Féile Frank Mc Gann in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, the Willie Keane Memorial Weekend in Doonbeg, Co Clare, and the Des Carty Sessions in west Co Dublin offer a wide range of traditional music concerts in the weeks ahead.
Gerry Diver’s Speech Project album, featuring the voices of the likes of Joe Cooley, Martin Hayes, Christy Moore and Margaret Barry, was released earlier this year, and the live show is now coming to Ireland.
The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray has recently produced a very attractive CD called Mermaid 10, consisting of some highlights of the live music concerts that have taken place at the Centre as recorded by their sound engineer Eóin Murphy.
Piper Mark Redmond is among the performers lined up for Sunday night's Ace and Deuce of Piping in Liberty Hall.
A second volume of Charlie Lennon’s compositions, including their piano accompaniment, and a CD of the music performed by Lennon himself, has been published.
The Tune Makers tour is Liz Carroll, Máirtín O’Connor and Dave Flynn, with guests, exploring composition in traditional music.
Harper and singer Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman are doing a short tour in Ireland in October before a more extensive UK tour.
The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge has an exciting season of music coming up, featuring Sharon Shannon, Gerry Diver's Speech Project, Scullion and the Gloaming, the Unusual History of Ether, Julie Feeney, Mick Coady's Synergy
The members of JPTrio, along with Cillian Doheny and Darren Roche, are currently recording as Moxie and have offered this taste of what they are up to.
A forthcoming symposium on the use of sound technology in the performance of traditional music will include discussion and performance with special guests Niall Vallely, Pádraig Rynne, Aidan O'Rourke and Gerry Diver.
With personal perspectives from Martin Hayes, Christy Moore, Tony MacMahon, Luka Bloom and Iarla Ó Lionáird, Paul O'Connor attempts to take in the vista-like contribution that the enigmatic Steve Cooney has made to Irish traditional mu
Composers Liz Carroll, Máirtín O'Connor and Dave Flynn will soon be touring their music to a number of venues around the country, joined by local composers Charlie Lennon (in the Leitrim gig), Peadar Ó Riada (in Cork) and Tommy Peoples
Clare flute player and maker, Eamonn Cotter has released his first solo album in sixteen years: one 'more reflective of my current playing' as he puts it himself.
Niall and Caoimhín Vallely of Buille are doing a six-date tour of the country with Seán Óg Graham, Karan Casey, Kenneth Edge and Nic Gareiss.
Gael Linn have re-issued Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich’s 1987 debut solo album, Seana Choirce, totally re-mastered and re-packaged.
The Tipperary fiddler Eileen O’Brien has released a solo fiddle album entitled Aon le h’Aon dedicated to tunes composed by her father Paddy O’Brien.
Brian and Eithne Vallely have produced a book to mark forty-five years of the Armagh Pipers' Club containing a visual and written history of the Club as well as a collection of personal reflections and essays on its origins and impact.
Scottish singer and harpist, Rachel Newton, of BBC 2 Folk Award-nominated The Shee and The Emily Portman Trio, has released her debut solo album, The Shadow Side.
Mossy Nolan is playing at the Global Green area of the Electric Picnic this Saturday, 1 September at 2pm. Here he is performing at the Purple Sessions in Boyles of Slane earlier this summer.
Aughty is a feature-length, experimental documentary by visual artists and filmmakers Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley exploring the Aughty mountain region, its hinterlands and people, and featuring music by local musicians.
A webcast of traditional Irish music, drama, song, and dance from this year’s Electric Picnic Festival will be streamed on www.gaeilge.ie this Saturday, 1 September from 6pm.
As part of the Sligo Live festival this autumn, the Hawk's Well will host two musical double-bills, featuring Fidil and I Draw Slow on 26 October, and Lau and Buille on 27 October.
The Belfast Barge venue at Lanyon Quay on the river Lagan will host American old-time musician Frank Fairfield’s first gig in Ireland in September.
Featuring instrument makers Graham Wright, Gary Leahy, Brian Lofthouse and John Butler, and musicians Butler, Lofthouse, Julie Langan and Finbarr Naughton, the Music Makers combines film and live performance in a celebration of music from t
At First Light have announced dates for a forthcoming Northern ireland tour, and details of various projects they are working on collectively and individually.
This year’s RDS National Crafts Competition winner in the musical instruments category is John Butler of Ceol Pipes for one of his half sets.
Danny & Aki – Music from the Irish, American and Nordic Traditions is the new fiddle-button accordion album from Dublin-based duo, Danny Diamond and Aki, the result of a collaboration which began in 2010.
Composer and harpist, Michael Rooney has published the scores of his de Cuéllar Suite and his traditional mass.
Siamsa Tire in association with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Services (KDYS) in Listowel has launched a new project to establish a Kerry Youth Trad Ensemble with funding from the Arts Council’s Young Ensemble Scheme.
With their first release, Roots of the Banjo Tree, Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley of We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with old time, ragtime and bluegrass influences to explore the banjo’s involvement in each.
From his memoir Adventures of a Waterboy, published recently by Lilliput Press, Mike Scott here describes his early encounters with Irish traditional music, and how the fateful move to Spiddal and 'the Celtic dreamtime' came about
Michelle Mulcahy’s new album, Suaimhneas, is her début solo recording, and though she is known as a player of many instruments this album is dedicated solely to her harp playing.
The line up for this year’s An Droichead Festival includes Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Pádraig Rynne, Dónal Lunny, John McSherry and Graham Henderson.
Nuala Kennedy's Noble Stranger is a collection of original and traditional songs recorded in Scotland with her band Mike Bryan on guitar, Ian Macleod on mandolin, and Donald Hays on drums.
As part of the international Summer School of Early Irish Harp in August, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland is presenting its tenth summer concert series of medieval to eighteenth century Gaelic music in Kilkenny, Galway and Dublin.
For its twenty-fifth anniversary year, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has planned a rolling programme of publications, projects and events.
Mike Scott of the Waterboys has a number readings from his recently published autobiography Adventures of a Waterboy coming up in Kilkenny, Cork, Glasgow and London.
Martin Hayes features centrally in this year's Feakle Festival, playing in Triúr, with Dennis Cahill, possibly with the Tulla Céilí Band, and as the subject of a feature-length documentary called Natural Grace.
Guitar players Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, and Steve Cooney are among the performers playing at the West Cork Music Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry House next month.
Green Fire Islands is a new music and dance production connecting the traditions of Irish and Maori music, playing at the Helix tonight, Friday, 20 July, for one night only before moving to London.
Derek McGinley and Tara Connaghan are taking their south-west Donegal music to Dublin, Galway, and Donegal this summer.
Dán is a new live collaboration project featuring Guidewires, Kan, a Breton quartet and the singer Alyth McCormack, ‘melding traditional and jazz musical cultures from Ireland, France and Scotland, with elements from the Middle East and Gal
The Big Bang Festival this year includes a celebration of the place of rhythm in Irish music through a concert by Dónal Lunny with Roisín Elsafty and Máirtín O’Connor.
The Steeple Sessions continue in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green every Tuesday and Thursday through the summer. This clip is from the gig last month featuring a solo from Oisín MacDiarmada of Téada.
On his latest solo album Colm Gannon plays with Alec Finn and Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh on bodhrán (members of the original DeDannan), and he is joined for one set by his wife Kelly Gannon on concertina.
A new album from fiddler Mick Conneely and accordion player David Munnelly has been launched by Ben Lennon at the Willie Clancy Summer School.
Among the many new recordings being promoted around the Willie Clancy Summer School this week is the debut solo album from Caitlín Nic Gabhann, one of the tutors at the School, featuring six of her own compositions.
Johnny Moynihan of Planxty fame will be among the first performers at a new weekly folk club in the Grand Social's Ballroom space in Dublin.
Good Piping is the name of new documentary film by a young filmmaker from Nashville, Davis Watson, who sold his car to come to Ireland and document the history of the uilleann pipes.
Tony MacMahon and Steve Cooney are back playing together in an ongoing series of ‘kitchen concerts’ which they put on in private homes for specially invited local audiences.
Ensemble Ériu is a new project developed by concertina player Jack Talty and double bass and flute player Neil O’Loghlen to combine a wide range of influences and musicians from many backgrounds and create 'contemporary settings for Ir
Flute player Aoife Granville listens to Kevin Crawford's newest album, Carrying the Tune, and finds inspiration, intimacy and virtuosity in 'one of the finest traditional flute/whistle albums I have listened to in recent years
Running throughout the day on 5 July, Lá Gaelach at the Global Village during the Volvo Ocean Race features, among many others, tin whistle player Nóirín Ní Shúilleabháin joined by her brothers Seán and Frankie Gavin.
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) is seeking donations to be able to deliver the full programme of courses planned at its new pipe-making training facility, PipeCraft, in Clonshaugh, Dublin.
Annbjørg Lien, currently performing with the String Sisters at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, has released her eighth solo album, Khoom Loy, on Compass Records.
Lau are playing concerts at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in McGrorys, Culdaff, Co Donegal; in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim; and in the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, in Naul, Co Dublin over the coming days.
Concerts at Blas this year at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick feature Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, Tom Doorley, Derek Hickey and guests on Wednesday 27 June, and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Seamus Begley, Michelle Mulca