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The Irish Festival of Oulu

October 2nd–6th, 2013
Oulu, Finland

The 8th annual Irish Festival of Oulu takes place from October 2th– 6th, 2013 in Oulu, Finland. This 5–day event in the very North of Europe showcases the best of Irish culture in signature style, attracting audiences from near and far.
Described by fans as “versatile, full of craic, welcoming, and intimate”, the 2013 festival has a world–class programme showcasing all artforms, including storytelling for grown–ups and children with Eamonn Keenan, music workshops with top tutors and dance classes for everyone from beginner to advanced competition level.

Permalink - Posted: June 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day

Musicians all around the country will fill the streets and venues of Ireland today with music for love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day

- Over 275 free live music events to take place nationwide

Over1,800 musicians will turn Ireland into a huge stage today as they host a range of free live music events in some of the most exciting venues around the country as part of love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day, now in its fourth year.
Some of the highlight events taking place around the country today will include a rare opportunity to see the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra rehearse as it opens its doors to the public to mark this special day ahead of the Young Europeans Concert this evening. Ennis Town will host ‘Clare Connections’ featuring a line-up of some of Ireland’s leading names in traditional Irish music including Lúnasa and The Kilfenora Céilí Band and Ennis is also calling on the public to get involved in helping to break the world record for ‘the largest tin whistle ensemble’. The Baltimore Singers, directed by the renowned Katy Salvage, will perform choral arrangements of Coldplay’s Fix You, Adele’s Skyfall and other chart hits for the residents of Schull Community Hospital. The Manden Ensemble will brighten up the Friday commute with a fusion of contemporary and traditional West African music at Heuston Station from 08.00am. Noisy Plug Sessions, an initiative aimed at helping well-known local bands gather fans in towns where they areless well known, will take place in various venues across the country.

Permalink - Posted: June 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

Live Concert from Connemara for National Music Day

Friday 21 June RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will be marking Love:Live Music 2013 with a concert broadcast live from Carna in Connemara, celebrating the musicians, singers, dancers and poets of this rich cultural pocket of the country.

Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Music Editor at RnaG, will present the concert featuring more than 20 musical acts including the talented Hernon family – Marcus, Proinsias, Breandán and Labhrás; Piper and former TG4 Musician of the Year Seán McKiernan; singers Josie Sheáin Jeaic Mac Donnchadha and NUIG Singer in Residence Joe John Mac Con Iomaire; dancers the Ó Dubháin brothers; and local poets Seosamh Ó Guairim and Jackie Mac Donncha.

Permalink - Posted: June 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Fantastic Fleadh Cheoil for Derry

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Derry will officially launch the full programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 and this Thursday 20th June at 7pm at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

The official launch party will continue on Friday 21st June with a full day of music, song and dance in association with Music City, all promising enough energy to shake the City’s famous walls to their foundations.

Permalink - Posted: June 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

The Earagail Arts Festival

June 21st - July 21st, 2013

One month of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival at Ireland’s only countywide arts festival.

The Earagail Arts Festival would like to invite you to come and experience a wealth of unforgettable events in the spectacular surroundings of County Donegal on the North West seaboard of Ireland. Over the last 25 years we have brought to this magical county some of the greatest internationally recognised artists and companies in music, theatre, visual arts, literature and outdoor spectacle including: Moya Brennan, Altan, Clannad,The Divine Comedy, Fidil, Duke Special, The Henry Girls, Cathy Davey, Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Toumani Diabate, Seth Lakeman, Foy Vance, Eliza Carthy, Andy Irvine’s Mozaik, Lillis O Laoire, Liam O’Flynn, Richie Havens, The Saw Doctors, Bob Geldof, Bassekou Kouyate, Roy Hargrove, Pape and Cheikh , Damian Dempsey, The Wilders, Henry Mc Cullough, Mary Black, Kila.

Permalink - Posted: June 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Love Live Music Ennis Presents ‘Clare Connections’

A celebration of Folk/Trad/Roots music in its natural habitat – Clare’s Capital Town.

Free Open Air Concert featuring:
The Lost Brothers,
The Kilfenora Céilí Band,
Siomha Brock
and New Americana Group: Pauline Scanlon*Noriana Kennedy*Meabh O’Hare* Jefferson Hamer.

Love Live Music is Ireland’s National Music Day, in association with
International Music Day or Fete de la Musique, an event that began in Paris in 1982 and is now celebrated in over a hundred countries, worldwide. This gig also features a Guinness World Record Attempt for the largest tin whistle ensemble, lead by Lúnasa and many renowned whistle players including, recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Fellow of United States Artists, Joanie Madden (Cherish the Ladies).

Permalink - Posted: June 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm


Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival
23rd – 28th October 2013


Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny, aka   LAPD

Get ready for another great SLIGO LIVE, Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival which takes place from 23rd – 28th October 2013. In the year of The Gathering it is the festival that brings together Irish and U.S. musicians to show the influences that are evident in both directions on Folk, Roots and Indie music.  This is a festival celebrating The Gathering by showing how our music has travelled across the seas and returned changed and enriched.

Permalink - Posted: June 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Musicians tune up for inaugural Doolin Folk Festival

Ireland’s leading folk and Irish traditional musicians will gather in North Clare this weekend for the inaugural Doolin Folk Festival (June 14-16th 2013).

Permalink - Posted: June 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Masters of Tradition line-up announced

The finest of Irish traditional musicians will be descending on Bantry  for the Masters of Tradition from 14 - 18 August. Fiddler Martin Hayes will be joined by a stellar cast including Dennis Cahill, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley, Pipers Union, the Voice Squad, Triona Marshall, Paul Brock and many more.

Permalink - Posted: June 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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