Seamus Ennis

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In the 1940s, Bill Stapleton started the first Irish traditional label, the Irish Recording Company. Photograph: Getty

‘Apart from his family and a few surviving acquaintances, very few people seem to know about Bill Stapleton’s Irish Recording Company from the late 19(...)

A tiny Ming bowl with the Chenghua six character mark in a double square is expected to fetch €20,000-€30,000 at Sheppard’s sale

Diamonds, dragons and a death mask feature in some of this week’s auction highlights. All sales are live, but in accordance with current Government Co(...)

Leo Rowsome: his father recognised his talent from an early age

The title “King of the Pipers” has been bestowed on various Irish uilleann pipers but few would dispute that Leo Rowsome, who died 50 years ago on Sep(...)

The Chieftains in 1971.

Claddagh Records has agreed to license a back catalogue that includes the Chieftains and Sean Ó Riada to music giant Universal. Founded by friends Ga(...)

Con Ó Drisceoil is among Ireland’s leading practitioners of the comic ballad, an ancient art form. Photograph: from the cover of his book, Hunting the Hair, courtesy of TG4/Gradam Ceoil

I can’t say for certain that Davoc Rynne and Con Ó Drisceoil have ever met in person, but the chances are very high. They’re both musicians, have been(...)

Mick Hanly and Dónal Lunny

Saturday, April 20th Mick Hanly and Dónal Lunny The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim; Also Fri, INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney; Sat, Inkwell Theat(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann pipes were at his core, and he inhabited them like nobody before him ever had. Photograph: David Sleator

Traditional music lost one of its finest exponents with the passing of Liam O’Flynn. He was, without question, the most significant figure in uilleann(...)

The passing of piper Liam O’Flynn (above) and Claddagh Records founder Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament

The passing of Liam O’Flynn and Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament. O’Flynn came from(...)

Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Liam O’Flynn “understood simplicity in a way few people did. He understood space. He understood silence,” recalled the late uileann piper’s friend and(...)

Liam O’Flynn’s abilities first came to prominence as a member of the cutting-edge trad-folk band Planxty.

There has been a sad sense of anticipation leading up to the passing of Liam O’Flynn, or Liam Óg Ó Floinn as he was often referred to, amongst those w(...)

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