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Clár speisialta ‘Céilí House’ le buaiteoirí Siansa Gael Linn 2017!

Beidh scoth an cheoil agus na hamhránaíochta le cloisteáil ar ‘Céilí House’, RTÉ Raidió 1, Dé Sathairn seo chugainn, 21 Deireadh Fómhair 2017, 9.02p.m. le buaiteoirí Siansa Gael Linn 2017, an grúpa ‘Dúchas’ ó Chontae an Chláir - Conchubhair Ó Lochlainn – Consairtín, canadh/Fionnuala Ní Aoidh – Fidil, canadh/Daire Ó Seanáin – Olldord, canadh/Ross Ó Donnabháin – Giotár, canadh/Áine Ní Cheallaigh – Fliúit, feadóga, canadh/Cathal Ó Corbáin – Bainseó, maindilín, canadh/Pól Ó Fearáin – Fidil, canadh agus Seán Ó Dochartaigh – Consairtín, méarchlár, canadh


Permalink - Posted: October 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Trad Legends to launch Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth live on Rónán Beo @3 on RnaG

This year’s Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair will be launched live on Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday with a Sound Clash between some Donegal and Kerry trad legends.

Tune in on Friday from 3 pm for a very special programme, where Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí will be joined live in the Doirí Beaga studios by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh, Nia Ní Bheirn, Manus Lunny, Theresa Kavanagh and Diane Cannon, while Séamus and Méabh Begley will join the fun from RnaG’s Kerry studios in Baile na nGall.

The trad giants will compete for our attention, while listeners can sit back and enjoy the show, which will be chaired as always by the inimitable Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí.

Permalink - Posted: October 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Seán Ó Riada 2017 Gold Medal competition open for entries Concertina, accordion, melodeon, mouth organ …

The competition for the Seán Ó Riada 2017 Gold Medal is now open to entries from metal reed instruments – box, concertina and mouth organ etc.

The winner will be awarded the gold medal, and prize money of €2500, at a gala concert in Cork in January to be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

The closing date for entries is 29 September 2017.

15 musicians will be shortlisted, and they will be invited to take part in a gala concert on 2 February 2018 in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, where the winner will be chosen.  The shortlist will be announced on 1 December.


Permalink - Posted: September 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

The O’Carolan Harp Festival

September 29th-October 1st, 2017

From September 29th – October 1st , The O’Carolan Harp Festival, honours the poet, composer and harper Turlough O’Carolan, who was born in 1670 in Nobber, Co. Meath.

This year the festival celebrates 30 years.  (more…)

Permalink - Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

Siamsaíocht @6! Le Gael Linn

Sth William Street, Dublin 2
6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open  from 5.40 p.m.)


An eclectic start to the new season of sessions
as reknowned Sligo fiddler,
( Buttons & Bows, Moving Cloud, Brock McGuire Band ) &
wonderful Canadian singer steeped in the traditions of Cape Breton/Ontario and Ireland,
are joined by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist from Dublin,
-don’t miss a great evening of music and song !


Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase
Booking essential ( limited space ! )
087/2547574 or

Permalink - Posted: September 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Celebrating Christie Hennessy - The Platinum Collection

Featuring Aonghus McAnally and his Musicians.



Renowned entertainer recreates the iconic sound of his close friend in a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters.


Permalink - Posted: September 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Ennis Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – highest ever recorded number at any Fleadh

The largest crowd ever, thronged the streets of Ennis, Co. Clare for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017. Over 450,000 people attended over nine days of the largest traditional Irish music festival in the world. Numbers peaked at 100,000 on Saturday when crowds exceeded anything ever experienced in Ennis. All operational plans including a detailed Pedestrian Management plan operated effectively throughout the entire event.
900 students participated in masterclasses at Scoil Éigse. Concert audiences broke all records, FleadhTV broadcast 9 hours of exhilarating TV, while Legacy, Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann’s flagship orchestral performance, premiered to the packed 2,000 seater Shannon Aerodome.

Permalink - Posted: August 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

Music Network presents Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly on tour 12 – 29 September 2017

Breathtaking interpretations of traditional songs” The BBC [on Cathy Jordan]

A remarkable player of uilleann pipes and whistles” The Guardian [on Jarlath Henderson]

Highly talented” Folkworld [on Mick Daly]

Music Network’s Autumn 2017 season gets off to a high-spirited start with three of Ireland’s finest traditional singers and instrumentalists: Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson and Mick Daly. Prepare to be entranced as these 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. On tour from 12 – 29 September, details at

Permalink - Posted: August 2, 2017 at 11:55 am

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
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