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The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo has launched details of an innovative Irish Traditional Musical project that will bring together musicians from all over the world, digitally, to perform the ballad The Salley Gardens.

The Virtual Trad Orchestra is a ground breaking initiative that will premiere as part of the theatre’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann celebrations.

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OAIM Irish Dadgad Guitar Holiday

November 22nd – 27th, 2015, Ennis, Co. Clare

Would you like to improve on your guitar accompaniment skills and learn how to use the dadgad tuning method? The Online Academy of Irish Music will be hosting a residential holiday for guitarists in Ennis, Co. Clare from November 22nd – 27th which will be packed with workshops and masterclasses with some of Co. Clare’s finest guitarists – Aodán Coyne, MJ McMahon and Neill Fitzgibbon.  Relax, stay and dine in the award winning Rowan Tree and explore Ennis and Co. Clare.  We will take you on a tour of Co. Clare’s Western Coast and will show you where some of the nicest sessions are.

For further information please contact Tel: 00353852854320,

email: or check out the website

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The Manx Celtic music trio Barrule will be one of the headliners at this year FIL in Lorient, the world’s biggest Celtic festival with Cornwall and the Isle of Man being the featured Celtic Nations this year. Barrule, Adam Rhodes bouzouki, Tomas Callister fiddle and Mabon’s accordion player Jamie Smith, play Manx tunes in the style of Lúnasa and are joined by Calum Stewart the flute and pipes player from Scotland. Their new album will be reviewed in out 20th anniversary issue, which is out next month. The album Mannan’s Cloak is already gaining high praise from traditional music critics.

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Copenhagen Irish Festival

Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music

November 5th – 8th, 2015

During the first weekend in November, Copenhagen will be buzzing with Irish music. The annual festival includes some of the best new acts together with established bands and legends from Ireland. The organisers are very pleased to welcome back Danú as part of their impressive 20th anniversary tour.

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Fiddle Fair Presents The Second Fiddle Fair Autumn School

November 1st – 8th, 2015

Baltimore Fiddle Fair is extremely proud to present the second 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 Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. The price of €999 includes airport transfers, seven nights luxury accommodation at the amazing Inish Beg estate,, breakfast and dinner every evening, seven days of classes at Inish Beg (morning and afternoon with Mairéad and Kevin) and a tailor-made immersion in Baltimore and the islands. Baltimore is not only synonymous with great fiddling, it is now a favoured destination for humpback whales! Your trip will include some whale–watching, island hopping and nightly sessions in local bars with your fiddle masters.

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Galway Bay Irish Music Festival

October 21st – 25th, 2015

2015 will herald the 12th 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 for five days this October.

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Return to Camden Town Festival

October 20th – 26th, 2015

The 17th Return to Camden Town Festival kicks–off with a Birmingham Irish themed night featuring Noreen Cullen and Adrian Burns, Conor Healey and friends at Camden’s Green Note. Later in the week (Thurs) the Festival will host its first concert in legendary Irish music venue – The Fiddler’s Elbow, Kentish Town with CrossHarbour and Artisan Row.

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October 9th–17th, 2015

The festival opens on Friday night, October 9th in Port Hawkesbury with a concert featuring Loreena McKennitt, The String Sisters, Artists in Residence Lucy MacNeil and Liz Doherty, and Sabra MacGillivray. The 2015 Celtic Colours International Festival, presented by The Chronicle Herald, promises nine days and nights of concerts and community events before wrapping up October 17th in Sydney with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Barra MacNeils and J.P. Cormier in concert at Centre 200. Artists from Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, will join some of Cape Breton’s finest singers, dancers, and players in 47 concerts taking place in communities all over the Island.

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Scoil Cheoil na Botha

October 9th – 11th, 2015

Long established as one of the country’s most intimate and welcoming festivals, Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from the October 9th – 11th for its 9th consecutive year. As in other years, the festival will feature an array of musical activities including instrumental and vocal workshops, tutor’s recital and sessions for all levels.

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Cork Folk Festival

October 1st – 4th, 2015

Cork is the place to be this October if you’re looking for a taste of southern traditions. Song will feature strongly at the 36th Festival so in preparation take time to learn a verse or two of The Boys of Fairhill. The line–up for the Cork Folk Festival will be a feast of music, song, and dance and stories all reflecting the thriving traditional scene in the city. As expected local musicians will strongly feature on the bill, including: Jimmy MacCarthy, Jimmy Crowley, John Spillane, The Four Star Trio, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Noel Shine & Mary Greene, The Cork Pipers and Singers Clubs and many more. The line–up also includes some of Irelands leading traditional groups including; Sligo’s finest trad band, Dervish featuring Cathy Jordan on vocals, Danú from Na Déise with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cherish The Ladies with Joanie Madden from USA, Buille featuring the Vallely brothers from Armagh and Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran McPhail of The Voice Squad. Also this year the festival will include Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan who all famously featured in The Bothy Band.

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