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|The Russell Memorial Weekend 2010|
To mark the 16th festival commemorating the enormous traditional legacy of the Russell family from Doolin, the Russell Memorial Committee hosted an exciting programme of events for a weekend of music and entertainment from Friday 26th to Monday 1st of March 2010.
Open House - Support Haiti Appeal
The festival opened on Friday 26th with a concert at 8-00pm in the Russell Cultural Centre featuring our local talented musicians both young and old. In lieu of an admission fee the audience was asked to support the Haiti Earthquake appeal; all monies received on the night went to this worthy cause.
Russell Concert -Fuaim Chonamara
The Russell Concert on Saturday 27th Feb which took place between 2pm and 4-30pm saw the sensational traditional music entertainment, Fuaim Chonamara (Connemara Sound) perform on stage in the Russell Cultural Centre. The star of Fuaim Chonamara was Brian Cunningham. Brian was also the director of the show. In Fuaim Chonamara he and a talented group of young musicians including several members of his own family: Irene, Ashline, Lorraine, Micheál entertained with music, song, story, and dance in an inspiring epic about Ireland’s oldest dance form, Sean Nós.
Russell Remembrance Mass
On Sunday the 28th Feb at 1pm the Anniversary Remembrance Mass for the Russells was celebrated in Doolin Church to the accompaniment of hymns and songs from the Doolin church choir. It was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave, with songs of farewell and tunes in memory of the dead.
Russell Music events this year continued to focus on the music, song, and instrumentation heritage of the Russells with three music recitals beginning with Angela Crotty and Friends in McGann's Pub on Saturday 27 Feb at 11am . Adm Free.
On Sunday Feb 28th there were two recitals at 10-30am. Frank Custy and Friends were in McDermott's Pub, while Noel O'Donoghue and friends were performing in O'Connor's Pub. Admission was free to both recitals.
After the Rusell Concert on Saturday 27th Feb as usual there was an informal traditional singing recital at 5pm in the O'Gorman Room, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm Free
Set dancing was held at 3pm on Sunday 28th at the Function Room in Hotel Doolin, music by Peter Griffin and the Four Courts Céilí Band.
Workshops were provided in the a variety of instruments from 10-30am - 12-30pm on Sat 27th and Sun 28th February.
Events for the weekend also included the Monday night (March 1st) "festival wrap-up" sessions and there were many informal live music sessions throughout the weekend in Doolin’s pubs and hotels.