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Leading Irish Musicians call on Irish Music Community to join the love:live music movement on International Music Day

-over 20,000 people expected to participate in love:live music on Thursday 21st June 2012

A host of leading Irish and Ireland based musicians were on hand to launch love:live music presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric fm. The love:live music movement will take place on the Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June as part of celebrations for International Music Day - Fête de la Musique. The musicians are urging other professional musicians and music organisations, as well as amateur musicians around the country to occupy a stage and create a free music experience to capture the imagination and showcase Ireland’s diverse music talent.

Permalink - Posted: March 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Masters of Tradition Festival – the heart of traditional music in the heart of West Cork

August 15th – 19th, 2012

West Cork Music is delighted to be able to announce that the 10th Masters of Tradition Festival will be taking place from Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th August in Bantry House, Bantry, Co. Cork.

Looking set to build on the resounding success of the last nine years, the 2012 Masters of Tradition Festival will throw open its doors to some of the very best musicians in the land.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Féile Ceoil Chill Chartha – The Kilcar Fleadh

August 4th – 11th, 2012

The Kilcar Fleadh has now become a much anticipated annual event, attracting more and more people from around the world every year. This year’s Fleadh takes place from Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th August. This week long festival of traditional music features concerts, outdoor sessions, céilí, a crossroads dance, illustrated talks and pub sessions. Workshops in singing, fiddle, accordion, tin whistle, guitar and dancing take place from Monday to Friday. The festival also features a Heritage Day and a walk organised by the Sliabh Liag Hill Walkers.

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August 3rd – 6th, 2012

The world famous traditional group De Danann with Eleanor Shanley, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, The Irish Youth Harp Orchestra, Australian Street entertainer Timothy Terror, Liam Purcell & Friends, Shebeen, Matt Cunningham, Swallows Tail and the O’Carolan Country Céilí Band are booked to play at the Keadue O’Carolan Harp Festival which has now established itself over the years as one of Ireland’s leading musical events.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

August 2nd – 5th, 2012

The 35th Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival will run from Thursday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 5th, 2012 with a comprehensive line-up of folk and traditional music stars from Ireland and beyond including Paul Brady, The Lost Brothers, Alan Kelly Gang featuring Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Fidil and more acts to be announced!

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

July 21st – 28th, 2012

The Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim from July 21st – July 28th. This renowned Summer School, now in its 24th year, will provide a full programme of workshops in traditional instruments-fiddle, flute, banjo, bodhran, whistle, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, harp, uilleann pipes, mandolin and bouzouki. Traditional accompaniment was successfully added to our programme last year and will be offered again in 2012. Tuition is also available in Set Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing, 2 Hand Dancing, Traditional Singing and Sean Nós Singing.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

40ú Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

July 7th – 15th, 2012

The 40th annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will be opened by internationally renowned uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn, on Saturday, July 7th. The piper has family connections in West Clare and his playing was influenced by the music of Willie Clancy, whom he knew and with whom he played. Liam taught at the summer school in the early years, when the overall numbers were very modest, and the piping classes a fraction of what they are today. He will be returning to a vibrant piping school, with 18 classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced, specialist classes on slow airs, and workshops on reed making and pipe making.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Oland Celtic Irish Music Festival

July 5th – 7th, 2012

Festival season this year is heralded as being pivotal due to the growth in the number of smaller festivals. This is part due to the Oland Celtic Irish Music Festival on Oland, an island off the South East coast of Sweden where the royal family have their summer residence. Borgholm Castle will in its open courtyard echo the wonders of Celtic Irish music in its many variations, including modern interpretations. This years festival follows years of preparation and involvement in smaller festivals by the organisers. Last years Oland Celtic Irish Music Festival was a great success with extensive critical acclaim. This years event promises to be a more memorable experience due to it being more extensive and having a new location. Borgholm Castle is one of Sweden’s gems on Sweden’s premier holiday destination, Oland. Families are well-catered for with music classes for children and teenagers, activities and an atmosphere of family festive fun.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Clareen Traditional Day

June 8th – 10th, 2012

The parish of Seir Kieran, Clareen, are imbedded at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains in south Offaly. It is a small vibrant parish of under five hundred parishioners and comprising of one hundred and sixty three houses. The involvement of people here in music, dancing, culture and hurling is an example of pure commitment to all that is good in our society. The Traditional Day was set up four years ago to remember the past in story and tradition and make it available to the younger generations, so that our culture will not be lost, but will live on in future generations. It is with this in mind that the committee and many helpers from the parish give major effort into organizing events and making the Traditional Day a day to be remembered in the annual calendar.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Wimborne Folk Festival, UK

June 8th – 10th, 2012

A great weekend of traditional music and dance the beautiful County of Dorset

The Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset will once again come alive with the colour and spectacle of dancers and musicians tempting locals and visitors, some of who will travel miles, to be part of this fantastic weekend.

Permalink - Posted: March 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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