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The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015

The Clancy Brothers Song Competition 2015 is now open for entries. With free entry, and a prize fund in excess of €1,500, the competition this is an open competition for new, original songs.

Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.

The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry.

‘Last year we had everything from folk to heavy metal’, said Pete MacGowan, ‘and entries came from the all over Ireland and abroad’.

Permalink - Posted: April 13, 2015 at 10:48 am



Ceolchoirm de scoth-theaglamaí ceoil agus amhránaíochta ón ocht ngrúpa thraidisiúnta a roghnaíodh le bheith san iomaíocht I gcraobhchomórtas 2015 don duaischiste €4,500.
Eight groups who have qualified for the 2015 final perform their own selection of traditional Irish music and song and compete for a prize-fund of €4,500, in what promises to be a fantastic concert !

Áirithint/Booking: 01 4170000
Ticéid: €12 ( €6 daltaí/students )

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm


The thirteen–episode series premieres May 5th at 10/9c

The Willis family brings their musical talents to TLC in a thirteen–episode series following their life at home and on the road. The Willis Family (wt), set to premiere May 5th at 10/9c, will follow Brenda and Toby Willis as they share the challenge

of maintaining their large, fourteen–member family while keeping up with the workload required to manage their touring band.

The family, hailing from just outside of Nashville, was thrust into the limelight after making it to the final rounds of America’s Got Talent, where everyone fell in love with their music and original sound; the YouTube video from their national performance alone has garnered more than 6 million views. Throughout the series, viewers will get an inside look into their lives as they travel the country sharing their talents and balancing a life at home.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

New Online Irish Fiddle Basics Course at

The Online Academy of Irish Music

OAIM proudly presents a brand new beginner’s fiddle course taught by Beoga Fiddler, Niamh Dunne. The first six lessons of this course are absolutely free, so log in and get learning!. These videos are all in HD and have been enhanced with animated graphic diagrams to enhance your on–line learning experience.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Seachtain Cheoil Chois Farraige

We’re Back!!! Sign up and pre–pay for our summer school now to save 25%!!

August 3rd – 10th, 2015

Come to Spiddal and take part in the 2nd annual summer school from August 3rd to August 10th, “Seachtain Cheoil Chois Farraige”, A Week of Music by the Sea. With master classes in all traditional instruments as well as Sean Nós Dancing, Sean Nós Singing and the Irish Language, taught by Ireland’s premier artists. The week will also include various lectures, pub sessions, concerts and afternoon sessions for all students, there really is something for everyone.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm

The Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering

May 8th – 10th, 2015

The Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering celebrates its third year with a great programme of traditional Irish music, Bluegrass, Americana, sessions, exhibitions and workshops. The weekend kicks–off Friday evening at Jordan’s with well– known musicians Charlie Harris and Des Mulkere in an evening of lively music, song and storytelling. The organisers are delighted to have Mick Moloney as their main guest artist over the weekend. Presently associated with the Music Dept. of New York University, Mick combines the careers of professional musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher and arts presenter and advocate (and many will remember him from his early days with the Johnstons).

On Saturday evening, in ‘If it wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews’, Mick traces the amazing story of the Jewish and Irish communities in America through their musical links during the vaudeville and early Tin Pan Alley era. Mick will be accompanied by Brenda Castles, well–known concertina player and teacher from Dublin. Saturday also includes 4 and 5 string banjo workshops, an exhibition of vintage banjos, a tour of Clareen Banjos workshop and a performance entitled Five Decades of the Banjo featuring exponents from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. You can expect impromptu session in the pubs and there will be a Banjo Café Trail.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm


Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance June 22nd – July 3rd, 2015.

The Blas Summer School is delighted to announce the continuation of the Paul Brady Blas Bursary for 2015. The recipients of the scholarships benefit from master classes and tuition from Ireland’s most distinguished traditional artists. The value of each bursary covers a portion of tuition only for the 2 weeks of the programme.

The Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance returns to the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick for the 19th successive year this June 22nd – July 3rd, 2015. The summer school will be launched on Monday June 22nd where students attending the course at the University’s Irish World Academy will benefit from the wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures of the Traditional World such as Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, John Carty, Colin Dunne, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy, Ryan Molloy, Kieran Munnelly, Siobhan Peoples, Niall Keegan, Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Mats Melin, Aileen Dillane, Sandra Joyce and Jim Higgins with more being added all the time.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Baltimore Fiddle Fair

May 7th – 10th, 2015

The Small Festival with the Big Reputation!

Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland

Arguably one of Ireland’s best small music festivals, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair takes place from May 7th to 10th. From humble beginnings in 1992 this remarkable festival has grown a little in size and a lot in stature and truly does get better with age. Its reputation is built on its consistent ability to present world–class national and international acts in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore in West Cork and once again they present a line–up that is simply amazing.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend

May 15th – 17th, 2015

This year the 14th Skerries Traditional Music Weekend will take place from May 15th – 17th in the picturesque seaside town of Skerries situated in the North Fingal region of County Dublin.

In 2015 Skerries will play host to a weekend packed with music, song and dance where leading artists will travel to Skerries and join with locals and visitors in a celebration of our unique Irish heritage. A great selection of top class individual players will be participating throughout the weekend on many levels including formal concerts, tutoring and pub sessions. Artists such as Mary Bergin, Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil, Mick Conneely, Siobhan Peoples, Mick O’Brien, Sean Ryan, Michelle Mulcahy, Joe Skelton, Mairéad Casey, Micheál Ó Raghallaigh, to mention but a few!

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June 15th – 21st, 2015

This year the Galway Sessions Festival presents a packed programme of events including concerts, recitals, street entertainment, storytelling, a singers club and an extensive pub–session trail at various venues throughout the historic medieval centre of Galway City.

This years festival is sub–titled Blas Connamara and will focus on the rich musical,singing and dance heritage of the region and off–shore islands lying west of Galway City. The programme will commence each day with an open–air sean–nos dancing exhibition in Galway’s Latin Quarter followed by a recital at the historic King’s Head pub at 3pm. Early evening sessions will take place daily between 5–8pm at Tigh Coili’s and Taffee’s Bar and nightly concerts will take place at the Roisin Dubh, Monroe’s Tavern and the Crane Bar in Galway’s West End. Thoses who will perform at the various concerts and recitals throughout the week include household family names of the tradition including the MacDonnchaadhas, Devanneys, O’Cheannabhain, Conneeleys,Hernons, Connollys and O’ Hallorans.

Permalink - Posted: April 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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