Wednesday, 23 April 2014

London Irish Centre presents: John Spillane (Intimate Solo Show)

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 Saturday 26 April @ London Irish Centre, London, GB

We're delighted to welcome John Spillane back to The London Irish Centre.
JOHN SPILLANE is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer - a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.
What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop - that’s fine with John. He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

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‘We Banjo 3’ to play Strule Arts Centre in Omagh

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On Friday 9 May at 8pm We Banjo 3 will be performing at Strule Arts Centre.
The award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots.
When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.
Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion.
We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.
Their debut album Roots of the Banjo Tree won Irish Times Trad Album of the Year and Album of the Year in the Chicago publication Irish American News. We Banjo 3 have been racking up acclaim in recent times with headline appearances at the biggest folk festivals in the US, Ireland and the UK. 2014 will see the band hit new heights as they release their second album in the summer and embark on tours of the US, South America, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, France and Japan. Join us at Strule Arts Centre for a fantastic night of music!
“Three ultra-talented Irish performers… freshness and finesse bordering on magical” - Earle Hitchner, Music Writer, Wall Street Journal
For more information on upcoming events please go to our website or visit our Facebook page

‘We Banjo 3’ to play Strule Arts Centre in Omagh - Mid Ulster Mail

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Boróimhe Suite (1014-2014)

Brian Boru, King of Munster
Brian Boru, King of Munster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Composed and Directed by Michael Rooney for the The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.
For the Millennium Celebration of Brian Ború in 2014 - Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann has commissioned composer Michael Rooney to write a suite of music reflecting the life of Brian Ború. The Suite will be performed in four Irish venues by the National Folk Orchestra Ireland during Easter week 2014. The Orchestra, which will include both traditional and classical musicians, will be made up of the leading young musicians from around the country and will be augmented by dancers, singers and actors.
2014 marks the 1,000 anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, where Brian Ború defeated the Vikings but was slain in battle. The Government and Local Authorities around the country will mark this momentous date with a variety of events and festivals throughout the year.
As part of the celebrations, Comhaltas has commissioned composer Michael Rooney to write a suite of music, song and dance reflecting the life of Brian Ború. The reformed Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland will perform the suite in Killaloe, Armagh, Cashel and Dublin over the Easter period in 2014 and at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo.

Seán Tyrrell launches new album in Matt Molloy’s

Galway Bay near County Clare.
Galway Bay near County Clare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Moonlight On Galway Bay’, the much-anticipated album of big songs by Seán Tyrrell, is finally here, and the acclaimed folk singer will launch the album in Matt Molloy’s Pub in Westport this coming Thursday night, April 24, at 8pm
The idea for the album was dreamt up back in the early ’90s by Davy Spillane, who suggested these classics tracks be covered. A chance request for ‘Galway Bay’ from an old lady at the Milwaukee festival many years later got Seán thinking. Once he read the lyrics, he was hooked.
Humbled by what he had ignorantly regarded as songs for the corned-beef and cabbage circuit, he set to work learning them. He has taken old gems and lovingly breathed new life into them, presenting them in his own unmistakeable style. These songs include ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Galway Bay’, ‘I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen’, ‘The Black Velvet Band’, ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly’.
No big symphonic manoeuvres here: For Seán it is always about the lyric and getting the story across. As luck would have it, all of these lyrics are married to the most beautiful melodies, and with the help of a small band of great musicians once again Seán Tyrrell has delivered a rare and beautiful album.
Seán has toured in the past with Tommy Peoples, Fergus Feely, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Brown, Liam Lewis, Steve Hanks Seán Potts, Paul Mc Grattan and Davy Spillane, as well as Three for the Ditch (Seán, Frankie Lane and comedian and actor Jack Lynch), The Shaskeen Céilí Band, Paddy Keenan, The Visit with Little John Nee and poet Mary O’Malley.
In recent times, Seán has been asked to be guest singer at concerts with the great Kilfenora Céilí Band.

MUSIC Seán Tyrrell launches new album in Matt Molloy’s

Monday, 21 April 2014

Iontas - Siansa Gael Linn 2014 winners

Cliffs along the Atlantic coastline of County ...
Cliffs along the Atlantic coastline of County Mayo, near Ballycastle, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The young traditional music group ‘Iontas’ from Coola Post Primary School, Riverstown, County Sligo, are the Siansa Gael Linn 2014 winners! At the Grand Finale concert in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 6th of April 2013, they were chosen from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious award. It is the third time a group from County Sligo has won the Siansa Grand Finale after’Spraoi’ in 2009 and ‘Teaspach’ in 2012. Siansa is  a competition for young traditional Irish music and singing groups, organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine.
Áine Hensey, popular presenter with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, compered the  show which was broadcast live by the station on the night. Each participating group - Trioscar from County Waterford, Na Rógairí from Dublin, Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe from Tulla, County Clare, Iontas from Riverstown, County Sligo, Na hÓgánaigh from Dublin, Lasair from Mallow, County Cork, Glór Mhaigh Eo from Castlebar, County Mayo, as well as Cóiriú from Magherafelt, County Derry, delighted the capacity audience with their programmes of carefully selected and thoughtfully arranged traditional tunes and songs. Such was the musicianship, that there was stiff competition for the prizefund  of €4,500, and it fell to renowned traditional musicians Mary Bergin, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and  Niamh Ní Charra to choose the prizewinners. There was great rejoicing among their supporters  when it was announced that ‘Iontas’ were the victors! There are 8 young musicians in the group - Tomás Ó Gabháin, Shauna Ní Chuilinn, Conal Mac Cormaic, Colm Ó Tuathaigh, Síofra Ní Áinle, Dúlra Ní Áinle, Orlaith Ní Chionnaith and Stiofán Ó Maolagáin. In second place were Glór Mhaigh Eo from Castlebar, County Mayo - Kate Ní Éineacháin, Maggie Ní Éineacháin, Sal Ní Éineacháin, Séamus Ó Tiarnáin, Marianna Ní Thiarnáin, Kathryn Ní Thiarnáin, Caoimhe Ní Giolla Choinnigh and Ellen Ní Mhurchú. Third place went to Cóiriú from Magherafelt, County Derry - Eimhéar Ní Mhaolchallan, Mairéad Ní Mhistéil, Maire Ní Mhistéil, Brígín Ní Mhistéil, Jeac Mac Giolla Mhearnóg, Stiofán Mac Aodha and Eoghan Mac Aodha.
The winners, Iontas, were presented with the Gael Linn trophy, along with a cheque for €2,500.  Prizes of  €1,250 and €750, 2nd and 3rd places resepectively, were presented to ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’ and ‘Cóiriú’.  Each young musician who took part in the final  was also presented with a memento of the occasion. Gael Linn will release a live recording of the three prizewinning groups on CD shortly.  A special programme featuring highlights from the event  will be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday, 23rd of April at 9.30p.m.
Thanking Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine for their ongoing support of the competition,  Gael Linn CEO, Antoine Ó Coileáin said: Siansa Gael Linn is a highlight of the music calendar for young musicians. The competition promotes excellence in music-making and enjoyment among the participants. Siansa uniquely showcases Irish music and Irish song by young musicians, all through the medium of Irish. Siansa gives expression to the great public interest and support for Irish culture.  

Further information:  Niamh de Búrca 01:6753303/087:2623953

Friday, 14 February 2014

Séan Potts

The funeral of Séan Potts, founding member of the Chieftains, will take place in Dublin today.

From the Irish Times:

The death has occurred of famed whistle player and founding member of The Chieftains, Seán Potts (83)
He was born in Drimnagh, Co Dublin, in 1930 and became friends with fellow whistle player Paddy Moloney in the 1950s.
Potts was a founder member of The Chieftains and honorary life president of Na Piobairí Uilleann, the association of uilleann pipers.
Before The Chieftains, Potts was an original member of Seán Ó Riada’s group Ceoltóirí Chualann.
The Chieftains were formed in 1962 and Potts briefly left the group in 1968 but rejoined and finally left again in 1979. Although he was primarily a whistle player, he also played the bodhrán.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Benefit for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann officer Terry Sullivan in Connecticut - The Irish Voice

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Stepping out (Photo credit: Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays)
A year ago Terry Sullivan came down from his home in Bristol, CT to help with the Irish outreach to folks in the Rockaways who needed so much help after Superstorm Sandy.

Now Sullivan, a musician and long-time Comhaltas officer and member who currently serves as the vice chair of the Northeast region of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, needs our help in his personal struggle fighting an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed in October. Sullivan is a devoted family man and veteran with 20 years of service to his credit.

His friends in the Burke-Curry-Seery branch in the Hartford area of Connecticut have organized a big benefit this Sunday, November 24 from 1-5 p.m. at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury ( to raise funds to deal with the mounting expenses.

Along with local entertainment, there will be a pasta buffet served at 2 p.m. and a raffle. Suggested admission is $20 donation, and tickets can be ordered through Liz Raymond at 860-346-3235.

Contributions can also be made payable to Terry Sullivan Benefit and mailed to 57 Maiden Lane, Bristol, CT 06010.

Benefit for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann officer Terry Sullivan in Connecticut | The Irish Voice | IrishCentral

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Heaney remembered at Southbank celebration

Seamus Heaney Collected Poems
Seamus Heaney Collected Poems (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the darkness, on the bank of the Thames, Seamus Heaney’s voice, one so recently gone, filled the hall, “Between my finger and my thumb. The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”
Tickets for the celebration in the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall of the life of Ireland’s greatest modern poet had been gone for weeks, with holders warned to hand back the unwanted.
A photograph of Heaney as a young man filled the backdrop, photographs that aged as the evening progressed, telling the story of his life through the changes in his poetry.
The uilleann pipes of Liam O’Flynn and Neil Martin’s cello set the Irish tone for the evening, one captured later by the The Chieftains with “Lullaby for the Dead”.
Poet, Andrew O’Hagan described his late friend as “an anchor for poetry” who had replenished the imagination, one whose every word issued tolerance.


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