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. Coda a superb fusion of Irish traditional music, folk and contemporary delivered with choral elements from Coda, performing as part of Temple Bar TradFest 2015. With a phenomenal a capella singing ability developed through classical choral music, Coda are seven superb singers from the west of Ireland who fuse Celtic and North American styles with original compositions resulting in utterly unique performances. With their diverse repertoire comprising a capella arrangements, as well as songs with instrumental accompaniment and trad standards, the opportunity to experience this acclaimed seven-piece in such a stunning setting as 12th-century church St Weburgh's, is not to be missed. "The West is wide awake and in full voice – or at least seven men from Mayo are. This confident, robust debut from Coda, an all-male a capella group, suggests a coalition of voices and personalities built not only on compatibility but on an appetite for diverse musical styles" Irish Times Venue St Werburgh's Church Werburgh Street Dublin 8   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. Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny wonderful opportunity to see two giants of traditional Irish music in a superb live setting, see Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on 19th December. Joining forces for an evening of great music, enjoy a mixture of traditional songs and Andy-composed originals. A combined trad tour de force, Irvine and Lunny have both been at the helm of lauded Irish bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik; with the duo’s unique style of accompaniment renowned for its ongoing influence in the wider Irish music genre. Having both in their own careers contributed to a palpable renaissance in Irish traditional music, this is one legendary pairing worth seeing up close.     The Fureys legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys take to Draiocht’s stage on 21st November. Renowned for their hits such as I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, and The Green Fields Of France, this family band have been entertaining audiences for 36 years. Having performed for the likes of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese, the late Pope John Paul II, and current Irish President Michael D Higgins; The Fureys’ audience is in fine company. Tickets Full price €25 Concession €23 We Banjo 3’s award-winning but not quite aptly named quartet, We Banjo 3, fuse Irish music with the American and bluegrass elements of yesteryear, to showcase the humble banjo’s deep roots.   Experience their virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre; as they reveal the rich legacy of the instrument and how it influences and has been influenced by, other musical genres. Brothers Enda and Fergal Scahill, and Martin and David Howley, are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today; once they start plucking the feet get tapping and the pulses simply race. With a set featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, enjoy We Banjo 3’s innovative musical statement at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on 14th November. With their own illustrious careers prior to the band, Martin holds seven All Ireland music titles, Enda has four, and Fergal and David each hold All Ireland titles for banjo, fiddle, bodhrán and guitar; audiences are in for a treat with this wonderfully accomplished group. Preab Meadar: Medieval-inspired Irish Music traditional Irish dance music infused with the metre of medieval poetry at the Chester Beatty Library on 9th November. From the Celtic bard Amergin to 16th-century writer Ó Huiggín, musical outfit Preab Meadar have created a revolution in Irish traditional dance music that includes rhythms inspired by medieval strict-metre Gaelic poetry. The stunning output of duo Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, Preab Meadar was four years in composition, but over 2,000 years old in its heritage. This event is free, with no booking required.   Kila last in the autumn series of the excellent Steeple Sessions, don’t miss trad-fusion heavyweights Kila as they pulsate their rhythms throughout the Catholic University Church on 24th October. Acclaimed for their foot-tapping, folk fusion and trad-rock rhythms, Kila are the ideal band to complete the sessions’ ideal run with, thanks to their impossible-to-resist infectious atmosphere. Support on the night comes from The Flukey Ukes, a fun nine-piece ukulele band that are sure to get audiences warmed up for great entertainment ahead. Tickets Full price €20 Concession €18 Venue Catholic University Church, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2   ScĂ©alta na Samhna: Music, Stories & Song Halloween’s Celtic origins with Scéalta na Samhna, traditional music, song and storytelling at The Gleeson Theatre, DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin 8 on 24th October.   Showcasing the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the DIT Early Music Ensemble, the audience will revel in these unique Celtic New Year festivities. The origins of what we now as Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the start of winter and the new year. Celebrate these ancient traditions with wonderful entertainment courtesy of directors Odhrán Ó Casaide, Kieran Hanrahan, Tom Doorley, and Laoise O'Brien. Tickets Full price €10 Concession €5 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 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