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John McGettigan (1882-1958)

John McGettigan (1882-1958) from Glenree, Carrigart, County Donegal, emigrated to the USA in 1907. There he became one of the most celebrated musicians and singers of his day.  A classical scholar graduate, he taught Latin and Greek in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. He formed a music group called ‘John McGettigan and his Irish Minstrels’ and such was their popularity that their recordings outsold those of the legendary Irish tenor John Mc Cormack. He built a successful business empire that included furniture stores, restaurants & hotels in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New Jersey. He had a huge repertoire of Irish songs  and these included such perennial favourites such as ‘Cutting the Corn in Creeslough’, ‘Deep Sheephaven Bay’, ‘The Hills of Glenswilly’, ‘The Fanad Mare’, ‘Johnston’s Motor Car’ etc. He also established the McGettigan Travel Bureau which specialised in group and corporate business travel, charter flights and coach tours.   McGettigan is credited with having been a major influence on 20th century Irish song and his recordings introduced many ballads and rare highland dances to wider audiences. He was a household name at home in Ireland, especially among Irish-Americans and Irish  exiles around the world; any home lucky enough to possess a wind-up gramophone was sure to have a collection of his recordings. John used his splendid voice to aid many charitable causes in spite of his manifold business commitments.

Permalink - Posted: July 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

The Rose Sessions

Introducing the Rose Sessions, by Marty Moonshine McKernan and Don Banjo Smith(with a little help from their friends!)  This now popular Album on CD was the brainchild of Don Smith back in the ‘90’s, when he performed with Peggy Greene and Jeanie Cassels as “the Thorn Between the Roses”.  After almost 15 years of inactivity on the project, NY Metropolitan area musicians Marty “moonshine” McKernan and Don “banjo” Smith finally got back on it, and the results are impressive! Helped along by Jeanie Cassels, Peggy Greene, James Sattler, and Lynn Panico, this collection of Rose songs have been favorably critiqued around the world by reviewers such as Irish Music Magazine, Trad-Connect Dublin, The Irish Edition, and Folk World, Europe.  All acoustic, and recorded by Bob Both of Twain Recording(think James Brown), this album features guitars, banjos (of course!), concertinas, fiddles, whistles, flutes, porchboard bass, bass guitar, ukuleles, and accordions.  Blend this with their well-blended voices, and the result is a 14 Rose bouquet of sumptuous song. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

Lineup announced for 21st Celtic Colours International Festival

(Port Hawkesbury, NS) October 2017 will mark the 21st Celtic Colours International Festival. Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premier musical events, and a cultural highlight of Nova Scotia’s colourful fall season. A unique celebration of music and culture, this highly anticipated annual event presents dozens of concerts all over Cape Breton Island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club.

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Paul Hickey - My Love and Me

When Karen Deneiffe first heard the song ‘My Love and Me’ she was assessing songwriter Paul Hickey for a practical music exam in the Carlow Institute of Further Education. This is a song, she thought, that I would love to sing. It was a hidden Gem on Paul’s 2006 ‘Coolhouse’ album and his own particular favourite from that collection. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: June 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

Zoë Conway, John McIntyre with Shaháb and Sháyán Coohe

Music Network Artist Residency

in partnership with The National Opera House and Wexford County Council

Music Network is delighted to co-present the second instalment of its Artist Residency 2017 with The National Opera House and Wexford County Council. This exciting concert series curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole features a wealth of international and Irish musicians. On Thursday 20th July, traditional Irish musicians Zoë Conway and John McIntyre perform for the very first time with Iranian-born and Dublin-based brothers Shaháb and Sháyán Coohe in a rare fusion of Persian and Irish traditional music. Tickets €20 available at Tel. 053 912 2144/

Permalink - Posted: June 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

The Seaview Sessions, live music, upstairs @ The Punchbowl, Booterstown, County Dubin

I saw Luka Bloom perform one evening in a small venue, candlelit, lovely atmosphere and a week later I saw John Spillane do exactly the same.

I sing myself for groups of American tourists that visit The Punchbowl, in an upstairs, old world, kitchen feel, front room kind of vibe of a room, and while singing, I thought that the room would make a great little intimate venue suitable for gigs for up to approx 70- 80 people. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: June 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

Eleanor McEvoy Appointed New Chairperson of IMRO

The Board of The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) is pleased to announce that the renowned singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy has been appointed to the position of Chairperson of IMRO. McEvoy replaces composer and saxophonist Keith Donald, who has held the position since 2008. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: June 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Music Network presents Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly (Ireland)

On tour 12 – 29 September 2017

Cathy Jordan, voice, bodhrán, bones

Jarlath Henderson, uilleann pipes, whistle, voice

Mick Daly, guitar, 5-string banjo, voice

“Breathtaking interpretations of traditional songs” – The BBC on Cathy Jordan

“A remarkable player of uilleann pipes and whistles… one of the heroes of the new Celtic folk scene” – The Guardian on Jarlath Henderson

“Highly talented” – Folkworld on Mick Daly

Prepare to be entranced as three of Ireland’s most inventive singers offer up some stunning new interpretations of well-worn songs, with stirring instrumental playing and more than a little theatrical energy thrown into the mix.


Permalink - Posted: June 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

Tønder Festival Full Programme …

The final names have been added to this year’s Tønder Festival line-up. Among them are Beoga from Ireland, Darlingside from USA and Frigg from Finland. And Niels Hausgaard, of course. The final programme is ready, and so is the Tønder Festival app.

Booking is complete and this year’s Tønder Festival programme has exciting music for all tastes. Among the latest names are the Irish band Beoga, who have worked closely with Ed Sheeran, and the critically-acclaimed American band Darlingside.


Permalink - Posted: June 1, 2017 at 9:17 am


1977 to 2017 - featuring long-term members Mike Hanrahan, Steve Cooney, Paul Roche, Tommy Hayes with Tara Breen & Karol Lynch


Permalink - Posted: May 25, 2017 at 11:00 am
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