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We Banjo 3 + 1 With Special Guests Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello


Sun. 26th Oct. 2014 – Hawk’s Well Theatre

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014

A Sligo Live / Hawk’s Well co-production sees We Banjo 3 +1 with Special Guests Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello perform live at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Sunday, 26th October 2014.  Tickets are on sale now.  This very special concert on Sunday October 26th is part of the festival which runs over the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3+1 from Galway combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race, they thoroughly reinvent the banjo band sound.

Permalink - Posted: September 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

Bell X1 Confirmed for SLIGO LIVE 2014

FRI. 24th Oct. 2014 – Knocknarea Arena Sligo IT

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014

Bell X1 are the latest addition to the stellar line up at this year’s SLIGO LIVE Festival which spans 6 days over the October Bank Holiday.  Bell X1 play the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Friday, 24th October, 2014 at 8.30pm. Doors 7.00pm. General Admission tickets are €34.50 and a limited number of premium seated tickets are on sale at €36.50. Tickets are available from or from Ticketmaster or the Hawk’s Well Box Office (Tel. 071 916 1518)

Permalink - Posted: September 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

Rathmines’ traditional music festival rocks up for another year

The inaugural Rathmines Tradfest 2014 took place over four nights from Thursday 11 September to Sunday 14 September and was by any measure a stomping successful session!

It’s tagline of ‘4 great nights in 4 great pubs’ both promised and subsequently delivered the mother of all music bar crawls in this lively and increasingly bohemian south Dublin village.

Permalink - Posted: September 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm


Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014


Acoustic Stage and Trad Session Room: Festival Artists
10.30 Doors / Main Stage 11.30pm. €10 Advance/€12 Door

Acoustic Stage and Trad Session Room: Festival Artists
11.30pm. €12 Advance / €15 on Door

Acoustic Stage and Trad Session Room: Festival Artists
11.30pm. €10 Advance / €12 on Door

SLIGO LIVE FESTIVAL CLUB at 5th ON TEELING is a unique experience with three performance stages hosting a true festival atmosphere.  The SLIGO LIVE 3 Stage Late Night Festival Club features RENEGADE BRASS BAND on Friday, 24th October 14, THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT on Saturday, 25th October 14, and RACKHOUSE PILFER on Sunday, 26th October 14.  The club will again feature three rooms of music. A main stage with the headline act, an acoustic stage with a selection of festival artists who have played other gigs within the festival and a session room where top traditional musicians play together in sessions.

RENEGADE BRASS BAND:  Renegade Brass Band from Sheffield in Yorkshire headline the Festival Club on Friday 24th October, in 5th on Teeling in Teeling Street.

Permalink - Posted: September 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Return to Camden Town Festival 2014

The 16th Return to Camden Town Festival will be a 6 day extravaganza of the finest in traditional Irish music, song and dance, all packed into one very long weekend. Featuring concerts, sessions, album launches, set dancing céilís, workshops and more, the Festival will run from Wednesday 22nd until Monday 27th October 2014.

Permalink - Posted: September 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Music Capital Scheme 2014

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

Permalink - Posted: September 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm


Michael McGoldrick Quartet
SAT. 25TH OCT. 2014 – Hawk’s Well Theatre

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014

Described as the Pied Piper of traditional Music, Michael McGoldrick and his quartet will hit the stage at SLIGO LIVE bursting with enthusiasm and sparks will fly as they set fire to reels and jigs.  They play with skill, knowledge and affection eking out the emotion from their instruments, and this will be one special musical experience not to be missed.   SLIGO LIVE is delighted to announce Michael Mc Goldrick Quartet with Dezi Donnelly, Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly live in concert on Saturday, 25th October 2014 @ Hawk’s Well Theatre. Reserved seating €18.00. Tickets are available from or from Ticketmaster or the Hawk’s Well Box Office (Tel. 071 916 1518).

Permalink - Posted: September 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Music Network presents Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s ‘In My Mind’, a solo fiddle and film show

11 – 19 October 2014

‘…the missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze’ Irish Independent

Music Network is delighted to present the ‘most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad’ (Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in a solo fiddle and film tour. Touring nationwide from 11 October 2014, In My Mind is a window into the world of music-making, from a musician equally at home playing traditional Irish slides and polkas as exploring contemporary musical landscapes. Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.

Armed with his trusty 10-string “Hardanger d’Amore” fiddle and a film projector, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh sets out to show the beauty, depth and humour of traditional Irish music in his own take on what makes it beautiful. Inside the projector are virtual guests, friends whom he has filmed: musician, dancer, singer, poet and landscape, each of whom make the other half of a duet with a live Caoimhín. A better look at what goes on inside a musician’s head could not be had, not if you cut it in half and hinged it open.

One of the most acclaimed (and prolific) traditional musicians of his generation, Ó Raghallaigh has performed in such venues as the Lincoln Centre in NYC, the Barbican in London, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. In addition to being an established solo artist, he performs in various duos, plays in a trio with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada, and is a member of two groups: The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly.

Permalink - Posted: September 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

OAIM Irish Music Retreats 2014

Flute: October 19th – 24th

Fiddle: November 10th – 15th

Fiddle Tutors: Tola Custy, Liz Kane, Adam Shapiro

Flute Tutors: Kevin Crawford, Niall Keegan and Kirsten Allstaff

The Online Academy of Irish Music is to host a series of Irish music retreats in Ennis, Co. Clare in October 2014.

Permalink - Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

Woodford House Live Concerts

Broadcasting live online via Concert Window is making some unexpected income for traditional, folk, acoustic, poetry and storytelling artists.

It requires a reliable and fast upload broadband service and it’s a good idea to contact someone experienced in this new style of broadcasting.

Singer harpist Claire Roche and poet and storyteller John Willmott, aka Woodland Bard, have performed online concerts from Claire’s Woodford House venue, near Blackrock, Co. Dublin. They have been impressed with the service and extra income earned from Concert Window. Now they would like to show others how to do the same.

At present, most of the Concert Window audience is in the USA so this creates interesting concert time scheduling. Most concerts performed by Claire and others have been between 11pm and 1am Irish time, which catches the early evening viewers in much of the USA. As more viewers come on board in Ireland, UK and through Europe, it will soon make sense to hold regular time concerts at 7pm, 8pm etc.

Despite these performance time oddities, online broadcasting means a gig with barely any travel expenses and tour management headaches. It potentially means a world audience from a single gig too. This is also a great gig outlet for musicians taking time out to be with their young families.

Permalink - Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:47 am
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