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Fiddle Workshop with MacDara O’Raghaillaigh, Ile de France

MacDara O'Raghaillaigh

MacDara O'Raghaillaigh

There will be a fiddle workshop with MacDara O’Raghaillaigh during the “Rencontres du  Violon Traditionnel” in Ile-de-France the 4th and 5th February 2012. See the website below or download the brochure for more information.


Music and Dance Workshops
16e rencontres de violon traditionnel

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2012

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Irish Musical Instruments – About the Bodhran Drum

bodhranThe bodhran, principal Irish percussion instrument, is a circular frame drum, with a shallow wooden frame and a skin head. The drum is most commonly between 16 – 18 inches in diameter and 4 – 8 inches deep. The head is usually (and ideally) made from goadskin, although other skins such as calfskin may be used. The frame is open at the back, and may have a crosspiece; this crosspiece can have 1 or 2 struts and was initially added to give rigidity to the structure; modern fabrication techniques mean this is no longer necessary and it is now a personal choice rather than a necessity.

The name of the bodhran comes from the Irish word “Bodhar”, meaning “deaf”; bodhran would translate to something like “deafening”!
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Derry to host Fleadh 2013


fleadh_2013_derryDerry has been chosen to host the Fleadh 2013, one of the largest traditional festivals in Ireland. The town was chosen over candidates such as Sligo and Ennis, making this year the first time the Fleadh moves North of the border.

It was feared earlier in the week that the possibility of violence by dissident republicans would see the organisers opt for a town in the Republic. The final decision was announced in Dublin today – Derry will host the Fleadh when it will be 2013 UK City of Culture.

First minister Peter Robinson spoke of the “vote of confidence” in Derry:
“It is a proud and historic city with a rich heritage and the hosting of this event will be one of the highlights of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

Mr McGuinness also hailed the decision: “This is a great day for Derry and the north and I wish to thank all those who have played a part in securing this outcome.”
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Paul Brady, Cathy Davey at Ballincollig Winter Festival


ballincollig_festival_white_horseThe Winter Music Festival in Ballincollig provides a unique opportunity for audiences to see world-class artists in an intimate setting at the White Horse in the town.

The festival was opened last night by fiddle duo Paddy and Kevin Glackin, and Caoimhin O’Raghailly and Kevin Begley. Irish singer and guitarist Paul Brady plays tonight, and Cathy Davey does her first gig in over a year on Sunday.

White Horse owner, Joe Carey says,
“January can be a dreary month and it’s great to give people something to look forward to with the first music festival of 2012”.

As well as the gigs upstairs in The White Horse, there will be music classes for kids, sean nós dancing, free traditional Irish and bluegrass sessions and children’s storytelling events in other venues across the town.

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