Music: The fleadh

Tim Perry
Friday 09 July 1999 23:02
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In 1990, few non-Gaelic speakers knew what Fleadh (festival of music) meant, never mind how it should be pronounced. Now, with today's 10th instalment, "fleadh" has almost become a household word. It's impossible to predict the mood of the curmudgeonly Van Morrison (left), but there's always something of merit in his shows and when he's on form he's unmissable. Elvis Costello, the Pretenders and Ronan Keating are the other big draws on the main stage while the excellent Ron Sexsmith and other singer-songwriters populate the second stage, headlined by Shane MacGowan & the Popes. A third tent features Ardal O'Hanlon and other comics plus a few worthwhile musical nuggets including the Handsome Family.

Finsbury Park, London N4 (0541 500 044/ 0181 963 0940) today

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