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Rathmines Village to host inaugural traditional Irish music festival

September 11th – 14th, 2014

The first ever Rathmines Tradfest will take place over 4 nights from Thursday 11 September to Sunday 14 September.

Billed as ‘4 great nights in 4 great pubs’ the Tradfest will feature over a dozen live traditional band performances as well as informal and impromptu ‘open mike’ sessions.

Permalink - Posted: August 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

HORSLIPS FOR Sligo Live 2014

Sat. 25th Oct. 2014 – Knocknarea Arena Sligo IT

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014

Sligo is thrilled to welcome back a band whose fusion of different musical influences perfectly encapsulates the unique attraction of Sligo Live Festival.   Horslips ‘the band that defined a generation” will explode onto the stage at Knocknarea Arena on Saturday, 25th October 2014.    Tickets are on sale now from and Ticketmaster.

One of Horslips’ very first gigs lit up Sligo Sounds 71 – Ireland’s first ever rock festival.  At that time nobody had seen an act like them, mixing prog rock with traditional music. They turned trad into Rock!   Fintan O’Toole described it well in the Irish Times “Within a year, Horslips, extravagantly coiffed and dressed up like peacocks at a wedding, were tuning up their electric mandolins. Within another year, they were the biggest rock band yet seen in Ireland.”

With hits like ‘Dearg Doom’, ‘Trouble (With a Capital T)’ and ‘The Man Who Built America’, they paved the way for later bands from the Pogues to U2.

Permalink - Posted: August 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm


- musical gatherings hosted by GAEL LINN
Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street
6p.m. – 8p.m.
( Doors open from 5.45p.m. )


Kerry piper Leonard Barry
will kick off a new season of
‘Bewley’s @6!’ with
music from his great
‘New Road’ album in the
company of renowned musicians
Conor Byrne ( Flute ) from Dublin &
Andy Morrow ( fiddle ) of Leitrim
ADMISSION: €15 ( includes complimentary finger food )

Bar open/tea and coffee available



Permalink - Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

Press Release: “Réalta - Open The Door For Four”

Dueling uilleann pipe group Réalta have announced a new addition to their line up, and it’s a good one! All Ireland champion Dermot Mulholland joins the band with his expertise on bouzouki, vocals and double bass. Well known as a founding member of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band Ioscaid, the Co. Derry musician has previously featured as a guest with Réalta for gigs at the Lorient Interceltique Festival in Brittany and the Saarang Festival In India. The line up has proved a popular one and the extra depth provided Dermot’s bass, vocals and bouzouki will be a common feature of Réalta gigs in the future. The quartet have a busy schedule ahead with tours booked for Denmark, South Korea and Germany before the end of the year and a home tour in Ireland planned for early 2015.

Visit for more information and if you get the chance this is one band you will certainly want to catch live.

Permalink - Posted: August 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Dervish, Altan & Téada with Séamus Begley to headline FleadhTV live on TG4!

Less than ten days away, the line up for TG4’s FleadhTV has today been announced.  Artists from Dervish to Téada to Altan are set to lift the spirits high with some of the best in live traditional and world music being broadcast live on August 15th, 16th & 17th from Fleadh Cheoil 2014 in Sligo.

Following on from last years exceptionally well received coverage of Fleadh Cheoil from Derry, FleadhTV looks set to bring the worlds biggest Irish traditional music festival to TV screens and   once again set Irish social media networks alight!

Artists confirmed include:
Friday 15th - {Dervish, Altan, Leitrim Equation, Peter Carberry & Padraig McGovern}
Saturday 16th - {Innisfree Ceili Band, Moxie, De Danann}
Sunday 17th - {Téada with Seamus Begley; Gino Lupari , Joannie Madden & Seamie O’Dowd; Bríd Harper & Dermot Byrne}

Permalink - Posted: August 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Music Network Presents Séamus Begley, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout in a Celebration of the Music of the Northern Isles from 16 - 25 September 2014

“Clear and strong…always a startling freshness and spontaneity at work…virtuosic and physically engaging.” ***** The Glasgow Herald on Stout and McKay

“This master of the squeeze box… The Cuas man’s voice is a joy.” – The Irish Times on Begley

Join three traditional musicians at the top of their game as Music Network brings together Irish squeeze box maestro and raconteur Séamus Begley with the “Sonically exquisite” (The Guardian) Scottish duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout in a celebration of the music of the Northern Isles from 16 – 25 September. Expect sparks to fly one minute, and to have your heartstrings tugged the next! Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s most foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.

Permalink - Posted: August 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Gig’n the Bann Festival, Portglenone, Co.Antrim

September 11th – 14th, 2014

The Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival is recognised as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the festival calendar. 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of the festival, testament, to its reputation for offering a highly impressive line–up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish, Gospel and Folk Music circles.

Many world renowned performers from the Irish traditional and Ulster Scots traditions have entertained the appreciative audiences who make the annual trip to Portglenone.

Permalink - Posted: August 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Dingle Tradfest

September 11–14th, 2014

Dingle Tradfest kick–off on September 11th and will run until September 14th. In its well–established 4th year, the festival will host a series of concerts, a themed session trail and outdoor events, including Tom Crean’s Expedition and session on Cnoc a’ Cairn and also the addition of a busking competition sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge.

Dingle Tradfest promotes Irish traditional music in an innovative way, emphasising especially the creativity of young traditional musicians on the scene today. Up and coming acts featuring this year include Cillian King & Band, Barry Tierney and the winners of the online group competition; Squeeze Box Social, who will perform at various venues throughout the weekend.

Gradam Ceoil Tg4 winners Harry Bradley and Bryan O’ Leary will share the stage with former BBC Folk Musician of the Year Paddy O’Callaghan and his trio.

The annual Trad Disco with uber–cool DJ, Conor Crimmins will take place at Club HTWO on Saturday night. The main stage festival concert will take place in Saint James church on Saturday night and feature renowned artists such as Manchester’s Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly with Jim Murray along side Tola Custy, Cormac Breathnach and Laoise Kelly. Dingle Tradfest will certainly be the place to be in September with a host of concerts, free session trail and lots lots more. More artists and events will be announced shortly.

Permalink - Posted: August 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Cootehill Celebrates the 10th Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend

September 12th–14th, 2014

Cootehill, County Cavan is this year celebrating 10 years of the Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend on September 12th–14th. It will be an action packed weekend of traditional music, song and dance with lots of old and new faces coming together to celebrate the success of the event over the last 10 years.

Permalink - Posted: August 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

The Irish Festival of Oulu

October 1st–5th, 2014
Oulu, Finland

The 9th annual Irish Festival of Oulu takes place October 1st–5th, 2014 in Oulu, Finland. This 5–day event in a surprising location in the very North of Europe showcases the best of Irish culture in signature style, attracting audiences from near and far.

Permalink - Posted: August 5, 2014 at 11:58 am
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