it begins at 8pm along with an amazing lineup of artists from around the country.

Tickets cost €10 and include a free pint of Heineken or Killarney Ale at the bar before 9pm. The entertainers for the night includes Christie Hennessy Tribute Act – Pam & Joe O’Connor, Kieran Kelly (Dublin City FM), Dara, Glen Dunleavey, Syrens, Loughy (from Stockholm, Sweden), Seamus Harty, Queenless Kings, Roy Buckley and Liam O’Connor & Band. Tickets are limited but are still available from reception at The Ashe Hotel.

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The Christie Hennessy Song Competition on Saturday night takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons.

The ten finalists were selected from over 250 entries and they will perform their original songs in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges.

The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000 on the night, courtesy of CARA Credit Union while the runner-up receives a cheque for €300.

The winner will also receive a media campaign courtesy of Yangaroo Music Ireland. The final takes place on Saturday, November 2 in the Ashe Hotel Tralee from 8pm featuring a special guest performance from Mundy. Entry to the final is free.

Lisa Curran (BMus) is back this year with another exciting workshop to share the most up to date research and techniques in Pop and Contemporary vocology.

Lisa has studied most recently with BAST and Voice science works and is bringing all her knowledge to the talented Vocalists in Tralee.

This workshop is open to all levels of vocalists and is a must attend event at the Christie Hennessy celebration weekend. Lisa’s workshop takes place Saturday 2nd November 12.00-1.30pm

The second workshop on Saturday is with Matt Kelleghan of Moving Hearts. Matt was a sound engineer for Planxty and Christie Moore and co-founder of the Rock School in Dublin.

Matt will be dealing with the importance of live sound and production, as well as arrangements and recording tips. His workshop takes place from 2.00-3.30pm, both workshops take place in The Ashe Hotel.

The Christie Hennessy music weekend is proudly supported by Kerry County Council. “It is a fantastic weekend of music showcasing some very talented artists from all over the country,” said Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Jim Finucane.

For more information on the Christie Hennessy Festival Weekend or the workshops you can check out their social media pages or email them at

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