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Sligo Composer Michael Rooney is named as the 2017 TG4 Composer of the Year at press event in Cork

Michael Rooney, acclaimed composer and musician, has just been announced as the TG4 Composer of the Year for 2017.  This year has been a busy one for Michael, following his success with The Macalla Suite, a specially commissioned suite for the 1916 Centenary. A new CD of the Macalla Suite, peformed by the Macalla Orchestra has just been released

Michael Rooney is a prolific composer and is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp. Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, has recorded two CDs with flute player June McCormack; ‘Draíocht’  and ‘Land’s End’. Michael has published four books of his own compositions; ‘Harp Tunes’ (2006), Aifreann Gaeilge (2012),  ‘The de Cuéllar Suite’ (2012), ‘The Macalla Suite’ (2016).

Permalink - Posted: December 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Siamsaíocht @6! with Gael Linn

Sth William Street, Dublin 2
6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open from 5.40 p.m.)

A lovely evening of song is promised in the company
of the highly-acclaimed
singer/songwriter from Cork,

Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase
Booking essential ( limited space ! )
087/2547574 or

Permalink - Posted: December 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm

‘Eithne - Idir Dhá Shaol’

A beautiful voice comes to us from the other side of eternity in this moving film about the life of singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin.

20th December @ 21:30, TG4

All of us are caught up in this world of conflicting emotions and that was especially true of Eithne who expressed her innermost thoughts in the songs of her native Oriel and songs she wrote herself.

With husband Gerry O’Connor in the highly successful Lá Lugh, she embraced the ancient and the modern, she strode the worlds of Irish and English and she could sing with heartrending beauty or play the flute with passion and imagination.

Eithne was full of the vim and vitality of life but at the same time was filled with darkness only she understood. She was the product of a uniquely Irish cultural heritage but her voice could reach something deep inside all of mankind.

‘Eithne – Idir Dhá Shaol’ is told from the intimate perspective of Eithne’s family, friends and fellow musicians. “Eithne was a rare talent and I’m very excited for people to see how my mother’s creative energy and imagination are represented in this film” Feilimí O’ Connor (Director & Producer).

Featuring: Gerry O’Connor, Dónal O’Connor, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Jim Corr, Mario N’Goma, Gilles le Bigot, Padráigín Ní Uallacháin, Cathal Ó Searcaigh and performance artist Gráinne Smith.

Permalink - Posted: December 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

DkIT Launches New Centre for Creative Arts Research

A new Centre for Creative Arts Research has been developed at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), marking a significant step forward for researchers in the area. The new centre represents the merging of the Music Research Centre Ionad Taighde Ceoil and the Creative Media Research Group which includes academic membership of 16 staff members from within DkIT’s School of Informatics and Creative Arts.

Permalink - Posted: December 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Music Network presents Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain and Pádraig Rynne on tour January 15 – 24

“Kris Drever is a serious talent”– MOJO

“A sublime voice” – The Observer (on Fowlis)

“An incredibly forward looking and musically supple outfit that makes music which plays at the boundaries of style and genre.” – The Irish Echo, New York (on Rynne’s Notify)

Permalink - Posted: December 1, 2016 at 11:13 am