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Dervish announce a special Sligo Show at Hawks Well Theatre on 27th December 2012

The band will perform material for their forthcoming album for the first time

It’s been an exciting year for Dervish and one they plan to end in style, with a special concert for fans and family on Thursday, December 27th 2012 at  Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo with some surprise guests lined up for this unique concert.   Dervish will also perform material from their forthcoming album or the first time.  Tickets for DERVISH are available from the Hawks Well Box office Phone 0719161518, for on line booking

Permalink - Posted: November 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Shannonside Winter Music Weekend

January 17th–20th, 2013

One of the first festivals of the year, the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend in Sixmilebridge starts the year of the Gathering bringing the international home. Brendan Walsh returns from Switzerland to his home territory with his wonderful Diversus Guitar Ensemble, while all the way from Stockholm comes Kieran O’Loughlin to play his traditional and folk tunes and songs.

The case for getting back to the Bridge is strengthened on Saturday 19th with a very special offer for expatriates at the Folk Park in Bunratty, where 21 blues, bluegrass, Cajun, classical and traditional gigs make for an extraordinary day out.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm


January 17th  – February 3rd, 2013

Celtic Connections 2013 runs from Thursday January 17th – Sunday February 3rd and comprises a wealth of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late night sessions taking place over 18 days in various venues across Glasgow.

Various venues across Glasgow are utilised for Celtic Connections 2013 such as the Main Auditorium in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, O2 ABC, The Tron, Òran Mór, The Arches, The Mitchell Theatre, City Halls, Kelvingrove, The Barrowland Ballroom, St Andrews in the Square and festival fans’ favourite the Old Fruitmarket will all play host to Celtic Connections events.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm


February 15th–17th, 2013

The Sean–nós Northwest Irish Festival is pleased to announce it is returning to the Portland, Oregon metro area again this year. Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego will be the site of the sixth annual Sean–nós Northwest Irish Festival, President’s Day Weekend, February 15th–17th, 2013.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

THE GATHERING 2013, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Toes will be tapping all the way to Killarney for the 14th  Gathering Traditional Festival which is set to take place at The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney from February 20th – 24th, 2013.

This festival is firmly established as one of the most popular celebrations of Irish song and dance the world over. It has grown in strength since its inception way back in 1999 and incorporates a finely tuned mix of concerts, céilís, dance workshops, instrument masterclasses, a musical tour to Sliabh Luachra, showcase gigs and storytelling which is new to the 2013 programme. Other highlights include the Schools Outreach Music Programme and a session on the Lakes of Killarney aboard the Pride of the Lakes Waterbus. The stellar line–up of concerts include performances with Dervish, We Banjo 3, Mairead Ní Chathasaigh, Chris Newman, Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey, Tim Edey & Brendan Power, Micheal & MacDara O’Raghallaigh along with Catherine McEvoy. The programme also includes The Generations Concert of Sliabh Luachra including musicians Billy Clifford, Bryan O’Leary, Gearoid Dineen, Niamh Dalton and Mick, Michelle & Louise Mulcahy.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Feile an Neidín

April 5th – 7th, 2013

Following the huge success playing host to two Munster Fleadh’s, the town of Kenmare, Co. Kerry has decided to start it’s own annual Kenmare Irish Music Festival, Feile an Neidín. Touted by many since the 2008/10 Munster Fleadh’s as the ideal events setting, Kenmare will hold the festival on the weekend after Easter every year, the inaugural festival being April 5th, 6th and 7th, 2013. The launch festival coincides with the year of The Gathering and running with the theme of Return to the Nest hopes to draw people from all over the country, and indeed the world, back to An Neidín (the little nest!).
The weekend will see many well–known players acting as core musicians at sessions in the numerous venues during the whole of the weekend, also workshops for all instruments, story– telling for kids, Kenmare Bay boat trip sessions, two big name headline acts in the Arts Centre and a big Céilí with the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band!

Kenmare is very excited about this and would love you all to come….. PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY!!!!!

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Meitheal Summer School

July 22nd – 26th, 2013
Apply by March 15th!

2013 will be the 10th edition Meitheal Summer School. It will run from July 22nd – 26th in Villiers School, Limerick (ie. Just after the Munster Fleádh). A stellar cohort of tutors is being lined–up. Reaction to Meitheal 2012 was extremely positive and many students highlight the Finale Concert, and the Meitheal Orchestra show with Beoga in the Dome, Cavan being unforgettable experiences.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm


December 27th, 2012 – January 1st, 2013
Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal

The 19th Annual Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy happens in the stunning surroundings of the Donegal Gaeltacht in Gaoth Dobhair, and is without question one of the highlights of the traditional Irish music calendar. This year is no exception. There will be classes in various traditional Irish musical instruments, as well as dance, from some of the most respected musicians around. There are events for all the family, including Children’s Art workshops – not to mention a series of concerts from Ireland’s finest artists, including: Altan, Andy Irvine, Séamie O’Dowd, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, At First Light, and the return of the New Years Hooley Ceol, Craic & Céilí with Breanndán Begley & Steve Cooney & Reel it plus many more.

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm


An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Directed by Patrick Swanson with George Emlen, Music Director

In 1907 immigration from Europe to the new world of the United States was at a peak. The Irish formed a significant part of this relocation, bringing with them their unique culture of poetry, dance and music plus a powerful instinct for survival. This year’s Christmas Revels puts us on the deck of R.M.S. Carpathia as the hopeful émigrés create a wild and memorable Christmas at sea. With a powerful chorus, blazing jigs and reels, bold and lively children, fantastic stories, the best of Irish dancers and all the magical Revels touchstones like the joyous and participatory Lord of the Dance, this promises to be a very special Christmas at Sanders Theatre!

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm


Benefiting Wauwatosa Community Food Pantry, Local Irish Band Tallymoore to Headline Christmas Show

Milwaukee Irish Fest will present a special holiday concert featuring local Irish band, Tallymoore on December 15th, 2012 at 8 pm at the Irish Fest Center, located at 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue in Milwaukee, Wis. The event will bring the Celtic Christmas spirit to life while benefiting the Wauwatosa Food Pantry. “Irish culture has many unique traditions – and that includes holiday tunes,” said Barry Stapleton, director of the Ward Irish Music Archives at the Irish Fest Center. “The Tallymoore Christmas Concert is another example of how we continue to share the Irish experience with the Milwaukee community.”

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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