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DEATH OF LEO BRENNAN, musician & entertainer

June 22 2016

Leo Brennan, musician, entertainer, and father of the talented family which includes the international talents of Clannad and Enya, has died today, aged 90, at his home in Gweedore, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

All of the family have been with him in his final days and the Irish musical community are mourning the passing of a man who dedicated his life to making happiness with his songs.

Leo was born into a showband family and spent much of his life on the road with the Slieve Foy Dance Band playing accordion, saxophone and as a singer. When the showband era finished - and with the demise of the dance halls - Leo set up in a small pub, Leo’s Tavern, in Meenaleck, Donegal in 1968 to continue his enchanting trade.

‘Leo’s Tavern’, as it became known, went on to become a famous place of nightly entertainment and, significantly, a live stage on which all members of the Brennan family have been able to perform and follow in their father’s footsteps. Over the years the pub has hosted a long list of famous names from stage and screen. The musical tradition has continued to this day and is an important focus of tourist interest in the the North West of Ireland.

Leo is survived by his wife Máire ‘Baba’ Brennan and his peaceful passing is equally mourned by his children - Moya, Ciarán, Pól, Deirdre, Leon, Enya, Olive, Bartley and Brídín.

The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Chapel, Derrybeg, Co Donegal at 12 noon Friday June 24th.

Permalink - Posted: June 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Premiere Folk, Roots and Indie Festival SLIGO LIVE in partnership with CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL Present


In an imaginative marketing initiative to promote music on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo Live is proud to bring 6 of Ireland’s most talented and accomplished young traditional musicians to Cambridge Folk Festival 2016, where they will entertain festivalgoers with open ‘Sessions’ each afternoon and following the main stage performances.  Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world.

Permalink - Posted: June 9, 2016 at 11:35 am


Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 30th June 2016

Music Network is delighted to announce the Music Network Artist Residency, a new opportunity for professional performing musicians. The Music Network Artist Residency Programme aims to provide a musician with funding in order to plan and deliver a programme of concerts, with integrated audience development components, in partnership with a promoter and a local authority, and in dialogue with Music Network. Full details on how to submit an Expression of Interest below.
We are inviting professional musicians, working primarily in classical, jazz/improvised or traditional music that have a strong track record in music performance and a clear commitment to audience development to submit an Expression of Interest.

Permalink - Posted: June 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Irish Music & Dance in London presents Irish Hooley in Islington.
Following the success of our Irish Hooley in Bloomsbury at the Bloomsbury Theatre last summer, we are doing it again this year.
On Tuesday 28 June, 2016, there will be a great gathering of some of the finest exponents of Irish music, song and dance in London in the elegant surrounds of the Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD. This is the second fundraiser and taster event of 2016 for the staging of the 18th Return to Camden Town Festival, which will take place from 25 to 31 October 2016. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: May 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm


Christy Moore’s new studio album Lily will be released worldwide on 20 May 2016.

Featuring ten songs, the Declan Sinnott produced album is the first new music from Christy since ‘Where I Come From’ in 2013.  The title track tells us of Christy’s early memories of County Kildare, and the album takes us on a journey across the water and back home with songs from Christy, Peter Gabriel and local heroes; John Spillane and Declan O’Rourke.  Christy says, “This collection has been a joy to record. We worked at different locations over the past two years and now it’s time to let it off upon the air.”

Permalink - Posted: May 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Siamsaíocht @6! with Gael Linn

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

Renowned Oriel musicians,
ZOE CONWAY (fiddle) &
JOHN McINTYRE (guitar)
along with Dubliner
ENDA REILLY (singer,songwriter)
bring the current series of concerts to a close with
an eclectic performance of music and song  - not to be missed !
ADMISSION: €15 (Comp nibbles included!)
WINE, tea and coffee available
Booking essential (limited space!)
087/2547574 or

Permalink - Posted: May 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm


Craolfar clár speisialta faoi Chraobhchomórtas Siansa Gael Linn 2016
ar TG4, Dé Domhnaigh seo chugainn, 1 Bealtaine, 5.25p.m. Ghlac 8 ngrúpa
thraidisiúnta ó cheann ceann na tíre páirt sa cheolchoirm iontach seo
sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta ar 17 Aibreán, 2016.   Bhí os cionn
míle duine i láthair don ócáid.  Beidh ceol agus amhránaíocht den
scoth le cloisteáil - ná caill é !

Lean sinn ar Twitter #Siansa nó ar Facebook Siansa Gael Linn !
Don’t miss a special programme on TG4, Sunday next, 1 May at
5.25p.m. featuring highlights from the recent Siansa Gael Linn 2016 Grand Finale concert.
Eight talented young groups competed on the National Concert Hall stage on
17 April in front of an audience of over 1000 people – expect excellent traditional music and song !

Follow us on Twitter #Siansa or on Facebook Siansa Gael Linn !

Permalink - Posted: April 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Commemoration Programme, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne

3rd, 4th & 5th of May, 2016

As part of the 1916 commemorations at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne the school will host a series of lectures by keynote speakers, an exhibition of 1916 memorabilia and concerts.

Tuesday 3rd May, 2016, 7pm:

Joe O’Toole- ‘West Kerry during the Four Wars between 1914 and 1923’

Wednesday 4th May, 2016, 7pm:

Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (UCD), ‘1916: New Perspectives, Old Rows’

Thursday 5th May, 2016, 7pm:

Dr. Tim Horgan, ‘Events in Kerry Easter Week’

There will also be nightly performances by special guests including World champion dancer David Geaney, the newly formed Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne Fife & Drum band and new and old songs of the Rising will be performed by Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne students.

ADMISSION FREE, Donations welcome!

Permalink - Posted: April 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Radio Presenter of the Year for Donegal broadcaster Dónall Mac Ruairí

Rann na Feirste broadcaster and musician Dónall Mac Ruairí was named Radio Presenter/Personality of the Year at the Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan over the weekend.

Dónall presents the very popular music programme Cóisir Cheoil on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from Monday to Friday at 4.15 pm from the Doirí Beaga studios.  The music mix on the programme features a variety of trad, folk, roots and world music, from the likes of Fidil, Eve Belle, Emma Ní Fhíoruisce, Flook, Caladh Nua, Baile an Salsa, Cúig, Kathleen MacInnes and Danú, to name but a few.

Permalink - Posted: April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

A Night with Paul Brady and an All-Star Tribute to Ewan MacColl

ESB LIVE Concerts on May 24th and October 11th at the National Concert Hall

ESB LIVE 2016 at the National Concert Hall celebrates great song-writers with an exclusive concert by Paul Brady on May 24th followed by an all-star tribute to the great Ewan MacColl on October 11th, featuring Declan O’Rourke, Peggy Seeger, Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy.

Paul Brady is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. Recipient of the 2015 National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award, he returns to the Hall on May 24th at 8pm with this special show, performing songs from his extensive back catalogue of 40 years.

Permalink - Posted: April 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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