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Irish traditional music has always been a welcome feature of the Costa del Folk and this festival is no exception as we bring together fiddle player Bernadette Nic Gabhaan and harpist Brid McGowan

Bernadette is a member of an Irish family dynasty of musicians from County Neath that include her sister, Caitlín, one of the new generation of concertina virtuosi, and their father, Antóin MacGabhann, one of Ireland’s most respected fiddlers, known to many by his anglicised name Tony Smith.

Bernadette herself has established an enviable reputation as a touring fiddle player having toured America with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Eastern Europe and Taiwan with Gaelforce Dance.

Brid from Sligo is currently studying harp, flute, piano, tin whistle and bodhran in Cork for an MA in Performance.