So what’s a fleadh?

I love Christy Moore’s music, but more than that I admire his fundamentally held beliefs that manifest themselves through the causes he champions and his politics. Like a lot of the people that I respect I don’t necessarily share their beliefs 100% but I would argue for their right to hold them. He doesn’t take any prisoners in arguments nor does he tolerate any pomposity or fudging. This is an excerpt from his current newsletter regarding the hijacking of the word “fleadh”.

Before you read it take a quick look at where google takes you when asked about fleadh.

“I will record a small piece for RTE Radio to celebrate Bob D’s 70th birthday and I look forward to playing with him at The London Feis in Finsbury Park on June 18th. It’s great that this gig is back. It used to be called The London Fleadh but apparently some impresario has copyrighted the word “Fleadh” and the promoter was advised not to call the gig by its original name. I intend to call all my future London Gigs “Fleadhs”. We may have a bit of fun with the honchos of the greasy wheel. for anyone who might be curious about the words, the word “Fleadh” is taken to mean a collective event which encompasses all that might take place at a weekend Festival of music, dance, song and celebration. A “Feis” would describe a more formal event where competitions take place with poise and decorum. I suspect the London Feis will be a Fleadh in all but name….”

Or is this just an excuse for me to suggest you take a few minutes to enjoy the man.


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