Flute recital at flutes concert, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy


Tuesday, 5th July at 8.00 pm WHISTLE & FLUTE RECITAL at Community Centre

with Mick Hand, Christy Barry, Paul McGrattan, John Wynne, Conal Ó Gráda, Patsy Hanly, Anne Sheehy, Fintan Vallely, Mick Crehan, Bríd O’Donohue, Billy Clifford, Róisín Nic Dhonncha, Seán Ryan, Tara Diamond, Louise Mulcahy, Eamon Cotter, Mick O’Connor, Francis O’Connor, Marcas Ó Murchú, Marion McCarthy, Maureen McGrattan, Eibhlín de Paor, Ciarán Somers, Adrian McCarron, Catherine McEvoy, Geraldine Cotter, Peter Phelan, Aoife Granville and Majella O’Beirne.


[photo courtesy Danny Diamond]

Start: 5 July, 2016
End: 5 July, 2016
Venue: Community Hal
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Miltown Malbay, Ireland

Compánach at Conservatoire de la Ville, Luxembourg

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[photo courtesy Nutan]

Start: 9 June, 2016
End: 9 June, 2016
Venue: Conservatoire de la Ville
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33, rue Charles Martel, Luxembourg, L-2134 Luxembourg

Compánach at Brussels Tradfest 2016

COM DANCERS KIDSCompánach will be performed at this year’s Brussels Tradfest. Taking part will be Fintan Vallely, Gerry O’Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin, Sibéal Davitt and special guest singer Karan Casey.

Download Brussels Tradfest programme.

Start: 7 June, 2016
End: 7 June, 2016
Venue: Brussels Tradfest
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180 Chaussée d'Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium, 1040 Brussels

Armagh Pipers’ Club 50th anniversary concert at Armagh

At the launch of Fintan Vallely's companion 2 of Irish Traditional Music. Royal Irish Academy and harcourt Hotel. Dublin

At the launch of Fintan Vallely’s companion 2 of Irish Traditional Music. Royal Irish Academy and harcourt Hotel. Dublin

Performance with Sheena Vallely at 50th anniversary of Armagh Pipers’ Club – concert in the Market Theatre, Armagh







[photo courtesy Nutan]

Start: 13 May, 2016
End: 13 May, 2016
Venue: Market Theatre
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Armagh, Ireland

‘An Chuairt Chaidrimh – The Friendly Visit’ performance, with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Fintan Vallely and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin are the guest performers at the Friendly Visit night in Bray.

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Start: 6 May, 2016
End: 6 May, 2016
Venue: Friendly Visit
Phone: 086-1533389
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Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Traditional and new music and dance from Ireland


With Gerry O’Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duninnchin, Fintan Vallely, Anne-Marie-O’Farrell (harp), Dearbhla Collins (piano), Eimear MacCarrick & Justin McGuire (dance), Aylish Kerrigan (mezzo-sooprano & Moderator). Reception with Irish Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins.

Start: 26 March, 2016
End: 26 March, 2016
Venue: Grentzone
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Germany, Stuttgart

Irish Traditional Music 100 years on from 1916

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A Melodic Beauty is Released … Traditional music in the optimistic revloutionary years after 1916

Concert by Gerry O’Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Fintan Vallely at Chorherrenhnaus, Sindelfingen (Stuttgart)

A concert series in Germany with Gerry O’Connor, Fintan Vallely and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin playing music that has blossomed in the new Irish state over the century since 1916.  Some of this was the soundscape to Gaelic revival, the socialisation that was part of new-State celebration and the cultural lives of emigré communities in Britain and America. Airs, songs and dance music on uilleann pipes, flute, fiddle and voice from three specialists from border counties who learned from the great stylists and have been performing Traditional Irish muisic for most of their lives. Concerts in Munich, Stuttgart and Sindelfingen already arranged (see EVENTS) and we are open to other bookings in March and April.

Start: 23 March, 2016
End: 23 March, 2016
Venue: Sindelfingen International Strassenfest
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Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, Germany

A music tour of Ireland, at Munich Folk Club

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Fintan Vallely & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin –

A Traditional-music progress around Ireland, c. 1616-2016

This music journey begins with melodies from the 17th and 18th centuries that were committed to print by dedicated collectors in the dying years of their period of daily use. As a result of revival from the 1960s on, and driven by the ideology of the late 1800s which changed Ireland dramatically, this music has now become part of the stock, expressive variety of modern-day Traditional music, while also enjoying a life in Classical performance as well as in Rock and Popular musics. More-modern dance tunes and airs are played also in the recital, the material that was the core of pre-World War 2 popular music for social dancing all over the island. The instruments used are D and B uilleann pipes, a unique Irish form of the bagpipe developed in the early 1700s as the ‘Irish pipes’ or ‘union pipes’, and the pre-1860s, wooden concert flute. The repertoire is selected from the regional and unusual music from the Compánach  music-photography show in which the musicians also both perform.

Start: 21 March, 2016
End: 21 March, 2016
Venue: Munich Folk Club
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Glór na hAoise album launch at Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway

glornahaoise_reducedSinging ‘The Rossport Song’ / ‘Ó, Ró, Shell “Gabh chun sáile!!’,  and playing the air and slip-jig ‘Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia’, at the Glór na hAoise concert of “Songs of Solidarity and Resistance” a.k.a the ‘Songs for Rossport’ project, at which will be launched an album of songs and poetry which come out of the political resistance to the intransigence and arrogance of Shell in West Mayo over the last fifteen years.

The song was written by Fintan originally in 2008, but only completed and sung for the Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast, October 2015. The air ‘Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia’ (‘For the Martyrs of Reggio Emilia’) is the air of a model anti-fascist song by Turin architect Fausto Amodei, one of the Cantacronache radical song collective, who became the first ‘singing congressman’ when he was elected to the Italian parliament in 1968. The song remains a profound socialist anthem in Italy, as its lyrics celebrate five anti-facist trade unionists murdered in Reggio Emilia in July, 1960. It was picked up by Fintan when he chanced on the huge annual commemoration there in 1973. The slip-jig which follows was developed from the air by Fintan in the 1980s.

Start: 22 November, 2015
End: 22 November, 2015
Venue: Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway
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Galway, Ireland

Arts in Action, NUIG, with Maggie Maguire & Eamonn Curran

maggie maguire fiddle and dancer nafco12Lunchtime performance with Maggie Maguire (Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, fiddle), Eamonn Curran (Monaghan, pipes), music set in the context of border and revival. Solos, ensemble and commentary.

Éamonn Curran began playing whistle at the age of eight, taught by his father, Ned, a flute- and fiddle-player from Co. Fermanagh who had a deep knowledge of Traditional music, its society and contexts. Éamonn first heard pipes played by Brian Vallely who had started the Armagh Pipers’ Club in the 1960s, and, smitten by them, he took them up and became the APC’s first uilleann pipe pupil. His playing developed at sessions with the APC, as well as with his father in Fermanagh – hearing such as flute player Cathal Mc Connell, fiddler Mick Hoy,Tommy Bheiti Maguire and  visiting musicians like Leitrim flute-player Packie Duignan. Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples was a regular visitor to the family home, and at the regular session in Monaghan town Eamonn also heard musicians from neighbouring counties – such as fiddle-players Brendan Mc Glinchey (Armagh)  and John Loughran (Tyrone) as well as local musicians from Scotstown, Emyvale and Tyholland. Eamonn’s piping at this time was influenced by Willie Clancy who he heard often at APC concerts, and his reed-making skills were learned from Sean Seery at the early Na Píobairí Uilleann tionól at Bettystown, Co. Meath. In 1976 while working at building in London he played in the Irish pubs such as The White Hart (Fulham), The Mother Redcap, The Black Lion and The Holloway, went on to  play professionally, touring and recording in Europe, Britain the United States and Canada with such as The Reel Union and Dolores Keane. Eamonn plays much of his father’s music and currently he both teaches pipes with Armagh Pipers Club and makes uilleann pipes, many of which instruments are played by the APC musicians.

Maggie Maguire is a fiddle player and teacher from Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh. From a stylistically-reputed family of musicians, she achieved various All-Ireland awards, and has appeared on television and radio programmes including TG4’s Geantraí and BBC’s Blas Ceoil. She studied music to degree and Masters Level at the University of Ulster, Derry City (UU). Leader of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning Knockmore Céilí Band, she has broadcast with them in thet 2015 TG4 series Stáir na mBannaí. She has been involved also in festivals and other events including UU’s Trad on Campus (2009-2011),  North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo – Derry/Donegal 2012), The International Council for Traditional Music (Derry 2011),  and Celtic Colours (Cape Breton, Canada, 2010 & 2015). She has performed with artistes including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, and Liz Doherty and Fiddlesticks. She has played in Ireland and abroad with CCÉ’s Tour across Ireland, in Britain and America, and at festivals including including Ar Áis Arís (Co. Donegal), Tonder (Denmark), Dolans’ (Co. Limerick), Celtic Colours (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). She is presently Riarathóir with responsibility for music development at CCÉ’s Dún Uladh at Omagh, Co. Tyrone.

Start: 12 November, 2015 1:00 pm
End: 12 November, 2015 2:00 pm
Venue: Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.
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University college, Galway
Cost: Free
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