Friday, 12 October 2012

Edenderry to host 2013 Leinster Fleadh - Offaly Express

Sharon Shannon
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Edenderry CCE and Offaly Comhaltas are delighted to announce that Fleadh Laighean 2013 will be hosted in Edenderry.

As part of the fund raising activities – Sharon Shannon and her band will perform in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Tuesday, October 30 at 8pm.

Admission €20. Special guests will also perform on the night including the 2011 Senior All Ireland Grupai Cheoil winners. A night not to be missed! Contact Tom on 087 6551198 for more information.

Music Classes: Adult tin whistle classes now starting in the Boy’s School, Gilroy Avenue on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. €40 for 10 lessons.

Comhaltas Tour of Ireland arrives at Longford’s Backstage Theatre - Longford Leader

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Comhaltas Tour of Ireland, Macalla na hÉireann, will perform at the Backstage Theatre, Longford on Monday October 15 next at 8pm.

The event, which is unique to Ireland has being going from strength to strength over the past few years and boasts the very best of Irish musicians and dancers. This is the tour’s first visit to Longford and the first time in 24 years that a local musician has participated.

This year County Longford musician and banjo player Elaine Reilly from Ballymore, Granard is among the elite group that will tour the country over the coming weeks. The 18-year-old is regarded as one of Ireland’s up and coming musicians and scooped runner up in the 15-18 year-old Category during the All-Ireland Fleadh Ceoil in Cavan recently. She is also a member of the John Duignan Comhaltas Branch and has numerous musical accolades to her credit.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Scoil Cheoil na Botha 2012

Cover of Téada
Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown for the 6th successive year from the 12th-14th October 2012.

Friday 12th,
Launch of festival and opening session with the Legendary Donegal fiddle player Danny Meehan, Darren Breslin (All Ireland Box Champion 2008) from Fermanagh, Dónal McCague, whose fiddle album Bits ‘n’ Pieces shot to fame last year, Michael McCague (Guitar) of ‘At the Racket’ and ‘At First Light’ fame and Seán McElwain (bouzouki) of ‘Téada’ fame at 9pm in McCagues Bar in Scotstown.

Saturday 13th,
Registration for classes begins at 10am in Urbleshanny National School, Scotstown.
Classes cost €20 per person which includes master classes, lunch and tutor concert.
Discounts for families.Classes will run from 11-1pm and 2-3.30pm
Tutor concert takes place in the school straight after classes from 4-5.30pm

Button Accordion: Darren Breslin
Fiddle : Danny Meehan
Fiddle: Laura Beagon
Whistle/flute: Dave Sheridan
Harp: Fionnuala Rooney
Banjo: Bronagh Graham
Piano Accordion: Shane Greene
Comhrá Gaeilge: Máire Nic Thaidhg.
The comhrá gaeilge class has been added to the festival for the first time this year and it is hope that it will encourage all irish speakers, from beginners to the fluent, to attend the class and the festival.
The class should benefit young people who would like to brush up on their spoken irish for their Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams.

Saturday evening session at 6pm in Moynas Bar, Scotstown for children who attended classes during the day led by tutors Fionnuala Rooney(Harp) and Bronagh Graham(Banjo)Session in Henrys Bar, Scotstown at 8pm with Dave Sheridan(flute), Seán McCague(Banjo), Shane Greene(Piano).
Session in Mc Cagues at 10pm with Laura Beagon(fiddle), Davy Lambe(flute), Darren Breslin(Box), Danny Meehan(fiddle)Sunday 14th,Session in McCagues Bar 2pm with Conor McCague(Banjo), Seán Mc Elwain(Bouzouki), Dónal McCague(fiddle) and Dermot McKenna(piano)

To sign up for classes and for info on the festival check out or follow us on facebook.
Contact Pauline on 04789161

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Music in Malawi

Introducing banjo and Tin Whistle to kids in village of Makupo in Malawi

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Music of Clare Online Archive at Clare County Library

English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
English: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Clare County Library has launched the Music of Clare project, on the library’s website at  A large selection of tunes associated with the county is available in sheet music form, with associated recordings from Clare musicians such as Willie Clancy, Terry Bingham, Micho Russell, Mary Custy and many more. The aim of the project is to present a sample of the musical culture of the county of Clare.   “The library service in Clare offers a wide range of music for lending throughout the county, and we have had a very strong traditional music collection in Miltown Malbay for many years”, says Clare County Librarian Helen Walsh. “This new online project will allow immediate access to all those interested in the music of County Clare, and will greatly enhance the existing historical and cultural resources on the library website itself”, she adds.

The Tune Makers play 'The Bucks of Oranmore'

Playing two of the best known session tunes from the world of traditional Irish music, it's The Tune Makers with 'The Galway Rambler' and 'The Bucks of Oranmore'. The Tune Masters are Liz Carroll (fiddle), Máirtín O'Connor (button accordion), & Dave Flynn (guitar). Here they're joined by legendary fiddle player Charlie Lennon.
This is the encore from a concert at The Dock in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, and which was streamed on

O'Brien from Newtown, The Haunted House - Crawford, Foley & Dukes

"O'Brien from Newtown" & "The Haunted House", performed by Kevin Crawford, Dylan Foley. Josh Dukes & Shannon Dunne in concert at the Musical Arts and Dance Week (MAD) 2012 Faculty Concert, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda Maryland.

"The Haunted House" composed by Vincent Broderick.

The CCE Musical Arts and Dance Faculty Concert is a collaboration and joint production by the O'Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoloiri Eireann (CCE - and the Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT -

© 2012, Institute of Musical Traditions

19th William Kennedy Piping Festival

The 19th William Kennedy Piping Festival opens on Wednesday 14th with a concert in The Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan featuring the uilleann pipers from the Armagh Pipers club and the world renowned National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. This concert is part of a new project by the Armagh Pipers Club entitled ‘The Pipers Bridge’ taken from the name of a road halfway between Armagh City and Monaghan town. The Pipers Bridge project flags up both the long association between the Armagh Pipers Club and Monaghan and the crucial role played by piping in building cultural bridges not only in Ireland but all over the world where pipes are played.

There will be another concert in Armagh on Thursday 15th in the Marketplace Theatre featuring the same line up. The NYPBoS will deliver two school concerts as well in Armagh plus an outdoor lunchtime concert on Thursday 15th outside the Marketplace Theatre whose amphitheatre-like steps overlooking Market Street have in recent years featured groups as diverse as the Breton Bagad Cap Caval and last year the Galician group Lume de Biqueira.


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