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Newry: Oriel Traditional Music Archive seeking volunteers

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The Oriel Traditional Music Archive (OTMA) is actively seeking volunteers to assist in preserving local traditional songs and music. An open night will be held in Newry later this month to discuss how individuals can contribute to passing on this cultural heritage to future generations. The event is especially appealing to those with a passion for Irish traditional music and songs and who wish to help preserve the unique traditions of the local area.

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Belfast Concert: Barry Kerr, Laura Kerr & Donogh Hennessy, Méabh Meir, and Ó Ghlúin go Glúin

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  • Belfast TradFest in collaboration with Sound of Belfast Festival presents a special concert featuring Barry Kerr, Laura Kerr & Donogh Hennessy, Méabh Meir, and Ó Ghlúin go Glúin on Friday, November 17th, with doors opening at 20:00.
  • Venue Details: It will be held at The Oh Yeah Music Centre, located at 15-21 Gordon St, Belfast BT1 2LG.
  • Audience Information: The concert is suitable for all ages, but individuals under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Ticket Pricing: Tickets are available for £15.

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Drogheda Welcomes the Return of Its Traditional Music & Singing Weekend

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Drogheda, November 24, 2023 – The historic town of Drogheda is once again set to host the much-anticipated Drogheda Traditional Music & Singing Weekend, celebrating its 22nd anniversary. Scheduled from November 24 to November 26, 2023, the festival, in association with Droichead Arts Centre, promises a vibrant showcase of traditional Irish music and culture.

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Comprehensive Book on Céilí Bands – On the night

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Philip Duffy’s “On the Night: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – Musicians and Senior Céilí Band Winners, 1951–2021” is a detailed account of senior céilí band winners at the All Ireland Fleadh, spanning from its inception in 1951 to 2019, with a gap in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This extensive work, consisting of nearly a thousand pages and accompanied by two CDs, documents the biographies of musicians who have been part of winning bands. It identifies recurring themes and the evolving nature of the Fleadh, including the competition’s central role in Irish traditional music and the céilí band’s position as a highlight of the event. Continue reading

Mayo Musician Shines at TradFest

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Celebrated Mayo harpist and composer Alannah Thornburgh is set to perform at Dublin’s renowned TradFest, the premier festival of traditional and folk music in Ireland, scheduled for January 2024. TradFest, known for its dynamic showcase of both established and up-and-coming artists, will offer a range of performances across various historic locations in Dublin and Fingal.

Thornburgh, recognized for her exceptional skill on the traditional Irish harp, will grace the stage at Castle Hall on the evening of January 26 at 7 p.m. Her music, acclaimed for its seamless blend of ancient Irish melodies with influences from American Appalachian and jazz traditions, has been hailed for its originality and expressive harmonies.

Her debut single, “The Front,” paid tribute to composer Conor Walsh and earned international praise. A two-time nominee at the RTÉ Folk Awards, Thornburgh has also been featured in an RTÉ documentary and has won the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award.

As a key member of the trio Alfi, she has earned the 2020 US Embassy Creative Minds Award. Fans can anticipate her solo album and another with Alfi in 2023. Thornburgh’s collaborations with artists across genres highlight her versatility and commitment to evolving Irish music.

Irish Traditional Music News

Newry: Oriel Traditional Music Archive seeking volunteers

The Oriel Traditional Music Archive (OTMA) is actively seeking volunteers to assist in preserving local [...]

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy TV Series

TG4 is set to air the much-anticipated television series “Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy” starting 26th [...]

Belfast Concert: Barry Kerr, Laura Kerr & Donogh Hennessy, Méabh Meir, and Ó Ghlúin go Glúin

Belfast TradFest in collaboration with Sound of Belfast Festival presents a special concert featuring Barry [...]

Drogheda Welcomes the Return of Its Traditional Music & Singing Weekend

Drogheda, November 24, 2023 – The historic town of Drogheda is once again set to [...]

Bothy Band Reunion at Celtic Connections

Iconic Irish group The Bothy Band will reunite for a rare performance at Celtic Connections [...]

Comprehensive Book on Céilí Bands – On the night

Philip Duffy’s “On the Night: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – Musicians and Senior Céilí Band [...]

Altan to perform at Tradfest 2024

Altan, Irish Traditional Music band

The renowned Irish band Altan will take the stage at TradFest 2024, Ireland’s premier traditional music festival, on January 26 at 7:30 pm in Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church. Established nearly 40 years ago by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Altan has been instrumental in Irish traditional music, known for their dynamic dance tunes and poignant songs. TradFest, which runs from January 24-28, 2024, will feature an array of traditional and folk performances across Dublin, from city centers to the historic Fingal coast. This year’s festival promises a blend of iconic and emerging artists, including Janis Ian and Ralph McTell, alongside a diverse program of food markets, outdoor dances, children’s events, and workshops. Tickets and the full lineup are available on the festival’s website, tradfest.com.

Irish Traditional Music News

Newry: Oriel Traditional Music Archive seeking volunteers

The Oriel Traditional Music Archive (OTMA) is actively seeking volunteers to assist in preserving local [...]

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy TV Series

TG4 is set to air the much-anticipated television series “Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy” starting 26th [...]

Belfast Concert: Barry Kerr, Laura Kerr & Donogh Hennessy, Méabh Meir, and Ó Ghlúin go Glúin

Belfast TradFest in collaboration with Sound of Belfast Festival presents a special concert featuring Barry [...]

Drogheda Welcomes the Return of Its Traditional Music & Singing Weekend

Drogheda, November 24, 2023 – The historic town of Drogheda is once again set to [...]

Bothy Band Reunion at Celtic Connections

Iconic Irish group The Bothy Band will reunite for a rare performance at Celtic Connections [...]

Comprehensive Book on Céilí Bands – On the night

Philip Duffy’s “On the Night: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – Musicians and Senior Céilí Band [...]

The London Lasses Mark 25 Years with New Album ‘LL25’

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The renowned Irish music group, The London Lasses, is celebrating a significant milestone with the release of their 25th anniversary album, “LL25”. Known for their powerful and traditional signature sound, the album is a commemorative piece that encapsulates the band’s remarkable journey in the realm of Irish music over the last quarter-century.

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