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With preparations well underway for the launch of A Louth Lilt, we have also been enjoying and involved in many other musical events.

The launch date has been announced! A Louth Lilt will be officially launched by Nicholas Carolan, former Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, in the Fr McNally Recital Room, Dundalk Institute of Technology at 7pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Our evening will also incl...

I went to the Famous Focharberians Garden before getting the bus. On the way, I met a group on their way to their church service who recognised me and said hello. While waiting in the village square for the bus, Gordon Christie from the Institute came over to say goodbye. He...

This morning, I met Fochabers Fiddle Week organiser Jack Smedley for a chat at the Bracken’s B&B before heading up to the Institute. At the concert the previous night, one of the young fiddlers, who had received the Fochabers Fiddle at Speyfest in 2016, noted the importance...

After another 'set you up for the day' breakfast from Janet, I got to the Fochabers Public Institute good and early and felt included as the tutors prepared for the day, deciding on the format of the classes and also the sets that they would play together for tonight’s conce...

A shower and a Scottish breakfast to start the day. Janet was unsure whether or not to include the haggis on the first morning but promised to get some from the local co-op as I didn’t object. The Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre is located just across the road from...

It was an early start! Dublin airport seemed particularly busy but I set about doing a little prep work. On the flight over I listened to Break It Up (2012) and Despite the Dark (2015) by Rura, whose fiddle player Jack Smedley is one of the organisers of the Fochabers Fiddle...

Coming along the road from Waterford, past Dungarvan and Ardmore on a fine Friday evening, the scenery was spectacular. Arriving at Red Barn, outside Youghal, the proximity to the beach put us in a good mood. Having contacted Craobh Eochaille CCÉ branch chairman Mícheál de B...

Flying in, we could see the coastline and observe the geometric patterns in the landscape. Fields bounded by water, lined for crops. As we travelled by train and bus, we got another perspective on this carefully planned and well-maintained landscape. Mother nature carefully...

It was like being back in Peadar McArdle’s or the Conradh all over again. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine Rory Kennedy sitting beside me. Rory’s old friend Brian O’Kane beside him, former pupils scattered around the circle that seemed to get closer as it got larger. Ins...

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