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Bewley’s @ 6!

Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Time : 6p.m. – 8p.m. (doors open 5.45p.m. )
Cost: €15 ( incl. complimentary finger food! )
About the event: Celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge in the company of
Connemara singer/songwriter Seán Éinniú and friends !
Booking essential ( limited space ! ): 087-2547574
Bar/tea and coffee available !

Permalink - Posted: February 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Éigse Mrs. Crotty

August 13th – 17th, 2008

Éigse Mrs. Crotty Traditional Music Festival and Summer School in Kilrush Co Clare will take place from August 13th to 17th. This festival celebrates the wonderful musical legacy of a talented and celebrated Clare woman – Elizabeth Crotty. Mrs. Crotty was a gentle and unassuming woman and a natural musician who enjoyed a unique mastery of the concertina. In fact people would seek out her company and sit quietly captivated as she played. But what she loved most of all was teaching and encouraging young musicians.

Permalink - Posted: February 20, 2008 at 11:05 am


Three years ago the Kilcar Tourism Committee organised the first Children’s Festival, followed in July by a series of Saturday night concerts in the Parish Hall entitled ‘Ceol na gConallach – The Donegal Sessions’ featuring the cream of local traditional musicians and singers and with special guests every week. These events were very successful and this prompted the committee to revive the Kilcar Fleadh last year.

Permalink - Posted: February 19, 2008 at 10:14 am


July 13th - 19th, 2008
The 14th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week Summer School will take place from July 13-19th in the Irish American Resort Town of East Durham in upstate New York. The largest summer school in North America devoted to traditional Irish music, song and dance attracted over 600 students last year from over 30 U.S. States including Hawaii and Alaska, 6 Canadian Provinces and Europe. Hundreds more filled up all the local resorts feasting on the daily menu of lectures, concerts, ceilithe and multiple sessions scheduled around the Irish Catskill region.

Permalink - Posted: February 18, 2008 at 6:18 pm


June 13th – 15th 2008

Wimborne Minster, Dorset is once again home to the annual folk festival when the town comes alive to the colour and spectacle of dancers, musicians, locals and those who have travelled miles to be part of this fantastic event.

Permalink - Posted: February 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm


October 10-18, 2008

The Celtic Colours International Festival is entering its 12th year of celebrating the only living Celtic culture in North America. The event tales place on beautiful Cape Breton Island, off Canada’s east coast, when the fall leaves are at the height of their glory.

Permalink - Posted: February 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm


The 22nd Year, 13th – 19th July 2008

Nestled at the foot of the Ox Mountains, the south Sligo town of Tubbercurry is the setting for the 22nd South Sligo Summer School of traditional music, song & dance this July.

Classes are held each morning in several traditional instruments including fiddle, flute, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, traditional guitar, banjo, bodhrán and piano and button accordians. A tinwhistle masterclass is a very popular feature of the school as are the masterclasses in the South Sligo styles of both fiddle and flute playing. Singing classes in sean nós and traditional styles are very popular and so too are the set dancing classes under the expert tuition of Pat Murphy & Betty McCoy and the daily afternoon sean nós dancing class ably taught by Brenda O’Callaghan.

Permalink - Posted: February 18, 2008 at 10:39 am


August 6th – 12th 2008

Feakle is now firmly established as the home for the music of East Clare. Its annual Festival though organized by a voluntary committee is hailed by many as the best for its concerts and sessions. Fans of the Festival travel from all corners of the world, many returning every year, reflecting the standard and caliber of the music and atmosphere to be had at the Festival.

Permalink - Posted: February 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm


It’s coming close to that time again folks, the time of year when the annual “Nyah” festival sees Cavan take centre stage in the world of traditional music, song and dance.
The list of names lined up for this year’s biggest ever “Nyah County Cavan Arts Festival 2008”, to give it the full name, reads like a who’s who of Irish music’s cream of the crop. Over 300 artists from 18 countries will descend on the Breffni county throughout March to take part in a packed programme of events across the county, ranging from major concerts to intimate pub sessions, with a host of extras including music and song workshops, awards presentations and book and CD launches. The big difference this year is that the Nyah spreads across the county, with towns like Virginia, Ballyjamesduff, Belturbet, Cootehill and Bailieboro all having a share of the action, as well as Cavan town itself. The word “nyah” refers to the very expression of the tradition … to its lift or “soul”. This is a festival of all things Cavan. Now in the Fifth year, the Nyah festival celebrates the traditional music, song, dance and culture of County Cavan, the Ulster tradition and the county’s very own musical style. The Nyah  programme promotes events throughout the county on a year-round basis.

Permalink - Posted: February 15, 2008 at 10:37 am


New album, Ships in the Forest,
to be released in North America April 8, 2008

The Compass Records Group is excited to announce the signing of Karan Casey, an artist whose voice has been described as “Angelic. Haunting. Spellbinding.” (The Calgary Herald) and “among the loveliest in folk music…” (The Boston Globe).

Karan Casey is one of the most influential and imitated vocalists in Irish and American folk music; a natural innovator, she proves that the ancient and the modern make excellent bedfellows. On Ships in the Forest, her fifth solo album and debut with the Compass Records Group, Casey’s warm, soulful voice ebbs and flows around ballads both timely and timeless. Produced once again by Donald Shaw (of Capercaillie fame), the album was recorded at Casey’s home in County Cork and features the members of her current touring band, Caoimhín Vallely (piano), Kate Ellis (cello) and Robbie Overson (guitar) along with special guests Kris Drever, Niall Vallely and Cillian Vallely.

Permalink - Posted: February 15, 2008 at 10:34 am
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