Getting ready for the big 25th Anniversary Festival
Join us on Sunday 17th March 2024 for our biggest St Patrick's Parade yet! It'll be the highlight of this year's festival featuring activities for all the family, education, music and the arts.
Kell is an energetic collection of musicians who play a lively and eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music. They’ve been together since 1997. During their career, they have played alongside the likes of Bagatelle, The Fureys and The Pogues, and have a strong heritage of playing outdoor festivals. Kell will have you tapping your toes and rocking to their unique treatment of classic songs.
SEOID is a new collaboration of the well-known Trad multi-instrumentalists Kerrie Herrity, Kenny Donagher, John Dwyer & Fiachra Guihen performing a lively and vibrant mix of traditional sets and newly composed music.
Barry Doyle aka Farmer Dan
Irelands Favourite Singer – Europes Most Recorded Country Artist !
St Patricks Day Sunday 17th March 2024 sees the mighty Red Massey rolling into Luton Irish St Patricks Day celebrations. Starting from humble beginnings back in 1998 when he appeared on the top rated UTV Kelly Show as the Singing Farmer the seeds were sown to see the introduction of Farmer Dan.
Farmer Dan or Barry Doyle as he is also known released to date over 30 CDs and 19 DVDs and has progressed from his home farm in County Down to become a household name throughout Ireland, England , Scotland and Wales and has indeed over the years toured extensively in Europe, Florida USA and also had a mini tour to Australia back in 2001
FARMER DAN has now become recognised as “The Most Recorded Independant Country Recording Artist in Europe” and with the release of his 20 Year Celebration box-set CD we are set here in the Burnavon to enjoy a “Party in the Barn” when Barry is joined by some of his many many friends from the Entertainment world. Barry has toured consistently in The Uk for the past almost thirty years and has firmly established himself as a household name and fantastic entertainer .Follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/barry.doyle.777
Missing The Ferry
Missing The Ferry are three Luton-based brothers and their 2 best friends who perform a variety of Irish and Irish-influenced music as well as writing songs about identity and belonging. With inspiration as diverse as Brendan Shine, The Pogues and The Stone Roses their mission is to get people dancing and thinking. Anyone who has ever missed, or nearly missed, the Dublin-bound ferry from Holyhead will get the name. Don't be Missing The Ferry yourselves!
The BibleCode Sundays are a London-based band playing Celtic rock, folk music/rock music. Their sound fuses influences from a mixture of traditional Irish instruments and contemporary rock back line. We’re delighted to bring this this incredibly popular band to our Main Stage and we know you’ll give them a BIG Luton Irish welcome!
Mike McGoldrick John McCusker & John Doyle
John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. All three musicians have gone on to global acclaim and have performed as a trio since 2009. All three retain their youthful excitement for making records and life on the road. “The whole thing’s great fun,” McCusker told us. “We’ve no agenda other than having a nice time and playing music. That’s the way we tour as well – we throw ourselves in a little car, instruments on our laps, and off we go. Today, this fabulous trio will be playing a selection of traditional and new songs.
Want a reminder about last year's parade? Head to the highlights!
Oliver Barron is a professional freelance musician with over 25 years experience. He has played in a wide array of bands and ensembles such as blues bands, wedding function bands, string quartets and jazz bands. Having trained as a classical musician he is passionate about bringing the cello to the music scene. ‘@Cellofella’ is his latest project. He has been captivating audiences of all ages in different towns and cities in Northern Ireland over the last 18 months. Currently he is gathering much interest on social media with his unique interpretations of well known pieces of music. He has a wide repertoire ranging from classical, pop, rock, musicals, hymns and dance music. Oliver can also arrange most songs requested. His music sets change to whatever the vibe is. Chilled. Upbeat. Mixed. Dance music. email@example.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cellofella/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084838819108 (Oliver Barron) Tel :07799076209
The Quare Fellas
The band consist of internationally acclaimed Uillean Pipe player John Devine who is steeped in traditional music and plays a full range of slow airs to jigs reels and polkas . John also fronts his own band The Devines whose latest CD received rave reviews from the musical press .
His partner in the FELLAS is Brian Burke singer songwriter and band leader of GOR JUS WREX over twenty five years who has also written the ballad Lullaby of Luton to be recorded later this year
John and Brian have played together frequently over the past two decades and between them have a great rapport and feeling for trad music and songs
Should be a lively hour !!
Teddy the Pony
Teddy the pony is just one of the Parade highlights. He’s handsome and sure to make friends with everyone.
In Teddy’s spare time he likes to chill out in the field with his friends Shonyn, Tigs and Shadow but he really doesn’t like it when it rains and will text his Mum, April to ask her to bring him in early. Teddy also loves going raving with his equine friends and is often bopping his head to drum and bass. Teddy has just turned seven years old on the 1st of January, Teddy is a cob and is 14hh, he loves giving love bites when April’s doing his rug up and gets quite moody if he doesn’t get his own way. Teddy is quite funny when it comes to being handled by strangers as he will try his luck in a cheeky way. He has no romantic plans right now…and you heard that from the horse’s mouth!
Paint The Town Green
Here's a reminder of how we arrived at this 25th Anniversary Parade. Paint The Town Green is a documentary (funded by Heritage Lottery) charting the history of the Luton st Patrick's Festival. It tells the story of the Irish community in Luton. Featuring archive photos, interviews with past and present Parade participants and a lot of amazing memories, it's a unique record! Pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School also feature - recounting the St Patrick's legend in their own humorous and original way. Settle back and prepare to see faces old and new with Paint The Town Green Directed by William Walsh.
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Please make sure you read the Safety at the Parade updated document so that we can all stay safe and have the best day ever.
Taking part in the Parade? Sign your organisation up and get creative with your costumes!