Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2020

This year will see the 7th Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair goes ahead as planned taking place in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht. It will run from the 28th December 2020 until the 31st December 2020. Classes will be set-up in line with the Department of Health guidelines, regarding Covid-19 and as a result due to restrictions, spaces in each class have been halved.

The Music Classes/Workshops which are the heart of Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair are open to all ages. Admission to these classes and workshops is by 4-DAY REGISTRATION ONLY. It is not possible to register for these on a daily basis.

For this years Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair the Tutors are, for Flute: Steph Geremia & Tara Diamond; Fiddle: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Jessie Smith, Liz Doherty, Clare Friel, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, & Cathal Ó Curráin; Uilleann Pipes: Síle Friel & Mick O’Brien; Concertina: Jack Talty & Lorraine O’Brien; Accordion: Dermot Byrne; Tin Whistle: Anna Friel, Maureen McGrattan & Cormac Breatnach (Adv); Bodhrán: Séamus O’Kane; Guitar/Bouzouki: Mánus Lunny; Sean-nós Dancing: Edwina Guckian & Caitlín Nic Gabhann; Banjo/Mandolin: Fidelma O’Brien; Harp: Laoise Kelly; Sean-nós Singing: Diane Cannon; Advanced Guitar: Steve Cooney.

All classes & workshops will run from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st December each day from 10am to 1pm. It is important to note that there are no ‘absolute’ beginner classes available in any instruments and that there are minimum abilities required to attend.

All of Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair events will take place in the parish of Gaoth Dobhair, and will be held in six principal venues: Amharclann Ghaoith Dobhair & Teach Jack, Na Doirí Beaga; Teach Hiúdaí Beag, An Bun Beag; Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí Beaga; An Gailearaí, Údarás Business Park, Gaoth Dobhair, and Club CLG, Gaoth Dobhair.

Book now to avoid disappointment by visiting scoilgheimhridh.eventbrite and for further information about this years Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, please visit or follow on Facebook or Twitter. For the latest information. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)74 956 0679 or send an email to [email protected].

Christy Moore Solo

Join Christy Moore for this one-off exclusive livestream solo concert from the National Concert Hall in Dublin. It will be shot in HD on seven cameras and considering the nature of the gig it promises to be an intimate evening with a musical legend.

Christy Moore is one of the most compelling and inspirational musicians Ireland has ever seen. He has a universal fan base and still continues to entertain, cementing him as an Irish icon. It is his deep urge to connect with the listener and to transmit the meaning of the songs he sings that has endeared him to audiences of all ages. Christy has been captivating audiences since the 1960s and has released more than 30 solo albums, from Paddy on the Road in 1969 to Magic Nights in 2019.

The concert will go out live from National Concert Hall to Ireland, UK and Europe at 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST

It will also broadcast at the following local times for audiences in the following countries :

  • U.S. East Coast, 8.00pm EDT
  • U.S. West Coast, 8.00pm PDT
  • Australia 8.00pm AEST September 20

The National Concert Hall gig will be streamed live online exclusively to ticket holders.

The broadcast will be available to tickets holders for 24 hours following the performance.

You can purchase a ticket for any of these four streams that are most convenient to you.

Tickets, which cost €16.50, are available to purchase by clicking the following link, Concert Tickets.

For information about Christy Moore, please visit You can also follow Christy on Facebook for the very latest info.

Lankum at The Abbey

Contemporary Folk/Traditional Band Lankum who consist of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, will be broadcasting a live concert from Dublin’s historic Abbey Theatre for one night only on Saturday, August 15th. Promising a unique set, the band will be joined by very special guests on the night. Get your ticket now for this exclusive concert.

The concert will be streamed live online to exclusive ticket holders. So, in order to obtain your tickets, please visit Concert Tickets.

The Stream Time for this virtual concert on the 15th is 9pm IST/10pm CEST.

When the show’s about to start, the link to join will appear on your ticket, or you can access the stream link from the email you will be sent on the day.

Because of the Covid-19 situation, it is quite likely this will be one of the only concerts Lankum will be performing for the rest of this year. With that in mind, Lankum would be hugely grateful for any support you may be able to offer, even if that is just spreading this information as far and wide as possible.

For information about Lankum, please visit You can also follow Lankum on Facebook for the very latest info.

Mau­rice O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Festival 2020

This year’s Mau­rice O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Festival is unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus and the governments recommendations. Instead the committee are planning on having a mini festival online – stay tuned!

The 19th annual Mau­rice O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Festival will take place in Bal­ly­desmond and Kiskeam over the Easter weekend. It is a four day event that will see talented musicians from all over Ire­land and abroad perform in a series of events both in Bal­ly­desmond and Kiskeam. The Festival highlights the Sliabh Luachra style which is essentially the playing of the melodeon, tin whistle and other instruments in fiddle style.

This years Mau­rice O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Festival kicks off in the Bal­ly­desmond Com­mu­nity Cen­tre with a Céilí getting the music and dancing off to a flying start on the Friday night at 9.30pm.

Saturday will see a Fiddle Workshop followed by the Fiddle Competition in the Kiskeam Community Centre. In the evening you will have the chance to attend Ceolchoirm na nÓg (Young Peoples Concert), again in the Kiskeam Community Centre.

The Concert on Sunday night is in honour of the renowned fiddle player Paddy Jones, and will feature Donie Nolan; Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly; Caoimhin O’Fearghail & Paddy Tutty; Alan Finn & The Crossfields Céilí Band.

During the Mau­rice O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Festival, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in John D’s, Ballydesmond and Shamrocks and the Why Not in Kiskeam where enthusiasts of the Sliabh Luachra style can either participate in or attend as appreciating audiences. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to enjoy. For details and times of the sessions please visit Session Trail.

So for a great Easter weekend of Sliabh Luachra style music, dance and craic, Ballydesmond and Kiskeam are the places to be. Full details of the programme for the Festival can be found by visiting, or by following on Facebook or Twitter for the latest up to date information. If you have any queries about the festival, then please email them to [email protected].

Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival 2020

Due to the current Covid19 crisis this year’s Ballydehob Tradfest is being postponed. It is hoped to organise another weekend later in the year.

The annual Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival will happen from the 3rd through to the 5th of April this year. With the programme covering a wide range of events, there will be something for the whole family with a veritable feast of traditional Irish music and dance. The festival will be featuring famous musicians from far and wide as well as local musicians, with a programme of wide-ranging events including an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, street seisiún competitions and recitals.

This years headline act will be Eleanor Shanley & Garadice, who will be performing in Ballydehob Community Hall on Friday, April 3rd starting at 8pm.

On Sunday afternoon, the Festival Céílí with the All-Ireland Champions, The Shandrum Céilí Band will be playing in the Ballydehob Community Hall from 3pm until 6pm. Tickets for the Céilí will be available at the door for €10.

Over the festival period, Traditional music sessions can be found in nearly every public house in the village. These sessions will be happening at different times, day and night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. All musicians are invited to join in one of the many sessions or initiate their own. Please visit Session Trail for location details.

The Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival will have a series of Workshops which will be held in Scoil Bhríde on Saturday the 4th of April with the aim of promoting Irish traditional music in the Ballydehob area. The morning workshops will run from 10am to 1pm. For these workshops the Tutors will be for Fiddle: Alan Finn; Concertina: Tadgh O’Sullivan; Guitar Accompaniment: Flor Rahily and Banjo: Michael ‘Tosh’ O’Sullivan. In the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, a Traditional Singing workshop will be held in Bank House with the tutor being Elle Marie O’Dwyer.

It should be noted that Beginners are NOT accepted for the instrumental classes as a good standard of musicianship is required.

Due to Workshop places for each instrument being limited, early booking is recommended. If you would like to book a place on one of the workshops then please visit where you can book a place. Tickets for the concert can also be booked on the festival website. For any other queries please email [email protected]. You can also follow on Facebook for the latest details.

This festival is a community-organised festival run entirely on a voluntary basis. The organising committee consists of local musicians and music teachers – whom are all passionate about the promotion of Irish traditional music in the village and surrounding areas.

Cruinniú na bhFliúit – The Flute Meeting 2020

The Cruinniú Committee very regretfully announce that this year’s Cruinniú na bhFliúit – The Flute Meeting is cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

This years Cruinniú na bhFliúit – The Flute Meeting will run from the 15th to the 18th of April, that is, from the Wednesday after Easter Sunday to the following Saturday.

Although official events begin on Thursday morning with registration for the classes, it has been a tradition for people to gather for a session at The Mills Inn (An Muileann), Baile Bhuirne on the Wednesday night to greet old and new friends and play a few tunes. This welcome session will commence at 21.30.

All events bar the classes are open to the public with registration not being required to attend.

Registration for classes is now unfortunately closed, but sometimes there are some cancellations of those registered, so if you’re still interested in attending send an email expressing your interest to [email protected]. and if a place comes available, then you will be contacted. But please note that these will be allocated purely on a first come first served basis. 

Cruinniú na bhFliúit is a must attend gathering for anyone with an interest in the flute in traditional music. For full details and further information about events taking place over the festival, please visit, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries about the festival then please email them to [email protected].

Kilfenora Trad Music Festival 2020

Following further postponement on the 4th August 2020 by the Irish Government in the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions on outdoor events and pubs, regrettably this years Kilfenora Trad Music Festival having already been reduced to a one-day event scheduled to occur on the 6th September will now be unable to proceed.

HOWEVER, for those living in or staying locally to Kilfenora, there will be a free and informal concert performance by the Clare Céili Band on Sunday 15th August. This will start at 2.30pm and finish at 3.30pm. This will be courtesy of the Burren Centre, and will be in Kilfenora Square – or if it rains inside Kilfenora Hall on Main Street.

Social distancing measures will be in place. The Band will play a fine selection of tunes from the Kilfenora music tradition.

For up to date information regarding further information about the Kilfenora Trad Music Festival please visit or follow on Facebook. If you have any queries concerning the Festival, please send an email to [email protected].

Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention 2020

It is with regret, that the decision to cancel Consairtín 2020 has been made. The health of all Consairtín’s patrons, tutors, performers and volunteers, and their families, is the most important consideration.

Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 16th of April in Ennis, Co Clare. This is an annual gathering of concertina players and enthusiasts from all over the country and further afield celebrating the music of the concertina.

Over the weekend there will be concerts, workshops, lectures, discussion sessions, instrument maintenance tutorials, a makers and menders EXPO and sessions.

There will also be a guided walking tour of Ennis on Friday starting at 4.30pm with the purpose of giving an insight into the history of the town and the many famous individuals associated with it. It will also cover Co. Clare’s unique contribution to the world of traditional Irish music.

This years Gala Concert will be on Saturday night commencing at 8pm and will feature Tim Collins, Derek Hickey, Liam Flanagan & Catherine McHugh, Alistair Anderson, Aoibheann & Pamela Quelly with Gearóid McNamara & Shane Creed.

Tutors this year will year include Mary MacNamara, Pádraig Rynne, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Edel Fox, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, Jack Talty, Mairéad Cosidine, Lorraine O’Brien, Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil, Francis Cunningham, Katie O’Sullivan, Liam O’Brien, Sorcha Curtin, Clara Mannion, Conor O’Loughlin, Sinéad Mulqueen, Jamie Strappe and many more.

If you wish to take part in a workshop then Online Registration is available at Workshop Registration.

Consairtín is a must attend gathering for anyone with an interest in the Concertina in traditional Irish music. For full details of the programme please visit, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries about the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 261 2127 or +353 (0)87 2605689.

International Pan Celtic Festival 2020

Sadly in line with latest measures announced by the Government of Ireland to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, this year’s Pan Celtic International Festival will not now go ahead.

This year marks the 49th International Pan Celtic Festival which is being held in Carlow Town. It starts on Tuesday April 14th and continues on until Sunday April 19th.

The International Pan Celtic Festival is a celebration of the cultural links between the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man and look forward to welcoming old friends back as well as new comers, including musicians and singers, choirs, dancers and storytellers from the six participating nations as we share our celtic language and culture at this great Easter gathering.

The Pan Celtic Festival offers the very best in Celtic music. You can expect to see pipe bands, harpists and fiddlers from Ireland and Scotland as well as traditional folk music, even Celtic rock and pop music.

Whilst primarily a competitive Festival, the Festival has a comprehensive programme of fringe events including themed concerts, walking tour of Letterkenny, music, song and dance workshops, competitions, talks, storytelling sessions, Celtic language workshops, street pageantry, Seisiúin & Céilithe, spectacle and drama. There are also many informal events to entertain those not involved in the competitions.

This is a must attend festival for anyone with an interest in Celtic arts, crafts and traditions. For full details, tickets and further information about events taking place over the festival, please visit, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details.

If you have any queries about the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 2857048 / +353 (0)85 1340047.

Clifden Traditional Music Festival 2020

It is with sadness that this year’s Clifden Traditional Music Festival will not be going ahead as planned due to the Covid-19 Health Emergency.

The 11th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place this year from the 2nd to the 5th of April in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.

Festival highlights will include Trad Sessions in the Pubs, Opening Concert, Outdoor Gig-rig on the Saturday night, Music and Singing Workshops, CD Launches, Street Entertainment, Youth Sessions and lots lots more.

The Clifden Traditional Music Festival kicks off on Thursday 2nd of April with a Seisiún na nÓg in Vaughans Bar Restaurant room.  On Friday the 3rd of April in the morning, the Scoil Mhuire Marching Band will be performing on the town square commencing at 11.30am. In the evening, the Official Opening and Concert will occur in the Clifden Town Hall at 7pm and will feature a host of artists from all over Ireland.

Saturday will see Music Workshops in Fiddle, Button Accordion and Concertina being given by top class tutors. Both intermediate and advanced students will be catered for.

Also on Saturday, the Clifden Trad Fest 5K Run will leave from the town centre at 2.30pm.  There will be Street Entertainment and music and song on the Gig Rig from 3pm and a Busking Competition will also take place from 1.30pm all around the town.

The 2020 Festival headline act will be All Ireland Champions The Blackwater Céilí Band who will appear on the Gig Rig in the Market Square on Saturday night. They will be joined by a host of dancers and guest artists.

Sessions are a very big part of the festival and again this year will feature a host of champion musicians from all over Ireland. Musicians will include members of the Blackwater Céilí Band from Co. Tyrone – Micky Curran (Accordion), George McAdam (Banjo), Mark McCrystal (Piano), Rosie Ferguson (Fiddle), Ursula McAdam (Fiddle), Lydia Warnock (Fiddle), James McCaffrey (Flute), Michael Coney (Flute), Ryan Hackett (Piano Accordion), Eugene McKenna (fiddle), Emmet Mulholland (Guitar and Vocals), Anthony Kavanagh (Banjo), Paul Clesham (Piano), Liz Kane (Fiddle), Damien McGuinness (Accordion), Jason McGuinness (Fiddle), Gearoid McNamara (Piano) and many many more musicians. All are most welcome to take part in the sessions over the weekend.

Pub sessions will take place throughout the weekend with everyone most welcome to take part. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment and open for all to attend.

For tickets, workshop details and fees, and full details of all events taking place over the festival weekend and their venues, please visit, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details.

If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 401 5342.