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OAIM Irish Music Retreats 2014

Flute: October 19th – 24th

Fiddle: November 10th – 15th

Fiddle Tutors: Tola Custy, Liz Kane, Adam Shapiro

Flute Tutors: Kevin Crawford, Niall Keegan and Kirsten Allstaff

The Online Academy of Irish Music is to host a series of Irish music retreats in Ennis, Co. Clare in October 2014.

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Woodford House Live Concerts

Broadcasting live online via Concert Window is making some unexpected income for traditional, folk, acoustic, poetry and storytelling artists.

It requires a reliable and fast upload broadband service and it’s a good idea to contact someone experienced in this new style of broadcasting.

Singer harpist Claire Roche and poet and storyteller John Willmott, aka Woodland Bard, have performed online concerts from Claire’s Woodford House venue, near Blackrock, Co. Dublin. They have been impressed with the service and extra income earned from Concert Window. Now they would like to show others how to do the same.

At present, most of the Concert Window audience is in the USA so this creates interesting concert time scheduling. Most concerts performed by Claire and others have been between 11pm and 1am Irish time, which catches the early evening viewers in much of the USA. As more viewers come on board in Ireland, UK and through Europe, it will soon make sense to hold regular time concerts at 7pm, 8pm etc.

Despite these performance time oddities, online broadcasting means a gig with barely any travel expenses and tour management headaches. It potentially means a world audience from a single gig too. This is also a great gig outlet for musicians taking time out to be with their young families.

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The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, which was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting, preserving and celebrating this region’s unique musical style, has added to the year round programme of events with two exciting new initiatives.

The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail Master Class Series is the latest initiative to be established by The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail and the first in the series has just taken place in Scartaglin, Co. Kerry. Thanks to Nicky and Anne McAuliffe for putting the students through their paces and to the Sliabh Luachra Heritage Centre, Scartaglin for hosting the event. The next Master Class will take place in Cork in early 2015.

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Music Network recently welcomed the announcement by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirming capital funds of ?210,000 for the Music Capital Scheme 2014. The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non–professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

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Little Sea Records in Portland, Oregon is very pleased to release Foreign Shore from award-winning flautist and singer Hanz Araki.

Araki, called “an Irish music phenomenon in West Coast America” by Irish Music Magazine, has recorded a compelling collection of eleven songs and tunes from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, New Zealand, and America with long–time collaborator Cary Novotny (guitar). With additional musical contributions from Eddie Parente (strings), Lisa Ornstein (podorythmie), Colleen Raney (vocals), Bob Soper (vocals), and Mike Cody (vocals), Foreign Shore dives into the heart of a musical tradition that traveled the world as Araki’s Irish and Japanese forbearers did.

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Johnny Doherty Annual Music and Dancing Festival

September 26th – 28th, 2014 or

Celebrating its 6th anniversary, this festival is going from strength to–strength, attracting visitors from all over the world. Already confirmed for the weekend are the ever popular Irish/American group Cherish The Ladies who make a welcome return to the festival. Also appearing will be the very talented Friel Sisters from Glasgow, Rachel Walker and James Graham, and many more Artists to be confirmed.

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Scoil Cheoil na Botha

October 10th – 12th, 2014

Now established as one of the country’s most intimate and also welcoming festivals, Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from the October 10th–12th for its 8th consecutive year.

Featuring a wide range of musical activities including sessions for all levels, workshops, concerts and CD launches, this year’s festival sees a new addition to its programme – ‘Early Years’ music workshops catering for children aged 2–4.

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Galway Bay Irish Music Festival

October 22nd – 26th, 2014

2014 will herald the 11th year of the Galway Bay Irish Music Festival, celebrating Irish songs, ballads, players and bands that will be flooding Ocean Shores, WA with music and fun this October 22nd – 26th, 2014.

An eclectic mix of Irish bands, choirs and dancers hailing from throughout the United States, Canada and, of course, Ireland will be rounding out this year’s entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online by going to, Galway Bay Irish Restaurant, Pub and Gifts’ 11th Annual Irish Music Festival… It ain’t just Danny Boy anymore.

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Fiddle Fair Presents – The Inaugural Fiddle Fair Autumn School

November 2nd – 9th, 2014

Baltimore Fiddle Fair is extremely proud to present the very first Fiddle Fair Autumn school, a unique opportunity to spend a week in beautiful Baltimore, West Cork and learn from two of the absolute masters of the fiddle tradition: Kevin Burke and Tim O’ Brien. The price of €999 includes airport transfers, seven nights accommodation at the amazing Inish Beg estate,, breakfast and dinner every evening, six days of classes at Inish Beg (morning and afternoon with Tim and Kevin) and a tailor– made immersion in Baltimore and the islands.

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November 6th – 9th, 2014

During the first long weekend in November, Copenhagen will be buzzing with Irish music. The annual festival includes some of the best new acts together established bands and legends from Ireland.

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