Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend (11th to 14th July), presented by Earagail Arts Festival & The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Earagail Arts Festival and Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival present Citadels of The Sun

Ireland and India share many obvious, and not so obvious, folkloric and historical links, from the origins of the Irish and Indian fiddle, to our shared colonial past. Mehrangarh meaning ‘fort of the sun’, originally home to the Rajput clan of Rathores (and venue to the Rajasthan International Folk Festival), stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Burnished of a different stone, but equally as hauntingly beautiful and beckoning, Grianán of Aileach, Donegal’s own fort of the sun, is the anointing place of the Gaelic dynasty of the Uí Neill clan.

Connecting these two iconic locations a world apart, Citadels of The Sun is a new two-part creative collaboration sharing common themes and stories that unite Irish and Indian culture through music, featuring Sarah E Cullen (Donegal fiddle, vocals), Martin Coyle (bouzouki), Paul Cutliffe (uilleann pipes, whistles) with Asin Khan (sarangi and vocals) and Sawai Khan Manganiyar (multi-percussion and vocals).

Date: Saturday 13th July
Time: 1pm
Location: Letterkenny
Venue: Regional Cultural Centre
Admission: €15/€12

Concert followed by The Music & Culture Of Rajasthan, a presentation by Divya Bhatia, Director of Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival at 4pm.

Image of Grianán of Aileach courtesy of Adam Porter