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Celebrating Traditional Music in its Purest Form

“Masters of Tradition”

Bantry, West Cork

Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016

Now in its 14th year, Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry from 17 – 21 August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form.

Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the renowned fiddler from County Clare, will once again open and close this year’s Masters of Tradition. Joining him in the opening concert will be guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddler Liz Knowles and New York clarinettist Doug Wieselman. Also appearing throughout the week will be guitarist Steve Cooney; accordion players Dermot Byrne and Colm Gannon; fiddler Bríd Harper; singers Colm O’Donnell, Róisín Elsafty and John Flanagan; flute and tin whistle player Conal O’Grada; uilleann piper Máire Ní Ghráda; pianist Utsav Lal and more.

Permalink - Posted: July 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm

The Willis Clan Announce Dublin Performance in the National Concert Hall On 25 August

Tickets on sale this Friday 22 July at 10am

The Willis Clan have announced a very special Dublin show at the National Concert Hall on Thursday 25 August 2016 following the success of their nationwide tour and new album ‘Chapter Two: Boots’.  Tickets priced €30 go on sale this Friday 22 July at 10am. Concessions available for students, OAPs and Group Bookings. The Willis Clan, who recently performed for children in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, will donate a percentage of proceeds to the hospital.

Permalink - Posted: July 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Fanny O’Dea’s Pub & Garden Café Bar Lissycasey

Fanny O’Dea is Lissycasey’s most famous character and her family originated from Dysert O Dea Castle.

Fanny was raised a Roman Catholic, got a good education and learnt housekeeping in the Brews Household in Kilrush. She married Owen Coughlan from Knockbeg and in 1790 persuaded him to move to Lissycasey. Fanny built a small mud cabin turning it into a shop dealing in all the necessities of life. Gradually this industrious woman expanded her business. Her humble abode soon became a half-way house catering for travelers going to or from the west. The story is told that during the winter assizes of 1790 a high court judge and his solicitors were travelling by stage coach from Ennis to Kilrush. Impressed by the warmth of the fire, her hospitality and the refreshments Fanny provided, particularly the “egg-flips”, he granted her a licence to sell liquor.

Permalink - Posted: July 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Seán Keane, Ballymaloe Grainstore

Friday 12 August, 8pm

Ballymaloe Grainstore is delighted to present a special one-off concert by three of the greatest names in Irish traditional music. On Friday 12 August, the legendary uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn and fiddlers Paddy Glackin and Seán Keane come together to make spectacular music in the Grainstore’s intimate setting.

Born in Kildare to a musical family, Liam O’Flynn (uillean pipes) formed the legendary group Planxty with Dónal Lunny, Christy Moore and Andy Irvine. He has recorded and performed with international musicians as diverse as Van Morrison, Kate Bush, John Cage, the Everly Brothers, Carlos Núñez and Mark Knopfler. His s​oundtrack recordings include Cal, The Field, A River Runs Through It (with Elmer Bernstein), Kidnapped and Roses from Dublin.

Permalink - Posted: July 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew!

In Aid of Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St. Vincent’s Hospital
Vicar St., Dublin
Fri 2nd Sept at 8.00pm

A concert in memory of RONNIE DREW will take place on Friday, 2nd September in Vicar Street with all proceeds going to the Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.   Artists so far confirmed to appear on the night include John Sheahan, Declan O’Rourke, Mike Hanrahan, Eleanor Shanley, The Nualas, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Phelim Drew with more to be added.

Permalink - Posted: July 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Lucia Comnes - Ireland Tour August 2016

Lucia Comnes is an American fiddler-singer-songwriter from San Francisco, California, who has been greatly influenced and inspired by the Irish tradition over the years. Her impressive musical background includes playing/touring with Joan Baez, opening for Paul Bradyand collaborating with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Colm Ó Riain, Seamus Begley and Téada.

Permalink - Posted: July 14, 2016 at 9:23 am



Fourteen young musicians ages 14 to 19 from Sligo and Donegal will travel to Glasgow later this month to represent Music Generation at the 32nd Annual International Society of Music Education (ISME) Conference. The ensemble, formed especially for the occasion, will premiere their own original compositions on Tuesday 26 July at the National Piping Centre, Glasgow, for an audience of musicians and educators from across the globe.

Permalink - Posted: July 14, 2016 at 9:12 am