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Niamh Ni Charra has a very interesting project and she is looking for funding to bring it to fruition. She is trying to raise the necessary finance via

Niamh told us “In 1928 Kerry musician and composer Terry “Cuz” Teahan emigrated to Chicago where he lived and continued to play and pass on tunes, until his death in 1989. Prior to leaving Ireland he had been taught music by the Sliabh Luachra legend Padraig O’ Keeffe, and he was responsible for many Irish American musicians learning this style of music, the repertoire of this area, and many of his own compositions. In fact many local tunes would have been lost were it not for Cuz. On his last visit home before he died he saw me play (I was very young!) and on his return to Chicago he made a tape for me of his own tunes as well as some of these old tunes that had been forgotten. That tape is now 25–years–old and a prized possession but I feel it should also be shared. Therefore for my fourth album I’d like to make a tribute to him, playing his compositions that he often never got credit for, along with a sample of the old tunes he helped preserve. This is being carried out with the full backing and delight of his family, and to make the album extra special I have invited many well–known guest musicians from both Kerry and Chicago to join me, all of whom knew and were influenced by Cuz. This is a celebration of the traditional music style of Sliabh Luachra and the wonderful character that was “Cuz” Teahan. Guest musicians include Seamus Begley, Liz Carroll, Jimmy Keane and Donal Murphy.”

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:28 am


The Muskegon Irish American Society has established the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame. The purpose of which is to recognise past and present Irish Americans with substantial ties to Michigan who have made significant contributions in areas such as Public Service, Philanthropy, Business and Industry, Arts and Entertainment, Religion, Education, and Sports. The Hall of Fame is  physically housed in Hennessy’s Restaurant in Muskegon, and will be available worldwide on its own website.

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:27 am


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. It helps children and young people access music education in their own locality. Music Generation is funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds along with a range of local partners.

Music Generation provides funding and support to Music Education Partnerships throughout Ireland to develop local music education services. Funding can be up to a maximum value of ?200,00 spread over a 3 year period and contingent on the MEP supplying a matching 50% of funds.

The closing date for Round 3 applications to be returned is 5pm, Thursday, November 8th, 2012. Round 3 is the final open call for applications.

For further information

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

Another April Day For Bee For Battens

Renowned pianist, Therese McCartin, is bringing her musical career on a new journey with her latest recording, Another April Day. The Artist is donating a proportion of all sales to charity, namely Bee for Battens, The Saoirse Foundation. Described as “easy listening” the finished album is both beautiful and moving in equal measures. The recording also features original compositions by Therese with Another April Day. The special touch & handiwork of acclaimed producer and arranger, Frank McNamara, a well–known face from The Late Late Show, has ensured Therese’s latest work shines through in every note.

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

Réalta Album Launch – Open The Door For Three

‘Youthful, energetic, stellar music, from one of Ireland’s finest bands!’– Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan).

Belfast based traditional group Réalta are set for international success with the release of their debut album Open The Door For Three. Featuring Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan on duelling uilleann pipes and whistles alongside Deirdre Galway on guitar, bouzouki and vocals, these three musicians have produced an exciting, unique and uplifting recording which belongs in the collection of any fan of traditional Irish music.

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:25 am


Solas members Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan have joined forces with the amazing Kilkenny–born guitarist Colm O’Caoimh to bring you their new release Sailing Back To You.

Solas has long been heralded as one of the most innovative and exciting bands ever to emerge on the Irish music scene and the combination of Mick and Winfred’s box/fiddle sound has always been an integral part of the band’s unmistakable sound.

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

Irish musicians to raise the roof against global poverty

500 sessions, 7 days, 1 cause
Trad for Trócaire plans a national fundraising week of live Irish music

Traditional musicians all over Ireland are getting ready to raise the roof in a bid to fight global poverty.

The ‘Trad for Trócaire’ annual week kicks off on Thursday October 4th and this year the development organisation is hoping for a record 500 sessions to take place all over Ireland. Traditional music sessions will take place at various locations until Wednesday October 10th.

Permalink - Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

Bell X1 Confirmed for SLIGO LIVE 2012
Wednesday 24th – Monday, 29th October 2012

Tickets for Bell X1 are on sale now!

Bell X1 are the latest addition to the stellar line up at this year’s Sligo Live Festival which spans 6 days over the Bank Holiday Weekend 24th – 29th October 2012. They join legends Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading, as well as Wallis Bird, Pokey LaFarge and The SouthCity Three and many more at this year’s SLIGO LIVE.

Permalink - Posted: September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm


On Saturday 29th September, 8.30pm
Tickets €15/€12 / Family Ticket €30
Droichead Arts Centre | Stockwell Street, Drogheda | 041 9833946

Meet the Music Makers and find out all you ever wanted to know about traditional music making. The Music Makers is a unique event incorporating performance, video and a questions and answers session into a show that celebrates the creativity and skill involved in traditional music-making, right through from the crafting of musical instruments to the performance of traditional music itself.

Permalink - Posted: September 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm





Wednesday 24th – Monday, 29th October 2012

Tickets are on sale now!

Sligo Live Festival and Hawk’s Well Theatre join together to treat audiences to two unmissable musical double-bills over the October Bank Holiday Weekend.   Fidil and I Draw Slow take to the stage on Friday, 26thOctober and the wonderful Lau and Buille delight fans with their music on Saturday, 27th October 2012. Tickets are on sale now. Sligo Live 2012 plays host to an amazing line-up which spans 6 days over the Bank Holiday Weekend 24th – 29th October 2012.  They join legends Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading, as well as Wallis Bird, Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three, Bell X1 and many more.  See for more details.

Permalink - Posted: September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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