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Now in it's 20th year, the Shannonside Winter Music Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this years event marks another step forward for this
Now in it’s 20th year, the Shannonside Winter Music Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this years event marks another step forward for this eclectic festival of the best in acoustic music.
Around 80 concerts, shows, pub gigs and sessions will occur between Thursday and Monday across 17 locations keeping the villages of Bunratty and Sixmilebridge bouncing and buzzing featuring the best of local talent and acts from far and wide.
This years headline concert will be The Metis Ireland Festival Concert featuring the legendary Matt Molloy & John Carty with Arty McGlynn, Brian McGrath & Mick Hanly.
This years line-up will also include…
Acapella Singing: Purely Vocals (USA);
Bluegrass: The Special Consensus (USA), The Petersens (USA), Munich String Band (DE);
Blues: The Catfish Blues Orchestra;
Celtic Rock: The Led Farmers;
Classical: Diversus Guitar Quartet (CH);
Country Swing: Frankie Lane, The Spancil Hillbillys;
Dance: Golden Star Morris Dancers (UK);
Flamenco: The Cintron Bros. (USA);
Folk: Ger O’Donnell & Katie Theasby, Kate Purcell, Brian King, Liam Leahy;
Jazz: Jazzlite Band;
Poetry: Ó Bhéal Poetry Group;
Set Dancing: Johnny Reidy Céilí Band;
Trad: The Doyle Family (UK), Randal’s Folly, MEGA-Trad, Gael Force 4, Brendan Bugler, Niamh O’Donnell;
Ukelele: The Ukealadies.
Enquiries concerning tickets can be made by calling or texting +353 (0)86 870 7739 and can be paid for and collected from the festival office over the weekend in the Bunratty Castle Hotel.
Please note that Weekend tickets and The Metis Ireland Concert (Saturday night) tickets, should be booked online by visiting www.wmw.ie.
During the Shannonside Winter Music Festival, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in most of the local Pubs. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. Please visit www.wmw.ie for details of the Session Trail.
Full details of this years programme and to book tickets for events please visit www.wmw.ie or follow on Facebook for the latest details. If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected].
17 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 21 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Bunratty and Sixmilebridge
This January sees the 5th annual Letterkenny Trad Week which will take place from January 19th to 27th. This festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland,
This January sees the 5th annual Letterkenny Trad Week which will take place from January 19th to 27th. This festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, England, Scotland and the United States to Donegal to perform in six brilliant concerts. Five will be at the Regional Cultural Centre with the final one at An Grianán Theatre.
Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off at the RCC on Saturday 19th with four leading Irish and Scottish musicians Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane and Anna Massie as part of the Music Network Irish tour.
The first of two concerts featuring Coirm, the traditional youth ensemble from the Ceol na Coille music school, takes place at the RCC on Tuesday night. They will open for two stellar duos, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre and Seamus McGuire & John Lee. BBC Folk Award winning Irish singer, Daoirí Farrell will be performing at the RCC on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday night, Irish Manchester duo of piper Mike McGoldrick and fiddler Dezi Donnelly play the RCC. Veteran US bluegrass outfit Special Consensus will be in concert at the RCC on Friday night.
The week comes to an end on a high note, with Donegal’s globetrotting traditional group, Altan who will be performing at the An Grianán Theatre on Sunday night. Altan will be joined by Coirm who will perform the composition specially written for them by Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and the world premiere of a new composition written for them by Altan’s Martin Tourish.
All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on +353 (0)74 912 0777, or online at www.regionalculturalcentre.com.
Letterkenny Trad Week is organised by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership and Music Network.
For full details and further information about this years Letterkenny Trad Week please visit www.regionalculturalcentre.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)74 912 9186 or send an email to [email protected].
19 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
TradFest is Ireland's largest festival of trad, folk music and beyond showcasing not only the wealth and variety of Irish musical talent but also top international acts. It started out as
TradFest is Ireland’s largest festival of trad, folk music and beyond showcasing not only the wealth and variety of Irish musical talent but also top international acts. It started out as a small niche trad festival back in 2006 and from its modest beginnings has gone from strength to strength over the past decade. It offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall. This years TradFest takes place from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th of January.
TradFest will be featuring a wealth of talent including: Andy Irvine, Brenda Castles, Bríd Harper & Arty McGlynn/Seána Davey & Stephen Doherty, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Carlos Núñez, Cathy Davey, Daoirí Farrell, David Kitt & Inni-k, Dori Freeman, Eleanor McEvoy plus support Anna Mieke, Freddie White, Stockton’s Wing with Les Barker, Jerry Douglas/Teddy Thompson/Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Jim Page, John Sheahan & Michael Howard, Kate Rusby, Kathy Mattea, Lindisfarne, Liz Carroll & Jimmy Keane, Loah/Sive, Mark Redmond & Patrick Fitzpatrick, Martha Guiney & Aisling Lyons, Martin Harley & Stephen James Smith, Paddy Casey, Phelim Drew, Radie Peat, Ré plus support Kern, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Steeleye Span, The Black Feathers & The Once, The Fureys, The Henry Girls, The Kane Sisters & The Friel Sisters, The Kilkennys, The Lost Brothers, The Young Folk, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Danú/The McGoldrick Trio/The Green Fields of America.
That’s just for starters. As usual, venues will include many historical and iconic buildings including the grandeur of City Hall, Dublin Castle, the intimacy of The Pepper Canister Church, St Michan’s Church, the breathtaking nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral, City Assembly House, Richmond Barracks, Rathfarnham Castle, The Workmans Club.
Alternatively, if you have any queries, you can send an email to [email protected] or call +353(0)1 960 2300.
23 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Dublin
Templebar, Dublin, Ireland
The tenth Ballincollig Winter Music Festival brings together a fantastic mix of artists and events mainly centred around the festival hub at The White Horse. The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January
The tenth Ballincollig Winter Music Festival brings together a fantastic mix of artists and events mainly centred around the festival hub at The White Horse.
The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 23rd at 8.30pm with the Delines. The supporting act will be John Blek. Also appearing at this years Festival will be The Grits & Gravy Stringband, Two Time Polka, Cathy Davey, Jerry Douglas and Greenshine. The 10th Anniversary Concert will feature special guests Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin & Lisa O’Neill. The closing concert will be Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius with support act Stayin’ Down Shoes.
The White Horse Guitar Club will be performing at the Cork Opera House on Thursday the 24th at 8pm.
A series of workshops covering Fiddle, Sean-Nós Singing and Contemporary Songwriting will take place at Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin on Saturday the 27th. They will commence at 10am with a finishing time of 1pm. There will also be a workshop covering Sean-Nós Dancing which will take place at The White Horse. Finishing times for the workshops may vary, please discuss with the relevant tutor on the day. The cost per workshop is €10. Tickets are available at the door but advance booking is recommended to guarantee a place.
During the festival Trad Sessions will be held in the Main bar at The White Horse. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
For full details about the festival and for booking Tickets for workshops and concerts, please visit wintermusicfestival.ie or directly from The White Horse bar. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and/or Twitter.
If you have any queries, please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)21 487 1388.
23 (Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 27 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ballyvourney
Ballyvourney, Co. Cork
Now in its Seventh year, the annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend takes place commencing on the 25th January 2019 and will last until the 27th. Many well known artists and writers including J.M Synge, George
Now in its Seventh year, the annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend takes place commencing on the 25th January 2019 and will last until the 27th. Many well known artists and writers including J.M Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogarty have spent time in Doolin over the years.
Doolin Writers’ Weekend this year will consist of workshops, readings, advice from publishing industry insiders, music sessions, open mic and of course wonderful food and hospitality from the Hotel Doolin team all weekend long.
The programme for this years Doolin Writers’ Weekend will feature Anthony Glavin, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Susan Tomaselli, Jinx Lennon, Little John Nee, Anna Kelly, Danielle McLaughlin, Colm Keegan, Stephen Murray, Dave Lordan, Lisa Harding, June Caldwell, Stephen Sexton, Sophie Coyle, Nuala O’Connor, Elaine Cosgrove, Lucy Luck, Michael Naghten Shanks, Joanna Walsh, Abby Oliveira, Brendan Murphy, Jessica Traynor, Oisín Fagan and Anakana Schofield.
At this years event, Annmarie Ní Chuireann will judge the Poetry competition, Danielle McLoughlin will judge the Short Story competition and this years new category, Video Poem will be judged by Dave Lordan.
During the Doolin Writers’ Weekend there will be a series of workshops covering short fiction, novel writing, creative nonfiction, spoken word, screenwriting and poetry.
Weekend Ticket are available for €99 from www.ticketweb.ie and includes free entry to all workshops and events including the opening night drinks reception and readings. All workshops are €40pp and all events €10pp for those without weekend tickets.
For full details of the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, please visit doolinfestivals.ie or follow on Facebook. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)65 707 4111 or send an email to [email protected].
25 (Friday) 9:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
In the few short years of its existence IMBOLC International Music Festival has grown to become one of Northern Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted
In the few short years of its existence IMBOLC International Music Festival has grown to become one of Northern Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and now encompasses music genres ranging from folk, traditional and roots to jazz, contemporary and world music.
The festival comprises an extensive programme of events including Concerts, Workshops, Masterclasses, Choral events, Events for Children, Community events, Films Talks & Lectures, Session trail, Band camp, Dance Workshops and much more. It will feature performances from world-class musicians from Ireland, Sweden, America, Canada and Scotland.
IMBOLC 2019 consists of a multi-layered events programme in a range of venues across Derry city including The Glassworks, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Christ Church, Guildhall and Millennium Forum. Among the artists and groups appearing this year at the festival are Lankum, Ye Vagabonds, Blás, Declan O’Rourke, Michael Rooney, Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America, Symbio, Strung, Ven_ture, Lonesome Ace String Band, Rheingans Sisters, Lewis Psalm Singers, ar an tÁbla, Tru, Cry Monster Cry, The Whileaways, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Matt McGinn, Tuath, Quercus Ensemble, Glórthaí Uladh and the spectacular Transatlantic Sessions, performing its only date in Ireland.
Alongside concerts, the festival also has an extensive programme of music and dance workshops including Sean-nós and two hands dance workshops, song-writing workshops and a weekend-long Band Camp for young traditional musicians.
In Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s café top quality musicians will form the core of our daily lunchtime session and at the weekend the festival will come to life across the city with The Trad Trail bringing a jam-packed schedule of traditional Irish music sessions in pubs, cafés and hotels.
For full details about the festival and for booking Tickets, please visit www.imbolcfestival.com or call the box office at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on +44(0)28 7126 4132. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and/or Twitter.
If you have any queries, please email them to [email protected] or call +44(0)28 7126 4132.
January 27 (Sunday) 9:00 am - February 10 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
This February sees the 4th annual Féile na Tána getting underway from the 1st until the 3rd of February. It promises to be a packed weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Song &
This February sees the 4th annual Féile na Tána getting underway from the 1st until the 3rd of February. It promises to be a packed weekend of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance for all ages with Concerts, Workshops and Music sessions.
Kicking off this years Féile na Tána will be a concert featuring the Traditional Orchestra of Scoil Naomh Lorcan, Omeath. The concert will start at 7pm in St. Michael’s Hall, Newry Street, Carlingford. This will be followed by a young musicians’ session in St. Michael’s Hall.
On Saturday a series of workshops will be held at Bush Post Primary School which is about a 10 minute drive from Carlingford. The workshops are limited to 15 places per workshop and are for players with 3 years or more experience with the exception of the easy tin whistle class, singing and Sean-nós dancing. Registration for the workshops will start at 1.30pm with the workshops commencing at 2pm and finishing at 5pm.
The Tutors this year are, for Fiddle: Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh & Zoe Conway; Tin Whistle (intermediate): Mary Bergin; Tin Whistle (beginner): TBC; Uileann Pipes: Mick O’Brien; Harp: Laoise Kelly; Flute: Eamon de Barra; Accordion: Mairtin O’Connor; Concertina: Edel Fox; Guitar: John McIntyre; Singing: Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh; Banjo: Cathal Hayden; Bodhrán: Robbie Harris and Sean nós Dancing: Edwina Guckian.
Tickets costs are €35/£30 and includes admission to all events. To reserve a place please send an email to [email protected] with the applicants’ name, age, address, and contact telephone number.
In the evening at 7pm there will be a Tutor Recital featuring the workshop tutors at St. Michael’s Hall.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm will see the Festival Concert in St. Michael’s Hall. On stage will be Cathal Hayden on fiddle and Máirtín O’Connor on accordion. The concert will also be feature several exceptional young musicians (Féile na Tána scholarships).
Over Féile na Tána, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in The Village Hotel and The Four Seasons Hotel. Participating in them will be some of Ireland’s finest musicians. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. Please visit Programme for details.
1 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 3 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
St. Michael's Hall/Halla Naomh Mícheál, Villas 3, Muirhevnamore, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Zoe Conway & John McIntyreEmail: [email protected]
Held on the second Sunday of February each year, this year will mark the 24th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair. It will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 10th. This book fair has grown
Held on the second Sunday of February each year, this year will mark the 24th Annual Tipperariana Book Fair. It will take place in Fethard Ballroom on Sunday, February 10th.
This book fair has grown to be one of the largest book fairs in the country and attracts dealers and collectors from all over Ireland. At the fair you will find a comprehensive variety of books to purchase ranging from 10c to €500+ antique collector items.
The fair is a great place to find that book that you may have been searching for, and if it is not available on the day, then you can be sure the dealers will assist in finding it for you.
During the fair, a no obligation appraisal service will be available, so if you have valuable books at home and are interested in getting them valued, then bring them along on the day.
A café will be open in the Ballroom all day for refreshments. There will also be a raffle with lots of prizes to be won.
Entry to the fair is €2 and is charged at the door.
If you would like more information on the Tipperariana Book Fair, then please visit Fethard at your Fingertips.
For queries or further information then please either call Terry Cunningham on +353 (0)86 390 5373 or send an email to [email protected].
(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
The Limerick Literary Festival which was formerly known as the Kate O’Brien Weekend, will this year celebrate its 35th edition. The Festival honours the life and works of Kate O’Brien who was one of Limerick's most famous
The Limerick Literary Festival which was formerly known as the Kate O’Brien Weekend, will this year celebrate its 35th edition. The Festival honours the life and works of Kate O’Brien who was one of Limerick’s most famous authors.
The Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.
This years official opening will happen on Friday, February 22nd at 6pm in The Hunt Museum, and will be performed by Lara Marlowe.
The weekend will see lectures by Lyndall Gordon, Philippe Claudel, Liz Nugent, David Park, Lara Marlowe, Adam Wyeth, Emilie Pine, Niall MacMonagle, Louise O’Neill, Eileen Battersby, Martin Dyar, Clodagh Beresford Dunne and Richard Ford.
Popular events return such as the Kate O’Brien Lecture and Desert Island Books.
On Saturday, Dolans Warehouse will host the play, The Morning After The Life Before, by Ann Blake. This will be followed by a panel discussion.
For full details and further information about events taking place over the festival weekend and their venues, please visit Limerick Literary Festival, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries, then please send an email to [email protected].
22 (Friday) 1:00 pm - 24 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Limerick City
The annual Ennis Book Club Festival was started in 2007 when a small group of local volunteers, in association with Clare County Library, identified the need for a new literary
The annual Ennis Book Club Festival was started in 2007 when a small group of local volunteers, in association with Clare County Library, identified the need for a new literary and social event to replace the demised Ennis October Arts Festival. Being members of a local Book Club, the wish was to create a literary event that focused primarily on readers and book lovers.
It has grown from strength to strength over the years and attracts a wide audience from all over Ireland, as well as overseas visitors, who gather to talk about and celebrate the books and literary topics they love.
As well as author readings and discussions, this festival offers quite a range of events, including debates on topical affairs, poetry readings, theatre, music, workshops and bookclub quizzes.
Tickets for all events can be booked at the glór box office or by calling +353 (0)65 684 3103.
To be certain of a place at the free events it is strongly suggested that you book tickets for them to be sure of a place or come early to avoid disappointment. This is particularly important regarding the children’s events where capacity is limited.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected at the relevant venue immediately prior to the event.
For full details of all the events at this years Ennis Book Club Festival, please visit ennisbookclubfestival.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)87 972 3647 or send an email to [email protected].
1 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 3 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ennis Book Club Festival
glór, Causeway Link, Cappahard, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 VHP0, Ireland