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THE CLADDAGH BAND
The Claddagh Band is an association of some of Galways finest musicians, singers, performers and composers who came together ostensibly to produce a charity single – Part of a Tribe – for the Galway branch of St Vincent de Paul.
The song’s theme appropriately deals with team spirit and community cooperation for surmounting life’s challenges and struggles. One of the most satisfying aspects of the project has been the coming together of original members of De Dannan, who must surely rank, along with The Chieftains and Planxty, as one of the most important traditional group to emerge in Ireland in our time.
Augmented by Carl Hession & Tony Maher (keyboards) and Declan O’Donoghue (drums), the band provide a rich organic soundscape to match the earthy range of singers that includes Dolores & Sean Keane, Sean Tyrrell, Mary Coughlan, Eleanor Shanley, Mary McPartlan, Michelle Lally, Jan Nagle and Johnny Duhan. The overall sound they produce conjures up local tones you might hear reverberating around the stony walkways of the Claddagh region of the tribal city.

10th TEMPLEBAR TRAD FEST
www.templebartrad.com
January
28
DeBarra, Dublin City Hall
28 The Hothouse Flowers,
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
28 Marc O’Reilly, The Hard Ground, St. Werburgh’s Church
29 Sweeney’s Men, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
29 The Irish Concertina Ensemble, Dublin City Hall
29 Sean Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts, St.Werburgh’s Church
30 Cara Dillon & Band, St Michan’s Church
30 Danú, St. Werburgh’s Church
30 Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Neill Martin and Micheal O’ Sulleabhain, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
30 Undertones, The Button Factory
31 Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, Dublin City Hall
31 Beóga & Big Band, The Button Factory
31 Coda, St. Werburgh’s Church
31 Donovan, Dublin Castle
31 Karine Polwart, St. Michan’s Church
31 The Levellers, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
February
1
Lynched, this is an early gig, doors open from 5.30pm at St. Werburgh’s Church

THE BURREN BACKROOM SERIES CONCERT, NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DUBLIN
www.nch.ie
National Concert Hall Dublin will host The Burren Backroom Series Concert and Grace Bay CD Launch on Wednesday January 14th.
With Special Guests Sharon Shannon, Dervish, Sean Keane, Seamus Begley, Tommy, Louise and Rose McCarthy, Jacqueline McCarthy and Tommy Keane.

DAMIEN DEMPSEY
www.damiendempsey.com
December

13 Castlebar, Linenhall
14 The Dock, Carrick–On–Shannon
19 Vicar Street, Dublin
28 Dolan’s, Limerick
29 INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney

CALADH NUA
www.caladhnua.com
December
13
Dungarvan, Old Town Hall Theatre

JOHN SPILLANE
www.johnspillane.com
December
10
Trim, Co Meath The Stock House Restaurant
11 Gorey Katie Daly’s
21
Cork Everyman Theatre

DANÚ
www.danu.net
Celebrating 20 years in 2015
January
30
St. Werburgh’s Church, Dublin

CHRISTY MOORE & DECLAN SINNOTT
www.facebook.com/searoadsessions

January
2
Castlebar, Royal Theatre
9 Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny
16 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre

SWEENEY’S MEN
www.andyirvine.com
January
17
Miltown Malbay, Clare
29 Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin
30 Mountmellick, Laois

SEA ROAD SESSIONS
www.facebook.com/searoadsessions

January
8 Galway, The Crane Bar
9 Wexford, Wexford Arts Centre
10 Ennis, Glór
11 Sligo Town, Hawk’s Well Theatre
13 Letterkenny, An Grianán Theatre
14 Carrick–On–Shannon, The Dock
15 Cork, The Oliver Plunkett
16 Newbridge, Riverbank Arts Centre
17 Belfast, The Black Box
(Out To Lunch Festival)
18 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall (Celtic Connections)

TOMMY FLEMING
www.tommyfleming.net

January
22
The Woodlands Hotel, Waterford,
23 Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow
24 An Glor Theatre, Ennis
29 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
30 Cork Opera House
31 Cork Opera House
February
1
Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
6 Wexford Opera House
7 Clonmel Park Hotel
8 Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone
13 University Concert Hall, Limerick
14 INEC Special Valentine’s Day Concert, Killarney
20 Millennium Forum, Derry
21 Ulster Hall, Belfast
22 The Park Hotel, Mullingar
27 The Arts Centre, Ballybofey

THE HIGH KINGS
www.thehighkings.com

January
1
Racket Hall, Roscrea
2 Millennium Forum, Derry
3 Europa Hotel, Belfast
17 Seapoint Ballroom, Galway
24 Theatre Royal, Waterford
29 Opera House, Cork

THE FUREYS
www.thefureys.com
January
8
National Concert Hall, Dublin
9 Theatre Royal, Waterford
23 Co Westmeath, Mullingar
24 Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

SEAN KEANE AND FRIENDS
Christmas by the Hearth Tour 2014
www.seankeanesinger.com
December
4
Glor, Ennis
5 Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe, Co Galway
7 Kells, Caherciveen
8 Church of the Assumption, Delvin, Westmeath
10 Blarney Golf and Spa Resort, Co. Cork
11 Town Hall, Galway
12 Town Hall, Galway
13 Ballyvourney, Co Cork
14 The Civic Centre, Tallaght
17 The Watergate, Kilkenny
18 Dooleys, Waterford
19 Brú Boru, Cashel
20 The Friars Gate, Killmallock
21 Paudie O’ Sheas, Ventry
28 The Royal Theatre, Castlebar
January
4
Rossmore Theatre, Clonakilty
5 Kilworth, Co. Cork
6 Castlewellan, Co. Down

MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS
www.musicnetwork.ie
Maura O’Connell, Karan Casey, Máirtín Tourish and Ed Boyd
January
14
The Sugar Club, Dublin
15 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
16 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
17 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
18 Glór, Ennis
20 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
21 Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
22 Triskel Christchurch, Cork
23 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
24 Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon
25 Station House Theatre, Clifden

DECLAN O’ROURKE
www.declanorourke.com

January
3
The Stables, Navan
10 The Maritime Hotel and Suites, Cork