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TAISCE A Concert for the Irish Traditional Music Archive

On Sunday 10 November 2013, at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the Irish Traditional Music Archive will hold its first-ever concert. This event comes at the end of a year of archival projects, events and publications which has marked the 25th anniversary of the Archive’s foundation in 1987, and it will be a public acknowledgement of the centrality of live performance to all the Archive’s activities.

Permalink - Posted: October 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Learn to play Irish music on the Bouzouki with Dr. Billy MacFhloinn

The Online Academy of Irish Music

Calling all those who would like to learn how to play Irish music on the Bouzouki. Billy Mac Fhloinn covers all the rudimentariness of how to play Irish music in his first course titled ‘Bouzouki Accompaniment’. Chords and chord structures, strumming patterns and finger picking, counter melody and rhythm are all examined throughout the tutorials. Familiarity with the ideaology behind traditional Irish music accompaniment is discussed, as is the role of the accompanist in duo or group playing. Emphasis in his first course is mainly on accompaniment, however counter melody will also form an important part of the program.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

The 15th Gathering Traditional Festival

February 19th–24th, 2014

The 15th Gathering Traditional Festival returns on February 19th – 24th, 2014 in the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel with concerts, ceilís, workshops and sessions.

The Schools Outreach Programme is one of the most popular elements of The Gathering Festival and returns for the 15th anniversary year. Every year a group of musicians visit a selection of national schools in the Killarney area over four days.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend

January 16th–19th, 2014

The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend has been going from strength–to–strength over the last few years, and next January’s event marks another step forward for this eclectic festival of the best in acoustic music. Between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th January, almost 80 concerts, pub gigs, sessions, and shows will keep the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty buzzing and bouncing with acts from far and wide, as well as the cream of local talent.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm


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




SAT. 26th OCT 2013 – Junior Fiddler of Dooney @ 11.00am

SUN. 27th OCT 2013 – Senior Fiddler of Dooney @ 2.00pm

Location: Methodist Hall, Wine Street, Sligo

Get ready for another great SLIGO LIVE.   As well as the very special Coleman’s Call Concert, Liz Carroll’s concert, the always dynamic Sligo Sessions, the renowned Fiddler of Dooney Competition with the addition of an overseas expansion, add a whole parallel program of roots and indie music bringing together established and Irish artists, a hopping festival club each night and ‘Arrivals’, performances by some of Ireland’s top emerging talent and you have a must see festival.  SLIGO LIVE takes place over 6 days spanning the Bank Holiday Weekend, October 23d – 28th 2013.   See for full programme.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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


2013’s Last Big Festival, SLIGO LIVE is getting ready to welcome an array of International artists and thousands of dedicated fans to Sligo this October Bank Holiday Weekend.  SLIGO LIVE takes place from 23rd – 28th October 2013.

With over 80 performances, 300 performers, over 6 days and over 80% free. Mark the dates in your diaries.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm


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



This is a very special year for Sligo Live, the cream of Irish Traditional musicians from across the world will be in Sligo this October Bank Holiday to celebrate the Gathering at Ireland’s folk, roots and indie Festival. Mark the dates, 23rd to 28th October in your diaries.   Sligo Live celebrates The Gathering with Coleman’s Call – Calling back the music from the US to the mother land.  The first known recordings of Irish Music in the US were made in the 1920’s.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Siamsaíocht @ 6!

- musical gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN
Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
6p.m. – 8p.m.

( Doors open from 5.45p.m. )

An evening with Westmeath musicians
( whistle, flute, keyboard, songs ) and JOHN BYRNE ( banjo, guitar ),
in celebration of the recently released album
‘Síocháin na Tuaithe: Peace of the Countryside’,
featuring traditional and  newly composed tunes.
ADMISSION: €15 ( includes complimentary finger food )
Bar open/tea and coffee available

Permalink - Posted: October 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

The 24th Cork Folk Festival creates a new World Record!

103 musicians played for 2 hours in the Largest Céilí Band in the World. The record will be submitted in the coming months to the Guinness Book of Records for approval as an official world record.

The event produced by William Hammond of the Cork Folk Festival was held at the Cork City Hall on Sunday 13th of October and it was free to the public.  The Cork City Council Tourism and Arts Department supported the Céilí as part of the Gathering 2013. The Céilí band featured musicians and 400 dancers from 10 different countries who travelled to Cork to take part. Guest musicians included TG4 Gradam Ceoil award winner, Seamus Begley, Jeff Moore from the Texas Band ‘Aidan’, Ger Murphy accordion player with the Abbey Ceili Band, Martin Leahy drummer with the band North Cregg and Seán Ó Sé singer with Ceoltóirí Chualann.

Permalink - Posted: October 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm


An exciting weekend ahead in Cavan Town with the Irish Daily Mail International Rules 1st Test taking place in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday evening October 19th. To celebrate, Cavan town presents some great entertainment from Thursday to Sunday including great traditional music song and dance.

Permalink - Posted: October 16, 2013 at 11:03 am
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