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Leonard Barry to release CD New Road

North Kerry Piper Leonard Barry is releasing his second CD entitled New Road in September 2013. This new album explores Leonard’s musical journey over the past decade, reflecting both the music he has played and the musicians who have influenced him.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2013 at 11:22 am


Flute Player, teacher, archivist, champion of the Irish language and historian, Marcas Ó Murchú was presented with the Ard– Ollamh award the Comhaltas Music Laureate at the Fleadh Cheoil 2013, Derry in August.

Marcas has made his name not only as an exceptional flute player but as a collector of material, associated with the tradition. He has been presenting traditional music programmes on Radio since his early twenties. Marcas has recently donated over 700 hours of recorded material, much of it recorded from players he has met over the years. This gift is thought to be the largest ever donation to the archive.

We met Marcas at the Fleadh Derry and he was very modest regarding the honour, indeed he told the local paper he was “honoured and delighted with the award and that he was accepting it on behalf of his family and all the unsung heroes of the tradition, musicians, tea makers and good listeners.”

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

Killarney Harps – Quality Irish Made Harps

Killarney Harps was established by Tim O’Carroll in 2011 in the picturesque lakeland town of Killarney, in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry. Kerry’s Cultural History is stepped in Irish Traditional Music and Dance.

The Founder, Tim O’ Carroll has over 40 years experience working as a joiner and furniture designer–manufacturer. The experience gained in working with wood is reflected in the quality of the finished harps. The ethos of Killarney Harps is to produce a high end product reasonably priced with a commitment to an efficient after Sales service.

For further information contact: Tim O’ Carroll, 12 Glenview Drive,
Woodlawn, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
Tel: +  353 64 663 4642, Mobile. + 353 87 752 6520
Email: or visit the website located at

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2013 at 11:20 am


The veteran singer and concertina player, who had undergone transgender surgery and was known as Louisa Jo Killen, died on August 9th. Louis recorded for Topic Records during the 1960’s and had toured for a time with The Clancy’s and Tommy Makem in the USA. He relocated to America for a larger part of his life and was known there as singer of traditional and maritime songs.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2013 at 11:19 am


Handmade in Ennis, County Clare by Martin Connolly

Kincora Accordions are hand–made. This ensures that each instrument receives individual attention to detail. All Kincora accordions are tuned to a very high degree of accuracy. Expert advice can be given on all aspects of tunings, tonalities and bass/ chord system. Kincora accordions use an eight bass/chord system as standard using 2 voiced basses & 3 voiced chords. Bass/chord configurations can be adapted to suit individual requirements. A twelve bass/chord system is optional. Only Binci Professional hand–made reeds are used in Kincora accordions. The Binci Professional is the ultimate hand–made reed and are renowned for their stability, response, power and quality of tone. The extremely flexible bellows are specifically designed and made to give the instrument its excellent handling characteristics between treble & bass ends – thus making the instrument less strenuous to play.

Permalink - Posted: August 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents Session with the Pipers
A traditional music recital on the first Tuesday of every month
The Cobblestone, 77.
North King Street, Dublin 7.
Tuesday 3rd September  2013

Wexford piper Mark Redmond is no stranger to the spotlight.  Having performed for Queen Elizabeth II of England on her visit in 2012, as well as President Mary McAleese, President Michael Higgins, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Mayor of Beijing, Westlife and Declan O’Rourke to name a few, Mark is regularly in demand as a solo piper and an orchestral soloist. Mark has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Harp Orchestra as well as the Savannah Philharmonic in Georgia, USA.

Permalink - Posted: August 20, 2013 at 10:08 am


Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival
23rd – 28th October 2013
Sat. 26th Oct. 2013 – Knocknarea Arena Sligo IT

The rise and rise of IMELDA MAY has been unstoppable.  IMELDA MAY last played Sligo Live in 2009 and due to phenomenal demand at the time the concert had to be moved to a bigger venue.  Such is her popularity, SLIGO LIVE are once again delighted to welcome IMELDA MAY back where this time she will perform at Sligo’s newest venue, The Knocknarea Arena at I.T. Sligo on Saturday, 26th October 2013.  Tickets for IMELDA MAY are on sale Friday 16th August priced at €36.50.
In 2009, Imelda May was the winner of ‘Best Female’ at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards. And that was just the beginning: Having fallen in love with rockabilly and the blues as a nine  - year old in Dublin, Imelda May has gone from strength to strength and is enjoying overwhelming success.   She has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, David Gilmour, Sharon Shannon, Jeff Beck, Shane Macgowan, Kirsty McCall, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Wanda Jackson, Paul Brady and Meatloaf.

Permalink - Posted: August 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Award Winning Celtic Band The Outside Track

with very special guests

The Blood Red Mountain Band

Acclaimed International Celtic band, The Outside Track, are heading to Limerick and Dublin as part of their upcoming UK and Ireland Tour.
Winners of ‘Group of the Year’ award at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards, The Outside Track are one of the most acclaimed Celtic bands on the touring circuit. Three albums now from this multi-national contingent have stamped them not only as yet another new force in the music, but indeed, as Live Ireland described them, “Among the top groups in the world….traditional, creative, and brilliant on every cut”.

Permalink - Posted: August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Waltons Music to open new superstore in Blanchardstown Centre on Saturday, 24th August

Waltons Music are delighted to announce that they are opening a new 7,500 square foot retail music store in Blanchardstown Centre. The new store will be a one-stop destination for music lovers ranging from absolute beginners to professional musicians. Located beside TK Maxx, it will carry some of the most famous brands in music – including Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Marshall, Yamaha, Zoom and many more. And it will continue the Waltons tradition of providing the best value and greatest range of music products in Ireland.

Permalink - Posted: August 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2013: Call for entries

The competition for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2013 is now open to entries from metal reed instruments – box, concertina and mouth organ.  One overall winner will be chosen, and will be presented with a Seán Ó Riada gold medal, and prize money of €2500, at a gala concert in Cork in January to be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

The competition, now in its fourth year, was initiated by musician and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Peadar Ó Riada as a means of bringing the family of listeners to his Friday evening trad programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil together, and building a worldwide network of traditional music fans.

Permalink - Posted: August 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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