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Pipers and Harpists: One week left to compete in Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2016 competition

Pipers and harpists have one week left to apply for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2016. 30 September is the final date for entries to the competition, which is run by Peadar Ó Riada on his RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil.

To enter, musicians should record 5 pieces of music and upload them to , or alternatively burn them to CD and send them to Peadar Ó Riada in Cúil Aodha. Full details are on the website.

Permalink - Posted: September 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

Peadar Ó Riada’s new work ONÓIR to be premiered at the National Concert Hall
Téada | Cór Chúil Aodha | Cór Ban Chúil Aodha
Mick O’Brien, pipes |Oisín Morrison, harp
The National Concert Hall
Sunday 30th October 2016, 8pm
Tickets: €30, €25, €20

One of Ireland’s most celebrated and respected traditional composers Peadar Ó Riada (son of Seán Ó Riada of Mise Éire fame and founder of Cór Chúil Aodha) will present the world premiere of his new work, ONÓIR at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 30th October 2016 at 8pm.

Permalink - Posted: September 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm


Ralph McTell is celebrating 50 years on the road in 2016 and playing 10 dates out of his 30 Autumn Tour dates in Ireland.
This significant milestone year has already seen the great songwriter and storyteller’s sell-out ‘Loyal Command Performance’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall, his debut at Glastonbury and the release of a new album ‘About Time’ with legendary guitarist Wizz Jones.
Most recently Ralph has collaborated with John Sheahan on a new song ‘The GPO and PS’….. (see background below)

Permalink - Posted: September 14, 2016 at 10:33 am


SLIGO LIVE presents MAIRTIN O’CONNOR, CATHAL HAYDEN & SEAMIE O’DOWD TRIO with Special guests RANT (4 fantastic female fiddlers) live at Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday, 29th October 2016 @ 8pm.

Tickets €20/€10 u18s are on sale now from, and from Hawk’s Well Theatre (071 916 1518).

Permalink - Posted: September 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Next stop America! The Byrne Brothers

The Byrne Brothers from Donegal have a facebook video from this years all Ireland Fleadh going viral, with over 2.8 million views all over the world!Playing since before they were even big enough to hold their instruments properly, these 3 boys live with music in the way the rest of us live with air.They are Luca (12) Button accordion, Finn (10) Banjo and Dempsey (7) Whistle and Bodhran, who get up in the morning and have jigs with their Coco Pops, reels in the car on the way to school and come home to more of the same and some dancing before dinner! As well as being highly accomplished musicians they are all Ulster Irish Dancing Champions in their grades.

Permalink - Posted: September 6, 2016 at 9:16 am


The Follow-Up To Their Critically-Acclaimed “Current Affairs” Project

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,”RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.  Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Permalink - Posted: September 2, 2016 at 9:22 am

Dingle Tradfest/Féile Traid An Daingin

September 9th & 10th 2016

Dingle Tradfest will run this year from September 9th – 11th. Now, well established and in its 6th year, the festival will host a series of concerts, session trail and dance workshops. We are delighted to again host some of the country’s finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers and these performers will play sessions in venues throughout the town as part of Dingle Tradfest’s Session Trail.

Permalink - Posted: September 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

We Banjo 3 - Billboard Chart World #1 for Irish Band

We Banjo 3 are hitting headlines again in the US as they are the first independent Irish band to reach #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts. The Galway band’s new release String Theory has debuted at the top of the US chart and was officially launched at Dayton Ohio Irish Festival, a weekend that attracts almost 100,000 music lovers.

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Permalink - Posted: September 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch

Sirius Arts Centre
Friday 23 September, 2016
8pm (doors 7.45)

Tickets €20, available online at or through the office: 0214813790 /

Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch are acknowledged masters of the rich musical tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the southwest of Ireland. This culturally unique area on the Cork / Kerry border is renowned for its distinctive style of playing, special repertoire, and as a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt. Their new album, Rolling On, draws upon this rich legacy. As Dan Neely said in the NY Irish Echo, “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.”

Permalink - Posted: August 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

FleadhTV 2016 hits 1million viewers over four nights plus 40,000 visited the show on the ground!

Over 1 million viewers tuned in to the 2016 series of FleadhTV on TG4, live over four nights from Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Co Clare, Presenters Mairéad Ní Chuaig, Lynette Fay, Cathy Jordan and local Clare musician Tóla Custy, brought the very best of Irish traditional music into the homes of Ireland and online worldwide.
The peak viewership was on the Sunday night broadcast when it reached 281,000 people.

Permalink - Posted: August 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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