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Anúna to join Clannad in Concert

Anúna, Ireland’s leading choral ensemble,will join Clannad in Christ Church at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest.

Anúna became closely associated with the Riverdance performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994. Since then they have collaborated with many a large number of artists as well as appearing on Grammy Award-winning albums with the Chieftains in collaborations with Sting and Elvis Costello.

An Anúna performance is a true “show”, a combination of movement, elegant costume, candles and ethereal and haunting music sung in a unique way. And their appearance with Clannad at this year’s TradFest promises to be something very special indeed!

To book tickets for this & other Temple Bar TradFest concerts
go to the Temple Bar TradFest Box Office at the Temple Bar Hotel
on Fleet Street, Temple Bar.

Open Mondays to Friday 11 -6.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm

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Permalink - Posted: January 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm


Date: Friday, 28th January.
Venue: The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin. Tel: (01) 8020898.


Digging deep in the well of American roots, folk, blues and traditional Irish music, The Fox Hunt and The Henry Girls live collaboration - commissioned for this year’s Donegal Earagail Arts Festival - combines gritty West Virginian Americana with emerging Irish nu-folk. In a genre breaking show featuring individual sets by both bands and their 7 piece collaboration, The Fox Hunt’s rough edged old time vocals and smoky arrangements fit unbelievably well in companion to The Henry Girls
voluptuously rich three part harmonies and orginal compositions traced with Andrews Sister’s style boogie-woogie.

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm


October 7th – 15th 2011

In October 2011, the Celtic Colours International Festival will celebrate its fifteenth year. Since 1997, this award-winning, world-renowned festival has featured hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors to picturesque Cape Breton Island, on Canada’s east coast. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Germany, and Cuba as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration.

Cape Breton Island is home to a unique combination of music and culture, inspired by 19th Century settlers from Scotland and Ireland, and influenced by the Aboriginal Mi’kmaq people, the island’s physical geography, and the waves of immigrants who populated its communities during industrialization. The Celtic Colours International Festival celebrates the traditional culture of the Island, presenting dozens of concerts, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club during nine days each October. The fifteenth Celtic Colours International Festival will take place October 7-15, 2011. The full festival lineup will be announced during the third week of June and tickets will go on sale in July.

For more information about Celtic Colours International Festival, to see photos from the Festival, or to watch video previews and highlights visit

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Sligo Live Festival Night at Celtic Connections a huge success

Sligo Live Sessions takes place from October 26th to 31st 2011

The first annual Sligo Live Festival night at Celtic Connections exceeded all expectations last Saturday when St. Andrews in the Square was packed to capacity. It was a unique and somewhat historic event with the UK based festival promoting an Irish festival - Celtic Connections in Scotland (the largest of its type in Europe hosting over 1500 artists, 300 events over 18 days) hosted a Sligo Live Festival night on Saturday night, 22nd January 2011. Showcasing Irish artists, the night kicked off with Tucan who’s dynamic music energised the lively audience. Tucan were followed by The Unwanted whose unique blend of Country/Folk was delivered in a warm, versatile and passionate way, with Sligo based music legend Seamie O’Dowd in particularly good form leaving the audience spellbound.

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

SIANSA GAEL LINN 2010 winners to play at Temple Bar Trad Fest
Organised by Gael Linn for the past 10 years and supported by Irish Music Magazine and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Siansa is now one of the country’s most prestigious competitions for young traditional Irish music and singing groups. The dynamic group IOSCAID from Northern Ireland, winners of the 2010 competition, will present an exciting programme of tunes and songs at this family concert ! Group members include Déaglán Mag Aoidh – Button Accordian/Pianó; Ciaran Ó hAnnaidh – Concertina; Diarmuid Ó Maolchalainn –Banjo/Bozouki/Double Bass/Songs; Fiontán Ó Maolchalainn –Whistles/Bodhrán; Niall Mac Murchú –Fiddle; Niall Mac Riocaird – Guitar/B.vocals
Venue: The Ark, Temple Bar
Date: Sunday 30 January
Time: 12 noon
Age range: All the family
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: €5

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

Scoil Acla, Achill Island, Co. Mayo. July 25th - 31st, 2011

The annual Scoil Acla summer school takes place this year from the 25th until the 31st of July on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. 2010 was a very important milestone for Scoil Acla as both the centenary and the 25th anniversary of the summer school were celebrated.

Permalink - Posted: January 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

Clare Village Resounds with Music

12th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend Bigger and Better

Sixmilebridge, Co Clare: With an impressive line-up that included Eleanor Shanley, Sliabh Notes, and bluegrass band Special Consensus from the US, the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend in Sixmilebridge, organised by Sixmilebridge Folk Club, was a great place to revive the spirit and banish any post-Christmas blues. Held over the weekend 13 – 16 January, there were 48 events over the four days, and one common complaint was the dilemma of choosing one event over another.

Permalink - Posted: January 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

25th Fiddlers Green International Festival

July 24th-31st 2011, Rostrevor Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

2010 was an excellent year for this International Festival with thousands of people attending during the 8 days, enjoying such artists as the Sands Family, Tom Paxton, Matt Moloy and Eleanor Shanley.

Now the 2011 organising committee has been formed and the 25th anniversary celebrations are well advanced.

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Sligo Live to be celebrated at giant Scottish festival

Celtic Connections on Saturday, 22nd January 2011

North West event will be exposed to a large UK and European audience

In what promises to be a unique and somewhat historic event “when a UK based festival promotes an Irish festival”, Celtic Connections in Scotland (the largest of its type in Europe hosting over 1500 artists, 300 events over 18 days) hosts a Sligo Live festival night on Saturday, 22nd January 2011. The Sligo Live night, which is set to become an annual event at Celtic Connections, is part of a newly formed partnership between the two festivals and this year will feature acts from County Sligo to highlight the abundance of talent the region has to offer, which is considered by many to be one of Ireland’s primary music hubs. The three acts that will perform as part of the event are; traditional music group Teada, Americana/Celtic/Folk act The Unwanted, and Flamenco/Jazz act Túcan.

Permalink - Posted: January 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The 22nd Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar 2011

The 22nd Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar 2011 focuses this year on the theme of women in traditional song.

Over the 4 day festival, March 18-21, we will celebrate the role of women as singers, as collectors and as keepers of the tradition.  In performance you will hear Chris Miles – Scotland; Ingrid Temple – England; Bonnie Milner – USA; Brigitte Kloareg – Brittany alongside Donegal performers, Rita Gallagher, Máire Ní Choilm, Liz Doherty, Roseanne McGonigle, Annie Hirrel and Grace Toland. 2011 will also see the first performance of our children’s choir from Cloontagh School, Clonmany singing songs from their own tradition. Singer / collector Roisín White tells the story of Sarah Anne O’Neill, the legendary Tyrone singer, while Nicholas Carolan delves in to the world of American women collectors in 1950s Ireland.

A workshop on Sunday morning with The Donegal Singers will send you home with some new songs for your repertoire. The weekend is filled with opportunities for all who visit to participate in sessions and an opportunity is given to record a song for posterity with the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

For further details contact Grace Toland 087 2903799, visit our website or facebook.  We really look forward to meeting you in Inishowen in March 2011.

Permalink - Posted: January 14, 2011 at 11:18 am
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