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Flute workshops at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Co. Clare

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from Monday, July 4th – Saturday July 9th

Start: 4 July, 2016
End: 9 July, 2016
Venue: Willie Clancy Summer School
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Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland

Launch of Sara Lanier’s Annals of the Irish Harpers at Art O’ Neill Commemoration, Benburb, Co. Tyrone

lanier, fox annals irish harpersLaunch of Sara C. Lanier’s new edition of Charlotte Milligan Fox’s Annals of the Irish Harpers, as part of the Art O’ Neill Commemoration: “The Last Minstrel of Ireland” Saturday 2nd July from 9.30am

Saturday the 2nd of July will see a dedicated all-day seminar held in the Great Hall at Benburb Priory which will celebrate the life and music of Art O’Neill, the Blind Harper from Tyrone.  This unique and special event will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Art’s death in 1816 at Maydown near Benburb.

Arthur Ó Néill (circa 1734-1816) was born into thatfinal generation of itinerant harpers who carried the music of the Irish wirestrung harp into the early nineteenth century.He was born in the townland of Drumnastrade, the Ó Néill family home,between Benburb and Dungannon, a few miles from Benburb village. After losing his sight in childhood, Ó Néill was taught the traditional harptechnique by Owen Keenan of Augher. He travelled Ireland enjoying the patronage andhospitality of many of the significant figures of late eighteenth century Ireland.

Sixteen years after taking part in the Belfast Harpers Assembly of 1792, whichfeatured the music of Ireland’s leading Harper’s including Ó Néill, he was selectedin his seventy-fifth year to administer the Belfast Harp Society’s project for theeducation of blind children in the traditional harp technique, the final seriousattempt to save the tradition as a living culture. One of his first pupils and his successor was Valentine Rainey, nephew of Robert ‘Rabie’ Burns, the Bard of Scotland.

At Edward Buntings prompting, Ó Néill had earlier dictated hislife story to Bunting’s secretary Thomas Hughes, although his Memoir wouldwait a full century before Charlotte Milligan Fox first published this in her‘Annals of the Irish Harpers’ (1911).A new improved reprint of this book will be launched at the seminar.

The seminar will be chaired by Brian Mullen of BBC Ulster and Radio Foyle.  It will feature scholars and musicians such as Siobhán Armstrong who is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists and chairs the Historical Harp Society of Ireland;Dr Colette Moloney, a County Cork musician who is currently Assistant Registrar at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Herpublications include ‘The Irish Music Manuscripts of Edward Bunting (1773-1843): AnIntroduction and Catalogue’ (ITMA 2000); Dr Sara C. Lanieris an acknowledged authority on the historical Irish HarpTradition, the Belfast Harper’s Assembly of 1792 and the life and work of CharlotteMilligan Fox. She has researched the mid twentieth century harp revival instigated by the Folk Harp Movement in California and is the originator of the term “California Celtic”; RolandSpottiswoodeis a writer and visual artist. After a successful career in filmproduction (Pink Floyd The Wall, 1981; The Snowman 1982) in 1996 he returned to full-time painting; FintanVallelyis a musician, writer, lecturer and researcher on Traditional music, originally from Armagh; Dr Peter Smithis Reader in Irish at the Ulster University. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford.His publications include ‘Songs fromthe Sperrins: Traditional Singing from Mid and North Tyrone’ (Derry 2009); and, Éamonn Ó Bróithe is a piper and singer from Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, buthas spent his adult life in the West of Ireland, where he now lives.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event which promises to be a very special and unique opportunity to look in to the life, times and craft of Art O’Neill, and the legacy he left.

To book your place on this event, please visit or  please contact James Kane on 07876 385282.

Start: 2 July, 2016
End: 2 July, 2016
Venue: Servite Priory
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Benburb, Co. Tyrone, Tyrone, Ireland

Carlow College (Pittsburg) summer-school concert at The United Arts Club

Summer school concert of all aspects of Traditional music

Companach on tour in Bruxelles and Luxembourg

Start: 13 June, 2016
End: 13 June, 2016
Venue: United Arts Club
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Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 4, Ireland

Compánach at Conservatoire de la Ville, Luxembourg

Companach on tour in Bruxelles and LuxembourgCompánach will be performed in Luxembourg on JUNE 10th. Taking part will be Fintan Vallely, Gerry O’Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin, Sibéal Davitt and special guest singer Karan Casey.




[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


nutan book cover 69 frontLaunch of this fabulous book of photographs taken by Guy Jungblut in 1966, and Nutan in 1969, images that are rare, nostalgic, humourous and tragic, and food for thought should we ever consider exiting the EC …

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Start: 8 June, 2016
End: 8 June, 2016
Venue: Embassy of Ireland in Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium

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

A ‘terrible beauty’ is sung …

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Popular song as morale-builder, call to action, memorial and “pike in the thatch”  in Irish revolutionary agitation … an Illustrated lecture on Songs of Rebellion, in Bow Street Studio 1, just off Church St in Smithfield, Dublin, live lecture commissioned and to be recorded for broadcast by RTÉ (Easter Monday), 11am

Start: 28 March, 2016
End: 28 March, 2016
Venue: Bow Street Studio 1
off Smithfield, Dublin 1

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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