Review of Winter Music Weekend 2010 Festival report (Fiach McHugh)

The finale at the Mill Bar was well under way by the time I got there. Shannon singer/songwriter Dave Hope and his Henchmen were playing their rock-oriented set to a full house, and sounding great. Next were the Buffalo Gals, who went down a storm, breaking the rules with their encore!

The night finished with an astounding set of tunes and songs from the legendary Shaskeen, who kept everybody happy with their selection – dances and airs, country songs and solo pieces. It was a very special night.

Talking to friends, locals and visitors alike, in the mellow afterglow of the last moments of the last gig of the weekend, the feeling was that it was the best festival yet. They said that last year, I reminded them. After a short pause, the reply was “Yep, I didn't think it could live up to last year, but it did, and better!”

I couldn't argue.