The Johnny Doherty Festival


23rd - 25th September 2022




John Doherty was a world-renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in Ardara, and he is the figurehead of our festival. We present, in concert and informal settings, the best local traditional artists as well as some internationally renowned musicians, singers and dancers. We also run traditional dance workshops and ceilis over the weekend.


This year's Friday night concert will feature Zoe Conway & John McIntyre as the headline act – Zoe is a world-renowned fiddler and singer. 

 The main concert on Saturday will be with the Irish American supergroup, Cherish The Ladies. With their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals and propulsive step dancing, they always draw a crowd in Ardara.

 The concert on Sunday evening will be a rare chance to see three well-known and much loved names in Donegal music. Dermot Byrne, Brid Harper and Steve Cooney.


There will also be many pub sessions around the town over the weekend, with plenty of opportunities for visitors to join in.


Ardara is a very popular Donegal holiday destination on the Wild Atlantic Way and offers many accommodation types including Hotel, B&B and Airbnb options.  See the Links page for more information.