Missed an earlier news item? Visit the news archive.


Pavilion Theatre presents tradition:DL

Paddy Glackin
Tony Mac Mahon, David Power & Dermot Bolger in ‘The Frost is All Over’
Julie Fowlis & Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Spiers & Boden
Michelle Mulcahy with John Blake

Pavilion Theatre & THE GastroPUB Company
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August 2008
Tickets: €20/18
Festival ticket €50/44
Gastropub sessions: free admission
Booking: 01 – 2312929

Permalink - Posted: May 26, 2008 at 11:00 am


Top traditional band Lúnasa have recently finished their seventh and eighth
visits to Leitrim as part of the successful traditional music residency as
part of Leitrim County Council’s Arts Strategy.

The 18 month residency consisted of a number of visits to different areas
in Leitrim; meeting local musicians, learning Leitrim tunes, working with
young musicians in composing new tunes and spending time in different
community settings. In 2007 they spent time in the Carrick on Shannon
area, Rossinver/Kiltyclogher, Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Drumkeerin /
Tarmon and so far this year they’ve visited Carrigallen/ Aughavas,
Dromahair, and their final visit of the residency took place in Drumshanbo
in mid May.

The residency will end with a recording of a selection of Leitrim musicians
they met along the way, with members of Lunasa as guests on the album.

For more information on the residency seeúnasa or
or telephone Leitrim County Council Arts Office on 071 9621694

Permalink - Posted: May 23, 2008 at 11:31 am



Lau (sounds like cow) is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music: Kris Drever (guitar and vocal), Martin Green (piano accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Together, their explosive live performances have been generating a major buzz around the UK folk circuit that has now become a world-wide party. The summer of 2007 saw them take festivals by storm across Europe and North-America; the Fall to Japan and Cape Breton. They kicked off 2008 at the BBC Folk Awards where they gave what was widely regarded as the performance of the night, went on to win BEST GROUP award and Bob Hoskins was last seen bowing down to the band proclaiming “I am not worthy!”

Permalink - Posted: May 22, 2008 at 9:31 am


Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, Co. Sligo has a sparkling programme of Irish traditional music, concerts and events arranged for the coming months. The one hundred and twenty seat theatre in the centre lends itself to the full enjoyment of concerts with sound and atmosphere second to none.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2008 at 5:27 pm


June 30th – July 4th, 2008

The Coleman Country Bodhrán School was established in 2006 by Andrew ‘Junior’ Davey from Gurteen in South Sligo.He is a five times All Ireland Bodhrán Champion and celebrates and preserves the wonderful bodhrán tradition of his area.

The Coleman Country is the area of South Sligo, North Roscommon and North-East Mayo which contains the village Killavil, close to which legendary fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-1946) was born.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm


June 15th - 22nd, 2008

The Galway Sessions Festival Programme will be launched in the Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway by VFI President and Udaras member Val Hanley on Friday May 30 at 6 p.m.

Now in its sixth year the Galway Sessions is an annual week-long event (June 15th – 22nd) with an expansive programme featuring concerts, folk-club gigs, open-air events, and a fun, music packed session trail.

The festival will host over 100 events throughout the ‘City of the Tribes’ including big stage concerts at the Salthill Hotel, Roisin Dubh and Black Box Theatre, the very popular folk club gigs at the Listener’s Club in the Crane Bar, set dancing and ceilidhe in the expanse of Monroe’s Tavern and the Black Box and the Western Hotel. Great Sessions will take place throughout the week in well known watering holes such as Taaffees, Tigh Coilis, the ‘piano bar’ in Tigh Neachtain, Murty Rabbittes, Arus na nGael, Massimo’s and many other venues.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm


7 years and still growing!

This September will mark the 7th annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, and each year the event grows and further explores its musical roots. Taking over Longford town each year, the Banjo Festival brings together musicians and fans from around the globe to experience four days and nights of indoor and outdoor concerts, street & pub sessions, jams, and extensive workshops.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm


September 3rd - 7th, 2008

In the heart of Co. Antrim nestled between the major towns of Ballymena and Magherafelt lies the village of Portglenone. The village rests along the banks of the River Bann, which has been immortalised by countless artists and writers down through the years.

It is here in this idyllic setting that the 9th “Gig’n The Bann” Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place from the 3rd–7th September 2008. This festival has become one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.

The ethos of the festival is to bring together musical traditions across all cultural divides and the direction pursued in recent years has been to incorporate the Ulster Scots tradition alongside Traditional Irish music. This has greatly enhanced audience participation in a diverse range of events. It has also meant that people from different sides of the community have become exposed to music, song and dance that they may not have been familiar with before.

The Festival programme for 2008 will again include the usual mix of Concerts, featuring artists such as The red Hot Chilli Pipers and Teada.Traditional Music Sessions with some of Irelands finest musicians, musical cruises along the River Bann, a family fun day and the Bard N` The Bann competition which features local writers in an evening of humorous verse.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm


Celtic Fusion 2008 takes place in Castlewellan from 13-20 July, boasting an impressive line-up which features international talent combined with Irish artistes. For eight days, there will be varied entertainment in the form of concerts, theatre shows, and traditional music sessions.

Sunday 13 July will be the highlight of the festival for many, as the opening concert provides a rare opportunity to see the legendary Moving Hearts who recently reformed to take care of ‘unfinished business’. Playing only a few gigs each year, opportunities to see the band in action are limited; therefore tickets are expected to be in high demand. The opening act for the evening is Cara Dillon, her fantastic ability to relate a great story in song, means this concert at The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle shouldn’t be missed.

The evening of Monday 14 July brings theatre to Celtic Fusion, when Richard Lynch’s critically acclaimed From the Shoulders Down, casts a reflective glance at character PJ Mulpeter’s career as his retirement nears.

Tuesday 15 is a special evening, not only are the Vallely Brothers with Karan Casey performing, but the coveted Celtic Fusion Award will also be presented in recognition of contribution to traditional music, with the recipient being kept a close-guarded secret until the night itself.

North is in Concert on Wednesday 16 March, bringing their unique twist to traditional Irish music. Brought together by Francis McPeake of the legendary McPeake Family, the band is still relatively new; however their popularity is growing fast, gaining more fans through every captivated audience.

Session A9 play on Thursday 17 taking Celtic Fusion into the build-up for the final weekend. Described as ‘Scotland’s Supergroup’, they have the ability to combine a modern feel to performances, whilst keeping the atmosphere of a traditional session.

Friday 18 has several highlights, two well-known names; Marian Bradfield and Thom Moore perform together during the Singer Songwriter Evening. Popular band Hothouse Flowers have received acclaim from Rolling Stone Magazine and their plan to steal their way into hearts is likely to become reality with the Celtic Fusion audience. Entertainment continues with the Traditional Music Session Trail.

Permalink - Posted: May 13, 2008 at 9:48 am


The tenth Return to Camden Town Festival will take place between Friday 24th October and Sunday 2nd November 2008.

Artists confirmed so far include - Paddy Keenan & Tommy O’ Sullivan, Nollaig Casey, Arty McGlynn, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, At the Racket, John Wynne & John McEvoy, The Davey Family Céilí Band and Gerard Butler.

Permalink - Posted: May 8, 2008 at 11:56 am
« Previous PageNext Page »