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Music Network announces free online-training programme for musicians in response to the industry’s shifting demands

Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien to present live as part of its online professional development course

Music Network presents Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2020, a free online professional development course for musicians delivered by four leading industry experts. The special series of live online training sessions aims to help musicians from all genres to develop the skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands. Streamed Live on Facebook, the presentations will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm from 28 April - 21 May, delivered by Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien.

The course will offer relevant and up-to-date advice in the areas of sharing music in a digital environment, navigating the music publishing industry, self-management for artists and preparing for an audio recording.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We are very pleased to launch this exciting new online support which aims to help professional musicians to adapt and excel, both during the current period and into the future. In a matter of weeks, the music industry has changed radically and Music Network has been adapting likewise, to continue to support musicians. This course is free and available to musicians working in any genre and we hope many will benefit from the presentations.”

Musician and producer Nick Roth will present two sessions addressing the current restructuring of how music is being made and shared (28 & 30 April), while Steve Lindsey, musician and publisher, will cover essential areas of music publishing, including details on copyright ownership, song splits, registrations, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), income streams, contracts and music usages (5 & 7 May).

Permalink - Posted: April 16, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Music Network

The Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary was established to enable Irish musicians to further their performance careers during residencies at the centre in Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

The one-month residency offers the recipient the opportunity to tap into the many resources that both the CCI and Paris itself offer. The former recipients of the music residency in association with Music Network are Mairéad Hickey (2019/20), Aisling Kenny (2018-19), Sam Comerford (2017-18), Barry Donoghue (2016-17) and Rhob Cunningham (2015-16).


Permalink - Posted: March 6, 2020 at 10:49 am

Mayo flute player takes home the Gold

Mayo flute player Jillian O’Malley won the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal at the final for the competition held in Cork on Friday 7 February, presented by Peadar Ó Riada live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Jillian, from Louisburgh in Co. Mayo, started playing whistle when she was just five years old, an instrument she has a lot of respect for, and one she feels often gets overlooked.  She has won many awards down through the years, including the Fleadh Cheoil All-Ireland titles on flute and slow airs on whistle.  She is very involved with the annual Féile Chois Cuain traditional music festival in her hometown.  As well as traditional music, she’s also a beginner on saxophone!

Jillian is a freelance translator, currently living in Carrick on Fergus in Co. Clare.  She will be taking up a translation position in the EU in Brussels in April.

Permalink - Posted: February 14, 2020 at 10:02 am

Fifteen flute and whistle players in Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal final

Top class flute and whistle players from across the country will compete in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Friday 7 February, and the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

There will be a total of fifteen finalists on stage.  Eimhear Flannery, 15, from Co. Cork will be the youngest competitor and Michael Walsh, 52, travelling over from Sheffield in England, will be the oldest finalist this year.  There will also be competitors from Co. Clare, Mayo, Limerick, Cavan, Laois, Louth, Wicklow, Kerry and Tyrone.

Permalink - Posted: January 30, 2020 at 10:04 am

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network are pleased to announce details of the 2020 Musicians-in-Residence Scheme.

Established and emerging musicians and groups with a strong connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are invited to apply.

Details of the dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2020 were released today. The scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network. Three residencies are offered in 2020: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group. The closing date for application is Thursday 20th February 2020 at 2pm. Full application guidelines are available at

The aim of the Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is to provide opportunities to develop and showcase new work which may be compositional and/or performance-focused, i.e. to create new material and/or to develop a new artistic collaboration.


Permalink - Posted: January 14, 2020 at 10:09 am

Peadar Ó Riada ag ceiliúradh míle eagrán dá chlár

Dé hAoine 10 Eanáir, craolfar an míliú heagrán den chlár Cuireadh chun Ceoil le Peadar Ó Riada ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ag 7 pm.
Beidh clár an-speisialta ag Peadar dá chuid éisteoirí agus é i gcuideachta an amhránaí mór le rá, Corcaíoch eile, Seán Ó Sé.  Bhí Seán ina bhall den ghrúpa ceoil iomráiteach Ceoltóirí Chualann, a bhunaigh Seán Ó Riada.
Beidh Peadar agus Seán ag caint ar thábhacht an cheoil don spiorad agus don sochaí tré chéile ar an gclár ceiliúrtha speisialta Dé hAoine.  Beidh siad ag caitheamh súil siar ar mar a d’fhorbair an ceol Gaelach sa tír seo, agus mar a leath sé thar lear, ábhar iontais agus mórtais do Pheadar.  Céard is ceol maith ann?  Sin ábhar eile a bheidh faoi chaibidil ag an mbeirt, agus cloisfidh muid rogha ceoil Pheadair freisin ar an gclár, agus cloisfidh muid amhrán leis an laoch Seán Ó Sé.
Permalink - Posted: January 7, 2020 at 10:16 am

Celtic Colours releases seventh volume of live recordings, just in time for Christmas

Featuring an exciting transatlantic collaboration, a selection of traditional and contemporary tunes for listening and dancing, outstanding performances of some classics, and a jaw-dropping display of musical minds at work and play, this seventh volume in the Celtic Colours Live series offers a few highlights among the many that occurred during the 2019 Celtic Colours International Festival.

Recorded at venues all over Cape Breton Island during the Festival, Celtic Colours Live – Volume Seven kicks off with a very special collaboration between Cape Breton’s Beòlach and Breabach from Scotland, captured during the Kicking Ash concert in Mabou where this year’s Artists in Residence were featured. The tunes continue throughout the album with older and traditional tunes by Newfoundland and Labrador trad stars The Dardanelles and Celtic Colours first-timers Chartrand Babineau from Quebec, and more contemporary tunes from the Scottish contingent including Kinnaris Quintet, Ùr: The Future of our Past, and Breabach.


Permalink - Posted: December 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm

TG4 announces recipients of the 23rd Gradam Ceoil Awards

Women lead the way in this year’s Gradam Ceoil TG4 accolades, as ‘Musician of the Year’, ‘Young Musician of the Year’ and ‘Composer of the Year’ are awarded to highly-talented female musicians.
Harper Laoise Kelly from Westport, Co. Mayo is announced as TG4’s ‘Musician of the Year’, and is one of the youngest recipients of the main award to date. Laoise will be awarded the title at TG4’s Gradam Ceoil gala concert which will take place in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall next February.  She is one of Ireland’s most significant harpers of her generation and uses a style of playing combining the techniques of fingerpads in the bass and fingnails in the melody on a thirty-four gut strung Paddy Cafferky harp. Laoise was a founding member of the traditional group Bumblebees, who recorded two albums, Bumblebees (1997) and Buzzin (1999) and who toured extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. She was also a founding member of Fiddletree, a folk group from the US, Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland, who all play instruments made from the same tree and who have released two albums, The Fiddletree (2011) and The Unfathomable Menagerie (2013).


Permalink - Posted: November 14, 2019 at 11:16 am

The National Concert Hall announces the debut concerts by acclaimed musician Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble

Martin Hayes, fiddle | Cormac McCarthy, piano | Kate Ellis, cello | Kyle Sanna, guitar | Brian Donnellan, bouzouki harmonium, concertina

Guests: David Power, uileann pipes | Síle Denver, sean nós singer, harp

Saturday 14 / Sunday 15 March 2020. National Concert Hall.

Tickets €36, €32.50 & €27.50. On Sale 15 November 2019 at 10am

“… music isn’t about perfection. For me it’s about heart, feeling, trust, freedom, communication and true aliveness in the moment” Martin Hayes

Following on from the success of The Gloaming, the National Concert Hall is delighted to present the debut concerts by Martin Hayes, one of the world’s most celebrated fiddle players and a key figure in Irish traditional music, and his new band the Common Ground Ensemble, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2020 8pm. Although rooted in Irish traditional music the ensemble possesses a wealth of talent spanning improvisation, arrangement, jazz, avant-garde and cutting edge contemporary classical.

Permalink - Posted: November 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Mid-West to welcome top Scottish and Irish musicians

On Saturday 5th October, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will be bringing top folk and trad musicians from Ireland and Scotland together on stage in Glór in Ennis, Co. Clare for a gala concert to celebrate 25 years of the music programme Sruth na Maoile.

Audiences at the concert will be treated to the rare pleasure of a live performance from Karen Matheson, the outstanding Scottish songstress and lead singer with Scottish supergroup Capercaillie, accompanied by Manus Lunny.  Her Irish counterpart, Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, will be performing with harp virtuoso Cormac de Barra.  From Kerry, the legendary singer and box player Séamus Begley will be performing with his daughter Méabh and renowned guitarist Donogh Hennessy, who has played with Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon and John Spillane, among others.  (more…)

Permalink - Posted: September 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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