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Damien McGeehan happily announces the release of his solo album ‘The Tin Fiddle’, a studio album which has been more than a year in the making. Damien is already known for his innovative approach to the instrument through the award winning Donegal fiddle trio ‘Fidil’ and this album represents an exciting new departure into arranging and composition. One of the interesting aspects of this album is that only a tin fiddle was used to create all the sounds through bowing and plucking, tapping and sweeping. Damien is the only instrumentalist featured on the album so the result was achieved through layering the individual elements to give the impression of a band or a group.

Permalink - Posted: March 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm

The 3rd annual Folkfest July 7th – 9th, 2017

Killarney, County Kerry

A festival for music lovers, Folkfest Killarney promises to satisfy every taste!  With a dizzying selection in the best of Irish music, upcoming indie acts with some superstars of World music added to the mix.

Permalink - Posted: March 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm


Drogheda named as host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

“Success at last” declared Lolo Robinson, Chairperson of Drogheda Comhaltas, “Success at last!”
Drogheda has been named as the host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. The event is the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance. It attracts approx. 400,000 visitors to the host town every year.

Permalink - Posted: March 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Consairtín 2017

Consairtín 2017, the fourth national concertina convention, will take place in Ennis, Co Clare on 21, 22 & 23 April.

Consairtín is a celebration of the concertina in traditional Irish music. The past few years has witnessed an exponential rise in the popularity of the instrument among traditional players in Ireland and the establishment of a national convention now provides a platform for enthusiasts of all ages to gather in an environment that encourages learning, discussion, performance and fun.
Situated in the heart of Co Clare, where concertina playing has been an integral part of traditional music life for centuries, and where it is currently thriving, Ennis is an ideal venue for such a festival and the event salutes the instrument’s special place in the local musical landscape. Some of the most highly-regarded practitioners and teachers from throughout Ireland and further afield will gather to share their expertise and showcase their musical virtuosity.

Permalink - Posted: March 9, 2017 at 10:10 am


Artist: Ewan CowleyTitle: The Elevated Life
Catalogue #: ec001 ISRC: IENMI1600001

01. Hollow Ground (4:05)
02. The Thorns From Your Heart feat. Lisa Lambe (3:44)
03. Grianan Of Aileach (Instrumental) (3:33)
04. Wave A White Flag (3:30)
05. For You While You Sleep (Instrumental) (3:04)

“…terrific, very fine. I’m very taken with this EP.” Marty Whelan, RTÉ Lyric FM.”

“…a wonderful guitarist…” Fiachna Ó Braonáin, RTÉ Radio One.

Debut solo EP ‘The Elevated Life’ from Irish musician and producer Ewan Cowley out now.

Marty Whelan ‘Marty Recommends’ CD of the week on RTÉ Lyric Fm, January, 2017

Marrying a Knopfler-esque melodic touch with a lyrical ability and guitar talent akin to James Taylor and Paul Brady, Irish songwriter and composer Ewan Cowley takes his first step into the solo artist’s spotlight presenting The Elevated Life, his debut solo EP.

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Marty Recommends…More” Available Digitally and on CD March 10th

Marty Recommends…More” will be released next Friday March 10th. The wonderful one-disc collection will feature 23 classic titles all carefully chosen by Marty Whelan.

Permalink - Posted: March 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

Lisa Hannigan; The Stunning; Sharon Shannon and many others to star at the 5th Doolin Folk Festival

Festival to run from 16th to 18th June

John Creedon:
This is a true ‘boutique festival’ – small and super cool, where the music really matters.”

Philip King:
Out there on the edge of the country,Doolin allows both musicians and audiences to reconnect.

The disarming and haunting Lisa Hannigan will this year be the latest to beat a path into the West for one of Ireland’s leading boutique festivals when she joins an all-star cast for the fifth annual Doolin Folk Festival.

Permalink - Posted: March 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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