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Craolfar clár speisialta faoi Chraobhchomórtas Siansa Gael Linn 2014
ar TG4, Dé Céadaoin 23 Aibreán, 10.30 p.m.  Ghlac 8 ngrúpa
thraidisiúnta ó cheann ceann na tíre páirt sa cheolchoirm iontach seo
sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta ar 6 Aibreán, 2014.   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 at 10.30p.m. on Wednesday, 23
April, featuring highlights from the Siansa Gael Linn 2014 final from
the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Eight young traditional music
groups took to the stage to battle it out for the prestigous title of
All-Ireland Champions in front of an audience of over 1000 people.
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Permalink - Posted: April 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm

IMRO Interviews Iarla Ó Lionaird & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lwr Baggot St, Dublin 2
Date: Tuesday, 22nd April
Time: 7pm
Booking: Email: or call IMRO at 01 661 4844

This April, IMRO will be welcoming Iarla Ó Lionaird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in for a chat about their recent success with The Gloaming as part of the IMRO Interviews series. The event is open to the public and free to attend. To reserve a place at this event, email

IMRO will take this opportunity to present Iarla and Caoimhín with an IMRO Award to acknowledge their recent No.1 Irish Independent Album Chart ranking with the The Gloaming album which was produced by Thomas Bartlett and released in January on Real World Records. The Gloaming features New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and singer Iarla Ó Lionaird.

Permalink - Posted: April 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

The Ark Presents Ten14 Moya Brennan (voice)/Cormac de Barra (harp)

3pm €8

This April world-famous Irish trad music legends Moya Brennan (the voice of Clannad) and Cormac De Barra (celebrated Harper) perform in this beautiful music show that they have created especially for children and families.

Commemorating 1000 years since the Battle of Clontarf, Ten14 uses gorgeous music and lyrics to evoke the adventures of our first High King, Brian Boru, and his love of the harp.

As part of its ongoing focus on music, The Ark commissioned Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra to create a new music concert for children and families. Both Moya and Cormac were fascinated by the history of Brian Boroimhe as children. They also shared with him a love of the harp which furthered their interest in the man, the music and the myth. Brian Boru’s ‘March’ was one of the first pieces both Moya and Cormac learned on the harp and they jumped at this chance to celebrate the hero himself, his last battle, his harp and to bring his story to life through music and song. The concert will combine brand new music and well-loved trad tunes as you’ve never heard them before.

Join Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra on a magical musical journey for everyone aged 4 to 104 on Thursday, April 24th at Riverbank Arts Centre.

Ten 14 is brought to you by The Ark with the support of an Arts Council Touring Award.

For more information, visit
To book tickets, visit box office or call 045 448327.

Permalink - Posted: April 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Gradam Ceoil TG4 2014 raises the rafters at the University Concert Hall in Limerick

The prestigious Gradam Ceoil TG4 2014 (TG4 Traditional Music Awards) takes place in the University Concert Hall in Limerick this Saturday, 12th April at 7.45pm where this year’s recipients will be presented with their  awards at a gala event.

Permalink - Posted: April 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm


The young traditional music group ‘Iontas’ from Coola Post Primary School, Riverstown, County Sligo, are the Siansa Gael Linn 2014 winners! At the Grand Finale concert in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 6th of April 2013, they were chosen from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious award. It is the third time a group from County Sligo has won the Siansa Grand Finale after’Spraoi’ in 2009 and ‘Teaspach’ in 2012. Siansa is  a competition for young traditional Irish music and singing groups, organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: April 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Celtic Colours International Festival releases Live Album

Hot on the heels of another very successful event in October, the Celtic Colours International Festival has released a compilation CD of music live from the 2013 festival. Celtic Colours Live 2013 was recorded at 10 different concerts throughout the festival and presents 15 performances captured during those concerts.

This live album represents a “first” for Celtic Colours, and something the festival has wanted to do for a long time. The compilation CD’s that have been available each year have been very popular. They consisted of existing tracks of artists who were appearing that year. “The live album is a very different product. It takes the audience directly to the concert to experience it as they remember it,” said Executive Director Joella Foulds. “Technology has advanced to the point where we can affordably do this for the first time and the results are very exciting!”

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

WOLFE TONES FEST – A 50th Anniversary Celebration and

Arguably the World’s most iconic and popular ballad group, The Wolfe Tones, will celebrate an unbelievable 50th Anniversary at Wolfe Tones Fest, a 3 day extravaganza over Easter weekend 2014, at the beautiful Citywest Hotel complex in Co. Dublin. Featuring 3 unique shows, including The Wolfe Tones 50th Anniversary Gala Concert with full orchestra, The Wolfe Tones ‘Special Request’ Concert celebrating their legendary hits from an amazing 50 year career, and The Wolfe Tones 1916 Remembered, all 3 shows on April 19th – 21st respectively will take the groups legions of fans on a unique and never to be forgotten journey through The Wolfe Tones unrivalled career.

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

New Course: Guitar Accompaniment for Standard Tuning

The Online Academy of Irish Music

The aim of this course is to learn how to accompany Irish music on the guitar using standard tuning accompaniment. Tutor Cillian O’Dalaigh examines the chords, chord structures and strumming patterns of some of the more typical tune types and keys in the Irish tradition; the Jig, Reel, SlipJig and Hornpipe focusing on a variety of different keys and modes. He picks a selection of well– known tunes to demonstrate the taught skills and techniques including Lucy Campbells, The Rose in the Heather, Sally Gardens, The Earl’s Chair and The Morning Dew. Some of the skills and techniques he gives focus to include the use of open chords, muting of strings for percussive effect, single string accompaniment and the use of ‘jazzy’ chords in the accompaniment of traditional music. This course is an invaluable resource for the guitarist who is new to traditional music and would like to learn how to accompany Irish music or for accompanists who already have experience playing Irish music but would like to improve their skills and play in a more dynamic way. Online Lessons also available for flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion, harp, mandolin, bouzouki, song, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, piano and concertina.

Join OAIM’s global community of Irish musicians, log on to and sign up today!

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm


Kerry musician, Cormac Begley was announced as the winner of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in the final broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Friday 7th February. The judges were renowned musicians Noel Hill, Mick Mulcahy and Charlie Harris.

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2014 at 4:28 pm


Trad Chef, Martin Donohoe, Cavan is cooking up a big Irish Summer session. Catch them on Thursday 3rd July in Strokestown Co Roscommon at the Strokestown Park House.

It’s a return to the intimate surroundings of the Victorian gallery kitchen of Strokestown Park House for Trad Chef Martin Donohoe, Cavan cooking up a big Irish Summer session joined by singer, Aileen O’Connor, Roscommon, Órlaith McAuliffe, Flute/Whistle, London, Noel Sweeney, Flute & Saxophone, Eamon Maguire, Cornafean storyteller, Gerry Gorman, Box with John Sullivan, Fiddle and champion Harpist, Kavan Donohoe.

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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