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Armagh’s Piping Festival reaches a new milestone

Armagh will be alive from 15 to 18 November with the sounds of reeds, chanters and drones from all over the world as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. The Festival, organised by Armagh Pipers Club, is now the longest-running international festival of pipe-based music. The 2018 edition brings together an unprecedented line-up of the most accomplished pipers from all of the main bagpiping traditions of Europe, as well as the cream of the crop from closer to home. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Christie Hennessy and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

‘The Last Goodbye’

Released Friday November 2nd.

Universal Music Ireland are delighted to announce the release of ‘The Last Goodbye’ – a collection of Christie’s beautifully crafted hits, re-recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The album which is set for release November 2nd, presents Christie’s unique vocals accompanied by the 45 piece orchestra.

This one-disc collection will feature 10 classic titles including the timeless version of ‘Messenger Boy’ sung in that unique delicate Kerry voice taken from his first ever LP. ‘Oh Jealous Heart’ and ‘Soho Square’ both get new treatment with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra creating that effortless and exhilarating accompaniment. The record also features some of his most beautifully penned songs including ‘Remember Me’ and not forgetting the country influenced ‘All The Lies That You Told Me’ (which had been a huge success as a single for Frances Black).


Permalink - Posted: October 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Bewley’s@6! Hosted by Gael Linn…

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street

6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open  from 5.45 p.m.)

Renowned musicians

MICK O’BRIEN ( Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistles )
EMER MAYOCK ( Uilleann Pipes, Flute )&

DÓNAL SIGGINS ( Guitar/Bouzouki)

will play a wide-ranging selection of music,

including tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts,
and some of their own compositions.

ADMISSION: €15 ( nibbles included ! )

Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase

Booking essential ( limited space ! )


Permalink - Posted: October 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm


(DUBLIN, IRELAND)  Irish Music Magazine announce their participation as sponsor and supporter of Celtic Connections Radio Program produced by WSIU Radio effective November 1st.

Celtic Connections began in 1991 as a local program hosted by Bryan Kelso Crow and produced in the studios of WSIU Radio in Carbondale, Illinois for broadcast across southern and east central Illinois and north western Kentucky. Since its inception, there has been an explosion of world-wide interest in and awareness of Celtic music, matched by a huge increase in the number of recordings. As the program matured, musician/host Crow took advantage of opportunities to interview Celtic musicians and to record entire concerts for later broadcast. In July, 1996, Celtic Connections became syndicated nationally.  Host Bryan Kelso Crow’s academic career and his passion for Celtic history give an unusual depth to Celtic Connections, as does his experience and connections as a Celtic musician performing as a member of The Dorians. Celtic Connections is produced in the studios of WSIU Radio, Carbondale, Illinois and is syndicated to stations worldwide. The program is available to public and commercial radio stations.

Permalink - Posted: October 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

The New Home for Online Irish Concertina Lessons

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Permalink - Posted: October 18, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Celtic Woman, return with a spectacular new studio album Ancient Land

Multi-platinum international music sensation, Celtic Woman, return with a spectacular new studio album Ancient Land for release in October 2018. Ancient Land is the first brand new studio album of new material since the Grammy-nominated Destiny in 2016.

Recorded in Real World Studios in the UK in summer 2018, Ancient Land’s 18 songs will feature material that is all new to Celtic Woman including original compositions Follow Me, Be Still and Love & Honour (instrumental), some Irish traditional songs including Sive, Mna na hEireann (Women of Ireland), and Moorlough Shore and some reimagined workings of contemporary songs such as Long Journey Home, Going Home and Homeland. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

Special ‘Céilí House’ programme with SPLEODAR, Siansa Gael Linn 2018 winners!

The best of traditional music and song will be heard on ‘Céilí House’, RTÉ Radio 1, next Saturday, 6 October 2018, 9.02p.m. with Siansa Gael Linn 2018 winners, ‘Spleodar’ whose members hail from Counties Antrim, Monaghan and Tyrone - TARA NIC GIOLLA SHEANÁIN – Harp, Piano, Tin Whistle, Vocal/DEARBHLA NÍ SCEALLÁIN – Flute, Tin Whistle, Vocal/MALLAIDH DE BHÁL- Fiddle, Vocal/SADHBH NIC CÁBA –Fiddle, Vocal/CARA DE BHÁL–Harp, Vocal/OISÍN Ó MURCHÚ –Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocal/OISÍN SEANEY – Concertina, Tin Whistle, Vocal/JANE DE BHÁL – Uileann Pipes, Vocal

Presented by Kieran Hanrahan, the programme will be produced by Aidan Butler. Don’t miss it!

Permalink - Posted: October 2, 2018 at 9:05 am