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Internationally acclaimed Uilleann Piper, Liam O’ Flynn (1945-2018)

Irish Music Magazine are deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of the Internationally acclaimed Uilleann Piper Liam O’ Flynn at the age of 72.

Liam O’Flynn was an Irish uilleann piper and Irish traditional musician. In addition to a solo career and his work with the group Planxty, O’Flynn recorded with many international musical artists, including Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Mike Oldfield, Mary Black, Enya and Sinéad O’Connor.

O’Flynn was acknowledged as Ireland’s foremost exponent of the uilleann pipes and brought the music of the instrument to a worldwide audience.

May he rest in peace!

Permalink - Posted: March 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Gael Linn 65th Anniversary Concert

Gael Linn are organising a concert as part of the 65 year celebrations in the Imperial Hotel, in Cork city, Thursday 29 March at 8pm. Amongst the performers on the night there will be music from Peader Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé, Máire Ní Cheilleachair, Colm Murphy, Conal Ó Gráda, Jackie Daly agus the group Leoithne. An evening filled with music and singing, presented by RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta music presenter, Áine Hensey.


Permalink - Posted: March 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Milwaukee Irish Fest Announces 2018 Festival Lineup

Four-Day Festival is the Perfect Summer Getaway for Music Fans

Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest celebration of Irish and Celtic music and culture, is excited to announce the 2018 entertainment lineup. This year’s festival, August 16 – 19, will once again welcome hundreds of musicians and entertainers from across the globe. From fan favorites like We Banjo 3, to emerging artists such as Talisk, the four-day festival located at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront is not to be missed.

2018 Nova Scotia showcase, plus TradFest Temple Bar returns
Milwaukee Irish Fest is excited to feature the “Nova Scotia: Celtic Heart of North America” showcase at the festival this year. With music and laughter always on tap in Nova Scotia, festivalgoers are invited to experience all that the beautiful Canadian province has to offer, including award-winning cuisine, unique culture and heritage, and a thriving music scene. Showcase performers include:


Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac

Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant

Shannon Quinn


The Stanfields

Milwaukee Irish Fest is also thrilled to present artists from Ireland’s TradFest Temple Bar for a second year in a row, including the debut of contemporary folk trio, Kern.
The band, which blends original material with musical influences from its County Louth home, won its spot in the festival lineup as part of a contest held during TradFest’s Live at the Hub event in Ireland.
“Through our travels we have the opportunity to meet amazing artists and organizations from around the world, and we are excited to bring a taste of Nova Scotia to Milwaukee this summer,” said Mike Mitchell, executive director of CelticMKE, the organization that presents Milwaukee Irish Fest each year. “From the amazing showcase artists, to TradFest performers, new artists and returning fan favorites, our 2018 lineup has something for everyone.”


Permalink - Posted: March 12, 2018 at 10:04 am


Available for streaming and download across all digital platforms from 23 March 2018
“Watch Lisa reinvent harp-playing” – Seán Rocks, RTE Arena
“Crossing so many genres it is hard to define” – Ryan Tubridy, The Late Late Show
“That was not a showcase, it was a masterclass” – Ray Jones, Talentbanq

Lisa Canny, a Mayo native living in the UK, has amassed over two million streams online, sold out shows across the UK and US and co-written with a host of artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Melissa Etheridge and Akon.

Now, Lisa Canny is set to release ‘Freedom‘, the debut single from her upcoming EP, on Friday 23 March 2018 and has also announced a nationwide tour taking in shows in Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Mayo, Limerick this April and May. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: March 8, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Siamsaíocht @6! Hosted by Gael Linn…

(Powerscourt Townhouse Centre…Minutes from Grafton Street…Entrances on Clarendon Street, Sth William Street and Coppinger Row…elevator to 2nd floor).

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

Fall under the spell of renowned Galway singer, DEIRBHILE NÍ BHROLCHÁIN, who will perform songs, both from her Gael Linn release  ‘Smaointe’, and her newly-launched album, ‘Starlight Falling’.

With accompaniment from Steve Johnston (Guitar) & Tony Trundle (Fiddle) and vocal contributions from her nieces, Rachel Cunningham and Eithne Cunningham.


Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase
Booking essential (limited space !)

Permalink - Posted: March 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm


“I’ve known Sara since childhood. It’s been a joy to witness her young career, to hear her songwriting develop and her singing mature.This young lady has a huge career ahead of her.” - Christy Moore.  Jan 2018.

Sara Ryan, Folk Artist of the Year 2018, announces her brand new single Euphoric Recall. Sara Ryan has had an exciting start to her career. Last year she released her debut single Belle, which won “Best New Comer” and “Best New Single” on Dublin City FM.  And to top the year off, she was crowned New Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards, alongside Damien Dempsey, Johnny McEvoy, The Druids and Aoife Scott. The Kildare-born songwriter, now based in Cork City, built a strong and loyal following touring with Mick Flannery, Martin Harley, John Spillane, Wally Page, Luka Bloom and Cry Monster Cry.

Permalink - Posted: February 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

Siamsaíocht @6! Hosted by Gael Linn… returns to Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street


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

Fall under the spell of renowned Galway singer,  DEIRBHILE NÍ BHROLCHÁIN, who will perform songs, both from her  Gael Linn release  ‘Smaointe’, and her newly-launched album, ‘Starlight Falling’ With accompaniment from  Steve Johnston ( Guitar ) & Tony Trundle (Fiddle) and vocal contributions from her nieces, Rachel Cunningham and Eithne Cunningham.


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

Booking essential (limited space!)


Permalink - Posted: February 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

Dervish Sign with American Label Rounder Records and Announce First Studio Album in Five Years

Guest Vocalists to Include Andrea Corr, Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson, David Gray, and Imelda May

US Tour Dates To Commence in March

Dervish, dubbed an “icon of Irish music” by the BBC, has signed with American label Rounder Records, part of the worldwide Concorde Music Group. The band, which has been a vital part of Ireland’s traditional music scene since 1989, is presently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their first album of new material in five years.

Permalink - Posted: February 19, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Springboard - A West Cork Music Retreat with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

March 15th-18th, 2018

West Cork Music are delighted to announce that Springboard is taking place again from March 15th - 18th. The inaugural retreat was such a success last year that we felt that we had to run it again in 2018.  To book, go to

Once again, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will be tutor-in-residence at the retreat which will be held at Linden House, Glengarriff - a rural and inspirational setting which guests will have time to explore.

Springboard aims to challenge ideas of what is beautiful in sound. This retreat is aimed at competently skilled fiddlers who want to examine more fundamental questions around playing the fiddle - How can I put more feeling into my music? How can I make it mean more? How can I find more freedom while playing? What is beauty in sound to me?


Permalink - Posted: February 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Burren Fiddle Holidays – An Exciting Traditional Irish Music Experience

Have you ever dreamed of learning Irish music, or gifting yourself some focused time to master your existing skills? Burren Fiddle Holidays gives you the unique opportunity to work on your traditional Irish fiddle-playing goals, with an accomplished teacher, in stunning surroundings.

Set between the Burren National Park and the Clare county town of Ennis, tuition takes place in the magical atmosphere of a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Back in the day, the house was built by Tom Ward who was a fiddle player with the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band -it often feels like he designed the main room with great sound in mind!


Permalink - Posted: February 9, 2018 at 10:43 am
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