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Plastic Paddy: Lucky Enough


Now available on CDBaby, Amazon.com and iTunes!
Drawing on the musical influences of the land in which they live, the debut album for Plastic Paddy, titled Lucky Enough, has hints of California rock and country and yet evokes the intimacy and convivial atmosphere of an Irish Pub.

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Permalink - Posted: March 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

SECOND SOLO ALBUM FROM ACCLAIMED WATERBOYS FIDDLER

FEATURES TWELVE CAPTIVATING SONGS AND SOME DIVERSE GUEST PERFORMERS
www.stevewickham.ie


“In 2012 I was sitting (being painted) for my friend the painter Nick Miller and I started writing tunes as he was painting. The sittings went on over a couple of weeks by that time I’d recorded several hours of improvised music, thus began the seeds of this album…” (Steve Wickham, March 2017)

Many music fans will know Steve Wickham from his virtuoso violin playing in The Waterboys, with whom he has played for over thirty years.
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Permalink - Posted: March 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

News fromTønder Festival

www.tf.dk

Add to this year’s Tønder Festival bill: American prizewinners, Irish musical heroes, roots veterans and innovators, Scots bagpipe rock, real Mardi Gras Indians and a Danish star in the making from Tønder.

Eight names have been added to the programme for Tønder Festival 2017, and in the true Tønder spirit we have both international names on the way up, experienced veterans and new, younger shoots on the folk and roots music tree.
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Permalink - Posted: March 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

Venues announced for 2017 Celtic Colours International Festival

(Sydney, NS) - While most of us may be good and ready for spring to come around, Celtic music fans around the world are letting their thoughts drift, ever so briefly, to the fall as they look forward to news about a favourite event.
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Permalink - Posted: March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl to be honoured in Limerick

Niamh Dunne, the Beoga fiddle player who inspired Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl track, is set to be honoured for her contribution to the music scene in Limerick.

Dunne provided the spark of inspiration for Sheeran’s new folksy song, which details a perfect night with a feisty Irishwoman, and the Limerick-born musician also plays the fiddle on another one of the tracks from Sheeran’s new chart-topping album, Nancy Mulligan.
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Permalink - Posted: March 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

New Tourism Ireland film highlights the magic of the annual Fleadh Cheoil

YouTube
A toe-tapping, hair-flying, leg-kicking extravaganza of traditional music and dance – Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new film about the annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which was hosted in Ennis in 2016 and returns there in 2017.
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Permalink - Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

THE TIN FIDDLE - THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FROM DAMIEN McGEEHAN

www.damienmcgeehan.com

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

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

Killarney, County Kerry

www.folkfestkillarney.com

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

DROGHEDA WELCOMES FLEADH CHEOIL NA HÉIREANN OUR GREATEST ADVENTURE YET!

Drogheda named as host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018
www.fleadhdrogheda.com

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

Consairtín 2017

www.consairtin.ie

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