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Begins Sunday, 27th January 2008 @ 10.00pm on TG4
Bodhrán Beats under the Indian Sun…Sean-nós Steps at a Harlem Tap Jam…Donegal Mazourkas at the mouth of a Norwegian Fjord….

Permalink - Posted: December 13, 2007 at 4:45 pm


with Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Catherine McEvoy and Micheál O’Raghallaigh, January 16 - 26, 2008

This tour brings together three outstanding traditional Irish musicians: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Catherine McEvoy (flute) and Micheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina) in a tour that promises to blow away the winter blues. Combining their rich musical repertoires, they can be heard on a Music Network tour of Ireland from 16 - 26 January 2008. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost
musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is revenue funded by the Arts Council. Further information from Music Network at (01) 671 9429 or

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 5:43 pm


Two of Celtic music’s more exciting performers, fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and guitarist/singer John Doyle, perform Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph to benefit a fund for fiddler and cancer patient Jerry Holland.

Holland, based in Cape Breton, has made Vermont his second home recently, teaching and performing. Since the spring he has been undergoing treatment for cancer and the proceeds from this concert will help in that effort.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 5:40 pm


The Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, in association with the International Computer Music Association and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, is proud to be hosting ICMC 2008. The Conference will take place between 24-29 August 2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Frankie Gavin, of De Dannan fame, is back centre stage with a new group Hibernian Rhapsody, and a debut nineteen-track album entitled “The Full Score”. The CD recording features some of Ireland’s finest talents including: Carl Hession – Piano, harpsichord; Michelle Lally – Vocals; Derek Hickey – Accordion; Tim Edey – Guitar as well, of course, as Frankie on Flute and fiddle.   Other guest musicians include such notables as Rick Epping on Harmonica.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 5:35 pm


March 6th-9th, 2008, Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, South Wales

For the 7th consecutive year, over 500 singers, musicians and dancers from all the Celtic countries will be descending on the South Wales seaside resort of Porthcawl for a great festival of concerts, ceilidhs, sessions and workshops, known as Cwlwm Celtaidd (transl. “Celtic Knot”). The quirky festival venue, Trecco Bay Holiday Park, is only 100yds from the beach and coastal paths on the beautiful South Wales Heritage Coast, with separate venues for dance (800 capacity) and concert(1200), with a central 300 seater bar dedicated to the session musicians and the occasional showcase.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 11:47 am


The US Folk legend returns to the UK for a short tour to visit old friends and promote his new album ‘Comedians and Angels’ scheduled for release on January 21st, 2008. Tom Paxton’s songs are known and loved around the world, ‘The Last Thing On My Mind’, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’, and ‘Bottle of Wine’, just a few of his truly timeless works. His generosity to both audiences and fellow musicians is renowned, and his passion for justice and the ties that bind people together is unwavering. For all this and more, Tom Paxton ranks as one of the most revered musicians of his generation.

January 2008
18 The Anvil Theatre, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hants
19 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
21 Glasgow City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland,
22 The Lowry (Lyric Theatre) Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford
23 Sheffield City Hall (Memorial Hall), Barkers Pool, Sheffield
25 Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Sq, Birmingham
26 Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester
27 St Georges Hall, Great St George St, Bristol

Of his forthcoming album ‘Comedians & Angels’, Tom says, “The album is made of songs of love. I am about to turn 70 and I find that my definition of love songs is broader than I once would have found it to be. Still, there is love in them all.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 11:45 am


Main Concert January 12th, 2008

Glasgow’s Irish traditional music new year is welcomed in with the 8th Jimmy McHugh Memorial Weekend. It always promises something special both on stage and in the sessions which happen on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons and for most of Saturday night. This year’s headliners are two of New York’s finest exponents of the tradition in Brian Conway and Felix Doran. The concert will also feature Micheal O’Raghallaigh (concertina, Co Meath), Allan MacDonald (bagpipes/singer, Scotland), Maggie Boyle (Singer, London), with more headliners to be confirmed. Also attending to this year’s concert are Eileen o’ Brien, Deirdre Mc Sherry, Denis Ryan, The Kinsella Family and many more.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 11:43 am


Set your Calendar reminders for the weekend of February 2nd and 3rd for the Annual Atlanta Irish Music Competition. This year the adjudicators are Kate and Jode Dowling (flute and fiddle) and Elliot Grasso (pipes) and the competition will again feature solo and group competitions for all ages.

The weekend will begin with a session and dinner on Friday night, competitions at Alpharetta High School on Saturday followed by an evening concert and more sessions with workshops on Sunday. Registration opens online on December 1st; however, the rules, directions, lodgings information and so on are posted in a pdf handbook available at

This has been a very successful competition. Also the weekend attracts traditional Irish musicians from throughout the Southeast to share music, play tunes and generally have a good time.
More details at

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 11:42 am

NYAH County Cavan Arts Festival March 5th -17th, 2008

Féile Ealaíon Chontae an Chabhán

What Is Nyah
Nyah derives from that specific word we use to describe what makes traditional music so unique. Lift, Soul, Feeling, no other word quite captures th essence of great traditional playing, dancing or singing quite like nyah.

Where is it
Clare has Willie Clancy. Donegal has the Frankie Kennedy. Now Cavan has the NYAH, the County’s very own and a very unique traditional music festival. Nyah takes place in nine towns & villages throughout Co Cavan. Cootehill, Belturbet, Cavan, Virginia, Milltown, Kilnaleck, Mountnugent, Blacklion and Ballyjamesduff.

Some Highlight Dates:
Wed 5th Farnham Arms, Cavan, Session
Thur 6th Backyard Arts Centre, Moynehall, Cavan
Entire schedule of events, including contacts, ticket bookings etc can be perused in detail by logging onto the website or contact
Martin Donohoe Tel: 086 2342270

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2007 at 11:40 am
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