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Worldwide recognition for Irish Pipes, “The Sound of Ireland”, in new accolade from UNESCO

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents
The Sound of Ireland
A celebration of UNESCO recognition for Uilleann Piping,
at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 30 January 2018

A STELLAR line-up from the world of Irish traditional music, song and dance will headline a concert at Dublin’s iconic Abbey Theatre to celebrate UNESCO recognition of Uilleann Piping - The Sound of Ireland.

Leading artists including Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor, Seán McKeon, Paddy Glackin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Robbie Hannan, Jimmy Canavan, the Rowsome Quartet and many more will feature in this unique performance which will be attended by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D Higgins. The strength of the piping community - in Ireland and abroad - will be showcased during the concert.

Permalink - Posted: January 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Siamsaíocht @6! Le Gael Linn

Sth William Street, Dublin 2
6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open  from 5.45 p.m.)

featuring Galway’s renowned brother and sister duo,
Maureen Browne ( Fiddle )
Brendan Browne ( Accordian ) &
Peter Vickers ( Percussion/dance ), along with
Tyrone’s PJ McDonald ( Songs, Guitar, Whistle )
- a vibrant and energetic evening in store!

Permalink - Posted: January 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

Musical treats on RTÉ RnaG at Christmas

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Christmas schedule is brim full of great music, particularly traditional music, from 23 December until the 3 January.

On Christmas Eve at 5 pm Nollaig na nDéise will include music from the all-male Waterford choir Cór Fear na nDéise.  Listeners can look forward to a selection of live concerts over the festive period recorded at Tionól Niocláis Tóibín in Waterford, Éigse Dhiarmuidín in Cork, Éigse an Spidéil in Connemara (Frankie Gavin, Brian McGrath, George Grasso, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Johnny Óg Connolly),South Sligo Summer School, and the NYAH in Cavan featuring Roscommon flute player Patsy Hanly, all presented by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha on her show Ceol Binn ó na Beanna.

Permalink - Posted: December 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

Celtic Colours releases fifth volume of recordings from the Festival

(Sydney, NS) Take home the magic of the 2017 Celtic Colours International Festival with a brand new selection of performances recorded during the annual, nine-day event. Whether you are reliving fond memories of your Festival experience or getting caught up on what you missed, Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five makes an excellent addition to your music collection.


Permalink - Posted: December 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

National Concert Hall Presents Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration

With Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Johnny Depp, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, whenyoung, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie with Cáit O’Riordan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Terry Woods of The Pogues, and more.

Monday 15 January 2018, 8pm
National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Tickets: €85, €80, €75, €65. ON SALE FRIDAY 8 December 2017, 10am
Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.

From A Pair of Brown Eyes to Fairytale of New York, Shane MacGowan is widely recognised as a poet of modern music and one of the great international songwriters. On Monday 15th January the National Concert Hall plays host to this renowned artist on the occasion of his 60th birthday. This concert as part of the NCH Perspectives Series celebrates the power and poetry of Shane’s work and his singular contribution to Irish music.

Permalink - Posted: December 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

Brian Kennedy Announces Concert at Hook Lighthouse

Legendary singer and songwriter Brian Kennedy announces a unique evening concert at the ancient Hook lighthouse on the tip of the Hook Peninsula county Wexford.

On Friday evening, February 2nd, 2018 multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter Brian Kennedy will host a unique concert in the ancient lighthouse tower. The chart-topping Belfast born singer with the voice of an angel is known for his ballads and has also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song contest. His career has spanned three decades with two multi-platinum selling albums and awards for best male artist and best album. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: December 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Music Network presents Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly & John Doyle on tour 9 – 20 January

“Exquisite singing” – The Guardian [on Parsons]

“A tremendous musician” – Hot Press [on Tourish]

“Sligo has a reputation for its richly rhythmic flute style, and Dervish’s Liam Kelly is one of its finest exponents” – The Irish times

“No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now” – The Wall Street Journal [on Doyle]

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season begins in epic form with a gathering of titans from trad super-groups Arcady, Altan, Dervish and Solas – vocalist Niamh Parsons, fiddler Ciarán Tourish, flautist Liam Kelly and guitar virtuoso John Doyle. On tour from 9 – 20 January, details at


Permalink - Posted: November 30, 2017 at 11:08 am


Ballymaloe Grainstore

‘Twixmas Week’

Friday 29 December, 8pm

Phil Coulter’s upcoming concert in Ballymaloe Grainstore sold out in a flash, so the venue has lured him back for a second performance on Friday 29 December.

The evening will be a ‘Twixmas treat’  - that’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s – or would make an ideal gift tucked under the tree on December 25th.

“Pure Gold” was how a U.S. critic recently described a Phil Coulter show.  It struck a chord with the man himself.  “It seemed to tick a lot of boxes” said Phil, so he hijacked the title for his new show and album. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: November 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Happy Harmonious Steeple Sessions!

Christmas week midst the mad seasonal shopping hustle bustle, there lays a little peaceful solstice for those in the know in two of Dublin’s most beautiful Church settings.

December 18 to 21st Steeple Sessions present a short series of candlelit concerts at the Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green and at Christchurch Cathedral.

It all starts Monday December 18th with legendary a capella harmony trio The Voice Squad followed by rising star and twice 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Daoiri Farrell and then Galway’s favourite harmony trio The Whileaways. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: November 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm


To play Dublin show @ The Unitarian Church, Stephens Green alongside some Leitrim friends on Sunday December 10th, 2017. Tickets priced €20 and €23 including booking fees are ​now on sale from

The concert will feature

Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar)

This year’s concert will also feature an exclusive live performance from Leitrim’s own Garadice, who will join Eleanor as special guests. ​

“Exquisite” & “Folk Roots of the highest order” - Colm O’Hare, Hot Press

“Exquisitely beautiful” – Irish Music Magazine

“Gorgeous And Bright” – No 1 played song on RTE Radio 1, summer 2015 (more…)

Permalink - Posted: November 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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