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New Irish Folk & Trad Music Festival announced

Details of Ireland’s newest folk and traditional music festival have been announced in County Clare.

Luka Bloom, Martin Hayes, Donal Lunny, John Spillane, Steve Cooney and Hermitage Green are amongst the acts lined up to perform during the inaugural Doolin Folk Festival on June 14th to 16th 2013. Sponsored by Smithwick’s Pale Ale the three-day festival will take place on the grounds of Hotel Doolin, less than a mile from the site of the famous Lisdoonvarna Festival of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Permalink - Posted: April 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm


Music Network presents Mairtín O’Connor, Zoe Conway and Donal Lunny on Tour: May 7th – 14th, 2013

Music Network presents a dream tour that brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest traditional musicians; button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny from May 7th – 14th, 2013.

The consummate button box player, Máirtín O’Connor was one of the driving forces behind the Riverdance phenomenon. Fiddle player Zoë Conway is an awesome talent equally at home playing and singing Latin jazz with Rodrigo y Gabriella, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave, or touring the world with Riverdance. Guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan and Moving Hearts. A gifted composer, arranger and producer, Lunny has also worked with rock and pop musicians such as Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.

Further information from (01) 671 9429 or visit the website

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Frankie Gavin to present perhaps the finest version of his Band De Dannan ever at Skerries Tradfest on Saturday May 18th

Michelle Lally described as one with the voice of an angel, and whose vast and varied repertoire is unequalled heretofore. She follows in the footsteps of all the Irish greats with De Dannan like Mary Black, Maura O Connell and Dolores Keane to name but a few. Barry Brady from Co. Roscommon on accordion is such a stylized performer, and he too follows in the footsteps of Box playing greats like Jackie Daly and Mairtin O’Connor. Superb in every way, Barry brings a life to the music which lifts the spirit and gels with Frankie’s electrifying fiddling, and between them, they leave no stones unturned when it comes to exciting jigs reels and hornpipes at the highest possible level. Double Bass player Paul O’ Drisceoil from Kinvara, who has performed with Riverdance, brings a new dimension to the De Dannan sound. A superb Bassist, and a skilled Jazz player and backing vocalist, Paul brings another energy source to the band which lends itself to Irish, Jazz and maybe a touch of Bluegrass perhaps.

Colm O’ Caoimh on Guitar from Kilkenny is the youngest member and can only be described as unique. Unique in the sense that his understanding of musical accompaniment, and ability to play like he does, makes him special when it comes to accompanying Irish Music and Song. Colm, like Paul, Barry and Michelle, are at the highest performance level yet seen in Irish Music, and only what one has grown to expect from Frankie Gavin & De Dannan over the years.

Log on to for full details of Skerries Traditional Music Weekend. Contact Tel: 087 6528643 for concert tickets.

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Keep Making Music – ALLMEDIA teams up with MPO

ALLMEDIA was set up in 2012 by Mandy Byrnes. Mandy has been working in replication and music media for over 20 years and is now Ireland’s exclusive agent for one of Europe’s most reliable and long standing companies MPO. Her dedication & attention to detail, as well as superb customer service throughout her years with some of Ireland’s biggest companies is evident in the huge cliental ALLMEDIA now continues to work with.

In Mandy’s experience, offering a high quality product is the main priority. This high standard led to the partnership with MPO, an incredibly professional service and product provider in Europe.

There is no doubt that the music industry is unstable, and even more true that replication has and continues to decline, ALLMEDIA are here to keep you supplied with manufacturing on CDs /DVD’s & Vinyl while you need it and all the while looking ahead to be ready for your future. We are ready with new innovative media solutions for when you need to change. We are here to listen to YOU.

Whether you are an individual artist, record label or corporate client we have endless experience with a wide range of media outlets from education to business, music to film.

AllMedia & MPO are delighted to be part of The Irish Music Magazine 2013 CD Sampler. A partnership we are confident that will continue for many years.

For further information you can contact Mandy Byrnes at

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Are you ready to take your flute playing up to the next level?

Expert Irish Flute Technique Course with Dr. Niall Keegan @ The Online Academy of Irish Music

The course Expert Irish Flute Technique is aimed at the more advanced flute player who would like to specifically target and develop technique in the context of ten tunes. Students will address ornamentation, leaning more complex forms and attempt a greater density of ornamental practice. They will also be introduced to a number of different forms of articulation and techniques of emphasis and duration as well as examining strategies for variation and approaches to phrasing. Students will also specifically target the use of keys through the adaption of known repertoire and will also be introduced to exercises to engage develop tone, dexterity and stamina. The styles of many great flute players from the Irish tradition are discussed and referred to throughout the course.

Online Lessons also available for flute, fiddle, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, song, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, piano and concertina.

Join OAIM’s global community of Irish musicians, log on to the website and sign up for FREE today!

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:10 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: April 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Irish Fair of Minnesota

August 9th–11th, 2013,

The 2013 Irish Fair of Minnesota, a three-day annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture, will be held Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th on Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. With nearly 100,000 attendees each year, this event is the largest free celebration of its kind in the Upper Midwest.

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Feakle International Traditional Music Festival

August 7th–12th, 2013

The 26th Annual Music Festival takes place from Wednesday August 7th to Monday August 12th. This year the organisers are holding a fringe Festival from Monday August 5th to Wednesday August 7th. The theme of the fringe Festival is “The Therapeutic Benefits of Set-Dancing for Parkinson Disease sufferers.” This will be guided by Dr. Daniel Volpe from Venice. Dr. Volpe has done extensive studies on the subject. Over the 3 days there will be conferences, set-dancing and also sessions. This new event will glide into the Feakle Music Festival with a vast array of musical talent on show. Once again they will have workshops on most instruments, Concerts, Céilís, Recitals, Poetry, Singing, Dancing and sessions.

Confirmed to date are The Clare Memory Orchestra, Voice Squad, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Socks In The Frying Pan, Norwegian Folk Group, Dermot Byrne and many more.

For further information visit the website: or via email:

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Féile Ceoil Chill Chartha–The Kilcar Fleadh, Co. Donegal

August 5th–11th,2013

The Kilcar Fleadh has now become a much anticipated annual event, attracting people from all corners of the world and is now seeing a great number of people returning year after year. With a number of free events including street performances, a ceilí on the main street and the magnificent “echoes of the Glen” it is a great festival for those under strict budget or families looking for a week of traditional Irish entertainment “Donegal Style”.

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

O’Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival

July 29th – August 5th, 2013

The dates for the 35th O’Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival in Keadue, Co. Roscommon have been announced.

The Festival which is held under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend from July 29th–August 5th.

Permalink - Posted: April 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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