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Copenhagen Irish Festival

November 1st – 4th, 2012

Taking place the first weekend of November, the Copenhagen Irish Festival marks the highlight of  the year in Irish music and culture in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Irish Festival is well– known for excelling in a very varied program of mainly traditional Irish music, presenting both well–established and upcoming artists.

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Celtic Colours International Festival explores the Island theme with 2012 line–up.

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.
It’s often argued that those who come from islands are somehow just a little different, a point that Newfoundlanders, Shetlanders, the Irish, the Orcadians, and many more around the world would be quick to agree with. There’s something about an island that keeps a culture unique.

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Cork Folk Festival

October 3rd–7th, 2012

After 32 years of exciting and unique programming, the Cork Folk Festival which takes place from October 3rd–7th once again presents a packed international line–up for 2012. Headlining this year’s festival will be one of folk music’s finest troubadours, Paul Brady who last played the Cork Festival in 1985.

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September 21st – 23rd, 2012

This year’s Frank Harte Festival will take place from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, and will be at the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin.

Frank Harte was born, raised, and lived in Chapelizod Dublin where his family ran The Tap Pub. He was introduced to traditional Irish songs at the age of fourteen, when he heard a tinker singing and selling ballad sheets at a fair in Boyle. Frank was fascinated with songs that tell stories and was an avid collector for many years. He amassed over 20,000 songs, mainly from people he met at various Singing sessions. Over the years he researched the historical and social context for many of the songs, and annotated, and catalogued them to an extensive database.

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Ards Stages New Concert Series With The Peninsula Sessions

September 12th–15th, 2012

A new series of concerts featuring some of the best in established and contemporary home–grown music begins in Ards with the launch of The Peninsula Sessions September 12th – 15th, 2012.

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Almighty Love the brand new studio album from Damien Dempsey will be released on September 28th, 2012. This much anticipated release was written in Dublin and London and recorded in New Air Studios, London. The album has taken over four years to complete and is Dempsey’s most definitive recording to date.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

Irish–Crossover Trio, the olllam Announces THEIR Compass Records Debut Album

Belfast–born uilleann piper, John McSherry and Detroit natives, Tyler Duncan and Michael Shimmin have been dreaming of The Olllam for the last decade. With a name inspired by the ancient Irish king’s own ollam bards of lore, the trio wanted an ensemble that naturally represented their combined experiences with a multiplicity of styles. McSherry, one of the best uilleann pipers in the world and a founding member of legendary Irish group Lúnasa, has been dubbed “a true master” by Irish Music Magazine and is well–known for his current work with his group At First Light as well as his ‘90’s stint with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin. Duncan and Shimmin have also been busy in the United States performing and recording with their award–winning Irish–jazz crossover group Millish with Duncan doing double–duty in the dance–rock group My Dear Disco/Ella Riot. It seemed that the right moment for collaboration between the three musicians would never present itself.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2012 at 10:03 am


Capital Funds confirmed for Music Capital Scheme 2012 and National Music Day 2013

Music Network recently welcomed the announcement by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirming capital funds of ?200,000 for the Music Capital Scheme 2012 and love:live music/National Music Day 2013.

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In a short space of time Damien Mullane has a musical CV that any veteran musician would be proud of. Still only 26, he has been described as a virtuoso with an avant–garde style of playing. Damien has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin’s band De Dannan. Damien has toured extensively, performing as far afield as China, Australia, New Zealand, India and the U.S in some of the worlds most prestigious venues including Slane Castle, The Electric Picnic and Glastonbury. He has performed for numerous high profile figures including US current President, Barack Obama end ex– President, Bill Clinton, Prince Albert of Monaco and former Irish President, Mary Robinson.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Galway Band Stun Milwaukee Irish Fest

Galway band, We Banjo 3 featuring 2 sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill, and Martin & David Howley were the big hit of the weekend at this year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Bill Margeson said on the following website “They were absolutely the hottest show at this year’s Irish Fest in Milwaukee.  Audiences kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger for the band as the weekend featured the birth of a new force in Irish music”

We Banjo 3’s concert at Athlone Folk Club will now take place at the Palace Bar Loft, Athlone on September 27th not September 20th as previously advertised.

For further information visit the website

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