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Niamh Parsons Workshop

Niamh Parsons

Music Network’s January 2018 tour will feature traditional singer Niamh Parsons. She will be giving a workshop at the National Opera House, Wexford on Sunday, Jan 14, 2018 as part of Music Network's Learning and Participation Programme. This will focus on her English language repertoire. There are places for up to 10 teen singers. Music Network and Craobh Loch Garman are covering the cost of the workshop. If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The same evening Niamh performs on the stage of the Jerome Hynes Theatre at the Opera House with fiddler Ciarán Tourish, flautist Liam Kelly and guitar virtuoso John Doyle. What a treat for the ears that will be! Note: those attending the workshop are expected to attend the concert (8pm) - tickets available at the concession rate. Book through Opera House box office. Tel 053 9122144. 

Some background: "Niamh Parsons, formerly of Arcady, is a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music. Donegal fiddle maestro and long-time member of Altan, Ciarán Tourish is fêted for his incendiary improvisation and cascading arpeggios, providing the perfect foil for the invention and rhythmic drive of flautist Liam Kelly. A founder member of Dervish, Kelly is equally at home trading riffs with James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club or Sting. Add to the mix John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, heard on recordings by Solas, Joan Baez, Usher’s Island, Linda Thompson and Tim O’Brien among others, and you’ll find no finer musical company to carry you through January with a light heart and a skip in your step."


Bain triail as na píobaí!

uilleann pipes

Gay McKeon, CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann, is on a mission to convert more musicians to the uilleann pipes. Armed with his trusty set of Leo Rowsome pipes he has already made a couple of visits to Wexford as guest of the recently reformed Wexford Pipers Club. The main aim is to give musicians a hands-on introduction to the pipes. He will be back to us again in the new year. Stand by for details.

Take a bow Mr President!

el presidente Paddy Berry
There was great warm-hearted approval at the recent AGM for the proposal to append the word President before the name of our founding member Paddy Berry. So thrilled was he with the honour that he sang. And he sang again! Paddy has been involved with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for sixty years. He has seen the organisation in Wexford rise and dip over the decades. Two years ago he relit the Craobh Loch Garman fuse. In that time the branch has gone from strength to strength with very healthy membership numbers, especially among younger musicians, and a year round calendar of events. Paddy is presently working hard on a bid to bring Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Wexford town. The man is an inspiration.
AGM session
A mighty session followed the meeting with musicians and singers of all ages getting stuck in. Loads of people took the opportunity to take out, or renew, Comhaltas membership. If you have yet to renew yours please get in touch via the Membership page
AGM top table

Re-launch of Wexford Pipers Club

Rev Arthur Gay McKeon

Wexford town was all a-buzz last weekend, the first of this year's Wexford Festival Opera and, its wild cousin, The Fringe. Those hopping from exhibition to exhibition along Main Street on Saturday afternoon were stopped in their tracks by the gloriously plaintive sound of the uilleann pipes issuing forth from the steps of St Iberius Church. The occasion was the launch of the reformed Wexford Pipers Club. The county has always had a great reputation for piping, right back to the 1700s. Yesterday's special guest, Gay McKeon of Na Píobáirí Uilleann, was proudly playing a set of pipes made in the early 20th Century by Wexford man Sam Rowsome. The idea to re-establish the Wexford Pipers Club came from Wexford's Catherine Roche, a very fine player in her own right. Catherine is one of those behind the successful Shelmalier & Crossabeg School of Music which runs weekly traditional music classes. She is hoping to use that same organisation skill to build the Wexford Pipers Club back into the powerful musical force it once was.

The highlight for those in attendance at yesterday’s launch was seeing Rev Arthur Minion getting a hands-on lesson in uilleann pipes playing from the master himself, Gay McKeon. The latter was mightily impressed with how quickly Arthur got to grips with the task at hand. Who knows, services at St Iberius Church might be about to take on a whole new dimension!

If you are interested in playing the uilleann pipes get in touch with Catherine Roche at (087) 053 3952. Alternatively keep an eye on

Success at O'Carolan Festival for Wexford Harpists

Sinéad with Ann Finnegan

It was a good day for Wexford harpists at the 2017 O'Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber with prizes going to musicians from three of the county's Comhaltas branches. Well done to Niamh Byrne, Mollie Carroll and Hilda Browne (all Gorey/Ballygarrett), Caoimhe Moran (Bannow) and Sinéad O'Reilly (Loch Garman). The picture shows Sinéad with Comhaltas stalwarth and festival organiser Ann Finnegan.

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

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