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Artists in Residence at The Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Call for Applications for 2016

Leitrim Sculpture Centre in association with Leitrim County Council Arts Office, are offering five residencies to visual artists, based at LSC.

Each residency includes an artist’s stipend of €2,500 and comes with a one-person exhibition at the end of the residency period.

Permalink - Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:28 am


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ireland’s biggest traditional Irish music festival, kicks off in Sligo this weekend to begin an 8 day musical extravaganza that is expected to draw record crowds to the north west region.

The Fleadh will be launched on Sunday afternoon August 9th by President Michael D Higgins, who will address the crowds at the Wild Atlantic Way gig rig in the centre of the town. A series of musical events and colourful pageantry will precede the President’s address, which is expected to touch on themes of returning friends, heritage and volunteering.

Permalink - Posted: August 6, 2015 at 9:02 am

Residential DADGAD Guitar Week, November 22nd – 27th, Ennis, Co. Clare

Here is the opportunity for guitar players to spend a few days under the tutelage of Clare guitarist MJ McMahon, while taking in the sights and sounds of Ennis. MJ will be the host tutor for this retreat and will teach the guitar workshops each morning. MJ uses the alternative tuning system – DADGAD in his tutorials as this is particularly suited to Irish and other Celtic music genres due to its modal nature. He will examine chords, chord structures and strumming patterns of some of the more typical tune types and keys in the Irish tradition; the Jig, Reel, Slip Jig and Hornpipe focusing on the keys of D, G, Em and Am. He was also focus on the use of sliding chords, inversions, bass runs, hammer–on technique and more complex strumming patterns.

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Pietro Mario Accordions

We are delighted to announce that Pietro Mario accordions will be showcasing their piano and button accordions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo. Renowned for their superb build quality and crafts– manship, Pietro Mario have long been established as the leading brand in Irish Traditional Music. Notable players include Dermot Byrne (Altan), Alan Kelly, Jeff Taylor (Elvis Costello), Bobby Gardiner and Martin Tourish.

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm


The Collaborations CD is a unique collection of recordings  by accompanist Mark Lysaght with Irish traditional musicians (playing uilleann pipes, fiddle, flute, accordion, mandolin, banjo, tin whistle and low whistle).

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Learn the Tin Whistle and Fiddle Volume 1

Jigs and Reels are pleased to announce their new and exciting interactive eBooks on learning Irish music, made for iPad, and available on Apple’s iBook books store. Learning Irish music online has never been easier and with the launch of their website, in 2012, they have had a great response with 1000’s of members from all over the world. As technology is improving all the time, they felt it was a great idea to condense each instrument from the website into a stand-alone digital manual of learning Irish music, so no matter where you are, you can have your tutorials at the touch of a button.

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend

September 11th–13th, 2015
Cootehill, County Cavan

The Gerry Whelan Memorial Festival will take place in Cootehill, County Cavan on the September 11th – 13th, 2015. After 10 successful years, the event now enters a new decade this year with an action packed weekend of traditional music, song and dance with lots of old and new faces coming together to share their songs and music.

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Dingle Tradfest/Féile Traid An Daingin

September 10th – 13th, 2015

Dingle Tradfest kicks–off on September 10th and will run until September 13th. Now, well established and in its 5th year, the festival will host a series of concerts, a themed session trail and outdoor events including a mountain hike and session on Cnoc a’ Cairn and a busking competition on the Saturday of the festival.

Permalink - Posted: August 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm