Ticketed Events

Friday 19th May, 8:30pm

Cormac Begley

Best Folk Instrumentalist 2022, RTÉ Folk Awards
Irish Times Album of the Year 2022
“Album of the decade” (Donal Dineen)
“The musical gift that keeps on giving” (The Irish Times)
“Groundbreaking” (RTÉ Arena)

Cormac’s Begley’s career has gone from strength to strength over the past year with his second solo album ‘B’. The album ‘B’ celebrates the bass concertina, a very rare instrument & on this album Cormac uses two Dipper-made Bass concertinas to record all 12 tracks. His bold choice to concentrate solely on the bass & baritone register, the first album of it’s kind in any musical genre, has not gone unnoticed for all the right reasons.

Cormac Begley hails from West Kerry, where his families’ roots are firmly cemented in traditional music. He plays 13 concertinas that range from bass to piccolo register.

€15 per person

Saturday 20th May, 6pm & 8pm
Secret Subterranean Venue. Meet at front of Cavan Courthouse


Chambergrist is an immersive work of experimental live music & clay sculpture, born from a collaboration between artist Elaine Harrington, composer-guitarist Barry O’Halpin (Crash Ensemble, Alarmist) & percussionist Alex Petcu-Colan (Crash Ensemble, Hard Rain Ensemble).

€15 per person

Saturday 20th May, 8pm

Eddie Cruizer and The Savage Hearts

Headed up by former Strypes drummer Evan Walsh, join this all new, all blues-wailing garage rock outfit in a musical salute to unsung rock ’n’ roll wild man Eddie Cruizer.

Come worship at the alter of highly uncelebrated and hugely mysterious rock ’n’ roll alpha male Eddie Cruizer (also star of drive-in flops such as “The Creature That Ate Your Sister” and “Hot Rod Rocky & The Asbury Playboys vs Dracula”).


​​Badhands are a 5 piece band from Dublin fronted by songwriter and award-winning composer Dan Fitzpatrick. Often compared to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the band has released 2 critically acclaimed albums, and sold out Dublin shows in The Workmans Club and Whelans.

May 20th sees see the band bring their moody brand of rock n roll to Cavan for the first time at the Arts Festival, a week after the release of their third album ‘The Wheel.

€10 per person

Thursday 18th May, 7pm

WIP {Works-in-Progress} Cabaret

We have invited a select group of artists to crack open their current artistic process & let us peep in. Instead of coming to a finished & polished piece as usual, come & be inspired by a sharing of where each artist is at now with their current creation.

Featuring, among others, Jessie Keenan Dance Artist & her new WIP, The Picture Palace, as well as a musical performance from multilingual multi-instrumentalist Rita Perry and performances from beat maker and music producer, Odd Numbers.

€5 per person

Thursday 18th May, 8:30pm
The Metric Bar at The Imperial, Cavan

Paint Club

Paintclub is a fun and welcoming space for anyone to spend an evening as an artist. With step by step guidance from our professional artist, you will be guided and encouraged right through the process, from mixing paints to your finished masterpiece for you to take home.

Never painted before? Or perhaps you’ve tried a little and are curious to learn more? This is the evening for you. Paintclub is suitable for beginners and beyond. All necessary materials included in ticket price.

€35 per person

Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May, 10am & 12pm

Tape That by Hands Down Circus

Tape That is a playful exploration of the world we live in; when challenges present themselves, how many issues can be fixed with a few rolls of duct tape?

Tape That is a charming, light-hearted, non-verbal acrobatic duet. Two performers construct a visual world using colourful tape, object manipulation & partner acrobatics. A simple roll of tape transforms from DJ decks to a spyglass & is stretched to create physical barriers & obstacles for the performers to navigate.

Hands Down Circus is an acrobatic duo made up of Carys Nicholls & Graham Milligan, currently based in Belfast. Hands Down Circus is a new contemporary circus theatre company who are already touring Europe with their innovative & exciting new shows.

€5 per child. For school group bookings for either Thursday 18th or Friday 19th May, please use the contact email below.

Friday 19th May, 7pm

Meddlar Mulligan (Film)

Filmed in the early 1970s in Cavan town, the ‘sequel’ to the famous ‘Mulligan’s Million’s’ will be screened for the very first time, fully restored.

Mel Doherty returns as the mischievous Mulligan, collaborating again with maestro Fr Turlough O’Reilly and a host of friends.

The film carries over the inventive trickery of the original, though this time around the people and sights of Cavan Town are thrown into a ‘heist movie’. A special evening of cinematic history.

€5 per person

Saturday 20th May, 11am
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park, Cavan Town

Kyle Riley & Little Folk - On The Road

Kyle Riley & Little Folk - On The Road is an early years music session for children aged 1-5 years (6 or even older) and their accompanying adults.

Featuring 45 minutes of live music, playing percussive instruments and movement with scarves, a good time is to be had by all. We’ll explore rhythm, tempo and movement featuring Kyle’s award winning original children’s music, pop songs and traditional children’s music.
Kyle has been writing and performing children’s music for the last 11 years performing all over Ireland and as part of festivals including Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Sunrise Children’s Festival and many, many more. He also runs weekly classes in Oldcastle, Kells, Mullingar and Cavan Town.
Tickets €10 per child, accompanying adult goes free

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