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

Stepping out
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.

Christy Moore to play at Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone

Christy Moore
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The legendary singer-songwriter Christy Moore, one of Ireland’s greatest musical icons of the current day is coming to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone for a special performance for one night only Saturday 7th December, having just launched a brand new album titled “Where I Come From”.

2013 has been a year of great success for Christy Moore who appeared alongside Declan Sinnott in a series of dates around Ireland and the UK including two sell out shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall before returning to Irish shores for an exhilarating series of summer appearances at the Live at the Marquee concert series, the Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival and Electric Picnic.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend

English: Bunratty Folk Park - Walkway between ...
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
January 16th–20th, 2014
The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend has been going from strength–to–strength over the last few years, and next January’s event marks another step forward for this eclectic festival of the best in acoustic music.  Between January 16th and 20th, almost 80 concerts, pub gigs, sessions, and shows will keep the villages of Sixmilebridge and Bunratty buzzing and bouncing with acts from far and wide, as well as the cream of local talent.

Ceolta Cruit at MacAnna Theatre, Dundalk Tomorrow November 21st

Oriel window in Oriel
Oriel window in Oriel (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)
Ceolta Cruit – The Melody of the Harp at Ceol Oirghialla
The gala concert at this year’s DkIT TradWeek focuses on the music of the harp and the great collections of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The concert, one of a series of events celebrating ten years of music at DkIT, takes place at 7pm on 21 November 2013 in the MacAnna Theatre on the DkIT campus and features the Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble with special guests Ann Heymann, Lisa Butler and Daoirí Farrell.
The Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Ensemble comprises over forty musicians drawn from the DkIT community, including undergraduates, postgraduates, graduates and staff. The Ensemble proudly represents the Institute at a variety of events, enriching the cultural life of the community and the North-East.
American based Ann Heymann is today’s first Gaelic harper to approach the cláirseach using rigorously applied historical and traditional standards. Recognised as a leading performer and scholar, Ann utilises a range of historical sources, including the Bunting, Robert ap Huw and piobaireachd manuscripts, to musically interpret ports, planxties, cumhas and other Irish harp compositions.
Fiddle player Lisa Butler is well known to traditional music audiences through her performances with Caladh Nua. In addition to her prowess on the fiddle, she has been acclaimed as the owner of one of the most lyrical voices in contemporary traditional music. Daoirí Farrell is this year’s winner of the Senior Men’s Singing competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. His debut album, The First Turn, marked him out as an outstanding exponent of traditional song, demonstrating influences from Andy Irvine, Christy Moore and Frank Harte amongst others. Both Lisa and Daoirí are graduates of the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme, Lisa being part of the very first cohort of students to graduate from Ceol Oirghialla.
The repertoire for the concert includes many tunes from the harp repertoire, including a number of compositions by the great harper composer Turlough O’Carolan that were composed in and around Dundalk. Other sources include Edward Bunting and George Petrie, principal collectors involved in the preservation of Irish traditional music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The study of traditional music is fundamental to the academic mission at Ceol Oirghialla and is an integral component of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. To date, research undertaken by Ionad Taighde Ceoil, the Centre for Research in Music at DkIT, has focused on the music and poetry connected to the Oriel region. Recent concerts have celebrated the unique cultural heritage of Oriel, including Ó Riada sa Gaeity (2009), Radharc ó na Sléibhte (2012), Imirce an Cheoil (2012) and Ómós do Josephine Keegan (2013). Ceolta Cruit continues the successful integration of theory and practice and the celebration of the rich intangible cultural heritage of the Oriel region.
The concert takes place as part of the second DkIT TradWeek, which includes a series of events including workshops, sessions, masterclasses, and lectures. Admission to the concert is free but tickets are limited. For more information see or contact

Andy Irvine to play in Ballina

Andy Irvine
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Irish music legend Andy Irvine is returning to Ballina Arts Centre this Thursday, November 21 at 8pm, for a special intimate concert.
Irvine’s music career has spanned an incredible 50 years, and he has been at the heart of Irish folk music throughout that time. In the 1960s, he and Johnny Moynihan formed the seminal group Sweeney’s Men, before leaving Ireland to travel through the Balkan countries, having become enamoured with the music of Eastern Europe. On his return, he joined Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam Óg Ó Flynn to form Planxty, forever changing the sound and spirit of Irish traditional and folk music.
With the demise of Planxty, Irvine recorded a classic album with Paul Brady, and since the 1980s he has been a part of exciting supergroups, such as Patrick Street and most recently Mozaik, thrilling audiences around the world with intricate and exultant music.
Throughout his various collaborations and pairings, Irvine has also maintained a career as a solo singer-songwriter – in the spirit of his hero, Woody Guthrie. His repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs. To book tickets (€16/€12) call Ballina Arts Centre on 096 73593 or email info@ballinaartscentre.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Complete Irish Whistle Tutor

Learn to play Irish traditional music on the whistle with this new tutor book from Tradschool

286 pages; with 429 accompanying audio tracks
104 tunes (28 children's & folk tunes + 76 traditional tunes)

What is it?

This tutor book, with its accompanying audio files, is intended to give a complete introduction to playing Irish music in the traditional style on the tin whistle; it covers all from the very first notes on the instruments to the most advanced ornamentation.
The book is broadly divided into two parts, with the shorter first part covering the basics of the whistle (pages  1-48) while the longer second part (pages 49-286) covers the playing of Irish traditional music on the instrument
Tin Whistle - A Complete Guide to Playing Irish Traditional Music on the Whistle |


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