Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Tune Makers

The Tune Makers, aka Liz Carroll on fiddle, Máirtín O'Connor on button accordion and Dave Flynn on guitar play a set of tunes - Liz Carroll's composition 'Lost In The Loop' from the CD of the same name and Máirtín O'Connor's 'Cat Chase Mouse' from the Chatterbox CD.
This set of tunes was performed during a concert at The Dock in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, and which was streamed live on the internet on

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Tune Makers in Carrick-on-Shannon

The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon will set the scene for The Tune Makers this month when Liz Carroll (fiddle), Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Dave Flynn (guitar) and special guest Charlie Lennon collaborate to bring the most prolific composers in Irish traditional music to showcase their creative musical talents at the Co Leitrim venue.
 The group will take to the stage at the Dock on Wednesday, September 26 next for what is guaranteed to be a night of excellent traditional music from some of the best musicians in the business.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Breton Set - Alan Kelly Gang

Alan Kelly Gang (formerly known as Alan Kelly Quartet) perform the 'Breton Set' at Celtic Connections - LIVE from the Fruitmarket. Recorded for BBC Scotland January, 2010.

The Tune Makers – sharing tunes on

Liz Carroll
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The next webcast features The Tune Makers, a newly formed trio, who along with some special guests will tour venues around Ireland this Autumn. The gig takes place on Wednesday September 26th at 8:30pm GMT+1, and will stream free-to-air on the website.

First, let’s introduce the band. The Tune Makers is made up of Liz Carroll (fiddle), Máirtín O’Connor (accordion) & Dave Flynn (guitar) and for this live streamed concert they’ll be joined on stage by special guest Charlie Lennon. The ensemble came together ‘to showcase the artistry of Irish tune composers’, and what will make this interesting is that the group will combine personal compositions with music from other composers from this era and from bygone ones. An added feature is the addition of a well known musician (local to each venue they’ll play), who will add variety as well as a bit of local colour to the event.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Altan Live at Ranelagh Arts Festival

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Altan @ Ranelagh Arts Festival
15 Sep
at Sandford Parish Church

Having celebrated their 25th anniversary, Altan begin a new chapter with their latest album released worldwide on Compass Records March 2012. With over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage. The Boston Globe has described them as 'The hottest group in the Celtic realm!' Altan have toured all over the USA and Europe. We are delighted to have them at this years festival and it promises to be a wonderful evening. Special guests will include - Liam O Maonlai and Triona Marshall from the chieftains."

The Chieftans’ founder Paddy Maloney honoured with Mexico’s highest cultural award

Paddy MoloneyPaddy MoloneyJoe Lawrence, Irish Independent
TRADITIONAL Irish musician Paddy Moloney has been honoured with Mexico's highest cultural award.

At a ceremony to mark the tribute, The Chieftains' founder hinted that Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson is sizing up a new freedom-fighter film role.

Moloney said his Oscar-winning friend wants to play the part of a legendary Irish-Mexican army commander who fought US invasions in the 19th century.

The musician made the claim as he was honoured with Mexico's Ohtli award at the country's embassy in Dublin for his work promoting the country's culture and historical ties to Ireland.

His love of Mexico was sparked in the late-1980s when he discovered Irish involvement in the war against the US.

Traditional Music on Patrick Street Cork

Youth Musicians - Dun Uladh, Omagh

Irish Traditional Fiddle Music; Limerick's Lament

Donal McCague at Fleadh Cheoil 2012, Cavan. Concert upstairs in Farnham with Brian Conway and Tommy Peoples.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Trad music gig for kids in Galway

GalwayGalway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)THEIR MUSIC has been called “Riverdance for toddlers” and “grown up music for kids”. They are The Specks and they are coming to The Town Hall Theatre this Sunday at 12.30pm.

The Speks - Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed and Rafferty - are a trad band for children, whose debut album recently won a prestigious Parents’ Choice music award in the US.

In concert they perform nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music while encouraging children to sing and dance along.

Newstalk’s Tom Dunne said: “If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs with an Irish twist then The Specks are the boys for you.”

The INTO publication In Touch said: “Educationally they encompass the all important areas of rhyme, rhythm and repetition - so frequently the missing links for children learning to read.”

The show is for children aged seven and under. Tickets are available from the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 and

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