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This year see the 25th anniversary of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. The William Kennedy Piping Festival honours the memory of William Kennedy who developed the Uilleann Pipes to be the
This year see the 25th anniversary of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. The William Kennedy Piping Festival honours the memory of William Kennedy who developed the Uilleann Pipes to be the instrument we now play. He was very much part of the creative and cultural upheaval that changed the face of Europe in the closing decade of the 18th century.
Organised by the Armagh Pipers Club, the festival is a mix of concerts, workshops, sessions and lectures, bringing together an unprecedented line-up of the most accomplished pipers from all of the main bagpiping traditions of Europe. The festival will kick off at 7.30pm on Thursday night with the first event at Áras na bPíobairí.
During the William Kennedy Piping Festival there will be a series of Workshops held on Saturday in St. Malachy’s Primary School. These Workshops are suitable only for intermediate to advanced level. Registration will commence at 9.30am with the classes starting at 10am.
The Masterclasses and Tutors will be Fiddle: Dónal O’Connor & Gabe MacVarish; Flute: Barry Kerr & Kevin Crawford; Accordion: Seán Óg Graham; Concertina: Niall Vallely; Guitar/Accompaniment: Ed Boyd; Harp: Síle Denvir; Scottish song: Maeve MacKinnon; Irish song: Ríoghnach Connolly; Scottish Step-dance: Joy Dunlop; Beginners Uilleann Pipes: Sinéad Lennon; Highland Bagpipes: Finlay MacDonald; An Introduction to Scottish music and repertoire (all instruments): Fin Moore; An Introduction to Swedish music (all instruments): Erik Ask-Upmark & Anna Rynefors and An Introduction to Northumbrian music (all instruments): Andy May. The cost per student is £12. Places can be booked online by visiting Workshop tickets.
Throughout the William Kennedy Piping Festival, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in venues all over the Armagh. Participating in them will be some of Ireland’s finest musicians. These sessions will be happening at different times, day and night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. Please visit The Teol Evans Session Trail where full details will be available closer to the event.
For full details and further information about this years William Kennedy Piping Festival please visit armaghpipers.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries, then please send an email to [email protected].
15 (Thursday) 7:30 pm - 18 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Armagh City
William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh, Northern Ireland
William Kennedy Piping Festival CommitteeTel: +44 (0)28 37511248; Email: [email protected] 14 Victoria St., Armagh BT61 9DT
The Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend which takes place during the last weekend in November, will this year celebrate its 22nd year. The festival features a programme of traditional music and
The Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend which takes place during the last weekend in November, will this year celebrate its 22nd year. The festival features a programme of traditional music and places a special focus on traditional singing. It takes place in a number of cultural and historic locations in Drogheda.
The Termonfeckin Set Dancers will lead a popular dance class as part of the Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend in The Morning Star on Thursday, with excellent tuition and live music performance from Seamus and Fidelma Bellew. Tickets will be available on the door at The Morning Star, Tullyallen with dancing starting at 9pm.
Friday will see as part of this year’s Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend, a special concert for primary schools featuring Zoë Conway, John McIntyre and Mick O’Brien. This concert will commence at 10.30am in the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street.
Then in the evening at 8pm there will be a Headline Concert in honour of the late Caitlin Bean ui Cairbre. It will feature Mick O’Brien on Uilleann Pipes, Tom Morrow on Fiddle and Seamus Brett on Keyboard with the award winning Ward Sisters (Lisa, Yvonne, and Sarah) and local singers and musicians Kevin Branigan and Garret Brady.
At 12.30pm on Saturday, local historian, Noel Bailey will give an historical talk on the Tholsel and other historical buildings in Drogheda. The talk will be held in the Tholsel Building in West Street.
On Saturday 4.30pm in the unique location of the Martello Tower at Millmount will be Trad in the Tower. This will be an intimate concert with Limerick sisters and multi-instrumentalists, Michelle and Louise Mulcahy with local musicians Síofra Devine.
The Traditional Singing Concert this year is being hosted by The Morning Star, which is one of the oldest pubs in Co. Louth. It will commence at 7.30pm with tickets available on the door. Anticipate an intimate concert featuring some Ireland’s highly regarded traditional singers including Sean Faulkner, Gilly Cullen, Joe Gallagher and Derek Williamson.
Sunday afternoon at 2pm will see the exclusive launch of Gerry O’Connor’s new album Last Night’s Fun taking place in the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street. Long known as Gerry ‘Fiddle’ O’Connor, this is one fiddler whose pulse is quickened by the sheer delight in the tunes. As a fourth-generation fiddle player, he knows the value of the shared tune. On this his 2nd solo recording, Gerry draws from a wide range of sources and the album features a veritable who’s who of traditional music.
Later on in the afternoon there will be the Annual Singing Session hosted by Paddy Brannigan. It will start at 4pm in the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street. Admission to this event is free.
As part of the weekends events there will be Music Instrument Workshops held on Saturday in Millmount, starting at 11am. The Workshops and Tutors will be for Fiddle: Michelle Mulcahy and for Flute: Louise Mulcahy. Both Workshops are for Intermediate to Advanced Students. The cost per student is €10.
For full details and further information about this years Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend please visit droichead.com or follow on Facebook where you can make bookings online for events. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)41 983 3946 or send an email to [email protected]
23 (Friday) 9:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various Venues around Drogheda
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Droichead Arts Centretel: +353 (0)41 983 3946 Barlow House, West St., Drogheda, Co. Louth Drogheda, Ireland
The 27th Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin will be held in Cúil Aodha & Baile Bhúirne (Coolea & Ballyvourney) in the Múscraí Gaeltacht, starting on the 30th of November and running until the
The 27th Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin will be held in Cúil Aodha & Baile Bhúirne (Coolea & Ballyvourney) in the Múscraí Gaeltacht, starting on the 30th of November and running until the 2nd December. This annual festival is held in memory of the journalist, broadcaster and traditional Irish music singer and songwriter, Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin from Cúil Aodha, who tragically died in a car accident in 1991.
You can look forward to three entertaining days that will be full of music, singing, dancing and fun with Concerts, Music Sessions, Céilí, Workshops, Singing Sessions, Dance and Lectures.
The weekend will commence on Friday night at 8.30pm with the festivals opening in the Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne Hall in Cúil Aodha.
As part of Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin there will be a series of Workshops held on Saturday in Coláiste Ghobnatan and Ionad Cultúrtha, starting at 10am and finishing at 12:30pm. The Workshops and Tutors will be for Singing in Irish: Nell Ní Chróinín; Singing in English: Rosie Stewart; Fiddle: Liam O’Connor; Accordion: Diarmuid Ó Meachair; Concertina: Edel Fox; Flute: Hammy Hamilton and Dancing: Mairéad Casey.
The Éigse workshops have always been very well attended, therefore it is advisable to book early in order to avoid disappointment. These Workshops are not suitable for beginners.
Over the Festival Weekend, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in the Pubs throughout Baile Bhúirne. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment which is open for all to attend.
For full details and further information about this years Éigse please visit eigse.ie or follow on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries, then please either call Cormac Ó hAodha on +353 (0)85 781 2115 or send an email to [email protected]
November 30 (Friday) 8:30 pm - December 2 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Coolea & Ballyvourney
Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Ireland
Eigse CommitteeChairperson: +353 (0)86 850 9515; Secretary: +353 (0)85 781 2115 or Email: [email protected]
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