Hedge School Doolin 2022

Hotel Doolin is proud to announce the first annual Hedge School Doolin, a celebration of Artistry, Imagination and Community. Hedge School Doolin will feature an eclectic mix of music, writing, spoken-word and film, including performance, workshops, interactive art-installations, film-screening, interviews and more. The programme includes the premiere of The Dance, the latest offering from award-winning film-maker Pat Collins, the unveiling of an new intuitive music notation system from Steve Cooney, performance from Daithí an interactive orchestra installation and a Build Your Own Theremin workshop from Dead Can Dance percussionist Robbie Perry, performance and workshop from novelist Elaine Feeney, spoken word from Limerick artist Willzee and much more.

The festival will take place on the weekend preceding Imbolc – The Celtic Festival marking the beginning of Spring and Re-Birth. The past two years have been a dark time for the Arts in Ireland and globally. We hope that with the coming of the Celtic Spring we will welcome back the light, not just in the length of the days but also in our lives and the Arts.

Hedge School organiser Dónal Minihane says ‘From as early as the middle of the last century, when the bohemian set of George Bernard Shaw, JM Synge. Dylan Thomas & Oliver St. Gogarty discovered Doolin to its hippy heyday in the 70’s & 80’s as the centre of the folk music revival and to this very day, Doolin has always offered a ‘non-judgemental environment, a free-and-easy, come-day-go-day existence’ for musicians, writers and artists. The artistic community have been devastated by the events of recent years and now more than ever, in an economy and society that undervalues artistic expression, independent events like Hedge School are needed to encourage, nurture and support the work of Ireland’s artists. We hope, that for some, Hedge School will be seen as a small ray of light finally breaking through the endless cloud.’

Hedge School organiser Simon O’Reilly says ‘Our goal is to support and foster artistic re-birth. We aim to create the conditions in which innovation, experimentation and risk can thrive, where artists, their labour and ideas are respected and where under-represented artists are given a platform to flourish creatively. In this respect Hedge School will not end on Jan 30th. We aim to host events from our base in Hotel Doolin throughout the year. Hedge School Productions will publish original collaborative material in record, book and film format to build audiences for our artists.’

We want to bring the Arts out of cities and boardrooms and to nurture and support a community of creatives along the West Coast. Doolin’s location at the edge of the Earth is reflected in our ethos. We are committed to Art on the Edge. We embrace diversity and inclusivity and invite everyone from all walks of life to experience, interact and play in our wild world.

Tickets available at ticketweb.ie and will include:

-Weekend Tickets including entry to all events and workshops €100

-Single Day Tickets available priced at €30 Fri, €40 Sat, €40 Sun

-Tickets for Ableton workshops free but must be booked online and a €5 holding deposit will be required to secure a place 

A package including Weekend Ticket and Accommodation is available through the hotel website only:

-€300 Single

-€450 Two people sharing

-Sunday Accommodation Supplement +€100

Residents of the hotel will be entitled to attend events after 8pm as will residents of our sister hotel Fiddle + Bow.

South Sligo Summer School 2021

The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it’s 35th year. For the second year due to the pandemic the event will be online.

The week’s activities will include a range of workshops and tutorials in fiddle, flute, whistle and much more besides. There will also be daily tutorials in traditional singing and sean nós dancing as well as a variety of concerts, recitals, new and archive material, both live and pre-recorded plus some informal chats and tunes with local musicians.

The school was founded in 1987 to conserve and promote the rich tradition of music, song and dance of the south Sligo area.  There is special emphasis on the old Sligo traditional style of fiddle and flute playing.

Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance with class sizes being kept small. All Classes are graded. With classes open to all ages and experience levels there is something for everyone.

For those wishing to attend classes or workshops, the classes/workshops will be in the mornings, 10:30 – 12:00, (unless otherwise noted).

Students can register in advance. Please be aware that class sizes will be limited. Registration is open until 10pm on Sat. 10th July. The fee for the week’s classes is €40 and is payable at registration. To register please visit Registration where you can book your place. After registration you will receive a link to your zoom class. This will be a closed zoom environment – not visible to public – video will be on for Students and Tutors with no recordings being made.

For full details of all events, please visit the website South Sligo Summer School. You can also follow on either Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.

If you have any queries then please email [email protected]. You can also call (Landline) +353 (0)71 912 0912 or +353 (0)71 912 8982, (Mobile) +353 (0)87 944 6468.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2021

This year sees the 49th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare running from Sunday the 4th through to Saturday the 10th of July. It will be a virtual event due to the current situation with the pandemic. Online was considered to be the safest way to present this years programme and maintain the events profile on the Irish traditional music landscape.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy commemorates the legacy of the town’s best-known Uilleann Piper, Willie Clancy. With instrumental classes in uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, concertina, button accordion & melodeon, banjo, harmonica and harp as well as old-style step dances and sean-nós dance featuring as part of the online tuition. The English and Irish language song traditions will be demonstrated and analysed in a series of pre-recorded presentations during the week.

An extremely popular event, students come from all over the world to attend. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal Workshops/Classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. It is geared towards the hundreds of improving and competent musicians, singers and dancers who come to attend the school.

The Workshops/Classes happen during the mornings during the week and are given by up to 150 top players/performers/teachers on Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Concertina, Banjo, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Harmonica, Harp, Traditional Singing, Spoken Irish and Scots Gaelic and Set Dancing.

In order to help defray some of the costs of running the 49th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy there will be a fee of €60 for the week’s tuition, and a fee of €10 to view any one of the seven pre-recorded events on the programme. For details regarding enrolment for a workshop/class please click Enrolment.

There will also be a series of workshops/course entitled Dúchas an Cheoil/The Scope of Irish Music where the history and evolution of Irish traditional, music, song and dance will be examined. Guest performers will illustrate various aspects of the musical heritage. This course is accredited through the Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The course is conducted by Paddy Glackin and Cathal Goan.

This years programme as always incorporates a diverse offering of complementary events. This year there will be a concert of Scots Gaelic music and song, Muinntir an h-Alba, presented by Maighread Stiùbhart, an overview of traditional music from East Galway and its distinctive soundscape presented by Claire Keville, a film documentary on the sean-nós singer Johnny Mháirtin Learaí MacDonnchadha, a variety of piping recitals curated by Na Píobairí Uilleann, Virtual Ireland in Music, an audiovisual concert featuring traditional music from all 32 counties and diaspora areas and the Muiris Ó Rócháin Memorial Concert.

This is without doubt an unmissable event if you have any interest in Irish music.

For the latest details please click the following link to visit the website Willie Clancy Summer School or on Facebook.

Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention 2021

Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 8th of April at 7pm online from 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 course of Consairtín, there will be recitals/concerts, workshops and an instrument maintenance tutorial.

All workshops will last for 2 hours with a 15-minute break. They will be held online via ZOOM and each class will have a limited number of participants. You are welcome to attend more than one workshop. All registered students will have full access to online concerts and our instrument maintenance tutorial. Each student will receive a free Consairtín ‘Fan Slán’ face mask on registration.

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

The Instrument Maintenance Tutorial is a practical opportunity to learn and carry out some basic concertina maintenance skills and will be presented by Seán Ó Fearghail.

Camchuairt an Chonsairtín is a series of recitals that will be recorded at various venues throughout the country in the weeks prior to Consairtín. They will be broadcast online during the festival on our exclusive membership platform. This initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council’s Capacity Building Support Scheme.

The Inaugural Performance of the Irish Concertina Orchestra will be held on Saturday night commencing at 7pm. The Irish Concertina Orchestra was created by Music Generation Clare in 2020 where 42 highly skilled concertina players come together weekly to rehearse newly composed and arranged music directed by Dr. Tim Collins. Members of the orchestra come from Co. Clare, Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Galway.

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 consairtin.ie, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries about Consairtín, then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 261 2127.

Meitheal Summer School 2021

Subject to Covid restrictions, Meitheal Summer School 2021 will run from July 19th to 23rd at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare. In the meantime, we urge all young musicians to stay safe and use some of your time to engage in music in new and innovative ways through electronic media or with others while practising social distancing.

The closing date for applications for this years Meitheal is March 26th.

This years Summer School is open to musicians who are 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2020. Over the week students will live and breathe music under expert guidance with all attendees experiencing…

  • Masterclasses
  • Arrangement workshops
  • Composition workshops
  • Trad Orchestra
  • Various other activities
  • Finale Concert

The instrument workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All applicants must send a recording with their application so that they can be graded into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!

This years tutors are Sylvain Barou: Flute & Pipes, Dylan Carlos: Fiddle, Brid Harper: Fiddle, Caitlin Nic Gabhann: Concertina, Aisling Lyons: Harp, Cathal Ó Curráin: Fiddle, Sharon Howley: Fiddle & Cello, Gavin Strappe: Banjo and Jos Kelly: Accordion.

At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.

There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrolments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 26th to ensure your place. Please note that Meitheal reserves the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, a full refund will be provided or a place in an alternative workshop will be offered.

During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other artistes and various workshops and presentations.  They will also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert.

Students partaking in Meitheal will have the prospect of consideration for a place on the CCE Tour of Ireland later in the year, along with other opportunities, such as the making of a programme for RnaG, a scholarship to Blas and solo and group performances at numerous festivals.

For more details please visit the Meitheal website by clicking on, Meitheal or for any queries either E-mail: [email protected] or Phone: +353 (0)87 670 4465 for more information. You can also follow Meitheal on Facebook for latest updates and information.

Blossom Harp Festival 2021

The Blossom Harp Festival takes place online this year and will be bringing you the very best of Irish harp and much more to the comfort of your sitting room. So no matter where you are in the world please join us on the 27th of March 2021.

This years Blossom Harp Festival will see two Harp workshops which will be run by harpists Janet Harbison and Michelle Mulcahy.  The workshops will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The tutors will record the lessons and you will have access to it for two days after the festival. This is a unique opportunity to learn from these highly acclaimed harpists. Tickets for these workshops can be purchased by visiting blossomharp.com.

Dubliner Janet Harbison came to early prominence winning all national and a number of international harp competitions in the late 1970s. In 1980 she was the first harper to tour to America and Canada with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and her career took off.

Michelle Mulcahy hails from Co. Limerick and is considered to be one of Ireland’s most talented multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. Her array of instrumental mastery spans concertina, harp, fiddle, accordion, piano and melodeon. She is a much sought after performer, tutor and lecturer at music festivals and music schools worldwide and has toured extensively in Europe, United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

In addition to the workshops, the Blossom Harp Festival tutors will partake in a 45 minute question and answer session starting at 2.30pm where you can interact directly with the tutors and chat to them asking questions and learning from their answers and from the discussion with other students. This will be facilitated by Aileen MacCrann.

At 1.15pm there will be two solo performances. These will feature harpists Elisabeth Affolter and Fiana Ni Chonnaill and will be free to attend via Facebook and YouTube.

At 4pm there will be a Harp Makers Discussion which will be given by Tim O’Carroll of Killarney Harps and Kevin Harrington an instrument maker based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. This discussion is free to the public with access via Facebook, Zoom and YouTube.

The Blossom Harp Festival Gala Evening Concert will commence at 7pm and is free to the public with access via Facebook, Zoom and YouTube. The Concert will feature harpists Janet Harrison, Michelle Mulcahy, Fiana Ni Chonaill, harp ensembles Glissando Harp Ensemble, Blossom Harp Ensemble, Cuisle Harp Ensemble and fiddle players Manus McGuire, Cliodhna Donnellan and Denise Glass.

For full details of the programme for the Blossom Harp Festival and to purchase tickets for the workshops, please visit blossomharp.com, or follow on Facebook for the latest information. You can also follow on YouTube for all the latest videos. If you have any queries about the festival please send an email to [email protected].

An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Festival for Irish Harp 2021

The An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Festival for Irish Harp was established in 1985. It ranks among the top international harp festivals and summer schools for Irish Harp. Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish Harp. You will have the chance to develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers’ tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.

For the second year running the festival is online and will be live on Zoom from Sunday 27th June to Friday 2nd July. A full programme of exceptional tutors and talented artists have been put together to deliver an outstanding week of harp music for you.

This Festival guarantees a life-changing harp experience; with its workshops, sessions and concerts providing an opportunity to meet and perform with other harpers, gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as gaining further insights into the harp and its music.

Workshops 2021: Explore the potential of the Irish harp in a wide range of workshops covering all facets of harping and Irish traditional music. Each morning you can listen to expert harpers at the workshops. Festival mentors and workshop specialists will give participants an opportunity to experience world-class performers in a relaxed interactive setting.

Harpers of all ages, standards and styles from absolute beginners to advanced players are accepted. Participants are graded and assigned to mentors who can offer them the best opportunity for improvement. The tutoring sessions are conducted on a modular basis so that participants can benefit from a collaborative multidisciplinary teaching approach.

The Tutors this year are Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Gráinne Hambley, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Deirdre Granville, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Kim Fleming.

A full range of harping techniques are covered including:

  • Irish harping techniques
  • Traditional ornamentation
  • Session and group playing
  • Wire strung harp styles
  • Music of the 16th and 17th century Harpers
  • Singing in Irish and English

Lunchtime Concerts: Listen to our Rising Stars with emerging young harpers at the Tholsel lunchtime interludes.

Afternoon Events: Cruit agus Cabaireacht Each afternoon from 3pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday you can join for workshops, music, talks, songs and stories and try your hand at our daily play-along

Evening Concerts: A highlight of An Chúirt Chruitireachta are the popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping. Join our world class harpers and other traditional musicians for the best of Irish harping at these nightly concerts.

For enquiries please call either +353 (0)87 2800 390 or +353 (0)1 676 8998 or email [email protected].

You may buy Tickets and register on www.eventbrite.ie from 8th May 2021. Details of the various options are as follows:-

  • Full Festival Package: €200
  • Morning Workshops only: €120
  • Afternoon Events only: €100
  • Evening Concerts only: €45 for all 5 concerts or book individual concerts for €10 each.

For more information including full details concerning An Chúirt Chruitireachta please visit the website at cairdenacruite.com. You can also follow An Chúirt Chruitireachta on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information

Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music & Dance 2021

Blas 2021 is going virtual! Now in its 25th year, it will host its annual programme virtually from 21st June to 1st July. Given the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organising team strongly believes that this is the safest way to proceed and keep the Blas experience going.

Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious university accredited summer schools and this year’s virtual programme will be no different!

It will continue to provide access to the wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures of the Traditional world, which this year will include Siobhán Peoples, Tara Breen, Paddy Glackin, Dónal Lunny, Joanna Hyde, Louise Mulcahy, Karan Casey, Jim Higgins, Conal O’Kane, and Ciara Sexton, to name but a few.

The new virtual programme will feature a one week intensive with an optional second academic week for students seeking university accreditation.

In addition to expert tuition and masterclasses, the first week also includes a wide range of activities from interactive Irish language and culture classes, live-streamed lectures on Irish traditional music and dance topics, recorded lunchtime concerts, to livestreamed evening concerts.

For those who wish to earn university accreditation (worth 3 undergraduate credits or 6 ECTS credits) can opt to participate in the second academic week of Blas. This will include recorded academic lectures and daily interactive tutorials with leading academics in the field of Irish music, song, and dance from the Irish World Academy.

Blas attracts musicians, singers and dancers (over the age of 16) who are already familiar with Irish traditions such as Irish Traditional music, song and dance and the Irish language. It acts as a means for preservation, promotion and development of these traditions and enables candidates who want to extend their technique, repertoire and knowledge therein. It also attracts many performers (and would-be performers) from other genres who find it beneficial to study with Blas as a form of induction and acculturation in the Irish traditions, before diving in at the deep end of the main traditional scene of endless sessions, céilithe, fleadhanna and festivals. Blas acts as an incubator, and forms a safe space in which to improve musicianship, song, or dance technique, and to learn more about the stylistic, social, and historic content of these traditions in a familiar educational campus setting.

This year, Blas will also run in conjunction with the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention which will be hosted virtually by the Irish World Academy from 23rd-27th June. NAFCo combines a festival with an academic conference, featuring interactive workshops, public lectures, and daily concerts. These events will be open to registered Blas students as well, further enhancing the Blas experience. The Blas Summer School is delighted to announce the continuation of the Paul Brady Bursary for 2021. The value of each bursary covers a portion of tuition for the virtual programme.

Blas is also offering an early bird discount (10% reduction in tuition fees) to students enrolled before March 17th 2021.

For further information on all aspects of this summer school, including application/registration forms, please visit the Blas website. For latest information please follow on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)61 202 653.

Tradfest St Patrick’s Events 2021

To celebrate St Patrick’s Week 2021, join TradFest online from March 18th – 21st as it celebrates St Patrick’s [email protected] with an incredible array of Irish artists and some very special guests from some of Dublin’s most stunning heritage venues. Five fantastic online concerts with some of Irelands leading trad and folk performers.

On Thursday 18th March TradFest will see A tribute to poet Derek Mahon this will be with Stephen Rea, Matt Molloy, Neil Martin, Brian Connor and Paddy Glackin with Brídín and Felispeaks. The tribute to Derek willl be hosted by Stephen Rea and will draw together some of Derek’s most loved poems including Alien Nation, A Fox on Grafton Street, Washing Up and Everything is going to be Alright. It will be coupled with music performed by Matt Molloy, Paddy Glackin, Brian Connor and Neil Martin, as well as harpist Brídín and new poetry by rising artist poet and performer Felispeaks. Filmed in the beautiful Newbridge House, this will be a very special night bringing together poetry and music. Streaming time for this event is 8PM Irish Time (GMT).

Friday 19th March TradFest sees two great concerts in one. Performing will be Frankie Gavin with Edel Fox & Catherine McHugh plus Sibéal. Enjoy these stunning performances from the beautiful setting of Newbridge House. Streaming time for this event is 8PM Irish Time (GMT).

On Saturday 20th March will be Phelim & The Drew House Band in concert, the theme of which is ‘Remember Ronnie & The Dubliners’. Streaming time for this event is 8PM Irish Time (GMT).

Then on Sunday 21st March it will be The Best of TradFest @ Home from Dublin Castle featuring a selection of the artists who played at the [email protected] concerts back in January, a celebration of all that’s best in Irish music today from the stunning State Apartments in Dublin Castle, including Dervish, Altan, Hothouse Flowers, Mairead and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, Karan Casey, Mark Redmond, The Mulcahy Family, Mike Hanrahan, Aoife Scott and many more. Streaming time for this event is 3PM Irish Time (GMT).

Also on Sunday 21st March is Ireland in Music. The whole island of Ireland is a stage as some of the country’s finest musicians are filmed in some of the country’s most beautiful settings. Among those featuring: Denise Chaila and Sharon Shannon perform along The Cliffs of Moher, Clannad perform in Poison Glen, Gweedore, Lisa Hannigan in the bandstand at St Stephen’s Green, Wallis Bird in the historical Ardgillen Castle and The Stunning in the grounds of Trim Castle. This will be available to stream outside of Ireland only. Streaming time for this event is 8PM Irish Time (GMT).

Please note that all events will be available to watch on demand for 7 days after the release time & date.

For more information and to book Tickets please visit tradfest.ie or follow on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, if you have any queries, you can send an email to [email protected] or call +353(0)1 960 2300.

St. Patrick’s Festival – Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!

The theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!, and is an invitation to throw off the long, dark months and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead.

This year St. Patrick’s Festival will be online allowing it to go national and international with a rich and dynamic series of events which have been safely recorded and will run on St. Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV). You will be able to replay all programmes on their event page after they have broadcast, up to March 21.

The six-day festival will also be broadcast live on Oireachtas TV into more than 1.1 million Irish homes.

There will be something of interest for everyone, from emerging bands, to céilí groups and dancers, industry innovators and their established contemporaries, this year sees over 300 artists covering the breadth of Ireland and the scope of its talents newly filmed performances. Audiences, wherever they are in the world are invited to join the party, from intimate sessions, to foot stomping céilí bands, this is an opportunity to delve deep into Ireland’s wealth of traditional music.

Among the many artists performing at this years St. Patrick’s Festival will be Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lisa Hannigan, The Breath, Adrian Crowley, Matthew Nolan, Cora Venus Lunny, Kevin Murphy, Sean MacErlaine Bridghe Cahimbeul, Brain & Diarmuid Mac Gloinn (Ye Vagabonds), Kila, Sean Nós Séamus, Ronan & Caoimhe O’Flaherty, Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil, Nuala Hayes, Jerry O’Reilly, Dermot Bolger, Rhiannon Giddens, Gruff Rhys, Annemarie Ní Churreáin & MacDara Yeates, Moxie, Aidan O’Rourke & many more…

The Cobblestone Sessions at The Complex line-up includes some of our best known trad performers, from the Rowsome and McBride Families to Donnacha Dwyer, Micheál Quinn, Michelle O’Brien, Michelle O’Broin and many many more!

Bringing St. Patrick’s Festival to a spectacular close, Barróg on St. Patrick’s Night will gather the best of Irish Traditional players and singers. These are the players, and the world will be the listeners, bringing Whelan’s on Wexford Street to their kitchens and living rooms in Dublin, Derry, Boston and beyond with artists including Lisa O’Neill, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Caoimhe Ní Fhlatharta, Seamus and Ronan Ó Flatharta, Diarmuid and Brian Mac Gloin, Cormac Begley, Ronan O’ Snodaigh and Myles O’ Reilly, Doireann and Siún Glackin and Mohammad Syfkhan.

To find out more about the Festival, please visit stpatricksfestival.ie where you can see the full programme of events and chose the ones you wish to watch.