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Who: The High Kings
Where: HMV Grafton St Dublin 2
When: Tuesday 16th March at 11am

HMV is delighted to welcome The High Kings to HMV Grafton St on St. Patrick’s Day at 11am. One of Ireland’s most exciting Irish ballad groups will be performing an acoustic set and will also sign copies of their new album Memory Lane.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm


Date:    Wednesday, 17th March
Venue:  Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Join us in the Parlour for a special Traditional Session on St.
Patrick’s Day featuring local musicans.
All musicians welcome. Time: 12.30 p.m. onwards.  Adm:  FREE.

Permalink - Posted: March 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

WGBH Presents 5th Annual, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan March 20

Sanders Theatre concert offers traditional and contemporary Irish celebration

Boston, MA – March 3 – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a special concert of traditional and contemporary Irish music, song and dance. WGBH presents the fifth annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan on Saturday, March 20 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Cambridge.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm


‘The Henry Girls’, from Inishowen in County Donegal, will perform an exclusive UK launch of their new CD ‘Dawn’, at this years Manchester Irish Festival. The band who have just been nominated for a IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) for their original soundtrack on the Aidan Quinn film “A Shine of Rainbows”. The special concert takes place on Friday 12th March, 2010 in the upstairs acoustic room of m19 bar in Levenshulme and is one of the highlights of the area’s two week tradfest and kick starts its St Patrick’s weekend celebrations.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm


Dublin based music promoter, Musiclee is presently looking for a premises somewhere in Dublin City to set up a member’s only music club. The venue will ideally be capable of seating 100 minimum and would have facilties installed such as a stage area, PA and so on. It would not be open to the public and would not be a licensed premises. As a private members club people would be allowed to bring their own refreshments, though we would plan on having a tea/coffee facility. It could be a room that would also allow theatre, exhibitions, workshops etc.
If anyone knows of a room with such potential that is available for rent or lease please let Paul Lee know via his website located at

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm


Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the best ever banjoist in the history of Irish music, Gerry O’Connor has brought the banjo to places no other player had tread before. He has travelled the world - physically and musically - experimenting with everything from Irish to bluegrass to African and Asian and back. Both as a soloist and as a member of the highly acclaimed Four Men and a Dog, Gerry has truly traced the banjo’s journey through the world of music. Gerry’s journey continues with his most recent solo recording “High Up Low Down” which features his unique treatment of Irish traditional music, American bluegrass and ground-breaking new compositions.
Gerry will be touring in Ireland in March/April and further afield later in the year.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Unheard is a collection or rescued archive material from Eddie Clarke a master of Traditional Irish Music on the Chromatic Harmonica. His playing spans three decades from the mid 1960’s to the late 1980’s. He was perhaps the finest player of traditional music on the harmonica, who died in 2004. His recorded output was small: “Crossroads” with Clare fiddler Joe Ryan and “Sailing into Walpole’s Marsh” with Maeve Donnelly which was recorded in the US. Comhaltas has issued this four CD collection of Clarke’s work, mostly his own cassette tapes and session recordings which were discovered after the musicians death. The collection was produced by Antoin MacGabhann who took four years selecting and editing the work, the recording quality is uneven, but this does not detract from the obvious skill and mastery of the harmonica by Clarke.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm


September 23rd – 26th, 2010

After the tremendous success of the 2009 Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, the organisers are in intense negotiations to finalise the line-up for the 2010 event. Last year’s line-up proved to be a magical combination of Irish and American music.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm


No Irish traditional band in the last twenty years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. Now, in celebration of their 25th year as a band, Altan are releasing the 25th Anniversary Celebration CD, recorded at RTE Studios in Dublin with the RTE Concert Orchestra and featuring 15 of the bands favourite songs and tunes from their storied career. The CD shows the band are at the peak of their skills. This new release firmly places them in the pantheon of Irish music alongside genre icons such as The Chieftains and The Dubliners all the while demonstrating an elegance and grace rarely found in the tradition. The CD was released in Ireland on February 19th, in the UK on the 22nd and will be carried by Compass in the USA and Canada where it goes on sale from the first week of March.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm


Celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2010, and featuring a new line-up, The London Lasses and Pete Quinn release their fourth album. Advance praise for By Night & By Day: “This is a gorgeous record. I’ve got a big collection of recordings and the Lasses’ CD’s are right at the top of them. This one is their best yet.” - Brian Rooney.
“Love the tunes, love the musicality, love the singing, love the arrangements, once again we’re treated to a concert and a party, all in one. You go girls (and Pete)!”- Liz Carroll.
Described by Irish Music Magazine as ‘one of the best bands of the scene today’, over the past decade The London Lasses and Pete Quinn have brought their unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Ballyshannon, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where the band performed the first ever ceili as part of the 2008 BBC Proms.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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