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Burren Fiddle Holidays – An Exciting Traditional Irish Music Experience

Have you ever dreamed of learning Irish music, or gifting yourself some focused time to master your existing skills? Burren Fiddle Holidays gives you the unique opportunity to work on your traditional Irish fiddle-playing goals, with an accomplished teacher, in stunning surroundings.

Set between the Burren National Park and the Clare county town of Ennis, tuition takes place in the magical atmosphere of a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Back in the day, the house was built by Tom Ward who was a fiddle player with the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band -it often feels like he designed the main room with great sound in mind!


Permalink - Posted: February 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

The Don Baker & Rob Strong Band

Irish Legends celebrate 50 years on the road!

Two of Ireland’s best ever rock/blues musicians have collaborated to record an album together in January 2018 and tour many of Ireland’s best known venues this spring and summer. The CD was recorded LIVE in the studio with no overdubbing required!

The tour kicks off on 8th March 2018 at The Five Lamps Arts Festival in the heart of the inner city in Belvedere House and continues to The Ramor Theatre Virginia Co. Cavan on Sat 10th March, back to Dublin on 16th March to Dundrum’s Mill Theatre and on to Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise on 24th March.

April sees the band play concerts in Monaghan, Bray, Westport, Newbridge and Listowel. May sees concerts in Cork, Limerick, Offaly, The Draíocht Dublin and Wicklow Town. The band continue in June, to theatres in Dundalk, Wexford, Mullingar and Gweedore in Donegal with the tour culminating in the prestigious Clonmel Blues Festival in August. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: February 9, 2018 at 10:40 am

Bonn Óir Séan Ó Riada do cheoltóir óg, 16, as Tiobraid Árann

Ba é Keelan McGrath ó Bhoiríos Uí Chéin i dTiobraid Árann a thug leis Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada oíche Dé hAoine in Óstán an Rochestown Park i gCorcaigh.  Tá Keelan 16, agus tá sé ar an té is óige riamh a bhuaigh an bonn.

Craoladh an chraobh beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta agus ba é Peadar Ó Riada a chuir an ócáid i láthair.

Tá Keelan san idirbhliain i gColáiste Pobail Bhoiríos Uí Chéin.  Tá ceathrar uilig sa teaghlach agus tá sé ar an duine is sine acu agus casann siad uilig ceol.  Casann a athair Brendan an bainseó freisin, ach ról tacaíochta atá ag a mháthair Regina a bhí ina theannta oíche Dé hAoine ag an gcomórtas.

Tá Keelan ag casadh ceoil ó bhí sé ocht mbliana d’aois, agus d’fhoghlaim sé a cheird ó Ned Kelly, fear a bhfuil sé an-bhuíoch dó go fóill as an méid a rinne sé dó.

Seo an dara huair go raibh na huirlisí seo, consairtín agus bosca, i gceist sa chomórtas don Bhonn Óir agus cháiligh Keelan don chraobh an chéad uair freisin, gan é ach 12 bliain d’aois an uair sin.

Permalink - Posted: February 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

Brand New Single from Mànran

‘Là Inbhir Lòchaidh’ (‘The Battle of Inverlochy’)

As the haggis is boiling and the neeps and tatties are prepped, Scottish trad-rock band Mànran are celebrating the work of Scotland’s earliest Poet Laureate Iain Lom MacDonald with their brand new single ‘Là Inbhir Lòchaidh’ (‘The Battle of Inverlochy’)

Although widely believed that Robert Burns was Scotland’s first Poet Laureate, Charles II named Iain Lom MacDonald as Scotland’s Poet Laureate during his 17th century reign. However as the Stuart line was unseated in 1689, and the subsequent Jacobite Risings failed to permanently restore the Stuarts, their status became a moot point. His stature has further been diminished by the fact that he composed exclusively in Gaelic, which even at that time was a language in decline.

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm


GALWAY, IRELAND - Salsa-Trad dance band, Baile An Salsa, will introduce their new CD, Ériu, at launch gigs in the east and west of Ireland this February. Baile An Salsa teamed up with five-time Grammy Award winning producer, Walter Flores, and six-time Grammy winner, mastering engineer Felipe Tichaeur, to bring out this hot, unique fusion of Latin styles, Irish trad and a bit of funk.

Permalink - Posted: January 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Cork musician, 13, youngest finalist for Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

A 13 year old Cork musician will have the honour of being the youngest musician to take to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Douglas on Friday 2 February in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.

Eimhear Flannery from Rockchapel will be the youngest of 16 finalists, one of only two musicians from Cork, along with Maighréad Ní Luasa from Cúil Aodha, who will compete for the prestigious title.  John Paul Wick, from New Jersey, will be the competitor who must travel the furthest for the final on 2 February, which includes box and concertina players this year.   Peadar Ó Riada will present the event live on his Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: January 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Siamsaíocht @6! Le Gael Linn

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

A great night of music and song is promised in
the company of three renowned artists, all
former TG4 Gradam Ceoil recipients-
Co. Monaghan composer and harpist,
flute-player from Co. Sligo ) )
Along with singer,
from Co. Down
- don’t miss it !

Permalink - Posted: January 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

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
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