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About You Now is the new single from The Saw Doctors due for release, on CD and iTunes download, on October 10th, 2008. About You Now is a rocked-up version of the Sugababes hit single from their 2007 album, Change. Bonus tracks on the CD single include Bebo, She’s Got It and a video the boys made on the streets of Galway for the re-release of I Useta Lover.

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Sarah McQuaid lived in Ireland from 1994 until 2007 and now lives in Cornwall. In October she released a striking album that reveals her true American roots. I Won’t Go Home ‘Til Morning, is the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut album When Two Lovers Meet, and marks a distinct change of focus. Whereas her first album was a feast of Irish music, this is an enchanting celebration of old-time Appalachian folk, with Sarah’s arrangements punctuated by her own fine compositions and a cover of Bobbie Gentry’s classic Ode to Billie Joe. She returned to Trevor Hutchinson’s Marguerite Studios in Dublin, where her debut album had been recorded some ten years previously, to make the new album with Gerry O’Beirne once again in the producer’s seat.

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Re-released by Crow Valley Music, Niall and Cillian Vallely’s highly acclaimed album Callan Bridge was re-released in September. Originally released in 2002, Callan Bridge was widely lauded as one of the most significant traditional albums of recent times. Niall and Cillian Vallely learned their music the old-fashioned way - from their parents Brian and Eithne, who founded the Armagh Pipers’ Club, a group that for over three decades has fostered the revival of traditional music in Ireland’s north. Brian Vallely plays the uilleann pipes and Eithne the fiddle, but Niall instead took up the concertina, an instrument not usually associated with music from Ulster.
Callan Bridge is available online from

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A 30th Anniversary edition of Kevin Burke’s If the Cap Fits is a newly re-mastered and re-packaged CD with a foreword by Earle Hitchner of The Wall Street Journal and Irish Echo at the website Kevin Burke released this solo debut in 1978 while he was still a member of the Bothy Band. Thus, when the Bothies split up for good the following year, the shock of the blow was lessened by the knowledge that former members of the band would still make music like this. Compass Records, who acquired the rights from Mulligan records, have re-mastered the CD and have also included some additional notes and photographs.

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……….evening gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street
6p.m. – 8p.m.
(Doors open 5.45 p.m.)

Tuesday 21 October 2008

and friends will entertain with
songs from his recent CD ‘The Love Token’
and stories from his native Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands !

ADMISSION: €15 ( Incl. finger food ! )
Bar open/tea and coffee available
Booking essential ( limited space ! ): 087-2547574/

Coming soon…………………..
Tuesday, 18 November: Old friends Mick O’Brien (uileann pipes/flutes/whistles ), Mark Kelly (Guitar/ backing vocals ) and Niamh de Búrca (Songs ) re-group for an evening of great music and song !

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Cló Iar-Chonnachta have two new traditional Irish music albums, 1972-2007 Corn Uí Riada Buaiteoirí (CICD 177) and Patsy Ó Ceannabháin - Fear Múinte Mánla (CICD 176). 1972-2007 Corn Uí Riada Buaiteoirí (CICD 177) is a double CD containing songs from winners of Corn Uí Riada, 1972-2007. Patsy Ó Ceannabháin - Fear Múinte Mánla (CICD 176) is a compilation of sean-nós songs from Conamara, with a mixture of slow and fast airs.

Both CD’s are released on the Cló Iar-Chonnachta label. 1972-2007 Corn Uí Riada Buaiteoirí (CICD 177) will be officially launched at Oireachtas 2008 in Cork, and Patsy Ó Ceannabháin - Fear Múinte Mánla (CICD 176) was officially launched on 3rd October 2008.

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November 1st, 2008

The University of Toronto’s Celtic Studies program offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses on the languages, literature, history, music, folklore, art and archaeology of the peoples of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each autumn the institution’s Celtic Studies Program offers a one-day Annual Conference. This year’s confirmed speakers include author Gearóid Ó hAllmhurain of the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Watch the website /stmikes/celticstudies for further details.

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This year’s Northeast Tionól will be held at Gavin’s Resort in East Durham, New York (Catskills) from October 24th-26th, 2008. In addition to all the great piping instructors (Mick O’Brien, Ivan Goff, Cillian Vallely, Debbie Quigley, Cormac Cannon, and others), the great fiddlers, Patrick Ourceau and Breda Keville, will be teaching. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity for fiddle students, and there’s still room in the classes. Patrick and Breda will also perform in the instructors’ concert Saturday night, October 25th. Patrick is well-known to New York-area fiddlers; Breda is from East Galway and is steeped in the music of fiddlers from East Clare and Galway such as Paddy Fahey, Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, and Joe Ryan.
More information (including registration details) on the website at

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The 12th annual fiddle festival will take place from 21st to 23rd November, 2008 at Edinburgh Assembly Rooms in George Street. Guests include: Kevin Burke, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, The Chair and The Jenna Reid Band. The new chair of the Fiddle Festival, Mike Kinch, says of this year’s programme: “It is an absolute delight to showcase new, young and very innovative talent in this year’s event, alongside established, benchmark musicians who have kept Scottish Music in its pole position, for so long.” The Saturday night (Grand Concert) brings together, in one amazing event, two sets from artistes that are the best in their class, Jock Tamson’s Bairns and Kevin Burke, and innovative young Scots band, MAK.
Workshops feature tuition of fiddle from all over Europe (Scots of course, Irish, Danish, Finish and Asturian), Mandolin, Mixed Instruments, Viola, Cello, Playing with Pipes, Fiddling for Classical Musicians, which also gives some indication of the range of day-time recitals on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd.

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Tullamore celebrated ‘three in a row’ with the good news from the Ardchomhairle of Comhaltas that the town has again been selected to host next year’s All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. The Fleadh will take place earlier than in previous years (21st to 23rd August), mainly in order to avoid clashing with the start of the new school year. The Director General of Comhaltas, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, said that Tullamore has set the bar very high for future venues. “Their innovation, dedication, professionalism, hospitality and attention to detail were inspiring. They have placed our cultural traditions on a pedestal and have raised the morale of the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the Fleadhanna for the last two years. We all felt so very welcome in the town which has earned such wide spread admiration. Tullamore is an ideal venue for the Fleadh and will rank as one of the best of all time.”
Fleadh 2009 will officially open on Monday, 17th August, 2009 and continues for a whole week.

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