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Stirling Galway Sessions

June 7th – 21st 2010

It’s a first, a two week Festival in two cities and two countries exploring the common culture and heritage of Ireland and Scotland and fostering links between two historic cities.

Permalink - Posted: January 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm

World Record Attempt in Achill Creates Surge in Tin Whistle Sales

Musical instrument shops nationwide are reporting an unprecedented demand for tin whistles. Shop assistants blame an upcoming World Record attempt by Scoil Acla, the longest-established Summer School in Ireland. It will take place on Achill’s 5km-long Keel Strand on 31st July as part of Scoil Acla’s 1910-2010 Centenary celebrations, bringing together the most tin whistle players ever in one place to play the same tune.

Permalink - Posted: January 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Tom Paxton cancels uk tour including Celtic connections show

It is with regret that Tom Paxton has cancelled his forthcoming UK tour dates, including his performance at Celtic Connections, which was scheduled for Wednesday 27th January at City Halls.

Unfortunately Tom’s wife Midge has been taken ill and Tom and family are currently at her bedside.
Tom said: “It breaks my heart to have to cancel my UK tour, however I need to be with my wife, Midge right now. I hope to return later on in the year to make this up to all my fans.”
The Celtic Connections’ Box Office is contacting all patrons who had booked for the show and is refunding all tickets.

For further information please contact:
Claire Snedden
Celtic Connections Press Office

Tel: 0141 353 8070 E-mail:

Permalink - Posted: January 25, 2010 at 10:50 am

IMRO Invitation to Irish Traditional Music Showcases as part of the Temple Bar TradFest 2010

The Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin’s biggest and best Irish music and culture festival will take place for the fifth year running on the 27th - 31st January 2010. Once again, Temple Bar TradFest offers a wealth of music within the very walkable confines of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

Permalink - Posted: January 25, 2010 at 10:49 am


- musical gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN

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

A magical evening of song is promised
in the company of Donegal singer
( )
ADMISSION: €15 ( includes complimentary finger food )
Bar open/tea and coffee available

Permalink - Posted: January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

24th Fiddler’s Green International Festival

18th-25th July 2010, Rostrevor Co. Down Northern Ireland.

The Fiddlers Green Festival began 24 years ago as a one day event and now extends to eight days and nights of music, culture and crack. With nearly 200 events the festival caters for music lovers, families who wish to enjoy a safe child focused festival and those who come to soak up the scenery, friendliness and the free outdoor entertainment.

Permalink - Posted: January 20, 2010 at 10:44 am


October 8th – 16th, 2010

Celtic Colours generates millions of dollars for Cape Breton economy in 2009

(Sydney, NS) In a year that, by all accounts, wasn’t expected to make a strong showing in the tourism industry, Celtic Colours International Festival bucked the trend. The Festival’s unique combination of culture, heritage, history and scenery, bolstered by new investment and marketing initiatives, found new audiences and increased visitorship to the island, resulting in a $5.5 million economic impact on Cape Breton Island in 2009.

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Galway Early Music Festival

May 28th – 30th, 2010

Music & Madness in Galway!
Dance Mania, Addictions, Ecstasy, Love…

From manic dances to ecstatic chants, The Galway Early Music Festival, May 28-30, 2010, brings music and madness to Galway in its 15th annual festival of medieval, rennaissance and baroque music.
In all time and in all places shifting cultural and social models of madness have been expressed in music, dance, theatre, literature and painting. The 2010 Festival programme ranges from the dance epidemics of the Middle Ages, where entire communities of people would join hands, dance, leap, scream and shake for hours, to the madness of love, so beautifully expressed in medieval & renaissance vocal music, to the madness of the gambler who plays to his ruin, and finally to the ecstatic chant music of religious visionaries and mystics such as Hildegard von Bingen.

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

“Cup of Tae” Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal

April 30th – May 3rd, 2010 or

The “Cup of Tae” Festival in May Bank Holiday week-end in Ardara, Co. Donegal has become a recognised landmark in the calander of traditional Festivals. One of those festivals you must visit to appreciate. Appreciate the wonderful family atmosphere where the priority on family values and the family is appreciated and learn the wonderful skill of playing a traditional instrument. The famous School of Music which is a key part of the Festival attracts students from all over the world. This year the Committee have an exciting lineup with the festival giving a special honour to acknowledge the 30th Anniversary of the death of John “Simi” Doherty “the Donegal Fiddler”. The programme will include some very interesting documentaries on the life and music of this famous Fiddler by experts who studied his contribution and also musicians who played with him.

Permalink - Posted: January 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm

The 24th South Sligo Summer School

July 11th – 17th, 2010

The 24th South Sligo Summer School of traditional music, song and dance will take place in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo from Sunday 11th to Saturday, 17th July 2010.

Situated at the foot of the Ox Mountains in the heart of South Sligo in an area steeped in traditional music going back generations, Tubbercurry is the perfect location for this annual summer school, first established in 1987 and now in its 24th year, where participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music, song and dance of South Sligo and beyond over six days of tuition, concerts and recitals, céilís, lectures and workshops, all featuring tutors, lecturers, musicians and céilí bands of the highest calibre.  Think of tune titles such as ‘The Killavil Jig’, ‘The Mountain Road’, ‘The Moving Bogs of Powelsboro’ or ‘The Chaffpool Post’, all places in and around Tubbercurry or again of names like Martin Wynne, Fred Finn, Andy McGann and Jim Donoghue, just a few of the great musicians who were native to the area, all of whom left a legacy of tunes, some their own compositions, in their wake.  This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is a deep, rich tradition and one which all those involved in the South Sligo Summer School set out to celebrate, breathe new life into and help preserve each year.

Permalink - Posted: January 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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