Saturday, 26 April 2014

Scoil Acla Summer School

Achill Island (Irish; Acaill, Oileán Acla) in ...
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July 26th – August 2nd, 2014
Achill Island, Co. Mayo
The annual Scoil Acla summer school takes place on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. Scoil Acla is Ireland’s oldest summer school, originally founded in 1910 and re–launched in 1985.
Scoil Acla follows the usual format of daily music classes which run from Monday to Saturday on the following instruments, accordion, banjo, flute, concertina, fiddle, harp, tin whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhrán with beginners, intermediate and advanced students being catered for on all instruments.  Other workshops available are in Art, creative writing, basket weaving, dancing and a course on Gaeilg’ Acla, the Achill dialect of Irish. Throughout the week they have recitals, poetry readings, creative writing readings, indoor and outdoor concerts, sessions, walks, talks, exhibitions and much more. Scoil Acla invites a musician in residence each year to attend the summer school. Previous musicians in residence include: John E Lavelle, Joe Burke and Ann Conroy Burke, Liam O’Connor, John Carty, Mary Bergin, Laoise Kelly, Catherine McEvoy, Michael O’Raghallaigh, Mick O’Brien,Treasa Ní Cheannabhain, Brenndán Ó Beaglaoich and Eileen O’Brien many of whom have joined them as tutors. Why not join them on Ireland’s largest island for a summer school of music, culture, history agus gaeilge. Is i ár dTeanga is ár gceol ár nDúchas

‘Ó nach breá a bheith ag siúl na trá, is ag fánaíocht faoin spéir,
Faoi dhraíocht ag cur na mara ann, is a cheol i ndeireadh lae, In Acaill aoibhinn álainn glas is binne glór na n–éan, Ó gabh i leith, tabhair cuairt gan teip, ar a muintir Ghaelach shéimh,’ (Brian Ó Baoill 2010).

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Union stage Irish Music & Dance Session to support Manchester Rose

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A special fundraising event to support Mairead Hussey will be staged at the Union Inn ion Levenshulme on Tuesday 13 May
The Levenshulme Pub Company, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance, the Manchester Mayo Tourism and Business group and the Full Irish Radio have all joined forces to stage a special fund raising event to support Manchester’s New Rose of Tralee winner – Mairead Hussey.
The group will be staging a mammoth Irish Music and Dancing session in the Union Inn on Stockport Road in Levenshulme. The Levenshulme Pub Company are donating all the bar takings from the event to help support Mairead and her sponsors The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance who are going over for trip the Regional Final.
Mairead commented “I’m really excited about the Rose of Tralee Regional Final in Ireland and the tremendous amount of support that I have been getting from everyone in Manchester. I’m hoping that all my friends and family will come down to play a few tunes or show us a step or just to enjoy the craic. It would be great to set a new record for cramming the most musicians and dancers performing in a pub.”
Lawrence Hennigan the CEO of the Levenshulme Pub Company and one of the directors of the Manchester Mayo Business and Tourism group commented “We are delighted to be involved with this fund raising event to support Mairead in her quest to represent Manchester in the Rose of Tralee and the Keegan Academy who sponsored her in the Manchester heat. As a musician she has always supported us in numerous community events and we are happy to support her. I also know that all the dancers in the Keegan Academy are behind her all the way. I have even got a special table set up for Declan Murphy to perform his Sean Nos Table dancing.”
The event organizers are looking to enlist as many Irish musicians and dancers as possible to perform at the session which will be staged from 7pm-10pm on Tuesday 13 May and its free entry. To register your interest in performing at the event or donating a prize for the raffle just email or
The Regional final is to be held Portlaoise Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise, Co. Laois from Wednesday 28 May to Sunday 1 June.
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Union stage Irish Music & Dance Session to support Manchester Rose - Mairead Hussey | Manchester Irish Festival

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


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