Trad news from Last Night’s Fun

Pictured: Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Paul de Grae, who will be playing at the Ace and Deuce of Piping concert this Saturday in Liberty Hall


Fidil start a mini-tour with Solo Cissokho >>> (and later in November Fidil themselves are due to play a Music Network concert at the Mill Theatre in Dundum >>> )

Peter Browne will be celebrating the 7th birthday of his Rolling Wave programme on Sunday on RTÉ Radio 1 at 7pm with tunes and songs chosen by listeners >>>

Scoil Seamus Ennis will host a Trad for Trocaire session in The Village Inn, Ballyboughal on Thursday with special guest  celebrated Swedish Nyckleharpa player Peter Puma Hedlund >>>

Niamh Dunne, Sean Og Graham and Donagh Hennessy playing McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Thursday as part of the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival >>>

Junctions Cork is starting up again this Friday, with Cormac Breatnach, Laoise Kelly and Tommy Hayes  >>>

The annual Ace and Deuce of Piping concert is on this Saturday in Liberty Hall, with Martin Hayes; Gay, Conor and Seán McKeon; Colm Gannon; Nuala Kennedy; Coimhín O Fearghail; Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch and Paul de Grae; Brooks Academy; and MC Vincent Doherty  >>>

Edel Fox and Neill Byrne are playing the first Knocklishen Beg house concert this Saturday >>>

The 4th Annual Leitrim Ballinaglera Traditional Music Weekend is taking place from 11-13 October

The John Dwyer Trad Weekend in Waterford city (18-20 October) will feature Dervish; Geraldine and Eamon Cotter, Maeve Donnelly, Tim Collins, Damien O’Reilly; and CD launches for Edel Fox’s The Sunny Banks, and for “Lá ag Ól Uisce” by Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, Seán Ó Fearghail and Tomás Ó Gealbháin >>>

All-inclusive tickets for the Return to Camden Town festival in London are available  >>>with The London Lasses and Chris O’Malley + Mick O’Connor, John Bowe and Caoimhin O’Fearghail + Michael Rooney and June McCormack + John Carty Festival Band + Noreen O’Sullivan and Adrian Burns + Tara Connaghan and Ronan Galvin + Danny O’Mahony and Micheal O’Raghallaigh + Leitrim Equation 3 (Seamus Begley, John Carty and Donal Lunny and guests)

Niamh Ní Charra is starting a German tour with her band >>> and getting lots of great reviews for her ‘Cuz’ album >>>Niamh will soon be working with composer Colm Ó Foghlú on a new Chamber piece for Concertina and String Quartet. This is a specially commissioned piece to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the “Evacuation” of the Blasket Islands in Co. Kerry. >>>

Scoil Cheoil na Botha in Scotstown, Co Monaghan is coming up the weekend of 11th October >>>

Zoe Conway and John McIntyre are playing in Youghal on November 19 as part of Cork Rebel Week festival >>>

Paudie O’Connor, Aoife Ni Chaoimh, David Power and Nell NÍ Chróinín are playing a Music Network concert in Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh on 8 November >>>

Fabulous Beast’s Rian, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, is heading for Singapore >>>

The ‘Irish Christmas in America‘ tour has been scheduled >>>


Liz Carroll has a new album coming out >>>

Ensemble Ériu‘s debut album is out >>>

Téada‘s fifth album, Ainneoin na stoirme / In spite of the storm, is out >>> and they are putting the finishing touches to a big Far East tour happening in 2014

Other Voices Series Ten album will be on iTunes later in the month, with Iarla O Lionáird, Triúr, Inni-K and others >>>

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke‘s Live at the Steeple Sessions picked up a four-star review in the Irish Times, and recognition from BBC Radio 3’s Peter Meanwell >>>  Toner and Malachy are doing a few dates in Germany in November >>>, and joining a few other Irish artists at this year’s Womex festival in October (Alan Kelly Gang, At First Light, Deep End of the Ford, Réalta, Padraig Rynne, We Banjo 3) >>>

This is How we Fly have released their debut album >>> marked by a new Myles O’Reilly-Donal Dineen video >>>

Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly release their album Acoustically Irish >>>


Moxie were named Kings of Folk at the Spirit of Folk Festival >>>

“Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop” is opening in Spiddal Village >>> and introducing to the market a new Manfrini-Colm Gannon bosca ceoil >>>


How music makes us feel better >>>  (via Rory Healy: thanks Rory)

Paul de Grae on the Shakespearean “woolen bagpipe” confusion >>>

Playing an instrument sharpens the mind >>> (via Dennis Liddy: thanks Dennis)

Arm and hand stretches for musicians >>> (via Jacqueline McCarthy: thanks Jacqueline)


Liam Ó Maonlaí: “The nature of Irish music is meditative. The faces remain impassive while the songs and tunes are like storms raging.” (from >>>)

Niall Vallely on Junctions Cork: “We’ve been looking for players and bands who are doing something special, people who are not looking over their shoulders worried about what people think they should be playing. The likes of We Banjo 3 and Moxie jumped out at us.” (from >>>)


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