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4-Day Festival Returns Sept. 12-15

The Michigan Irish Music Festival observes its 20th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting more bands than ever in the history of the event?

The festival returns to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon Sept. 12-15 and features Irish and Celtic music on seven covered stages. The festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 12 with its Pub Preview Party featuring food, beverages, and three bands in the pub tent only. The full festival begins Friday. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: June 11, 2019 at 10:16 am


And it looks set to be a unique celebration of local and international talent.

Limerick singer-songwriter and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award winner Emma Langford will headline Limerick Summer Music at the Rossbrien Pavilion on the 12th of July, in what will be her biggest hometown concert to date. Langford launched her first album ​Quiet Giant in 2017, and is now working with Grammy-nominated team The Production Suite in Dublin to produce a much anticipated sequel.  Having toured the album extensively across Europe and the UK since its release, her 2019 summer tour is a farewell of sorts to “the Giant”, performing it in full for audiences in Belfast, Mayo and Limerick. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: June 11, 2019 at 10:15 am


July 21st to 26th, 2019

MAD Week 2019 - Music, Arts and Dance Week - is an Irish music and dance summer camp in Bethesda, MD, USA for all ages.

A stellar line-up of music and dance teachers will offer classes, private lessons, workshops and lectures. There will be sessions, ceilis, song circles and daily fun for young and old.


Permalink - Posted: April 30, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Carlos, Sweeney, McCartin

Carlos Sweeney McCartin is a no nonsense recording of Fiddle and Flute accompanied by guitar.

This album of Jigs and Reels is uncompromising in its direct reflection of traditional Irish music as played in sessions in the north west of Ireland today. There are no token tracks of reflective airs or senselessly obscure exhibition pieces.

Having met for a tune on a winter’s evening in Cryan’s Teach Ceoil in Carrick-on-Shannon, it was immediately apparent that this trio had a compatibility both musically and personally. A decision was made there and then to record. Another meeting in ‘The Haunted Room’ above Cryan’s front bar saw this album arranged and rehearsed.


Permalink - Posted: April 30, 2019 at 10:29 am

Bewley’s@6! Hosted by Gael Linn…

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street

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


Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
Fiddle  &

Cathal Ó Curraín
Bouzouki, Songs

bring the present series to a close with a
lively evening of music, song and dance !

Here’s a little taste !

ADMISSION: €15 ( nibbles included ! )

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

Booking essential ( limited space ! )


Permalink - Posted: April 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Irish Hooley with the Kilfenora Céilí Band

Friday 31 May, 2019, at the ‘Grand Junction’, St Mary Magdalene’s,  Rowington Close, Paddington, London W2 5TF

For the last four years, Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL) has presented its ‘Irish Hooley’ to help raise the profile of our work and fund our year-round activity, including our annual October Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance, now called ‘Return to London Town’.


Permalink - Posted: April 10, 2019 at 10:24 am

Irish Folk Icons Dervish To Release The Great Irish Songbook on April 12, 2019

Rounder Records Debut Features Guests  
Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson,  Jamey Johnson, Kate Rusby, The SteelDrivers, Abigail Washburn, and others
As one of the world’s most renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music, Dervish have devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland. On their debut release for Rounder Records, the Sligo-based band join up with over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres.
Featuring guests Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson, Jamey Johnson, Kate Rusby, The SteelDrivers, Abigail Washburn, and others, The Great Irish Songbook both preserves the spirit of each song and brings a new vitality to iconic traditional songs of their homeland.
Permalink - Posted: March 29, 2019 at 3:55 pm





The irresistible French Canadian folk super group De Temps Antan, who have captured the hearts of audiences across the globe with their stunning interpretations of time-honoured melodies from Quebec, are touring to nine venues with Music Network 1st-10 May.

Driven by the stomping “tac-tic-a-tac” of “les pieds” (a type of clog), their rough-hewn sound is an utterly infectious mix of boundless energy and the unmistakeable joie de vivre of traditional Quebecois music. Their live shows offer a hint of the contemporary — dosed with uncontrolled laughter, catchy honkytonk tunes, and sudden, impromptu shifts in harmony — that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: March 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

Close contest expected at Siansa Gael Linn 2019 final!

The much anticipated Siansa Gael Linn 2019 final will take place in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 7 April next,  and will see close contest between eight groups, with representation from Counties Derry, Laois, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Mayo and Sligo!

This is the climax of the competition which is organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from Irish Music Magazine and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.  Siansa showcases the cream of young Irish traditional musical and singing talent, all through the medium of Irish, and attracts groups of the highest caliber year after year. Out of an initial entry of over 60 groups for the 2019 competition, the eight finalists qualified through two preliminary rounds of the competition since December last. They are:  ‘Léargas’, County Tipperary, ‘Lonrach’, County Laois, ‘Tigh Tara’, Loreto College, Coleraine, County Derry, ‘Finscéal’, County Limerick, ‘Cuisle’, County Clare, ‘Aontacht’, County Sligo and two groups from Mayo, ‘Siar’ and ‘Ildánach’. On the big night, each group will play their own ten to twelve minute selection of traditional music, along with a song in Irish, arranged in a new and innovative way, on the National Concert Hall stage. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: March 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

Japanese – Irish Music Fusion at the 2019 Experience Japan Hanami Festival

on Sunday 7th April [Free & Family Friendly] and at Concerts in Galway on 4th April and in Dublin on 5th April

We are delighted to announce that the Experience Japan Festival Committee is organizing a unique fusion music concert on April 4th in Galway at the An Taibhdhearc and 5th in Dublin at the Smock Alley Theatre.

Experience Japan is the community organization to encourage Irish citizens to appreciate and encourage cultural exchange between both countries.  The Experience Japan Hanami Festival is held once a year in Farmleigh House and Estate with an average over of 20,000 people attending and has lots of cross-cultural experiences.

Each year one of the highlights are the fusion performances with Japanese taiko drumming and Irish music.  Over the ten years of the festival, the Experience Japan Taiko Team has developed and expanded these activities with the team being recognised by the Japanese Government for the high standards achieved (in the form of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Commendation Award).  The EJ Taiko team has also performed at many different events and concerts such as Dublin New Year Festival, GAA, Women’s Rugby World Cup, Dublin Convention Centre and in 2016 the junior members performing on the Late Late Toy Show. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: March 27, 2019 at 10:08 am
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