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Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch

Sirius Arts Centre
Friday 23 September, 2016
8pm (doors 7.45)

Tickets €20, available online at or through the office: 0214813790 /

Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch are acknowledged masters of the rich musical tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the southwest of Ireland. This culturally unique area on the Cork / Kerry border is renowned for its distinctive style of playing, special repertoire, and as a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt. Their new album, Rolling On, draws upon this rich legacy. As Dan Neely said in the NY Irish Echo, “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.”

Permalink - Posted: August 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

FleadhTV 2016 hits 1million viewers over four nights plus 40,000 visited the show on the ground!

Over 1 million viewers tuned in to the 2016 series of FleadhTV on TG4, live over four nights from Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Co Clare, Presenters Mairéad Ní Chuaig, Lynette Fay, Cathy Jordan and local Clare musician Tóla Custy, brought the very best of Irish traditional music into the homes of Ireland and online worldwide.
The peak viewership was on the Sunday night broadcast when it reached 281,000 people.

Permalink - Posted: August 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The Irish Festival of Oulu

The northernmost Irish festival in the world.

The northernmost Irish festival in the world will be organised for the 11th time from October 5th to 9th this year in Oulu, Finland. The Irish Festival of Oulu has taken its place as the main event of the northern countries presenting Irish culture in its various forms from music and dance, poetry and theatre and much more.

The Irish Festival of Oulu has respectively reached great success during the past ten years and once again the stars of Irish music are coming to Oulu. The program contains big names like Liam O’Flynn, Usher’s Island, Seamus Begley & Tim Edey, Danú and Four Winds. For the first time ever the festival organises an internationally acclaimed symphony concert with Oulu Sinfonia orchestra and conductor David Brophy.

Permalink - Posted: August 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Ennis Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann an outstanding success
The Fleadh has been an outstanding success in advancing the vision and aspirations of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann nationally and locally. Record numbers of young people attended masterclasses at Scoil Éigse, concert audiences broke all records, numbers of competitors were up due to increased entries from overseas including two Japanese Céilí Bands and Fleadh TV broadcast 12 hours of lively invigorating television.

Permalink - Posted: August 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

The Willis Clan Perform at the National Concert Hall This Thursday

The Willis Clan are set to perform a very special Dublin show at the National Concert Hall this Thursday, 25 August 2016 following the success of their nationwide tour and new album ‘Chapter Two: Boots’.  Tickets priced €30 are on sale now. 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.

Bringing their mixture of original bluegrass and country to the National Concert Hall this August, the 14 person family will return to Ireland for their first headline Dublin date. The concert is simply unmissable as The Willis Clan will be joined on stage by special guests including Moya Brennan for a number of songs.

Permalink - Posted: August 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm


Sun. 30th Oct. 2016 – Hawk’s Well Theatre

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
26th– 31st October 2016

One of the most exciting acts on the Irish folk scene, LYNCHED, will feature in a double bill with Californian singer-songwriter and Fiddler SARA WATKINS as part of Sligo Live Festival on Sunday, 30th October 2016 @ Hawk’s Well Theatre.  Tickets @ €20.00 plus service charge are on sale now from

Permalink - Posted: August 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Music Network Culture Night 2016
30th anniversary concert broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm for Culture Night

“A highly satisfying debut that hits the gut and touches the heart, “Note to Self” introduces a fine quartet and makes the case unequivocally for Colarossi as an emerging talent embarking on an exciting journey.” All About Jazz
“Laoise Kelly is a young harpist with the disposition of an iconoclast and the talent and technique of a virtuoso.” Irish Times
“Butt’s account of Britten’s poignant cello suites falls absurdly easily on the ear. Technically perfect and commanding of the closest attention, this is a debut to enhance any label” The Independent on Sunday (UK)
“Ulaid features three supreme instrumentalists, gifted composers and talented interpreters of traditional and original music in one explosive package” Irish Music Magazine

Permalink - Posted: August 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

Caitlín & Ciarán , Fiddle – Concertina – Dance, Irish Tour, August – September 2016

One of Traditional music’s most energetic and impressive acts has just announced new dates for an Irish Tour, which kicks off later this month. Artists Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh deliver a spirited performance of music and dance rooted in the tradition; brimming with soul and life. Through fiddle, concertina and dance, Caitlín & Ciarán breathe fire into musical pieces, combining their arts with passion and spontaneity.

Permalink - Posted: August 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to host a “Fun with the Fleadh event”

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is embracing the arrival of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to Ennis and County Clare by hosting a special “Fun with the Fleadh event” where people can jam with the Folk Park’s traditional Irish musicians, learn about the history of musical instruments, or just listen to good toe tapping Trad!

The event runs from the 11th to 21st of August from 10.00 a.m.  to 4.00 p.m. daily. People attending the Fleadh are welcome to join with the Bunratty Folk Park’s troop of traditional Irish musicians, many of whom are regular performers at the nightly traditional Irish dinner entertainment at the Folk Park’s Barn, who along with other musicians will take up residence in the various cottages around the Folk Park each day during the event.

Permalink - Posted: August 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Music Network presents Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power

Performing ‘Edges of Light’, a new Music Network commission

On tour 13 – 24 September
“a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.” The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne

“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.” The Irish Times on Tola Custy

“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.” Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist

“The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.” The Irish Times

Permalink - Posted: August 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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