Frequently Asked Questions
On what day will I compete?
The competition schedule for the Fleadh will not be posted until one week prior to the Fleadh.
Would it be possible for you to tell me on which day the solo competitions will be held?
The Fleadh Syllabus is typically finalized and posted on the website by the end of February. The Syllabus will explain which day your competition will be held. As a rule, all solo competitions take place on Saturday and the duet, trio, group and ceili band competitions are take place on Sunday.
How to Compete at the Fleadh for the First Time
If you are working with a teacher, we recommend you discuss this with your teacher, who will help you prepare for the competitions. If you do not have a teacher who can guide you, we recommend you visit our teachers page to find someone familiar with both Irish traditional music, and the fleadh process. If that is not possible, you should consider coming to the fleadh this year just to listen, observe the process, and meet other musicians and their teachers to get a better sense of what is involved. Listen to several competitions and see if you can hear what the judges hear when picking the winners. It can be a lot of fun just to listen, and you will find yourself inspired and better able to prepare for next year.
That said, by the end of March we will have a registration form posted on the website at http://www.nyfleadh.com that you can print, fill out and mail in to register. Registration can also be done on the day of the fleadh, on a walk in basis, but this carries a small additional “late entry” fee. Advance registration is appreciated as it allows us to plan for an adequate number of judges and support staff. The schedule will be posted on the website about a week in advance. We recommend you arrive at the fleadh at least one hour before your scheduled competition, and check the schedule posted in multiple locations throughout the building, to see if there have been any last minute changes in competition time or room assignment.
What will the ceilithe and session situation be at the Convention?
There will be sessions throughout the hotel Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.