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As a purpose built Music Visitor Centre, Ceoláras Coleman has a lot to offer the visitor and is a treasure of information and music for the traditional music enthusiast! It is also a designated Regional Resource Centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
The state of the art visitor centre is very innovative, with a twelve minute audio-visual presentation on the history of traditional Irish music. The well laid out exhibition area has touch screens with listening facilities which are dedicated to the musical styles and musicians of counties Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Fermanagh & U.S.A. There are also screens dedicated to musical instruments and instructions in two-hand and step dancing. An extensive archive houses a valuable collection of traditional music, singing, photographs, artefacts, etc.

Permalink - Posted: April 30, 2010 at 11:01 am


Saturday, April 17th, was a day of celebration for music in County Clare. The annual Riches of Clare free lunchtime concert series has been running since 2005 to mark the occasion, a free promotional CD that was recorded during last summer’s series was released on the day. In keeping with the ethos of the series, the CD features performances from many Clare based musicians, including Tony Linnane, Maeve Donnelly, Shane Mulvey, The Kilfenora Céilí Band, Padraig Rynne and Chris Droney.

Permalink - Posted: April 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

“Seisiún Thír Chonaill” June 4th - 6th, 2010

DUNGLOE, CO. DONEGAL HOSTS FIRST EVER TRAD FESTIVAL “Seisiún Thír Chonaill” which will be run over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Seisiún Thír Chonaill, will create a unique festive weekend of Traditional Irish Music. The festival will be centered on a Traditional Irish Music Session Competition bringing the town alive with the very best in traditional music for a full three days. The Festival prize fund includes €2,000 for the winning traditional group, €1,000 for the runner-up group and €500 for third place. It is intended that each group entry will be sponsored by pubs from all around the county and in particular by those pubs who have regular traditional music sessions .The winning pub will receive a plaque declaring its status as -Winner of Seisiún Thír Chonaill, - Donegal Trad. Pub of the year 2010.”

All Sessions will be held in a regular pub environment without amplification. Each group will play 2 x 1/2 hour sessions culminating in a finale that will take place on the Main Street stage on Sunday afternoon where winners will be announced.

Permalink - Posted: April 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

A celebration of music at Siansa Gael Linn Final

The National Concert Hall, Dublin was full to capacity on Sunday, 25th April last when hundreds of teenagers, their supporters and families, gathered for a night that will long be remembered by all for it’s celebration of youth and music – the Siansa Gael Linn Grand Finale 2010!

There will be great rejoicing in Newry, Co. Down, for some time with the group ‘Ioscaid’ from the town having won the All-Ireland Final of Siansa Gael Linn in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 25th April last! Organised by Gael Linn and supported by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa is now one of the country’s most prestigious competitions for young traditional Irish music and singing groups.

Permalink - Posted: April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

“High and Dry”

taken from their new CD/DVD “Live in Dublin”

Following on from their stunning performance on the “Late Late Show” on Friday night last, Rig the Jig are delighted to announce the launch of their brand new radio single, a hauntingly infectious interpretation of Radiohead’s “High and Dry”.

Permalink - Posted: April 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Rare Traditional Irish Music line-up At Éigse Carlow Arts Festiva

The 2010 Éigse Carlow Arts Festival will display an exciting programme of events spanning ten days and nights from the 11th to the 20th of June 2010.

The festival will feature a dynamic and diverse range of entertainment and arts to suit any individual and traditional irish music fans will not be disappointed.

Permalink - Posted: April 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Éigse Festival Brings In The Crowds

he organisers of the Éigse Michael Hartnett 2010, which took place in Newcastle West at the weekend, have described this year’s event as ‘a resounding success’.

The annual festival is regarded as one of Ireland’s largest annual gatherings of contemporary poets and writers.

Permalink - Posted: April 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Celtic Fusion meets Ulster Fleadh 2010

Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival,Castlewellan
Thursday July 15th – Sunday 18th, 2010
Where Music & Memories Meet

The Mourne Mountains will come alive with the sound of music in July when the annual Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival 2010 returns to Castlewellan for its ninth performance. Celtic Fusion will take place 15th-18th July and runs nicely into The Ulster Fleadh from Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th July, which means there’s music and events to keep your toes tapping for most the holiday month.
Keenly anticipated by music lovers of all ages, Celtic Fusion 2010 will once again unite the best artistes from the traditional and modern music scenes and this year’s line-up promises an uplifting, inspirational festival ‘where music and memories meet’.
The festival will open on a high note with Eddie Reader one of Scotland’s finest singers and most celebrated songwriters, performing at the Lodge Cultural centre on Thursday 15th July. With Eddies lush voice, quiet acoustic arrangements and gentle harmonies this is a not to be missed evening.

Permalink - Posted: April 22, 2010 at 9:19 am


The Comhaltas Digital Traditional Music Archive is an imaginative new platform to preserve and share our heritage of Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, today officially launched the Comhaltas Digital Traditional Music Archive at The National Gallery of Ireland.

Permalink - Posted: April 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

At First Light perform at the Bath folk club

A concert and Workshop:
June 11th At First Light 7:30pm Widcombe Social Club Widcombe Hill Bath £15/£13Concs.

At First Light is a highly respected group of musicians based in Belfast. The band combines the talents of world renowned Uilleann Piper John McSherry and outstanding young fiddle player Dónal O’Connor, creators of Tripswitch, which has been described as ‘Acoustic perfection’.
Combined with the sublime talent of Francis McIlduff from the famous McPeake clann, the power, clarity and sheer joy of Alan Burke formerly of the band Afterhours and Michael Mc Ague from at the Racket and you can see why the band is being portrayed as ‘a dream team line up’.

Tickets available from the Bath festivals box office

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