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Kilcolgan Audio Studio presents the first surround sound recording of Irish Traditional Music. It features a compilation of surround sound recordings of a variety of musicians in order to showcase the exceptional quality of Irish Traditional Music when delivered in 5.1 High Fidelity Surround Sound. The recording is available on DVD format and can be played on any DVD-player or Blu-Ray player that has DTS Surround Sound. In addition it will play with exceptional studio quality on DVD-Audio capable players in a high resolution format recording that is included on the DVD.

Permalink - Posted: October 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm


Frankie Gavin conferred with an Honourary Masters of Music at NUI Galway

Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, Co. Galway. He comes from a musical family: his father played fiddle, and, his mother and all of her family played also. He started playing the tin whistle at age four, making his first T.V. appearance three years later. At the age of ten years old Frankie began to play fiddle and at the age of seventeen he placed first in the All-Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All-Ireland Flute Competition, both on the same day. Mainly learning by ear, he was strongly influenced by the 78 recordings of Michael Coleman and James Morrison. Sessions in the Cellar Bar, Galway and later in Hughes’ pub in Spiddal led to the formation of De Dannan in 1973. He has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums, and three collaborations: one a tribute to Joe Cooley entitled ‘Omos do Joe Cooley’ with Paul Brock; a fine collaboration with fellow De Dannan member Alec Finn; and one with Stephane Grapelli exploring the languages of jazz and traditional music. He has also guested with The Rolling Stones on their ‘Voodoo Lounge’ album, with Keith Richards on ‘Wingless Angels’ and with Earl Scruggs the great banjo man.

Permalink - Posted: October 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm


Dundalk’s Spirit Store celebrated Its 10th Birthday on October 29th
Back in late October 1999 when Mark Dearey and his business partner of the time, Mark Mulholland, first launched Dundalk’s Spirit Store gigs happened in a tiny performance space capable of holding 63 souls which was, in effect, two upstairs bedrooms knocked into one. The Spirit Store had been a dockside pub owned by the Mee family but had been closed for a number of years. Mark Dearey’s vision was to re-open it as a place where live music could flourish. Derek Turner was recruited to take care of the sound and the venue’s reputation for caring about the sound was set in place from the first night it opened.

Permalink - Posted: October 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm


A Tribute to the late Seamus Creagh
St Brendan’s Church, Bantry

Friday 27th November 8pm

West Cork Music presents the much anticipated Concert for Seamus - a tribute to the late fiddle player Seamus Creagh.

On Friday 27 November at 8pm in St Brendan’s Church in Bantry, fiddler Matt Cranitch will be joined by an impressive line-up of some of the finest traditional musicians in the country. All friends of Seamus, many are travelling great distances to come to Bantry to pay tribute to the much loved musician.

Accordion players Aidan Coffey and Jackie Daly join fiddle players Tommy Peoples and Geraldine O’Callaghan, De Dannan’s Colm Murphy (bodhrán), flute player Hammy Hamilton, Pat Ahern on bouzouki, Con Ó Drisceoil (melodeon) and singers Danny and Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Suilleabháin for what promises to be a memorable night.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Bridge Co-op in Cork City, a charity close to Seamus’ heart.

Tickets ; € 25, € 15
Bookings : West Cork Music, 13 Glengarriff Rd, Bantry, Co Cork
027 52788 Lo Call 1850 788 789

Permalink - Posted: October 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm


The Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway is delighted to announce a second series of workshops with renowned Sean-Nós Dancer-in-Residence, Seosamh Ó Neachtain.

A graduate of NUI Galway, Seosamh Ó Neachtain is one of a handful of performers who have rejuvenated the Gaeltacht tradition of sean-nós dancing, introducing the athleticism and sophistication of a dynamic but neglected art form to national and international audiences. He has performed on concert stages throughout the world with some of the finest exponents of traditional music, including Altan, De Danann, Máirtín O’Connor, Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, Johnny Connolly, and Róisín Elsafty.

Permalink - Posted: October 27, 2009 at 10:28 am


Click on this weekend to watch live Irish Music pub sessions direct from Sligo Ireland

This weekend Ireland’s biggest winter music festival begins. From Friday 23rd October Sligo Live embraces the digital age by broadcasting some of the Festival’s top Traditional Sessions live on the internet. Our world class musicians will be sitting waiting to play the occasional request while playing spellbinding and dynamic traditional Irish music live from one of Ireland’s music capital’s Sligo.

Permalink - Posted: October 23, 2009 at 11:47 am


Come along to watch Saturday’s Lotto draw broadcast LIVE from SLIGO LIVE

Sligo Live: Ireland’s foremost roots music festival, is already bringing
the leading Irish and International roots musicians to Sligo this weekend,
and now they’re also bringing an extra €2million from the National Lottery
to town.

Permalink - Posted: October 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm


- musical gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN

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

Renowned musicians
and his wife
make a special trip from Galway
to entertain us !

ADMISSION: €15 ( includes complimentary finger food )
Bar open/tea and coffee available

Permalink - Posted: October 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm


The Irish Music Rights Organisation has announced the second annual IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards. The awards recognise Irish venues which provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment. Over 400 venues across Ireland qualify for the awards and these include pubs, hotels, arts centres, theatres, purpose built music venues and many more. Solo artist and multi instrumentalist Julie Feeney and lead singer of The Coronas, Danny O’Reilly, joined with IMRO Chairman Keith Donald and IMRO CEO Victor Finn to launch the awards, at IMRO headquarters in Copyright House, Dublin today.

Permalink - Posted: October 21, 2009 at 9:08 am


A well established and “famous” music shop in Kerry has recently changed hands. The “Soundz of Muzic” has been trading in Henry Street, Kenmare for the last 15 years and was launched originally by Mr. John Rubin. John had worked in the music and film industry for many years, managing support acts for Michael Jackson and promoting films in Hollywood in a “colorful” and varied career.

Permalink - Posted: October 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm
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