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Kilkenny Tradfest Scoops ‘Best Small Live Music Festival’

at IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

Kilkenny Tradfest is delighted to have received the award for ‘Best Small Live Music Festival’ at this year’s IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards. The prestigious awards, which took place last night (Tuesday 21st February) at the Irish Music Rights Organisation’s (IMRO) headquarters in Dublin, honoured festival promoters and venue owners whose commitment passion and support for live music throughout the country enables artists to continue making music the public can enjoy.

Permalink - Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Boston’s Kier Byrnes to release “Blarney”: A Compilation of Celtic Music

Three Day Threshold’s founding member, Kier Byrnes, has had some diverse gigs over the years.  He’s performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, at the Master Distiller (and great grandson) of Jim Beam’s house for a private show, a military base on the Iraq border to US troops and even at prison in Holland.  His odd experiences go hand in hand his band’s music, which is also an eclectic combination of gypsy, Americana, Celtic and country rock.

Permalink - Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:33 am


The Kitchen Party Ceilidh, Indianapolis’ only homegrown Celtic-music radio program, will be moving to WICR the Diamond, 88.7 FM in Indianapolis.  The first broadcast on WICR will be on Sunday, March 5, at 10:00 PM.

The Kitchen Party Ceilidh went on the air on July 19, 2013, and was originally aired on WITT FM 91.9, an Indianapolis community radio station, until June 30, 2016, and has continued as a podcast since then.  The show’s March 5 debut on WICR will be the 189th episode. “I really couldn’t be more thrilled about the move to WICR,” says Dave Bagdade, the Kitchen Party Ceilidh’s host and producer.  “Doing the show as a podcast was rewarding in its own way, but I’m a fan of broadcast radio. WITT’s station master, Jim Walsh, was a great promoter of the show and I’ll always be grateful to him, but I can’t help but be excited about moving to a station with a fifty-plus year history and a much bigger broadcast area.”

Permalink - Posted: February 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm


Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR

Top accordionists Karen Street and Karen Tweed invite you to join them in Colston Hall Foyer, Bristol to celebrate World Accordion Day from 2pm on Saturday May 6th.

We are looking for 46 accordionists to play a wonderful array of sing-a-long favourites.

Permalink - Posted: February 21, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan

Sirius Arts Centre
Friday 24 February
8pm (doors 7.45)

Tickets €18, available online at or through the office at email: 021 4813790
Leslie Dowdall is the voice and songwriter behind the sound that was In Tua Nua. Mike Hanrahan is the voice and songwriter that is Stockton’s Wing. Leslie and Mike have toured intermittently in recent years and this is their first recording since Learning to Let Go released a few years back.

Permalink - Posted: February 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

We Banjo 3: Kick-off to Milwaukee Irish Fest Concert

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Doors 6:00 p.m. || Concert 7:00 p.m.
Pre-Sale Tickets $25 - On Sale Now!
General Admission Tickets $30
Children 12 & Under Free

Irish Cultural & Heritage Center
2133 W Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233

March is the time of year where everyone is Irish! Get your Irish on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and We Banjo 3 as we kickoff the countdown to the 2017 Milwaukee Irish Festival! Not only will you hear music from one of the best Irish bands in the circuit, but we’ll also reveal the full Irish Fest entertainment line-up! Bring your friends and bring your family because this is a concert for everyone!

Permalink - Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh Begins This Week

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is back, bigger and better and packed to the rafters with music events for all ages and interests. Events take place around Ballyferriter in the Dingle Peninsula and things kick off on Wednesday Feb 22nd and continue through to Sunday the 26th. The major draws are the classes and the 3 major concerts. Classes take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm. If you haven’t booked your place yet contact or 087 3559938 to keep a place.

Permalink - Posted: February 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Grade 2 Bodhrán Tutor Book and CD sell out worldwide in just 3 months!

A Grade 2 Bodhrán Tutor book and CD designed to meet the local needs of a bodhrán class in Mullaghbawn for the next 4 years has sold out worldwide across 13 countries in 3 months. Orders have come from London, New York, Nova Scotia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Kildare, Oman, France, Germany, Spain, and even one from South Korea! (more…)

Permalink - Posted: February 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm


Martin McHugh passed away in Roscrea, County Tipperary, on February 9th after a long battle with cancer. Martin was raised in Glasgow, he was one of the famous McHugh family, with their roots in Donegal, The family’s connection with North Tipperary, which remains as strong as ever, came about when Martin’s father Jimmy befriended the accordion player Paddy O’Brien.

Permalink - Posted: February 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm


There was a high standard among the young traditional music and singing groups ( 32 in total ) who participated in the recent workshops, thanks to their teachers and mentors !

Permalink - Posted: February 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm
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