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The Irish Fair of Minnesota

August 10th - 12th, 2012

The 2012 Irish Fair of Minnesota will once again be a free event, offering a one of a kind family friendly Irish experience with live music, Irish Dance and an array of food and beverage options.

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

Féile Patrick Byrne

March 29th – April 1st 2012

Since 2007 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann have organised a weekend of traditional music workshops, sessions and concerts in honour of Patrick Byrne, the 19th century harper who was the first Irish traditional musician ever photographed. Called the Féile Patrick Byrne this community festival is held on the weekend before Easter (March 29th – April 1st) in and around Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Topping the bill is At the Racket which features the considerable talents of John Carty (fiddle and banjo), Brian McGrath (piano, tenor guitar and banjo), Seamus O’Donnell (flute, saxophone and vocals) and Michael McCague (guitar, tenor guitar and bouzouki).

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm


- musical gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN
Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street
6p.m. – 8p.m.
( Doors open from 5.45p.m. )

Music to lift the heart with Mayo musicians
Julie Langan ( fiddle ) &
Verena Commins (button accordion)
in the company of Westmeath’s
Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin (harp)
– a real treat for St. Valentine’s night !

ADMISSION: €15 ( includes complimentary finger food )
Bar open/tea and coffee available
087/2547574 nó

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

TEMPLE Bar Trad Fest 2012

Don’t miss a great concert in City Hall, Dublin on Saturday, 28 January at 1p.m. when the group ‘Éile’, Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick, winners of Siansa Gael Linn 2011 will present an exciting selection of music and song as part of the Temple Bar Trad Fest 2012- admission free !

(Ná caill ceolchoirm den scoth ! Bí i Halla na Cathrach, Baile Átha Cliath ar an Satharn, 28 Eanáir ag 1p.m. nuair a chuirfidh an grúpa ‘Éile’ ó Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Luimneach- buaiteoirí Siansa Gael Linn 2011 –clár álainn ceoil agus amhránaíochta i láthair mar chuid den Temple Bar Trad Fest 2012 - saor in aisce ! )

Permalink - Posted: January 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Applications for Meitheal Summer School 2012 before March 16th!

Meitheal 2012 will run from July 16th to 20th in Villiers School, Limerick.  A stellar cohort of tutors is being lined up, many of them from overseas. Reaction to Meitheal 2011 was extremely positive and many students highlight the Finale Concert, and the appearance at the National Concert Hall as being unforgettable experiences.

The line-up of tutors so far:
Zoe Conway – fiddle
Manus Maguire – fiddle
Gerry O Connor – fiddle
Alan Doherty – flute
Christy Leahy – box
Cillian Doheny – banjo
Edel Fox – concertina
Tadhg Ó Meachair – piano accordeon
Fionnuala Rooney – harp
Ryan Murphy – pipes & flute

Permalink - Posted: January 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Mayo musician Tim McHugh wins Seán Ó Riada gold medal

Flute player Tim McHugh from Newport in Mayo was announced as winner of the Seán Ó Riada gold medal and prize money of €2500 on Friday night. He was amongst 15 traditional flute and whistle players who took to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Friday 13 January to compete in the final. The judges on the night were renowned musicians Mary Bergin and Michael Tubridy, and they were joined by Matt Molloy via Skype from 1500 miles away in the Canary Islands.

Permalink - Posted: January 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

26th Fiddlers Green International Festival

July 22nd-29th 2012
Rostrevor Co Down Northern Ireland.

2011 was an excellent year for this International Festival celebrating its 25th anniversary. Thousands of people attended the eight day festival enjoying artists such the Sands Family, Paddy Glackin,Donal Lunny,Andy Irvine, Liam O Maonlai, The Acoustic Hot House Flowers,John Spillane, The Henry Girls. L Angelus and a host of other artists local and international.

Permalink - Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

Clifden Traditional Music Festival 13th-15th April 2012

The 3rd Annual “Clifden Traditional Music Festival” will take place on the weekend of the 13th–15th April 2012. Following on from 2010 & 2011,2012 promises to be a great weekend of the very best of Irish Music, song and dance! Top class visiting musicians from all over the country have been invited with a host of All Ireland Champions among them. Musicians will include; Maura Walsh, James Duggan, Graham Guerin, Gearoid Keating, Padraic Kerins, Josie & Una Canavan, Michael Curran, Chris Maguire, Daithi Gormley and a host more who will join local and other visiting musicians.

Permalink - Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

IMRO Traditional Music Showcases

January 26th and 27th 2012

The Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin’s biggest and best Irish music and culture festival, will take place for the 7th year running on the 25th – 29th January 2012. Once again Temple Bar TradFest offers a wealth of music within the very walkable confines of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

As part of the festival, IMRO will be running 2 showcase concerts which will take place in The New Theatre in Temple Bar.

Permalink - Posted: January 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Scoil Acla, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

July 30th - August 5th 2012

The annual Scoil Acla summer school takes place on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. Scoil Acla is Irelands oldest summer school, originally founded in 1910 and relaunched in 1985.

Scoil Acla follows the usual format of daily music classes which run from Monday to Saturday on the following instruments, accordion, banjo, flute, concertina, fiddle, harp, tin whistle, uileann pipes and bodhrán with beginners, intermediate and advanced students being catered for on all instruments. Other workshops available are creative writing, basket weaving, dancing and a course on Gaeilg’ Acla, the Achill dialect of Irish. Through out the week we have recitals, poetry readings, creative writing readings, indoor and outdoor concerts, sessions, walks, talks and much more.

Permalink - Posted: January 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm
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