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January 2018

19th Shannonside Winter Music Festival

January 18 - January 22
Bunratty and Sixmilebridge Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare Ireland
Shannonside Winter Music Festival

Now in it's 19th year, the Shannonside Winter Music Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and next January’s 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 keeping the villages of Bunratty and Sixmilebridge bouncing and buzzing featuring the best of local talent and acts from far and wide. Bookings can be made by calling +353…

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Temple Bar TradFest 2018

January 24 - January 28
Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin, The Temple Bar
Dublin, Ireland
Temple Bar Tradfest 2018

TradFest 2018 is Ireland's largest festival of trad and folk music and beyond takes place from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th of January. A wealth of talent to showcase including: Judy Collins, Alan Stivell, Martha Wainwright; Big Country; Shirley Collins; Steve Wickham, Wallis Bird and The 4 of Us. For trad fans, there's: Trad Gala Night featuring Téada, Blazin’ Fiddles & Frankie Gavin, Tríona & Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Jarlath Henderson Band, Donal Lunny & Andy Irvine, This is How We Fly. That's…

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Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018

January 25 - January 28
The White Horse Ballincollig, Co. Cork Ireland
Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

The ninth 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 Thursday, January 25th will be the amazing Wexford musician, Wallis Bird. Supporting her will be Canadian Folk musician Kaia Kater. Also appearing at the Festival will be Fiona Kelleher, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams with special guest John Neville, Culture Vultures with Notify, Doireann Ní Ghríofa & Cónal Creedon, Rubyhorse, Two Time…

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IMBOLC International Music Festival

January 28 - February 4
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James Street
Derry, BT48 7DF United Kingdom
Imbolc International Music Festival

The IMBOLC International Music Festival programme features an eclectic mix of new music, intimate performances and music for all. All in inspiring places – from churches, historic buildings to cafés and bars. The festival comprises an extensive programme of events including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, choral events, events for children, community events, session trail, band competition and much more. It features some of the world’s finest musicians from Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia and Canada, with music from a wide range of…

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February 2018

6th Annual Concertina Cruinniú

February 9 - February 11
Oidhreacht an Chláir Teo, The Music Makers of West Clare
Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare Ireland
Concertina Cruinniú

Held in Miltown Malbay which is better known for its annual Summer School held in honour of Willie Clancy, the Concertina Cruinniú is for lovers of the Concertina. The word Cruinniú means ‘gathering’ and that’s what this is, a gathering of musicians who love the instrument and those who love hearing them make music on it. There are classes (from absolute beginner up), lectures, concerts, recitals, many sessions along the Concertina Music Trail in selected local pubs at night and loads of…

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Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh 2018

February 14 - February 18
Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

The annual music school, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, now in its 14th year will take place in mBaile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter) on Corca Dhuibhne (Dingle Peninsula) in Co. Kerry from the 14th to the 18th of February 2018. This traditional music school attracts musicians from all over the world. Classes are held covering a wide range of instruments, including workshops in Sean-nós dancing and singing, as well as classes in Irish and Scottish Gáidhlig. As well as the music school, there are…

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The Gathering Traditional Festival

February 21 - February 25
The Gleneagle Hotel, The Gleneagle Hotel
Killarney, Ireland
The Gathering

This year’s Gathering Traditional Festival is one of the most richly diverse programmes we have had in years, and features everything from a celebration of Scottish Musicians Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham to vibrant music from The Raw Bar Collective, Des Dillon’s set dancing puppets and the outstanding voice of Séan O’Sé – expect magic and mayhem! Now in its 19th year, The Gathering Traditional Festival is one of most loved festivals amongst traditional enthusiasts and is ideal for everyone…

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June 2018

The Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival 2018

June 15 - June 17
Doolin Hotel Doolin, Co. Clare V95 DE2X Ireland
Doolin Folk Festival 2018

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting and ensures that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit. The Sixth annual Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival takes place from the 15th-17th June. Having established itself as a firm favourite on the…

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Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance

June 25 - July 6
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Blas Summer School

Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious university accredited summer schools, drawing students from all over the world to spend two weeks gaining access to the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest artists. In addition to expert tuition and master classes, Blas students can expect a whole range of activities including lectures on Irish traditional music and dance topics, Irish language classes, lunchtime and evening concerts, sessions, céilithe, field-trips and above all, the unique opportunity to…

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October 2018

Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend 2018

October 5 - October 7
Sligo Town, Rosses Point
Sligo, Ireland
Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend

The 12th Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend based around the town of Sligo, is a bilingual event composed of singing workshops, sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a field trip. It features local and visiting singers, speakers, academics and storytellers. There will be plenty of trad sessions to enjoy. It is dedicated to the art of traditional singing, which is thankfully alive and well in Sligo and surrounding areas. Although the weekend is focussed on the enthusiast, it will also be…

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