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Traditional musicians visit County Cork schools this week

Fiddler Matt Cranitch and flute player Conal Ó Gráda will be visiting schools in Cork county from Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December, through Tuning-Up, Cork County Council’s Music in Schools programme which aims to bring students face to face with the best Irish performers of the baroque, classical, modern and traditional repertoire.

In these workshops, the musicians will explain how their instruments work and explore different kinds of tunes and rhythms featured in Irish traditional music, such as jigs, reels, slides, polkas and slow airs.

Permalink - Posted: November 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Creative Young Musicians have the chance to perform onstage with true professionals!

Critically acclaimed Irish musicians Colm Quearney, The Kane Sisters, and The North Strand Kontra Band will work with and perform alongside young musicians at the NOISE Sounds Music Festival, February 18th 2012

NOISE South Dublin are opening their doors to ALL musicians from ALL MUSIC GENRES, aged 13-25 to take part in the first year of this unique Music Festival, which will take place in Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Clondalkin. No fee required!

Permalink - Posted: November 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Amhráin Ghrá / Songs of Love

by Irish Female Vocalists
This collection of female vocalists singing Irish songs of love is drawn from the rich Gael Linn archive. These beautiful  recordings have been unavailable for some time and some are presented here for the first time. The recordings were made from the 1960s to the 1980s, by artists ranging from Máire Ní Scolaí to Mary O’Hara. This album showcases a rich tradition of  Irish song which deserves to be celebrated.

Permalink - Posted: November 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Music Network Announces 2012 Spring Season

Music Network today announced a sensational line-up for its 2012 Spring Season spanning a range of music styles by an outstanding roster of Irish and international artists. Irish audiences can look forward to the début Irish tour of Martin Hayes’s latest project, The Teetotallers, percussionist Noel Eccles’ brand new ensemble CAN Percussion Trio, as well as a special collaboration between clarinettist Carol McGonnell and Fidelio Trio. The season also includes the accomplished Onyx Brass ensemble from the UK and the wonderful vocal harmonies of Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, Siân James and Jenna Cumming, who will come together for a special one-off Irish tour. Music Network tours provide a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best in international chamber, jazz and traditional Irish music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices.  Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.

Permalink - Posted: November 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

Four Men and a Dog in Ennis

Four Men and a Dog are coming to Ennis for the first Café Sessions event on Friday 2nd December @ The Queens Bar.

The Café Sessions will be an intimate musical experience for Ennis bringing the best in traditional, folk and roots music to the banner county.

Permalink - Posted: November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

Launch of Frankie Kennedy Winter School live on RnaG

The Frankie Kennedy Winter School will be officially launched on the Rónán Beo@3 programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Tuesday 29 November, live from the Grand Social in Dublin, with music from Altan and friends.

Permalink - Posted: November 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Róisín Ní Mhainín, Sean-nós Dancer in Residence at NUI Galway

The Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway is delighted to announce the appointment of Róisín Ní Mhainín, a native of Rosmuc, as Sean-nós Dancer in Residence for 2012.

Recognised as one of the first generation of female sean-nós dancers to gain widespread popularity, Róisín has developed a distinctive style of dancing and is acknowledged by her peers as a leading exponent of sean-nós dance in the new millennium.  Her success at An tOireachtas further demonstrates her leading role among sean-nós dancers and within the wider traditional arts community.  Róisín has performed extensively in stage productions such as ‘Between the Jigs and the Reels’ and ‘The Well’ in Vicar St and further afield at the Milwaukee Festival.

At the reception to mark her appointment, Róisín captivated family, friends and admirers with her performance. Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, the outgoing Sean-nós Singer in Residence for 2011 described the first time that she saw Róisín perform as a skilful young dancer, and was particularly pleased to pass on the artist in residency baton to Róisín for 2012.  In announcing her appointment, Professor Gearóid Denvir observed that Róisín drew from the wellspring of traditional culture in Connemara through her steps and her appointment as Sean-nós Dancer in Residence emphasises the University’s commitment to, and recognition of, the value of that tradition.

As part of her residency, Róisín will participate in a series of performances throughout the year and also importantly, will give a series of sean-nós dance workshops at NUI Galway. The workshops will be open to the public and commence in January 2012.

In addition to the Centre for Irish Studies, this scheme is supported by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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Permalink - Posted: November 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Na Píobairí Uilleann Presents

Session with the Pipers
Tuesday 6th December 2011
Traditional Music Recital
Emmett Gill (Uilleann Pipes)
Jerry O’Reilly (Songs)
Tom Crean (Songs)
Siobhán Peoples and Murty Ryan (Fiddle/Accordion)

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

Permalink - Posted: November 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Intimate Live performance by Carol Keogh

Upstairs at Anseo, Dublin, November 25th, 2011

Carol Keogh, ex Plague Monkeys, Tycho Brahe and Autamata frontwoman, will play an intimate show with her band, The City Fathers, on Friday November 25th, upstairs at Anseo in Dublin. The show is intended to promote material from her forthcoming debut solo album, and is also the first of a series of events to help raise funds to finish the album recordings.

Doors will open at 8pm and the show will commence early. Space will be limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. An exclusive 4-track CD of covers will be available to purchase at the show.

In addition to her solo pursuits, Carol’s recent projects have included a co-write with Sharon Shannon (Shifting Summer Sands) on her recent collaborative album, Saints and Scoundrels. Carol is also half of The Natural History Museum, an experimental electroacoustic project with composer Dunk Murphy (AKA Sunken Foal). The Natural History Museum will release their debut album Attenborough before Christmas 2011. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: November 16, 2011 at 10:20 am


Greentrax Recordings celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a Showcase Concert on Saturday 15th October at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh to commemorate a quarter of a century in the folk recording business a CD compilation album was released called Music And Song From Scotland.

It consists of twenty-five tracks, many of which have played a significant role in the development and progression of Ian Green’s, Greentrax Recordings, plus two bonus tracks. The compilation includes a recording of June and Ian Green’s Golden Years, composed by Phil Cunningham and recorded by Phil and his buddy Aly Bain.

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Permalink - Posted: November 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm
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