Hinterland Festival 2019 Programme & Tickets

Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868.

Tickets are also available in advance in Kells from the BOOK MARKet Café (11am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday) and in Trim from Antonia’s Bookstore (tel – 046 943 7532).

During the festival, ticket collection and sales are available at the ticket office in Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place. For further information on visiting Kells and the Festival, please call 089 436 9868.

You can also see a schedule view of the programme here.


In addition to teaming up with his sister Saramai and poet Peter Fallon on Friday evening, Oisin Leech will be joined by his regular musical partner Mark McCausland for a full Lost Brothers session on (Friday).

Tom Dunne, front man with Something Happens returns to Hinterland to celebrate the anniversary of the Beatles eponymous LP (better known as The White Album) with an illustrated tribute.

Famed local artiste Matthew Gilsenan (The Celtic Tenors) will portray the great Irish lyric tenor John McCormack in The Count in the unique setting of the ballroom of Headfort House where McCormack performed on a number of occasions.

Tom French and Danny Diamond

‘What To Bring When We Leave’

Event  8 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
This is a collaborative commission culminating in a unique continuous live performance by Tom French (word) and Danny Diamond (fiddle). Each artist stretches the other’s narratives in spoken and unspoken airs, finding solace in the unexpected places between. Tom French’s poetry draws on the traditional arts, folklore and rural Irish life; he writes vividly about traditional music, the people who play(ed) it, and the context in which it lives. As a traditional fiddle player, music archivist and researcher, Danny Diamond’s compositions bring a corresponding unconventional sensitivity to a similar sphere that informs French’s work.
Price €10.00

Peter Fallon, Oisín Leech & Saramai Leech

An Evening of Song and Poetry

Event  18 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

After their success at the last two Hinterland festivals, it’s time for another intimate interlude of songs, readings and talk with three acclaimed artists from County Meath.

As one of The Lost Brothers, Oisín Leech, from Navan, has played Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and SXSW. Last year The Lost Brothers also played their first (sold out) concert at Hinterland. This year he’ll sing solo and with his sister, Saramai, another exceptional singer/songwriter who, thanks to a recent EP and appearances at Other Voices and other venues, is a growing force.

Joining Oisín and Saramai to read his poetry and keep the meaningful chat going is award-winning poet and publisher Peter Fallon, the success of whose work has taken him around the world and who, in the words of the Sunday Times, is “one of Ireland’s greatest literary talents”.

Price €10.00
Peter Fallon, Oisín Leech & Saramai Leech

Tom Dunne

The Making of Abbey Road

Event  32 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Tom Dunne has been front man with the Irish rock band Something Happens (‘the band that forgot to break up’) for the last three decades. He has also been a radio presenter for the better part of 20 years, currently with Newstalk, but probably still best known for his seminal Pet Sounds programme on Today FM. After his wonderful presentation in 2017 on the great(est?) Beatles album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Tom will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the recording of The Beatles’ Abbey Road.
Price €8.00
Tom Dunne

Tom Dunne

Woodstock Fifty Years On

Event  37 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
It was one of the defining moments of 1969, an unforgettable juxtaposition of some of the musical greats of the 1960s. Tom will look back half a century to the great Woodstock rock festival on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in upstate New York (‘three days of peace and music’) which starred, among others, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joe Cocker and Joan Baez.
Price €8.00
Tom Dunne

A Summer Evening with Matthew Gilsenan

Featuring the Inspire Choral Group

Event  39 
Venue: The Headfort Arms Hotel

Following on from his successful, sold-out concert in Kells last summer, Matthew Gilsenan from The Celtic Tenors brings a performance of his new solo show to his hometown. The event will take place in the leafy surrounds of the Headfort Garden (weather permitting).

Matthew, a true lyric tenor, is at home with Puccini or Verdi, but you can expect a bit of grand opera, along with Dylan and Cohen, folk songs, and even a bit of country. Matthew’s belief is that a good song is a good song, no matter what its origins. The evening will have special local appeal on this occasion as The Inspire Choral Group will join Matthew as guests on stage.

Find out more about the Inspire Choral Group.

Price €22.00

Horslips at 50-ish

Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart

Event  45 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
The 1960s wasn’t particularly notable for the creation of enduring Irish rock groups. It was more of a Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband kind of era. Which meant that anyone of a certain age and with musical tastes beyond the Val Doonican embraced one of the only bona fide Irish rock and roll superstars of the period, Horslips. You didn’t need to know the opening riff of the martial ‘Marcshlua Uí Néill’ to thrill to ‘Dearg Doom’. The five-piece blazed a trail nationally and internationally for their unique brand of Celtic Rock, which had as much to do with Sean O’Ríada as Elvis or The Beatles. And they haven’t quite gone away, you know. Two of the original band members, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart, will join us for a ‘flash of silver in the sun’ as they reminisce about song cycles, album covers, trad influences and the very best Irish rock music. Barry and Jim will be in conversation with each other.
Price €10.00