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Music Network presents American string band superstar Darol Anger & Republic of Strings on tour May 3rd – 13th

Brace yourself for the wildly virtuosic playing of Darol Anger and his all-star ensemble Republic of Strings on tour from 3rd to 13th May in a fitting climax to Music Network’s Spring 2017 season. Toes are sure to tap as this cutting edge crew whip through a hoedown, a waltz and grooving swing tune in quick succession. Details at

Permalink - Posted: March 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

Cover the Buckle: A Collection of Irish Set Dances for Listening and Dancing by Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, and Kieran Jordan

Featuring: Seán Clohessy, fiddle, Sean McComiskey, button accordion, tin whistle, Kieran Jordan, dance.  With special guests Josh Dukes, bouzouki, guitar, 12-string guitar Matt Mulqueen, piano.

Produced by Kieran Jordan

Cover the Buckle is a new CD of Irish set dances, designed for dance students and dance teachers, as well as tune lovers and tune listeners.

Permalink - Posted: March 30, 2017 at 9:29 am

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival

August 3rd - 6th, 2017

Ballyshannon Folk Festival Marquee is back in 2017!
It’s back! The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival marquee in the Market Yard is back in 2017 for its 40th anniversary and already the excitement is mounting.  Many of you will remember down through the years the festival marquee hosted a ticker tape of huge names in the Irish music scene, a veritable who’s who with Altan, Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, 4 Men and a Dog, Maura O’Connell, Sean and Dolores Keane, The Black sisters, Mary and Frances, Finbar Furey, ‘The Eleanors’ - Shanley and McEvoy - all stepping up to the microphone in the famous Market Yard Marquee.

Permalink - Posted: March 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm


Friday 21 April, 8pm, Ballymaloe Grainstore

Hermitage Green return to Ballymaloe Grainstore on Friday 21 April for another high-energy standing gig.
Formed in 2010 as a result of a spontaneous jam session between friends, 2016 was Hermitage Green’s biggest year yet and there is no sign of the band’s momentous growth slowing down.
Signing to Sony Records Ireland, their debut studio album ‘Save Your Soul’ was released last year to huge chart success.  It is an album that captures their confidence and talent as superb musicians, their abilities as a combined creative writing force, and their varied musical backgrounds.  It showcases their stadium-worthy expansive and riotous songs, while also delivering heartfelt and poetic ballads, powered by gorgeous four-part harmonies.

Permalink - Posted: March 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Plastic Paddy: Lucky Enough

Now available on CDBaby, and iTunes!
Drawing on the musical influences of the land in which they live, the debut album for Plastic Paddy, titled Lucky Enough, has hints of California rock and country and yet evokes the intimacy and convivial atmosphere of an Irish Pub.


Permalink - Posted: March 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm



“In 2012 I was sitting (being painted) for my friend the painter Nick Miller and I started writing tunes as he was painting. The sittings went on over a couple of weeks by that time I’d recorded several hours of improvised music, thus began the seeds of this album…” (Steve Wickham, March 2017)

Many music fans will know Steve Wickham from his virtuoso violin playing in The Waterboys, with whom he has played for over thirty years.

Permalink - Posted: March 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

News fromTønder Festival

Add to this year’s Tønder Festival bill: American prizewinners, Irish musical heroes, roots veterans and innovators, Scots bagpipe rock, real Mardi Gras Indians and a Danish star in the making from Tønder.

Eight names have been added to the programme for Tønder Festival 2017, and in the true Tønder spirit we have both international names on the way up, experienced veterans and new, younger shoots on the folk and roots music tree.

Permalink - Posted: March 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

Venues announced for 2017 Celtic Colours International Festival

(Sydney, NS) - While most of us may be good and ready for spring to come around, Celtic music fans around the world are letting their thoughts drift, ever so briefly, to the fall as they look forward to news about a favourite event.

Permalink - Posted: March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl to be honoured in Limerick

Niamh Dunne, the Beoga fiddle player who inspired Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl track, is set to be honoured for her contribution to the music scene in Limerick.

Dunne provided the spark of inspiration for Sheeran’s new folksy song, which details a perfect night with a feisty Irishwoman, and the Limerick-born musician also plays the fiddle on another one of the tracks from Sheeran’s new chart-topping album, Nancy Mulligan.

Permalink - Posted: March 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

New Tourism Ireland film highlights the magic of the annual Fleadh Cheoil

A toe-tapping, hair-flying, leg-kicking extravaganza of traditional music and dance – Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new film about the annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which was hosted in Ennis in 2016 and returns there in 2017.

Permalink - Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:29 am
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