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Christie Hennessy and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

‘The Last Goodbye’

Released Friday November 2nd.

Universal Music Ireland are delighted to announce the release of ‘The Last Goodbye’ – a collection of Christie’s beautifully crafted hits, re-recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The album which is set for release November 2nd, presents Christie’s unique vocals accompanied by the 45 piece orchestra.

This one-disc collection will feature 10 classic titles including the timeless version of ‘Messenger Boy’ sung in that unique delicate Kerry voice taken from his first ever LP. ‘Oh Jealous Heart’ and ‘Soho Square’ both get new treatment with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra creating that effortless and exhilarating accompaniment. The record also features some of his most beautifully penned songs including ‘Remember Me’ and not forgetting the country influenced ‘All The Lies That You Told Me’ (which had been a huge success as a single for Frances Black).


Permalink - Posted: October 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Bewley’s@6! Hosted by Gael Linn…

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street

6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open  from 5.45 p.m.)

Renowned musicians

MICK O’BRIEN ( Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistles )
EMER MAYOCK ( Uilleann Pipes, Flute )&

DÓNAL SIGGINS ( Guitar/Bouzouki)

will play a wide-ranging selection of music,

including tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts,
and some of their own compositions.

ADMISSION: €15 ( nibbles included ! )

Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase

Booking essential ( limited space ! )


Permalink - Posted: October 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm


(DUBLIN, IRELAND)  Irish Music Magazine announce their participation as sponsor and supporter of Celtic Connections Radio Program produced by WSIU Radio effective November 1st.

Celtic Connections began in 1991 as a local program hosted by Bryan Kelso Crow and produced in the studios of WSIU Radio in Carbondale, Illinois for broadcast across southern and east central Illinois and north western Kentucky. Since its inception, there has been an explosion of world-wide interest in and awareness of Celtic music, matched by a huge increase in the number of recordings. As the program matured, musician/host Crow took advantage of opportunities to interview Celtic musicians and to record entire concerts for later broadcast. In July, 1996, Celtic Connections became syndicated nationally.  Host Bryan Kelso Crow’s academic career and his passion for Celtic history give an unusual depth to Celtic Connections, as does his experience and connections as a Celtic musician performing as a member of The Dorians. Celtic Connections is produced in the studios of WSIU Radio, Carbondale, Illinois and is syndicated to stations worldwide. The program is available to public and commercial radio stations.

Permalink - Posted: October 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

The New Home for Online Irish Concertina Lessons

The New Home for Online Irish Concertina Lessons.
From Starter to Advanced - Unlimited lessons on Irish concertina with Caitlín Nic Gabhann
For anyone who wants to learn the concertina but who may not have access to a teacher:
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Permalink - Posted: October 18, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Celtic Woman, return with a spectacular new studio album Ancient Land

Multi-platinum international music sensation, Celtic Woman, return with a spectacular new studio album Ancient Land for release in October 2018. Ancient Land is the first brand new studio album of new material since the Grammy-nominated Destiny in 2016.

Recorded in Real World Studios in the UK in summer 2018, Ancient Land’s 18 songs will feature material that is all new to Celtic Woman including original compositions Follow Me, Be Still and Love & Honour (instrumental), some Irish traditional songs including Sive, Mna na hEireann (Women of Ireland), and Moorlough Shore and some reimagined workings of contemporary songs such as Long Journey Home, Going Home and Homeland. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

Special ‘Céilí House’ programme with SPLEODAR, Siansa Gael Linn 2018 winners!

The best of traditional music and song will be heard on ‘Céilí House’, RTÉ Radio 1, next Saturday, 6 October 2018, 9.02p.m. with Siansa Gael Linn 2018 winners, ‘Spleodar’ whose members hail from Counties Antrim, Monaghan and Tyrone - TARA NIC GIOLLA SHEANÁIN – Harp, Piano, Tin Whistle, Vocal/DEARBHLA NÍ SCEALLÁIN – Flute, Tin Whistle, Vocal/MALLAIDH DE BHÁL- Fiddle, Vocal/SADHBH NIC CÁBA –Fiddle, Vocal/CARA DE BHÁL–Harp, Vocal/OISÍN Ó MURCHÚ –Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocal/OISÍN SEANEY – Concertina, Tin Whistle, Vocal/JANE DE BHÁL – Uileann Pipes, Vocal

Presented by Kieran Hanrahan, the programme will be produced by Aidan Butler. Don’t miss it!

Permalink - Posted: October 2, 2018 at 9:05 am

Created in a storm – Diverse languages harmonise in Galloway

Ten leading traditional poets and musical artists have completed an exciting, multi-lingual residency in Galloway, Scotland.  The artists have been working together to create a new arrangement of the Galloway Gaelic Oran Bagraidh song as well as original compositions inspired by the song, the landscape and each other.  Taking the theme of multiple identities they have explored commonalities and differences between languages, regional histories and musical sensibilities, dipping into traditional, experimental and electronic.


Permalink - Posted: September 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

Rising Tides – Report

On the 8th and 9th of September 2018 a large number of people gathered together in Liberty Hall in Dublin to discuss further the issues of fairness and respect for female performers working within traditional and folk music in Ireland.

The panel discussions and performances were organised by FairPlé in conjunction with The Musicians Union of Ireland. The event was funded by a Traditional Arts Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

In the opening speech FairPlé founding member Karan Casey described the background to the movement stating that “FairPlé is a movement of people founded to change the working environment for women in the worlds of traditional and folk music. We are advocating for deep societal change: an improvement in the imbalance of line-ups that discriminates against female performers particularly instrumentalists, an end to sexual harassment, an end to the macho cultural bravado that is endemic within the community.”

The whole day was facilitated by Dr. Síle Denvir who so graciously assured that the proceedings ran on time all day and with Síle’s expert skills and patience in steering people the day ran without a hitch, many commenting on how well run the whole occasion was. It should also be noted that the sandwich making skills of Úna Ní Flannagáin, Pauline Scanlon, Maeve McCann, Eamon Murray, Karan Casey and Úna Monaghan are second to none.


Permalink - Posted: September 24, 2018 at 11:04 am


Digital release through The Orchard/Voodoo Bones Records OCTOBER 31st 2018

BARRY KINANE’S SECOND ALBUM THE OLD GREY COBBLESTONE – STORY SONGS OF OLD DUBLIN digital release through The Orchard/Voodoo Bones Records OCTOBER 31st 2018.

While in rock band Glyder, Barry Kinane toured all over Europe and opened for international acts like Metallica and Slash while releasing two albums with European rock label SPV/Steamhammer/Sony BMG.  Kinane’s interest in local history and original music were married together as he continued writing after Glyder split in 2010. A turn in musical direction saw Kinane winning the prestigious Sean McCarthy Ballad writing competition in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2014.  This was followed up with release of “The Hills above the Valley” in 2015, a collection of musical stories of his home village Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow which was acclaimed in Irish Music Magazine.

“Kinane has a rare gift of taking the stories of life and relatively recent history to weave magical musical tales that are like short stories of the highest quality…” Nicky Rossiter – Irish Music Magazine


Permalink - Posted: September 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

The Seaview Sessions

Live music @ The Old Punchbowl Pub,

Rock Road,Booterstown.

Our Autumn series of concerts start on Thursday 27th of September, as we welcome back John Spillane for what will be his fourth visit to us here at The Seaview Sessions. John was actually the first peformer to come and do a gig here in The Old Punchbowl and is always in great form and his gigs are full houses every time. Recently desccribed as ‘The Contemporary Bard of Our Time’,  John never fails to win over an audience and leave them in a blaze of glory…he’s on fire lads, on fire.  (more…)

Permalink - Posted: September 17, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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