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Call for Applications – Music Generation Clare PhD Scholarship

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, in partnership with Music Generation Clare, is delighted to offer a 3-year PhD scholarship. County Clare is one of twelve areas of the country currently participating in Music Generation - Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Permalink - Posted: September 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

Final call for flute and whistle players: Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition

Peadar Ó Riada has put out the final call to flute and whistle players for entries to the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2015 competition, which will close on 2 October.  The final will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta next February.

This is the sixth year of the competition, established by Cork musician Peadar Ó Riada, to counteract the over-emphasis on technicality in other music competitions, and the failure to recognise the importance of spirit and musicality in playing.  Last year, the competition was won by a young fiddler from Brosna in Kerry, Darragh Curtin.  Other past winners include Cormac Begley, Tim McHugh, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Oisín Morrison.

Permalink - Posted: September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

SIAMSAÍOCHT @6! le Gael Linn

( Powerscourt Townhouse Centre…
Minutes from Grafton Street…Entrances on Clarendon Street,
Sth William Street and Coppinger Row…elevator to 2nd floor)
6p.m. – 8p.m. Doors open 5.40 p.m.
The excellent

Permalink - Posted: September 22, 2015 at 9:14 am

Eagle Music Shop presents the ‘Deering Banjos 40th Anniversary’ UK Event

Saturday November 7th 2015, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield

A fabulous celebration day featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians with special artists the Kruger Brothers and support band JigJam. This will be our 9th consecutive year of this ever popular event with The Deering Banjo Company.

Our guests Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering will hold an on stage discussion about their awesome ‘40 Years of Making Banjos’.  This will be an opportunity for you to personally meet The Deering family.

Permalink - Posted: September 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

Sligo Live 2015


Ensemble Ériu

5.30pm - Sun. 25th Oct. 2015 – The Model, Sligo

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
21st – 26th October 2015

Described by the critics as something very special, SLIGO LIVE is delighted to present a very unique music experience performed by some of Ireland’s very talented young musicians from a range of backgrounds including traditional, jazz and classical. Ensemble Ériu live at The Model, Sligo on Sunday, 25th October 2015 @ 5.30pm.  Tickets are on sale from The Model
Ensemble Ériu are a septet led by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen who draw on a wealth of creative sources to perform arrangements of Irish traditional music rooted in the styles of West and North County Clare. The group brings together a chamber ensemble of some of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians from a range of performance backgrounds including traditional, jazz and classical.  The result is a unique combination of the fresh and familiar, a soundscape that is creatively progressive, yet rooted in tradition.   Ensemble Eriu have been awarded a TV4 Gadam Cheoil award 2015 for excellence in musical collaboration and when you take a brief look at what these members have achieved it’s easy to see why: (more…)

Permalink - Posted: September 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Cherish the Ladies celebrate 30th incredible years with an Irish tour, September and October 2015

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience

that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,”

Boston Globe

Cherish the Ladies are the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American supergroup that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 15 outstanding albums including their latest, “An Irish Homecoming” which was also videotaped for an Emmy winning Public Television Special that is airing across America.

2015 see’s the ground breaking collectives 30th anniversary and what better way to celebrate that with a 11-night Irish tour covering the length and breadth of the county.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

Permalink - Posted: September 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

Sligo Live 2015

in a Co-Production with

Hawk’s Well Theatre Presents

‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’

Fri. 23rd Oct. 2015 – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
21st – 26th October 2015

SLIGO LIVE is delighted to present ‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’ in a co-production with the Hawk’s Well Theatre.  This unique event encompasses a piece specially composed for W.B. Yeats 150th Centenary and a performance of ‘Reconciliation Suite’ written for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.  Tickets for this special event which takes place on Friday, 23rd October 2015 @ Hawk’s Well Theatre priced at €18 and €9 (U18’s) are on sale now.

Sligo is the spiritual home of poet, W.B. Yeats, and in conjunction with Yeats 2015, the National and International celebration of the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth, Sligo Live 2015 has a Yeatsian theme running through the programme.

The centrepiece of this is a concert ‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’.    Sligo Live has commissioned a new piece of music from renowned composer, Michael Rooney, reflecting on W.B. Yeats’ work and particularly its relevance to 1916.   It will be premiered by a spirited group of 20 of the region’s top young classical and traditional musicians, led by Sligo Academy of Music director, Niamh Crowley and fellow Sligo resident, Rooney.  The Principals and the orchestra will also give the first public live performance of the three delightfully poignant pieces “Reconciliation Suite” which Michael wrote and played for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall during their historic visit to Sligo in support of the peace process.

Permalink - Posted: September 7, 2015 at 10:48 am