Events - Irish Music & DanceLord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games – a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece - has its Irish premiere at the O2 Arena, Dublin on 27th March 2015. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance. “I’m blown away by the remarkable talent and abilities of the great cast we’ve gathered.” says Flatley, adding “I’ve always wanted to dance at home in Ireland one more time and I couldn’t resist joining these future stars on stage for a couple of big numbers, we’re all very excited to take our show home.” With 200 plus dates planned across 15 countries over the next 18 months, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will travel to Belgium, Israel, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK – with additional dates and locations to be announced soon. Temple Bar TradFest Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit for the full programme and ticket information. Redemption Songs: The Bob Marley Project the exceptional Liam Ó Maonlaí and acclaimed Belfast reggae band Bréag for a celebration of the legendary Bob Marley, innovatively translated into the Irish language. One of the 20th century’s most charismatic performers and still a beacon for change long after his death, Bob Marley’s songs advocated social reform and spiritual revolution, all while allowing his listeners to forget their troubles and dance. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again”. The evening will feature the very best of Marley’s music, from the cutting edge politics of So Much Trouble in the World to the hymnal No Woman, No Cry, and the sweet pop of Is this love? and Three little birds. Translated into exquisite Irish by renowned writer Gabriel Rosenstock, the performance will include stunning screen projections of Marley’s lyrics, created by Margaret Lonergan. Experience the power of Bob Marley’s soulful music and the beauty of the Irish language at this captivating performance. Sunday Open Session a lively afternoon of music with like-minded individuals at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre’s Sunday Open Session on 5th October. A wonderful opportunity to meet up and jam with the area’s array of talented musicians, songwriters and performers, it’s a completely informal session allowing all participants to perform together in a relaxed environment. If participating isn’t for you, then do come along and listen to the jams, or indulge in tasty cakes and coffee from The Cottage Café. Long established as a great afternoon’s entertainment and platform for local talent, the centre’s Sunday Open Sessions welcome all singers, performers, musicians and listeners, and of course, children too.        Kíla world-renowned Kíla are bringing their own special brand of hip-shaking, smile-making, funky trad music to one of Ireland’s best loved venues – The Pavilion Theatre by Dún Laoghaire’s scenic harbour. Not content with just getting the grown ups’ toes tapping, Kíla also play their unique, interactive and eclectic show for kids in the afternoon. Having spent 2014 globetrotting between summer festivals in Ireland and gigs in the far-flung corners of Croatia, Austria and France, the band’s highlight so far was their incredible appearance at the Opening Ceremony of Ireland’s Special Olympics in People’s Park Limerick. Carrying the baton from acts such as Paddy Casey, they played a rousing set, culminating in a 10-minute piece that saw the Olympic flame being carried through the crowd to light the cauldron while the music built to an unforgettable uplifting crescendo. “Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kíla have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles. Brilliant!” Hot Press. Adults and children alike are assured an innovative, experiential and infectious performance from this incomparable ensemble. Matinee show Adult €10 Child €7 Family (4 people) €25 Evening show €16-18 Leonard Barry: Bewley's @ 6 acclaimed Kerry uilleann piper Leonard Barry as he kicks off the brand new series of Bewley’s @ 6 in the comfy surrounds of Bewley’s Cafe Theatre on 23rd September. Showcasing music from his album New Road, Barry will be accompanied by accomplished musicians Conor Byrne on flute and Andy Morrow on fiddle, making for a lively evening’s entertainment. "Since first encountering Leonard Barry it has always been a pleasure to hear him play. His chanter is so sweet, his regulators fairly hop and his drones are most seductive. I look forward to hearing him at it again soon." - Christy Moore. Space is limited so be sure to book in advance. Light refreshments are included with admission. Chris Stout, Catriona McKay & Seamus Begley Irish squeeze box legend Séamus Begley and Scottish trad virtuosos Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, as they collaborate for an exhilarating performance in The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2. Captivating audiences for two decades Catriona McKay and Chris Stout’s masterful live performances are simply renowned. As long-standing admirers of Kerry legend Séamus Begley, the duo and audiences, will delight at collaborating with him on this tour. Winner of the 2013’s TG4 Singer of the Year Award, Begley has long been lauded for his distinctive playing style and his mesmeric storytelling prowess. When these three spontaneous performers are paired with an adoring crowd, what happens next might just be magic.       Slow Sessions at adults who are currently learning a traditional Irish instrument, the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre’s Slow Sessions are perfect for those looking to take part in a relaxed, informal traditional music session. The stress-free sessions encourage participants to learn a repertoire of new tunes while playing with other musicians at slow to moderate tempos. A list of the sessions' regularly-played tunes are available to download from Hosted by Paudie O'Connor, a well-known button accordion player who’s well-versed in the Sliabh Luachra tradition, the sessions boast a welcome atmosphere and a friendly crowd. Everybody’s more than welcome, so be sure get practising a jig or two. Culture Night on Dublin Bus Route B a bus ride with a difference this Culture Night as you consume a little culture on the move on Dublin Bus Route B. Featuring a special appearance by artist Shania McDonagh who will be drawing portraits, comedy with Alison Spittle and Breda Larkin, and some lively traditional music performances, you’ll wish every journey could be this much craic. Route B covers the following stops: Trinity College (Grafton Street) – Leinster Street South - Merrion Square North – Mount Street – Northumberland Road – RDS – Westland Row – Mount Street – Trinity College.   Set Dancing Classes your toe in an Irish tradition and enjoy a little exercise too with a lively set dancing class at Marino Institute, Dublin 9. With no experienced required, absolute beginners are especially welcome. With no need for a partner and no special clothing or footwear required, what could be easier? Within mere minutes, you’ll feel completely at home with a friendly bunch of people looking to get their toes tapping too. Part of Irish folk tradition, set dancing has been widespread across Ireland for generations, going right back to the days of house dances, where neighbours gathered to dance half-sets in the kitchen. The dance genre has enjoyed a huge revival recently with regular old-fashioned céilí (social gatherings) and other events happening throughout the country. Come along every Wednesday from 8pm-10pm, learn something new and have some mighty craic while you’re at it. Location   The Edmund Hall, Marino Institute of Education, Charlemont, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Steeple Sessions the best of Irish talent from every genre, spanning trad to world music, at the atmospheric Steeple Sessions this autumn.    An enigmatic series of acoustic candlelit concerts held in the beautifully ornate Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green, this are musical evenings with a difference. Every concert boasts a different line-up of Ireland’s very best musicians; including haunting unaccompanied sean nós singers, uilleann pipers, harpists, fiddlers and more. The venue’s incredible acoustics also add an extra dimension to these captivating performances. The calibre of Steeple Sessions’ programme never disappoints, and 2014’s autumn line-up is no exception: Frankie Gavin and De Dannan - 5th September Máirtín O'Connor Trio - 12th September No Crows - 26th September Seán Keane - 3rd October The Voice Squad - 10th October De Dannan - 17th October Kila - 24th October Traditional Irish Experience Irish culture at the ultimate Irish night! We won’t ask you to Riverdance but we do guarantee you will be able to play the bodhrán and céilí dance with ease by the end of the night! Our professional musicians will teach you how to play the bodhrán and our professional dancers will teach you the steps to our famous Irish Jigs and Reels. If you fancy a pint, the best of Dublin’s barmen will help you pour your own with every Guinness purchase. We will also have a photo booth to capture your experience. The Traditional Irish Experience will run in The River Bar on O’Connell Bridge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July until September.  Tickets Adult €14.00 Children €12.00 Students €12.00 Senior Citizens €14.00 The Dublin Singsong Show you know your Danny Boys from your Auld Triangles? Well, find out as you embark on a unique musical journey through the history of Ireland at The Dublin Singsong Show, every Friday at 7.00pm in The Stag’s Head. A one-of-a-kind performance, come and singalong with the aid of a free Irish Songbook, complete with beautiful illustrations and explanations of over 50 Irish songs. Discover the fascinating stories behind the songs, the people, the places and then have the craic as the whole audience sings their newly learned songs together. Host Denny O’Brien and a variety of Dublin’s best musicians will take you on this innovative musical exploration. Ideal for families, enjoy total immersion into the very best of the nation’s music, history and diverse culture. Discover music with origins in the Celtic and Viking eras, from time spent under British occupation and the songs sung during the War of Independence. All elements of Irish life and culture are accounted for - from mythical figures and magical kingdoms, to famous people and local legends, there’s a tune for everyone. Tickets Adults €12 Students €10 Children €5 Bodhran Experienceán Experience™ is for you. “A highlight of our trip to Ireland” Trip Advisor, See reviews Take part in a true Irish experience, learn to play the Irish Drum and have great fun at the Bodhrán Experience™ With 30+ years experience we bring our own unique approach for all Groups; corporate activities, family gatherings, individuals and events in Ireland. We have developed the unique concept of easy rhythms. With our guidance, you will be playing the Bodhrán to a hornpipe in minutes. “The Beat of the Irish Drum will raise your spirit and give you great joy"  “Best fun in a long time”, “A great taste of Ireland”, “Everything you could imagine” If you’re visiting Dublin, come along for your 1st Drumming Experience, it’s for everyone, from 2 to 92, every Thursday night at 32 Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Booking is essential E-mail to reserve your place. For group rates and bookings on any day, anywhere in Ireland contact us 1st Drumming Experience From 6.00pm Price: €15.00 pps