Trad news from Last Night’s Fun

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Iarla Ó Lionáird. Photograph by Maurice Gunning

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Iarla Ó Lionáird. Photograph by Maurice Gunning


The Cork Folk Festival is on this weekend >>>

So too is the Shetland Accordian and Fiddle Festival, whose lineup includes Emmet O’Halloran and Martin Dempsey, and Paul Bradley and Ruaridh Cunnane >>>

Kíla are playing Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Friday 11 October >>>

Seamie O’Dowd‘s musical life to date will be celebrated in the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo on Saturday, 19 October, with musicians including Rick Epping, Thom Moore, Mairtin O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, Mary Mc Partlan, Anna Houston, Ray Coen, Felip Carbonell, Gerry Grennan, Brendan Emmett, Tom Jameson, Seamie Mc Gowan, Dave Carty, Donal Cunnane,Tommy Kivlehan, Rory Bohan, Glenn Garret, Jarlath Mc Ternan, Francie Lenehan, John Woods, Dick Gaughan, Rory and Stephen O’Dowd >>>

International Uilleann Piping Day will be marked in almost 40 locations worldwide on Saturday 19 October 19th, to raise awareness of the instrument around the world. >>>  There will be a live stream of events on the NPU website >>>

Details of Taisce: A Concert for the Irish Traditional Music Archive on 10 November ( featuring Mick O’Brien, Aoife O’Brien & Emer Mayock; Brooks Academy Set Dancers with Paudie O’Connor; Matt Molloy & Dónal Lunny; Len Graham; Siobhán Armstrong & Áine Ní Dhroighneáin; Sibéal Davitt; Liam O’Flynn, uilleann pipes, Paddy Glackin; Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin & Niall Martin; MC Nicholas Carolan) have been announced >>> (What a line-up! Could Nicholas be marking something?)

Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney have announced dates for a Northern Ireland tour starting in Queen’s on the 23 October >>>

The new TG4 series, Ar Thóir an Cheoil, by Sonas Productions, with series producer and director Méabh O’Hare exploring the musical influences of six traditional-music bands – The Bonny Men, Lumiere, We Banjo 3, Buille, Caladh Nua and Beoga will begin broadcasting on 27 October at 10pm. The first programme of the series features Dublin-based band The Bonny Men with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Tom Doorley and Séamus Mac Mathúna >>>

We Banjo 3 are up next for Junctions Cork at the Green Room in Cork Opera House on 1 November >>>

The Clare Memory Orchestra‘s premiere of Dave Flynn’s The Clare Concerto, featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill and the new CMO apprentices, is selling out fast at Glór for 8 November >>>

After a successful inaugural gig with Edel Fox and Neill Byrne, the Knocklishen House Concerts will continue on 7 December with Peter Carberry and Pádraig Mc Govern >>>


The Inishowen Traditional Music Project has recently released an album focussing on the music of the influential fiddle-player, piano-player, dancer, composer and teacher Dinny McLaughlin >>>

Piper Leonard Barry‘s new album, New Road, is out (featuring Conor Byrne, Tony Byrne, John Carty, Rick Epping, Cathy Jordan, Andy Morrow, Tony O’Connell, Cyril O’Donoghue and Seamie O’Dowd) >>>

Tomas Ó Gealbháin, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Seán Ó Fearghailon have released an album called Lá ag ól uisce >>>


Photographer Maurice Gunning, who has been ‘in residence’ in UL’s Irish World Academy for a few years, has produced a new website showcasing his work >>>

Take a look at, and Like, if you like, Last Night’s Fun Facebook Page >>>


Michael Keegan-Dolan‘s & Liam Ó Maonlaí‘s Rian won a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance), taking an Outstanding Production award “for a dance of life-affirming joy” >>>


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