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SLIGO Live 2012

Musical legend, JOAN ARMATRADING,  has been announced as one of the headline  acts of SLIGO LIVE 2012  for what   promises to be a really special intimate concert. Tickets for her show in Sligo’s newest venue, The Knocknarea Arena at I.T. Sligo are on sale now at €35 and a limited number of early bird weekend tickets for all Sligo Live shows at last year’s price of €95 will also be available from and the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Permalink - Posted: February 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer Tim Edey wins BBC Radio Two Folk Awards Musician of the Year!

An evening in Manchester at Salford’s Media Village for this year’s BBC folk awards, has certainly left Tim Edey with a smile on his face! The Multi-instrumentalist and Composer, being no stranger to the worldwide folk music scene over these past 15 years, picked up the coveted award for “Musician of the Year”

Permalink - Posted: February 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Milwaukee Irish Fest Presents Irish Fest Family Day in the Village

St. Patrick’s Day event will introduce public to year-round activities

Milwaukee Irish Fest presents Irish Fest Family Day in the Village, a free day of Irish-themed activities centered around St. Patrick’s Day. The event will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Irish Fest Center in the Village of  Wauwatosa. The event will introduce the general public to year-round, cultural initiatives offered at Milwaukee Irish Fest, while hosting a day of festive traditions.

Permalink - Posted: February 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Forthcoming Events at An Grianan Adult Education College Termonfeckin, County Louth

The following are details of forthcoming musical events at the An Grianan Adult Education College in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth,

Friday 2 – Sunday 4
Set Dancing Weekend with Annaly Céilí and Brian Boru Céilí Band with Saturday and Sunday workshops.

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th
Dublin Chamber Music    Contact Brian McBryan @ or Tel. 085 174 2278

Permalink - Posted: February 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm



Join Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, Siân James and Mary Macmaster, in what promises to be an atmospheric and unforgettable tour from 15 – 22 May. Featuring three wondrous voices, this tour is a celebration of the shared musical traditions of the native-language communities in Ireland, Wales and Scotland and includes achingly beautiful lullabies, heart-rending love songs, humorous tongue-twisters and macaronic mash-ups. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.
Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or

Permalink - Posted: February 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

West Kerry gearing up for musical mayhem of Scoil Cheoil

It’s almost Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh time, and West Kerry is a bracing itself for the unique madness of this five day event.

From February 15th to 19th, visitors to the village of Ballyferriter can expect to be met by the strains of fiddles, tin-whistles, accordions, harps, bodhráns, bag pipes, mouth organs, concertinas, flutes and uileann pipes, as a host of traditional musicians and music lovers converge on this musical hotspot.
This year’s Scoil Cheoil offers an astonishing choice of 23 classes, with additional classes in the banjo and guitar also available subject to demand. There’ll also be sean-nós singing workshops, sean-nós dance workshops, and masterclasses in sean-nós singing with Máire Ní Chéilleachair, and Scottish tunes with Scottish musician Alan Henderson.

Permalink - Posted: February 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Milwaukee Irish Fest Presents Annual Green Tie Event

Evening of entertainment to help preserve Irish music

Milwaukee Irish Fest presents its annual Green Tie Event, an evening of entertainment benefitting Milwaukee-based Ward Irish Music Archives – home to the largest public collection of Irish and Irish American music in America – on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Entering its 13th year, the annual event moves to a new location this year and will be held at the Wisconsin Country Club, located at 6200 West Good Hope Road in Milwaukee, Wis.

“All are invited to join us for an entertaining evening in support of Irish music and lore,” said Barry Stapleton, director of the Archives. “People may not realize we have this internationally-recognized treasure right here in Milwaukee. Through the preservation of these archives, we will help future generations worldwide to better understand Irish culture and the important impact of its musical tradition and spirit.”

Permalink - Posted: February 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm





The devoted fans of the internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon, Celtic Woman, have once again come out to support the group’s newest project, BELIEVE, leading to their sixth consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s World Music Chart, and a #1 debut on the Top Internet Album Chart. BELIEVE, which consists of an enchanting studio album and companion live concert DVD, also debuted at #13 on the Top 200 Chart and #2 on the Top DVD Music Video Chart (following Adele).

Celtic Woman is the all-female singing sensation featuring vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe, Lisa Kelly and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, performing classic Irish songs (“The Water Is Wide,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” “A Woman’s Heart,” “The Parting Glass”), timeless pop anthems (“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Sailing”), and inspirational songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Ave Maria”) with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The live concert DVD was filmed for the first time in America during two sold-out nights at The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA) in Sept 2011.

Permalink - Posted: February 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Youth and Diaspora to the fore in TG4 Traditional Music Awards

Long-time London resident Brian Rooney heads the list of recipients of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2012 (Traditional Music Awards) announced at a media reception in Carrick-on-Shannon this evening. Born and reared near Kiltyclogher in north-Leitrim, Brian’s sweet fiddle playing soon earned him a place at the very centre of London’s vibrant traditional music scene in the 1970s and his recordings then and since have copperfastened his status.

This year’s Gradam recipients range over a wide spectrum of talents. Those honoured in the various categories include a legendary Donegal fiddler who also spent most of his life in London, a US-based world-renowned composer and scholar originally from Offaly, an Armagh couple whose life has been spend teaching traditional music in that city and county and two young Gaeltacht musicians from Ring and Muskerry who, while still in their early twenties, have already achieved much in their chosen musical disciplines. The full list of TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2012 recipients is:

• Gradam Ceoil TG4 – Brian Rooney
• Ceoltóir Óg TG4 (Young Musician) – Caoimhín Ó Fearghail
• Gradam Saoil TG4 (Hall of Fame) – Danny Meehan
• Cumadóir TG4 (Composer) – Paddy O’Brien
• Amhránaí TG4 (Singer) – Nell Ní Chróinín
• Gradam Aitheantais TG4 (Special Contribution) – Eithne and Brian Vallely

(Recipient biographies available on

Permalink - Posted: February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle

March 23rd – 26th, 2012

The 23rd Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar My parents reared me tenderly takes place March 23rd – 26th, 2012 in Ballyliffin/Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

This year all the guests are linked by the theme of family, grandsons, brothers & sisters, parents & children, husbands & wives. Gathered from Ireland, Scotland, England & the USA are Charlie & Denis McGonigle, Martin Carthy, Micil & Micheál Quinn, Geordie Murison, Eithne & Micheál Ó Catháin, The Diamond Family, Cathal O’Neill, Stuart Carolan, Jeff Warner, Jim Taylor, John Moulden & Cloontagh National School. Guests will perform in concert and join with the wider circle of singers who travel to sing at the various sessions throughout the weekend.

Permalink - Posted: February 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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