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Album launch celebrating best All-Ireland sessions, Seisiun na h-Éireann Festival, Quin, Co. Clare

It seemed like a good idea and it certainly was judging the quality of the recording that was made at last year’s event. The idea is simple, invite the best session musicians from pubs all over Ireland to Clare in September, they are then let loose to play in the pubs so as to find the best session in the country.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 10:13 am

Pride of the West

John Wynne and John McEvoy will launch their new CD ‘Pride of the West’ with a gig in Spell’s Pub, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon on Friday June 15th. The album draws on the immense flute and fiddle tradition of north Connacht and on the players’ Roscommon roots.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 10:12 am

New CD’s, New York For Paddy

Thomas Walsh will be forever remembered as the man who wrote “Inisheer”, the haunting if jaunty slow air. His latest work is what they used to call an EP, a two track CD with David Yeates where they play the song “New York for Paddy” and an instrumental track “Waltzing Through Dunboyne”.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 10:10 am

Dervish back in the Baltic

Yes Dervish didn’t exactly bring home the Eurovision bacon as we discuss in our European news, but if the pictures on the web site are a reflection of what went on they undoubtedly had a great time at the Eurovision song contest.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 10:08 am

Return of ‘Riches of Clare’ series

Is music to ears of lunchtime concert fans

Now in its third year, the summer series will be held on each Wednesday over eleven weeks in Ennistymon, Kilrush, Ballyvaughan, Ennis and Sixmilebridge. The participating musicians are locally based and include Jerry Lynch, Sinead Heagney, Edel Fox, Tommy Peoples, Garry Shannon, Mick Conneely and Marin Glynn.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 10:01 am

Scoil na gCláirseach

The annual Summer School of Early Irish Harp will be held in Kilkenny from the 22nd-28th August with lectures and concerts as well as instrumental tuition from the world authorities on the instrument: Ann Heymann (USA), Javier Sáinz (Spain/Ireland) and Scoil Director, Siobhán Armstrong (Ireland). Organised by the Historical Harp Society of Ireland (HHSI), the Scoil is now in its fifth year and has become the premier international event for early Irish harp. This unique summer school attracts participants from as far afield as the USA, Italy and Japan.

Permalink - Posted: May 29, 2007 at 9:43 am

Re-Releases on CD Distributed by Claddagh Records

Skylark - All Of It

The band featured Gerry O’Connor, Garry O’ Briain, Len Graham, Eithne Ní Uallachain, Eiliah O’ Connor & Mairtín O’Connor. Each member of Skylark is acknowledged as a master of his art and this re-release on CD will allow the current generation of players to appreciate the artistry that Skylark brought to traditional music.

Permalink - Posted: May 3, 2007 at 9:43 am

Death of Hugh Geraghty

The followers of the singing tradition were deeply saddened at the untimely death of Hugh Geraghty in early March. Hugh was a regular at the Clé Club in Liberty Hall. Besides being a leading trade unionist, he was also chairman of the Labour History Society. In acknowledgement of his contribution the coffin was draped with the original flag of the Plough and the Stars designed by playwright Sean O’Casey.

Permalink - Posted: May 3, 2007 at 9:41 am

Music Under The Mountain

Guitar player, John Bermingham has recently opened Croc an Oir at the foot of Sliabh Na mBán in Mullinanhone, the facility is beside the river Anner and is located in a 200 year old farmhouse.

Permalink - Posted: May 3, 2007 at 9:39 am

Two Bursaries to Meitheal 2007

The Joseph Browne Spring School of Traditional Music is offering two bursaries (value €600 each) to enable young musicians from counties Galway and Clare to attend Meitheal Residential Summer School in July 2007 in Limerick. The following conditions apply:

Permalink - Posted: May 3, 2007 at 9:37 am
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