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The 3rd Gathering Showcase gigs

Calling all traditional bands and solo performers

Due to the great success of the Gathering Showcase gigs, the event will run again in 2013. The Gathering invited festival directors from various festivals in Europe and Great Britain to see new and established acts perform with a view to get offers of gigs at major festivals in Europe. This gives bands / solo performers the opportunity to showcase their own styles, with bands getting gigs at various festivals in London, Denmark, France and Switzerland in 2011/2012.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact John O’Shea at email:
or Tel. 087 2348824 / 064 6633544.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

Part–Time Diploma in Irish Music Studies at NUI Galway

NUI Galway is currently enrolling for a two–year, part–time Diploma in Irish Music Studies. Delivered by the Centre for Irish Studies in association with the Office of Adult & Continuing Education, the programme will be of appeal to those with an interest in modern Irish Culture and traditional music.

“The programme is interdisciplinary in its content and provides an introduction to the ways in which Irish traditional music, song and dance have contributed to the creation of identity amongst Irish communities on the island of Ireland and beyond” explains Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway, Dr. Louis De Paor.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary 2012

Christy Moore and Ryan Sheridan along with judges Fiachna Ó Braonáin of the Hothouse Flowers and RTÉ 2XM’s Jacqui Carroll showed their support for the competition during the launch of the RAAP bursary on June 7th. The bursary will see €24,500 in prize money awarded to the winners along with guaranteed air play on prime time radio across RTÉ’s four national FM stations: RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

Gala concert to mark 40 years of RnaG and Willie Clancy Summer School

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta marks 40 years on air this year, as does the Willie Clancy Summer School, and as part of the celebrations to mark both occasions a gala concert will take place in the Community Hall on Sunday July 8th in Miltown Malbay, and will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Tommy Peoples with his daughter Siobhán, Peadar O’Loughlin, Mick and Jane Flynn, Jack Talty, Éamon McGivney and Friends, and Vincent Griffin are just some of the wonderful musicians who will be heard in the concert which will be presented by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha and Seán Bán Breathnach of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It will be broadcast live from 8pm on FM and online at

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am


On Wednesday August 15th in the Liberty Insurance Dome the 2012 edition of the clár will be launched. The official programme is an important part of the festival as it contains all the information necessary to understand and enjoy the fleadh. The competition listings which are contained in the centre, forms the core of the book and is essential for every competitor. It was decided to have an official launch this year and combine it with a concert in order to promote the clár properly.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

Tionscnamh Lugh Featuring: Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples, MairtÍn O Connor, Dave Flynn and Donal Lunny

If you’re interested in traditional music, Tionscnamh Lugh in County Donegal should be your first point of contact. Concerts featuring: Liz Carroll /Tommy Peoples /Mairtín O’Connor and Dave Flynn. Also, Dermot Bryne, Steve Cooney, Donal Lunny, John McSherry and Padraig Rynne and local heroes Altan.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:37 am


The final part of the Leitrim Equation Trilogy began on June 12th with a Gala concert featuring the musicians who will be leading the last two years of this special programme. And this innovative artist in residency scheme from Leitrim County Council has already seen Lúnasa and Dervish working with County Leitrim traditional musicians and two fine albums have resulted from their collaborations. This year the professionals who will mentor the scheme are Donal Lunny, Seamus Begley and John Carty. Joining as special guest for the residency will be Leitrim native and 2012 TG4 Musician of the year, Brian Rooney.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:36 am


3rd International McIlroy Guitar Gathering

The third international gathering of McIlroy guitar players will be held in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland from August 9th–12th. Accommodation will be in the Backpackers Hostel (or you can book your own accommodation in the area. There will be workshops, sessions, concerts and plenty of time for playing, and of courses talking about guitars.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre Summer Concert Series 2012, The Heritage Centre, Carlingford

Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre have announced a series of six concert dates for July and August after the success of the series last year, with audience numbers increasing show after show. Carlingford Heritage Centre, located in the breathtaking St. Micheal’s Holy Trinity Church at the heart of the medieval town has proved to be a wonderful setting for these concerts, with the ambience of the church complimenting the acoustic fiddle and guitar performances beautifully.The series is kindly supported by Louth County Council. The Sunday concerts are one hour long, from 4-5pm, allowing people the freedom to explore the villages many other attractions. Tickets (€10 / €6 concessions) are available from The Heritage Centre on Tel: 042 9373454.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

Celtic Colours International Festival explores island theme with 2012 line–up

October 5th–13th, 2012

It’s no secret that Cape Bretoners are proud of their Island heritage. “We are an island, a rock in the stream. We are a people as proud as there’s been…” go the lyrics to Cape Breton’s unofficial anthem, “The Island”.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 11:34 am
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