Donal Lunny

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Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

The Olllam

Traditional music tends to concentrate much of its energies on the summer season, when long evenings lend themselves to the seepage of sessions outsid(...)

Renewable energy powers the music of Andy Irvine. He’s always in hot pursuit of new perspectives, and his more recent live performances have been i(...)

Masterclass: school stalwarts Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin
Trad’s slow-burning winter warmer

Through good times and bad, Ireland has never wanted for festivals. Traditional music is awash with gatherings: fleadhanna, summer schools, sessions a(...)

The Leitrim Equation 3
  • Music
  • December 6, 2013, 00:00

Accents local and regional have been central to our traditional music for generations. But they have have morphed over the years as the world has s(...)

Reference archive: singer Eddie Butcher at Féile na Bóinne in 1977. Photograph: Joe Dowdall/ITMA
Thinking outside the squeeze box

A quarter of a century is a long time by anyone’s reckoning. Governments form and fall, families begin and grow up, and artists come and go, their rep(...)

John Grant at Airwaves: does full dramatic justice to his talents as a songwriter and performer. Photograph: Thyrza Ging

For those given to flying to music festivals, Airwaves is fast becoming an essential destination. It’s easy to see why. On the main festival front, 11(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
  • Books
  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Seamus Heaney, who died last month: Up to 12 writers will read from his works in sequence to mark the fact that the Nobel laureate was “such a great friend” of the Clifden Community Arts Festival, according to its director Brendan Flynn.

Poets and artists will participate in an “intimate remembrance service” tomorrow for the late Seamus Heaney as part of this year’s Clifden Community A(...)

White noise
  • Stage
  • September 17, 2013, 12:00

Life Has Surface NoiseProject Upstairs**Siobhán Kane’s musical exploration opens with an (overly long) Italia 1990 medley to the tune of Put ’Em Under(...)

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