The Festival of Early Irish Harp Returns! 26 July – 1 August, 2024, in Kilkenny & Online!

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Scoil na gCláirseach – The Festival of Early Irish Harp Returns on 26 July – 1 August, 2024!

+ 55 workshops, talks, concerts & social occasions in Kilkenny & also you can watch LIVE online!

Discover the world of the exquisite, ancient Gaelic harp in a full schedule of 55 events: concerts, talks, workshops, social occasions and more. Onsite in Kilkenny city, and LIVE online, 26 July – 1 August, 2024.

Immerse yourself each day with hands-on workshops; presentations on history, repertory, and instruments; and live Q & A with masters of Irish music traditions. Hear some of Ireland’s, and the world’s, finest historical and traditional musicians in festival concerts, recreating the glorious sound world of the early Irish harp.

“Our aim is to share with you the music of the old Irish harpers, exploring as much of their world as is now possible, using everything from 17th-century manuscripts to cutting-edge, 21st-century science. Hear, play and sing music familiar to Gaelic chieftains, and in the Great Irish Houses, while having a hugely enjoyable social week with your fellow festival participants!” says festival director, Siobhán Armstrong.


SUNDAY 28TH JULY, 8:00 pm        

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, voice

Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp

Martin Tourish, accordion

A one-off gathering of three of Ireland’s leading performers of evocative, soulful Irish music. Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, the prize-winning sean-nós [‘old style’] singer, will perform with Siobhán Armstrong, Ireland’s foremost performer on the ancient Irish, brass-wire-strung harp. Musician and composer, Martin Tourish, [Young Musician of the Year, 2008], makes a rare Kilkenny appearance also, in an evening of solo singing and harpers’ songs from the ancient Irish harping tradition, together with lively instrumental music. Presented in the 1000-year-old Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle.

TUESDAY 30th JULY, 8:00 pm
Allan McDonald, voice and small pipes
Tamzin Elliott, early Irish harp
Róisín O’Grady, soprano
Toby Carr, Renaissance lute

Described as ‘the single most important living source of Gaelic musical culture’, acclaimed Scottish piper, and singer, Allan McDonald, makes a rare Kilkenny appearance this July. He will be joined by historical harpist, Tamzin Elliott – in their Irish debut – playing the ravishing, ancient Irish harp, with its rare brass-wire strings. Also performing at this one-off Kilkenny date is rising British star of the Renaissance lute, Toby Carr, and historical-music soprano, Róisín O’Grady, in a programme of intimate music from Scotland, Ireland, England and France in the evocative surroundings of the 1000-year-old Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle.


€18 / €12 (student & unwaged)

€28 (both concerts)

No live streaming: concert videos will be available to all ticket holders from Aug. to Dec.


FRIDAY 26th JULY, 6:30–7:00 pm

     James Ruff, early Irish harp

SATURDAY 27th JULY, 6:45–7:15 pm

     Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin, voice and early Irish harp 

MONDAY 29th JULY, 6:45–7:15 pm

     Paul Dooley, early Irish harp

Hear the ancient sound of the old Irish harp, played by master performers, in intimate ‘teatime’ concerts at Coláiste Pobail Osraí secondary school, 6-7 Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny.






Artist biogs / photos

Venues Coláiste Pobail Osraí Secondary School, 6-7 Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny, R95 D8N8 The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

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Who are we?

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland brings to life a lost sound world. Founded in 2002, it leads a rediscovery of Ireland’s illustrious medieval musical instrument, depicted in the national emblem: the early Irish harp. Silent for over 100 years, the ravishing sound – and the rarely heard music – of the oldest Irish harp sounds fresh to modern ears but also evokes the deepest wells of ancient Irish history and culture.

Our funders

The HHSI is immensely grateful to its funding bodies and supporters, without whose generous support our work to rediscover the Early Irish harp would not be possible. Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp is kindly funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon [The Arts Council], Kilkenny County Council, Creative Ireland, and Harp Ireland.

Our student-harp rental collection has been funded by The Music Capital Scheme, supported by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, managed by Music Network.

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Áine Tyrrell Releases Powerful Song “PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU”

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Tyrell has just announced the release of her latest song, ‘PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU’. This is the first single from her forthcoming album, ‘MISE ÉIRE’, which is a pioneering testament to artistic courage, resilience and hope born out of Áine’s remarkable journey from her native West Coast of Ireland to the East Coast of Australia. 

Escaping a decade of domestic violence with her three children, Áine redefined her narrative from victimhood to triumph, PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU sings powerfully, into and out of this story. With a blend of genres, Áine’s raw and honest lyrics deliver a message of empowerment in the face of adversity, particularly addressing global issues of violence against women and within the music industry. 

The inspiration for the track struck her in a defining moment during her performance at Splendour In The Grass when she remembered all she had battled to get there and felt the incredible connection between the audience and her music. They were people like her, all rising to the music, together. 

In addition to the song release, Áine and her collaborators are taking the opportunity to affect social change. PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU is a combined song, short film and social advocacy project. Integrating her musical talents with her experience as an educator and activist, Áine and her team will be providing resources to grassroots organisations supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“We’re not just releasing music; we’re shifting things, making change, one step at a time. Our mission is to raise awareness, hope, and to holistically bring art into healing spaces.” – Áine Tyrrell

The accompanying music video, directed and produced by Busty Beatz from Hot Brown Honey, First Nations Film studio Wirrim Media and featuring Riah Pelesa, intricately weaves together the story of Miriam, a Samoan woman navigating the challenges of single motherhood, eviction, and rediscovery of her artistic path. Through Miriam’s journey, the video embodies themes of resilience, hope, and the power of self-discovery.

PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU invites listeners to join a journey of transformation, to forge change and create possibilities no matter what the circumstance. As Áine simply puts it,

“If someone like me can stand here against all odds, so can you.”

Available on all streaming platforms Wed 15th May!

ADDITIONAL INFO: About Áine Tyrrell

“Áine Tyrrell is a force” – Irish Times

 Áine Tyrrell is an inspiring and thought-provoking multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and unmissable live act, she graces stages globally – from Woodford Folk Festival, to Shrewsbury Folk Festival in the UK to Clonakilty International Guitar Festival in Ireland, International Folk Alliance in the USA, and the coveted Splendour in the Grass.

In 2021, the significance of Áine’s impact was underscored when she was chosen to join the Irish President, Michael D O’Higgins, and his wife Sabine in a tribute celebrating the valour and artistry of Irish women. Áine’s commitment to connecting with her audience is evident. Celebrating 290 Virtual Cuppa Teas (online performances) and fostering a thriving community in Patreon over the last 3 years.

She was rightfully acknowledged as one of the top 10 musical creators by The Australian Newspaper in 2021 and acclaim has followed her from both Australian and Irish radio circuits with notable features on ABC Radio, RTE Radio, Double J Radio, and BBC NI Music. Her chart-topping presence on Ireland’s RTE’s Independent Music Charts speaks volumes about her resonance in the musical landscape.

Beyond being an esteemed performer, Áine was recently listed as an International Best-Selling Author with her contribution towards “Rebel Ma: Rising In The Time Of The Feminine” and has been turning heads with her sold-out shows with the Country Witches Association.

Áine is currently collaborating with renowned producer DOBBY, creating her third album, which is set for release May-September 2024.

Her journey, as put by The Australian, is indeed one worth following, “Tyrrell’s incredible journey is one you’d be well advised to follow.” With an unmistakably voice and an energy that’s both electric and intimate, Áine Tyrrell continues to spellbind her audience, making them fall in love with her sound, time and time again.

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Eleanor McEvoy Announces Irish Tour Dates!

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“McEvoy sounds like the sort of woman who might greet you with a bottle of red one night and a rolling pin the next” (Truck & Driver Magazine)

Bathed in the gentle glow of a solitary spotlight, she steps onto a stage, set with a range of instruments. She picks up her electric guitar and walks to the microphone.

What follows has been entrancing audiences around the world for decades…

“My name is Eleanor McEvoy – this is what I do.”

Fresh from her acclaimed performances in Australia, renowned singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is gearing up to embark on an extensive tour across her homeland of Ireland, captivating audiences with her soul-stirring music. The tour, which includes an array of intimate Irish venues, will precede dates in Germany and the UK.

McEvoy’s performances are celebrated for their alchemical effect on listeners, weaving together melodies and lyrics that resonate deeply, mending hearts and uplifting spirits with every note sung.

As the composer, co-performer, and producer of “A Woman’s Heart,” the title track of the best-selling Irish album in history, McEvoy’s influence on Irish folk music is profound. The song continues to captivate audiences and was recently featured in the award-winning TV show “Derry Girls.”

Her latest single, “South Anne Street,” from the album ‘Gimme Some Wine,’ has struck a chord both at home and internationally. The song paints a vivid scene of chance encounters and nostalgic moments, embodying a blend of specificity and universal emotion.

Additionally, “Scarlet Angels,” inspired by McEvoy’s work on the ‘Woman’s Heart Orchestrated’ concerts, has become a beloved staple of her repertoire, with audiences eagerly joining in.

One of McEvoy’s most impactful songs, “Sophie,” described by The Guardian’s David Smith as “an anthem that is touching, inspiring, and consoling thousands of anorexic girls around the world,” continues to resonate globally and is used in treatment centers to aid those struggling with eating disorders.

Eleanor McEvoy’s Irish Tour Dates:

Fri 7th June: The Seanti, Waterford

Sat 8th June: The Whale, Greystones

Fri. 14th June: Esker Arts Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly

15th June: Dolan’s, Limerick

Fri 21st June: The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon

Sat 22nd June: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Fri. 28th June: Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Sat 29th June: Wexford Arts Centre

19th July: Sea Church, Ballycotton

July 20th: St. Matthews, Baltimore

21st July: Forest Fest, Emo Village

26th July: Cornerstone, Gurteeney, Galway

Don’t miss this captivating tour as Eleanor McEvoy shares her extraordinary talent and heartfelt music with audiences across Ireland. For ticketing and further information, visit Eleanor McEvoy’s official website.

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Pop Songstress Kehli Announces Dublin Headline Gig May 11th Workmans Club, Tix now on sale!

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“One of the country’s leading pop prospects” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Irish pop star on the rise, KEHLI” – EUPHORIA

“‘Kehli wouldn’t feel hugely out of place on Mabel’s Ivy to Roses mixtape, Dua Lipa’s self-titled album or Mahalia’s Seasons EP ” – OFFICIAL UK CHARTS

Headline Show: No Sleep presents: Kehli – May 11th, Workmans Club, Dublin 


Originally from Dublin, Ireland, KEHLI is a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate, and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She spent her early years at stage school, where from age 5, she studied music and dance including contemporary, hip hop, and ballet.

Her evolving passion for music and performance encouraged 14-year-old KEHLI to try her hand on a couple of TV music shows (usual suspects The Voice/X Factor etc.) which, at such a tender age, provided invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following.

It was this experience that led to an introduction with New York / London-based songwriter/producer, MSRD, who worked closely with KEHLI along with a few other key collaborators to create her sound.

KEHLI has been hotly tipped as ‘one to watch’ by the Official Charts UK, charted top #5 in 3 commercial charts as listed by Music Week, and has received support from national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, & RTE 2FM.

Her previous releases received editorial playlist support from Spotify including New Music Friday UK and was featured on ‘New Pop UK’ for several weeks.

In total, previous releases have received 14 editorial playlist adds including Pop Remix (3Million listeners) on Spotify. The tracks have been added to Apple Music’s New Music Daily, YouTube Music’s Pop Fresh, & Filtr UK’s New Music Weekly playlist, amassing over 1.5 million streams across all platforms and over 13 Million national radio impressions in Ireland alone. KEHLI has been featured in multiple mainstream press platforms including Wonderland, Clash, Earmilk, Record of the Day, Irish Times & Hot Press Spotlight.

She made her national TV debut on The Late Late Show with Ryan Turbidy, where she sang with the IWIH (Irish Women in Harmony) group. Playing to crowds of over 4000 people at the likes Independence festival and Sea Sessions festival this year, KEHLI is putting finishing touches to her forthcoming music which is an urban-infused pop EP with edgy ear-catching tunes.

The future is on track to be an exciting one for KEHLI.

Dotts O’Connor Announces New Single ‘Swim To Me’ Set To Be Released May 17th

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Dotts O’Connor, celebrated as the guitarist of Choice-nominated band Come On Live Long and Dirty Dreamer, unveils a remarkable shift in his musical odyssey with the launch of his new solo project. Departing from the collaborative ethos of his former groups, O’Connor delves into uncharted territory, guided solely by his intuition and personal reflections.
“Dotts O’Connor captures audiences with his evocative storytelling and stirring melodies” – Fame Magazine UK.

After a decade of honing his craft and captivating audiences alongside his bandmates, O’Connor found solace and creative liberation in the quietude of Cavan, where he embarked on a deeply introspective journey, crafting his unique sound in the solitude of a spare room. This departure from the collective dynamic of a band allowed O’Connor to embrace the nuances of his daily musings, shaping his songwriting process with unparalleled authenticity and vulnerability.

“Dott’s has a unique blend of alternative Irish folk that combines intricate guitar fingerpicking with joyful melodies” – EARMILK

At the heart of his new music lies ‘Swim To Me’, a poignant continuation of his narrative journey initiated by his previous single ‘Brushing Off The Rust’. The track unfolds a compelling tale of separation amidst the vastness of the sea, echoing themes of loneliness, longing, and resilience in the face of adversity. O’Connor’s evocative lyricism, intertwined with delicate guitar melodies and buoyant cello arrangements, evokes a profound sense of catharsis, culminating in a climactic crescendo that leaves an indelible mark on the listener’s soul.

Recorded at the esteemed Meadow recording studio in Wicklow under the expert guidance of Ken McCabe, ‘Swim To Me’ features a stellar ensemble of musicians, including the masterful drumming of Paul Kenny, the soulful piano and synth compositions of Brian Dillon, the rhythmic bass lines of Ken McCabe himself, and the enchanting cello harmonies of George Shilling.

Dotts O’Connor’s solo venture marks a pivotal moment in his musical evolution, beckoning listeners to embark on an introspective voyage through the depths of emotion and imagination. ‘Swim To Me’ is not merely a song but a profound testament to the transformative power of music to transcend boundaries and unite hearts.

Follow Dotts O’Connor on social media:
Instagram: @dottsoconnor
Twitter: @dottsoconnor
Facebook: /dottsoconnormusic

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Irish Singer Songwriter Dotts O’Connor Releases New Single ‘Brushing Off The Rust’ to rave reviews

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Dotts O’Connor is an alternative Irish folk singer/songwriter hailing from Co.Roscommon but resident in Co.Cavan. Dotts first cut his teeth as a member of Choice music nominated band Come On Live Long. He learned his craft at singing sessions where he would carefully listen to the inflections and styles of others. 

Dotts songwriting relies heavily on the creation of what seem like familiar characters to tell unfamiliar stories which is underpinning by intricate guitar fingerpicking and joyful melodies.

Dotts’ last single ‘Coney’ was featured as part of RTE Radio 1’s recommended playlist and was played regularly on The John Creedon Show, Folk On One with Murieann Nic Amhlaoidh and Late Date with Cathal Murray.

Brushing Off The Rust:

BOTR tells the story of two people leaving behind a life of strife and struggle and taking to the road to begin a period of rejuvenation, reflection and wilful disregard. The song sees the protagonist’s leaving ‘it all behind, the longest drive in the dead of night’. The chorus is sang from the point of view of the main characters who tell each other to ‘dream all you can, they are yours alone’. 

“Brushing off the Rust” showcases his talent as a songwriter and singer. The song features heartfelt lyrics and captivating instrumentals that blend together seamlessly, creating a sonic tapestry that is comforting and invigorating – Earmilk

““Brushing off the Rust” by Dotts O’Connor is a refreshing and uplifting anthem that tells the story of two individuals embarking on the road to self-discovery. With its upbeat melodies and soulful vocals, this single captures the essence of leaving behind hardship and embracing new beginnings.” – Illustrate Magazine

The song was recorded live at The Meadow recording studio in Wicklow and features Paul Kenny(Jape, James Vincent McMorrow, Ham Sandwich) on drums, Brian Dillon (Meltybrains, Loah), Ken McCabe(Come On Live Long, Dirty Dreamer)on bass guitar and Liam McCabe(Heroes In Hiding) on saxophone.

“Showing a compelling folk sound with brassy warmness, “Brushing off the rust” is a memorable new single from Irish singer/songwriter Dotts O’Connor”. – Obscure Sound

“Rooted in his personal experiences and musical influences, Dotts’ songs are characterised by intricate guitar fingerpicking and uplifting melodies, offering listeners narratives that strike a chord” – Fame Magazine UK.

On the recording of the song, Dotts says ‘ I wanted to capture the unfeathered joy of the couple as they emerge from hardship and put all sorrow in the rearview mirror so I ensured that we didn’t do too many takes of the song and tried to keep the recording process fresh and immediate without giving too many directions to the musicians.

Here is the official new video for Brushing Off The Rust



Lorcan O’Rourke Gets Country on his upcoming Covers collection: “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy

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Irish Country Rock Artist Lorcan O’Rourke Releases “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy (Out May 31st)

Lorcan O’Rourke, hailing from the lush landscapes of Co. Offaly, emerges as a formidable force in the realm of country music, seamlessly blending the heartfelt essence of Country with the invigorating spirit of Rock. Influenced by revered musical icons such as The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburys, and Bruce Springsteen, Lorcan’s musical journey is a testament to the enduring allure of classic Americana infused with his own unique Irish charm.

At the tender age of 7, Lorcan embraced his first guitar strings, igniting a lifelong passion that has only deepened over time. Drawing from the rich storytelling traditions of Country music and the raw energy of Rock, Lorcan crafts compositions that weave a tapestry of profundity and allure, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

“Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Showcase of Live Performance Mastery

Lorcan’s latest EP, “Live at The Ivory Sessions,” showcases his prowess as a performer, featuring four captivating cover tracks recorded live in the renowned Ivory Studio in Slane, Co Meath, Ireland. With a 4-piece band accompanying him, Lorcan delivers raw and authentic performances that resonate with emotion and energy. The recordings, captured in a single take without layering, provide an intimate glimpse into Lorcan’s musical artistry. The EP’s tracks, mixed and mastered by the esteemed Mark Cahill, include:

– “When it Rains It Pours” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan infuses this upbeat Country/Rock anthem with grit and passion, captivating audiences with its infectious energy.

– “Broken Halos” (originally by Chris Stapleton): Lorcan’s heartfelt rendition of this poignant song resonates deeply with its themes of loss and redemption, showcasing his emotive vocal delivery.

– “1, 2 Many” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan’s electrifying performance of this high-energy track radiates with infectious drive and enthusiasm, leaving listeners eager for more.

– “Travellin Soldier” (originally by The Dixie Chicks): With Cathal Guinan on the fiddle adding depth and emotion, Lorcan’s rendition of this timeless classic captivates with its haunting beauty and poignant storytelling.

Future Endeavours: What comes after the covers EP?

Looking ahead, Lorcan eagerly anticipates unveiling a new EP featuring original compositions that promise to captivate hearts and minds with their authenticity and charm. With a magnetic stage presence and a resume that includes sharing platforms with esteemed acts like Ruaile Buaile, Johnny Brady, and The Whistlin Donkeys, Lorcan continues to solidify his standing within the music community, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving musical landscape.

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Sami Jo Releases ‘I’m Tired Of Calling My Mom’

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Sami Jo has had a pen in her hand since day 1 and picked up a guitar to accompany her writing by the time she reached high school. She moved to Nashville, TN out of college and developed a name for herself around town, notoriously writing out all the personal, gut wrenching details of life and disguising them with pretty, catchy melodies. When you hear a Sami Jo song, artists like Noah Kahan, Colbie Caillat, and Kacey Musgrave may come to mind. Though her writing styles vary, her artistry stays true to her folk pop/americana roots.

Sami Jo’s move to Nashville began with a simple email on November 1, 2015 with a return sender: The Bluebird Cafe. Although famously known for their long audition process, the legendary music venue personally reached out to Sami Jo inviting her to play a Sunday Writer’s Night. Since that date, she has been recognized as NSAI’s “Ones to Watch,” has won the #1 song in SUSC International Songwriting competition, and a top 12 finalist in American Country Star worldwide competition.

Though new to releasing music, her last single, “Black & White Reality” hit 22k streams in the first 3 months with the top countries: United States and United Kingdom. She regularly plays to packed audiences in Nashville and in the past year she has led a successful International tour through England and Ireland where she performed on iconic stages including The Cavern Club, The Jacaranda, The Adelphi Hotel, and more. The brand new single ‘I’m Tired Of Calling My Mom’ is out from April 2024. 

When Sami Jo is not touring Internationally, she is Nashville’s beloved host of “Sams Jams” bi-weekly writers round at the prestigious Virgin Hotel on Music Row. She uses her networking and promotion skills to provide a platform for nearly 800 artists per year to share their original music with industry professionals.




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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes

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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes. 

Click here for more details:

Invest in your skills and knowledge!

Affordable online harp classes tutored by international experts.

Post-beginner to professional level. All harps welcome!

What you get with each course:

  • six weekly 75-minute online group classes taught by experts
  • downloadable class materials to help you practice and learn
  • access to recordings of all your classes
  • a personalized web page with all your course materials and videos
  • access to your course videos until the start of the next term, or for as long as you are enrolled in ANY Acadamh na gCláirseach course

SPRING EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: enroll now for €99 and save 24% off the full price of €130. Offer ends 20 April, 2024.

Spring online courses, starting 4 May, 2024

Of love and lamentation: ancient harp music from Ireland

Course tutor: Alessia Bianchi

Discover heartfelt laments and love airs from the first printed collection of Irish music.

Some of the most enchanting aspects of Irish music are its heartfelt laments and love airs. Many are centuries old but still have the power to speak to the deepest parts of our modern souls. In this course you will discover two such laments and an air. All three are taken from the very first printed collection of Irish music, published in the heart of Dublin in 1724.

We will explore Alessia’s reconstructions of these, including historical playing techniques used by the old Irish harpers, working also on finer points of phrasing and dynamics. Along the way we will discover the stories and anecdotes behind the music.

Airs and graces: music from Scotland

Course tutors: James Ruff, Dr Tamzin Elliott

Explore Scotland’s evocative music from centuries past.

Come and explore Scotland’s evocative and beautiful music. Learn three pieces from seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth-century sources, guided by experts in performing Scottish repertory on the harp. Start the course with Suipair thighear Leoid [‘Lude’s super’], a fàilte [salute or welcome] piece attributed to Rorie Dall, ‘Blind Rorie’. Follow this up with the beautiful ‘Port Atholl’, a fitting contrast to the stately and regal Lude’s super. Round out the course with a sweet and unusual port collected by the Maclean Clephane sisters in the Hebrides, in the early nineteenth century.

In this course students will not only learn technical strategies for finding their way around new tunes, but also will gain insight into the arranging process and what goes into engaging with a manuscript.

Living heritage: learn from Irish and Scottish master musicians.

Course tutors: Allan Henderson, Breda Keville, Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Allan MacDonald, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

Immerse yourself in the living traditions of Ireland and Scotland with master musicians

Learn about piping, vocal, and fiddling traditions from renowned master musicians in living Gaelic traditions, chosen for their rare and authentic style of music-making. Their deep, embedded knowledge, and ingrained style will help you to make your own music sound more authentically Gaelic. The aim of these six course sessions is to listen to, and learn from, master musicians who are steeped in their living traditions to see how they can give you a bit of style in your own playing, and help you turn dusty manuscript pages back into living music.

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Anne Gildea’s – “How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It” Show Returns to Ireland

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Anne Gildea is a Dublin-based comedienne. Her current show How to get The Menopause and Enjoy It, launched in Dublin’s Viking Theatre on Valentine’s Day 2022. The show’s combination of comedy, information, warmth, and authenticity proved an instant sell-out hit: HTGTM&EI is currently on its third tour of Irish theatres, in addition to international dates in the UK and Europe. Gildea has just announced a host of shows in Ireland from March straight through to December 2024! (See dates below).

Anne will also be touring with preeminent menopause expert, Dr Louise Newson as a comedic contributor to her show ‘Hormones and Menopause – The Great Debate’ show. From Portsmouth to London’s West End to Inverness, this 35-date tour will be all over the UK Autumn/Winter 2024.

Previously Anne was a co-founder and long-time creative/performer with The Nualas, (1995-2018) Ireland’s top shiny-dressed, musical-comedy girl- trio. Their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned song and provocative chat about current stuff proved a huge success.

They toured worldwide most notably playing The Royal Albert Hall, London; a sell-out seven-week run at The Irish Arts Centre, New York; multiple sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; a six-week sell-out at the Drill Hall, London, nine-weeks at The Tivoli, and five-weeks at The Academy, Dublin, as well as The Olympia Theatre and Vicar Street,  Dublin, The Opera Houses in Belfast and Cork, a 64-date tour of the UK in 2001,  and countless other major venues across Ireland, Australia and Asia.

Many international radio and TV appearances over the years included a double headliner on BBC One TV’s Stand-Up Show, with US comic Jon Stewart, BBC’s Edinburgh Nights, and The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Seven Network, Australia as well as guesting on shows including BBC Radio’s The Ned Sherrin Show, The World Service’s The Arts Show, and writing and recording several radio series for BBC Radio 4.

Smidgen of Nuala Reviews:

‘Must see.’ NY Times |  ‘Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing’. Time Out, London | ‘They had a capacity crowd eating out of their hands.’  The Evening Standard, London |  ‘Sequin chic and bone-dry wit’ Independent, London | ‘The audience bayed, clamoured and stamped for more. I haven’t seen the like at a ‘Fringe show before!’ ‘ Edinburgh Evening News | ‘Genius.’ The Scotsman | ‘A world class act’ Sunday Times | ‘Feckin’ great.’  The Village Voice, NY

Solo, as a comedy writer/performer Anne was headline performer on 5 RTE TV series:  X-it File (2 series), X-it Pole, The Gerry Ryan To-Night Show and The Dog’s Dinner, & featured in comedy-doc The Green, Green Grass of Home, and serio-doc No Laughing Matter, which followed her treatment for breast cancer in 2011. She has appeared in other telly such as Fr. Ted (Channel Four) and Bridget and Eamon (RTE).

As a stand-up Anne head-lined an episode of RTE’s The Liffey Laughs, and guested on The Late, Late Show. Live she has performed all over Ireland, in the US and in the UK,  where she started out doing comedy  with the trio, Doris Karloff, London, ‘89.

She has published two books, a novel, Deadlines and Dickheads, (O’Brien Press 2006) and a memoir, I’ve got Cancer What’s Your Excuse (Hachette, 2013) The latter inspired the feature film, The Bright Side, which premiered in cinemas in August 2021 and streamed on Amazon Prime from May 2022.

‘Talented, confident and phenomenally quick-witted,’ Chortle |

‘Irresistibly hilarious’ Irish Times |

 ‘Laugh out loud funny.’ Hot Press|

Ireland’s answer to David Sedaris.’ GCN |

Anne was a featured columnist for seven and a half years with The Irish Mail on Sunday, by-line ‘A wickedly funny take on modern Ireland’, and has also written for other publications including   The Irish Times, Examiner, Independent &  The Irish Post, London.

Selection of How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It reviews:

‘Never has the female body been put under such an hilarious microscope… this funny and taboo-busting work blasts the lid right off. Utterly punk.’ – Irish Independent

‘So canny, funny, smart, on-point and hilarious. Wonderful tonic and cultural link to our bonkers past.’ – June Caldwell (writer)

‘Anne Gildea’s show is one-woman genius. Hilarious and educational in equal parts.’ –Loretta Dignam, founder, Menopause Hub, Dublin

‘Amazingly funny and really accurate menopause show – loved it!’ – Dr. Deirdre Lundy, menopause specialist.

ANNE GILDEA  ‘How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It’

Irish TOUR DATES March – Dec 2024

WATERGATE THEATRE – Kilkenny – Sat 23 March

ESKER ARTS CENTRE  – Tullamore, Co. Offaly  – Fri 29 March  SOLD OUT

NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE – Wexford –  Sat 13 April

CLAREMORRIS TOWN HALL – Claremorris, Co. Mayo –  Sat 20 April

SOLSTICE  ARTS CENTRE, Navan, Co. Meath  – Friday 10 May

THE EXCHANGE – Twickenham,  London – 17 & 18 May

RAMOR –  Virginia, Co. Cavan –  Sat 01 June

DUNAMAISE ARTS CENTRE – Portlaoise Co. Offaly  – Friday 14th June

THE CIVIC THEATRE –  Tallaght, Dublin – Sat 29th June

FRIARS GATE, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick – Fri 06 September

THE VENUE THEATRE,  Ratoath, Co. Meath –  Sat  07 September

HAWK’S WELL THEATRE – Sligo –  Friday 13 September

GlÓR, Ennis, Co. Clare – Saturday 14th September

ÍONTAS THEATRE –  Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan  –  Sat 21 September

TOWN HALL THEATRE – Westport, Co. Mayo – Friday 15 November

BACKSTAGE THEATRE – Longford –   Sat 16 November

TUAR ARD ARTS CENTRE – Moate, Co. Westmeath – Fri  22 November

ABBEY TAVERN – Howth, Co. Dublin – Sat  23 November

MERMAID ARTS CENTRE – BRAY, Co.  Wicklow –  Sat  30 November

AN GRIANÁN – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – Sat 14 December


Dr Louise Newson Live TOUR DATES 26 Sept – 12 Nov (+  Anne Gildea will be providing a comedic perspective in the show.

Fri 27 Sept Stafford

Sun 29 Sept The Haymarket Basingstoke

Mon 30 Sept Epsom Playhouse Epsom

Tue 1 Oct Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham

Wed 2 Oct Venue Cymru Llandudno

Thu 3 Oct The Atkinson Southport

Fri 4 Oct Kendal Leisure Centre Kendal

Sun 6 Oct Eden Court Inverness

Mon 7 Oct Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Tue 8 Oct Perth Concert Hall Perth

Thu 10 Oct Buxton Opera House Buxton

Fri 11 Oct CAST Doncaster

Sat 12 Oct Storyhouse Chester

Sun 13 Oct Lichfield Garrick Theatre Lichfield

Mon 14 Oct Chelmsford Theatre Chelmsford

Tue 15 Oct Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

Wed 16 Oct The Redgrave Theatre Bristol

Fri 18 Oct Darlington Hippodrome Darlington

Sun 20 Oct Theatre Royal Winchester Winchester

Mon 21 Oct The Duchess Theatre London

Tue 22 Oct The Hawth Crawley

Wed 23 Oct Pavilion Theatre Worthing

Thu 24 Oct Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter

Fri 25 Oct Swan Theatre Worcester

Sun 3 Nov Kings Hall Ilkley

Mon 4 Nov The Apex Bury Saint Edmunds

Tue 5 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton

Wed 6 Nov Lighthouse Poole

Thu 7 Nov Grove Theatre Dunstable

Fri 8 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Sat 9 Nov Warwick Art Centre Coventry

Sun 10 Nov Rose Theatre Kingston

Mon 11 Nov New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Tue 12 Nov The Alban Arena St Albans

See Anne Gildea’s official website for all links to tickets and shows!