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Clarinbridge, Co. Galway
Sat. 13th / Sun. 14th April, 2013

A weekend of Music, Exhibitions and Workshops

Featuring America’s foremost clawhammer banjoist Michael J. Miles

“ in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever heard…it is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”

(Pete Seeger, describing Michael’s recording ‘Counterpoint’)

Permalink - Posted: March 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival

Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival
June 28th- 30th 2013

The Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival 2013 returns to Castlewellan in County Down, Northern Ireland for its twelfth incarnation. Celtic Fusion will take place over the weekend from Friday 28th until Sunday 30th June.

The Festival weekend in June features top acts such as Reel It In and Niamh Dunne and one of the genuine legends of Irish Music, Frankie Gavin and the New De Dannan.

Permalink - Posted: March 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Calling young musicians!

Battle of the Bands on Rónán Beo @3

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Rónán Beo @3 is inviting budding musicians to take part in a Battle of the Bands competition – Bruíon na mBuíon - as part of the RTÉ and Young People event in April.

The prize for the winning band will be a recording of a 3 track EP in the studio of Tommy McLaughlin of Villagers fame, and an invitation to perform at Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí’s Cabaret Craiceáilte music night.

Permalink - Posted: March 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Milwaukee Irish Fest Presents Irish Fest Family Day in the Village

St. Patrick’s Day event will introduce public to year-round activities

Milwaukee Irish Fest presents Irish Fest Family Day in the Village, a free day of Irish-themed activities centered around St. Patrick’s Day. The event will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Irish Fest Center in the Village of Wauwatosa. The event will introduce the general public to year-round, cultural initiatives offered at Milwaukee Irish Fest, while hosting a day of festive traditions.

Permalink - Posted: March 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm


The Willis Clan is fast becoming one of the sought after bands touring the Irish festival circuit and is now pleased to announce that TV cameras will be touring along with them. In 2011, a reality TV show pilot was filmed based on the life of the Willis family. The show has been picked up for series and the first episodes are being filmed in March and April. The show series will start airing in late June.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Bath Folk Festival

August 10th – 18th, 2013

The fourth Bath Folk Festival is now expanded to 9 days between August 10th–18th and looking more exciting than ever. There will be a five day summer school in Irish music and Dance and lots of workshops in many other traditions.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Celtic Colours International Festival

October 11th –19th, 2013

Cape Breton musicians celebrated overseas, honoured at home.

Though Cape Breton Island is in the depths of winter, there is lots of musical activity to keep Celtic Colours’ staff moving.
In January, Celtic Colours’ Artistic Direction team of Joella Foulds and Dawn Beaton headed to Glasgow and Dublin to present the extremely well–received showcase A Taste of Celtic Colours.  Cape Breton artists Cyril MacPhee, Kimberley Fraser and the Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac band hosted Irish friends Nuala Kennedy and Liz Doherty at Dublin City Hall during Temple Bar TradFest, while Kennedy, Mairi Smith, and David Milligan and Corrina Hewat joined in at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre during Celtic Connections.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Johnny Doherty Annual Music and Dancing Festival or

September 26th – 29th, 2013

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, this festival is going from strength–to  –strength. It all kicks–off this year on Thursday, September 26th with the unveiling, at the Diamond, Main Street, Ardara, of a sculpture dedicated to the fiddle legend Johnny Doherty. This stunning sculpture was commissioned by the Ardara Comhaltas branch and was sculpted by Redmond Herrity.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Gig’n the Bann Festival

September 5th – 8th, 2013

Now in its fourteenth year the Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival has firmly established itself as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the annual festival calendar. It is attended by people from the locality, from the length and breadth of Ireland and from as far away as Canada and the USA. The festival has built a reputation for offering a highly impressive line–up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish, Gospel and Folk Music circles.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

The 11th Masters of Tradition Festival

August 14th –18th, 2013

The 11th Masters of Tradition programme will be announced in April!

The 2013 Masters of Tradition will open its doors to the very best musicians in the land, presenting a series of performances that cover the full spectrum of Irish traditional music, in its most authentic form. Many of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians have performed at the festival since it began in 2002. Previous performers include; Liam O’Flynn; Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra; Steve Cooney; Kevin Crawford from Lúnasa; Brendan Begley; Susan McKeown; Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill; Donal Lunny and so many more.

Permalink - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm
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