Masters of Tradition Festival opens in Bantry on August 24

Curated by fiddle virtuoso, Martin Hayes, the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, West Cork, will run from Wednesday August 24 to Sunday August 28. With a stellar line-up of leading traditional musicians, there will be concerts in the Maritime Hotel, St Brendan’s Church and the intimate library of Bantry House as well as a […]

For Pete’s Sake

Folk icon, Pete Seeger, has received the stamp of approval from the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the form of a new postage stamp released on July 21. The tenth stamp in the USPS’s Music Icons series features the remarkable champion of folk and traditional music who believed in its power to inspire social […]

Music Network’s autumn tour brings together three traditional virtuosi

From left: Mark Redmond, Mairéad Ní Mhaonnaigh and Cormac De Barra Music Network brings together three leading lights of Irish traditional music for a unique autumnal tour showcasing the sounds of fiddle, harp, uilleann pipes and whistle, and voices intertwined in song. The three acclaimed virtuosi engaging in this unique nine-date collaboration are Donegal’s Mairéad […]

Damien and Ron enter folk album chart

Banjophonics, the new album by Coleraine-born, Damien O’Kane (pictured above right) and Ron Block from California, has entered the Official UK Folk Album charts at No. 10. This marks a second success for Damien in the current top ten: he is also a member of the backing band of his wife, Kate Rusby, whose album, […]

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