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Concert for Carlow College, Pittsburgh Universtiy

Concert with Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin (uilleann pipes), Helen Diamond (song), and Síbeal Davitt (sean-nós step dance) for Carlow College, Pittsburgh Universityh Irish Studies summer school programme in Ireland.

Start: 12 June, 2017
End: 12 June, 2017
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Dublin, Ireland

Spanish Association for Irish Studies, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

Keynote paper to AEDEI 2017 Conference at Universidad de La Rioja

“The note is as mighty as words … ”

Traditional music as played today. Its revival and status are the product of a highly-motivated, politically-driven, extra-State activism which has been confident of the music’s intrinsic artistic merit, aesthetic importance and symbolic value. The music’s re-establishment is not only an achievement to be maintained, but is also an invitation to development. It is at an artistically-thrilling watershed with three directions being explored by performers: refinement (maintaining styles and standards), expansion (development in the Contemporary Classical idiom), and fusion/crossover (engaging with Popular/Rock). Like the written word, the ‘Traditional’ music idiom is simultaneously a barometer, gauge and agent of identity-related artistic expression.

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Start: 27 May, 2017
End: 27 May, 2017
Venue: Universidad de La Rioja
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C/San José de Calasanz, 33, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, 26005 Logroño

Compánach at L’Arbre de la Liberté, Castlebar

Compánach is being performed as a special event at L’Arbre de la Liberté – Liberty Tree Conference, Castlebar, on April 29th, 2017. Performers Gerry O’Connor, Fintan Vallely, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Róisín Chambers.

Start: 29 April, 2017
End: 29 April, 2017
Venue: Breaffy House Hotel
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Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland

Compánach at Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork

Start: 10 March, 2017
End: 10 March, 2017
Venue: Ionad Cutúrtha Bhaile Bhúirne
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Ballyvourney, Ireland

Compánach at Ennis Tradfest

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. Sunday night 13th November.

Start: 13 November, 2016
End: 13 November, 2016
Venue: Old Ground Hotel
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Ennis, Clare, Ireland

Compánach at Cork Folk Festival




Compánach will be performed at this year’s Cork Folk Festival, Sept. 29 – Oct. 2nd. Saturday evening 5pm

Karan Casey will be singing, and dance will be by Galway artiste Emma O’Sullivan.

[photo courtesy Nutan]

Start: 1 October, 2016
End: 1 October, 2016
Venue: Cork Folk Festival
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Cork, Ireland

International summer-school concert at The United Arts Club, Dublin

Companach on tour in Bruxelles and LuxembourgConcert with explanation of music for International summer schools.

Start: 11 July, 2016
End: 11 July, 2016
Venue: United Arts Club
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Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 4, Ireland

Ed Reavey Tribute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

usa reavey 127Chairing Mick Moloney’s tribute talk on Cavan/Philadelphia fiddle composer Ed Reavey.

Start: 5 July, 2016
End: 5 July, 2016
Venue: Community Hall
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Miltown Mavbay, Clare, Ireland

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

Flute workshops at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Co. Clare

032 Teach WC flute class 03Teaching flute at the Willie Clancy Summer school

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
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