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Knockanean Starlings make beautiful music
The latest fundraising project from Knockanean National School in the parish of Doora-Barefield, Co Clare is the launch of their CD titled “Starlings”. This is described as “A fledgling flight of music from our school musicians & special friends”. Knockanean have a long and wonderful musical tradition led by their inspiring music teacher, Joan McNamara. 15 years ago Joan set up the Music Club and invited all children who wish to play music & learn new tunes to come together once a week during lunch breaks. This developed into their annual Band Spectacular which they take part in, along with 3 other primary schools, in venues such as Thomond Park, Bunratty Folk Park & Shannon Airport.

Permalink - Posted: May 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Session with the Pipers

Tuesday 7th June 2011
Supported by The Arts Council

Traditional Music Recital
The Cobblestone Bar, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7
Starting at 9:30pm (Doors 9.00pm)
Admission: €12.00 (concession €8.00)

Permalink - Posted: May 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Paul Brady to Headline Carrick-on-Suir Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival

Paul Brady will headline The Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival 2011 with a concert at The Strand Theatre on Sunday, June 5 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists. Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, learning to play the piano pretty much by ear, trial and error, his early heroes were Jerry Lee Lewis, Winifred Atwell and Fats Domino. By the age of eleven he had begun to play guitar, spending hours of his school holidays learning every tune the Shadows and The Ventures recorded, every lick Chuck Berry played. Mid-teens saw him take summer jobs playing piano and guitar in Bundoran in nearby County Donegal. But it was around 1965 in Dublin, at college, that he began to develop as a singer and performer joining a succession of R’n B / Soul bands including The Inmates, The Kult and Rootzgroop , covering the songs of Ray Charles, James Brown, Junior Walker and blues legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry.

Permalink - Posted: May 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

Inspirational and Talented Trio to Tour Ireland

A national tour, scheduled for this May & June, 2011, will harvest the talents of three of the most highly respected musicians within the Irish traditional/folk scene.

The CD:

Seán, Kevin and Ronan have been playing together socially and for tours and shows since the 1980s but are only now (after major hounding by their fans) releasing a CD of songs and tunes. The CD is nicely balanced between gentle and wild, without suffering from that dreadful modern ailment, over-production – just warm, friendly music and singing. ‘and so the story goes…’ will be released by Cló Iar Chonnacht ( in May 2011 and the three artists are looking forward to bringing it around Ireland in May and June.

Permalink - Posted: May 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm
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