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. Donovan the annual Temple Bar TradFest is folk-pop legend Donovan, in the superb surrounds of Dublin Castle on 31st January. With the festival now in its 10th year, Donovan is a suitably iconic performer to wow the crowds with. Spanning the genres of folk to psychedelic pop and back again, Donovan re-shaped the musical landscape with a rare individuality and utterly unique repertoire. Boasting an enviable back-catalogue that remains as relevant and vibrant today as any contemporary artist's, audiences will delight at hits such as Jennifer Juniper, Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man and Sunshine Superman. Having shared the stage with innumerable titans of modern music, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Page and the late great Pete Seeger, the TradFest is delighted to welcome this Scottish stalwart of music to the capital.   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 Rye River Band authentic Americana and Roots tracks, as well as a host of superb original material with Rye River Band at DC Music Club on 21st November. Their infectious blend of mix of mainly electric guitar and fiddle makes for a sound that spans across the whole American Roots spectrum. Discover everything from old time country ballads, to highly charged, lively rhythm and blues tunes. Boasting a great line-up with Pat Burgess on vocals, acoustic guitar, and mandolin; Patsy Tracey on lead electric guitar; Don Knox on fiddle, harmonica, and vocals; Smithy on bass and vocals; and Eugene Burns banging the drums. Enjoy a vibrant gig in a superbly intimate setting on 21st November. Venue DC Music Club 20 Camden Row Dublin 2   Caladh Nua great Irish music in an iconic Irish setting with Bewley’s @ 6, a series of music events hosted by Gael Linn, promoters of the Irish language and arts. Take a seat in Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street, and enjoy a fantastic performance from a trad band with contemporary flair - Caladh Nua. Captivating and vibrant, the group boast banjo, whistle, fiddle, accordion, guitar and incredible voices in a tight-knit line-up that sees audiences marvel time and time again. The admission price of €15 also includes complimentary finger food. Booking is essential due to the venue’s limited space.   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. Gatehouse terrific traditional Irish music from a newly formed group of stellar musicians with Gatehouse at the Grand Social, 12th November. With a line-up that boasts experienced and exciting up-and-coming musicians, audiences won’t fail to be impressed by their thoughtful musical arrangements. With renowned fiddle player John McEvoy, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar/concertina, Rachel Garvey on vocals and John Wynne on flutes/whistles, discover the beautiful North Connaught traditions of music on which the group’s stylings are based, including the works of O’Carolan and Josie McDermott. Don’t miss this vibrant and accomplished group take to the stage in such an intimate setting.   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.   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.