Ceol - Music

RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet

St. Michael’s Church, Ballina

Sunday 8th November, 8pm

Adm: €12 / €10 (concession).

Booking / information: Ballina Arts Centre, 096 73593 /

Now in its twenty-fifth concert season, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet – Gregory Ellis, Keith Pascoe (violins), Simon Aspell (viola) and Christopher Marwood (cello) – is one of Europe's most successful ensembles, internationally recognised for their beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire.The Quartet enjoys a thriving international career with regular tours of Europe and the United States, and have released numerous recordings.

For their Ballina concert they will play works by Haydn, Borodin as well as a selection of pieces by Russian composers including Sokolov and Liadov among others. This special concert is not to be missed.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo. 

T: 094 9023733




Wednesday 4th November @ 8.00pm

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

The brilliant, innovative harping of Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Irish Traditional Musician of the Year 2001, and the astonishing virtuosity and versatility of English guitar wizard Chris Newman, make a welcome return to the Linenhall with their addictive and stylish cocktail of powerhouse Irish dance-music, gorgeous airs, evocative old songs and striking new compositions, with shots of hot jazz and bluegrass thrown into the dazzling mix. The latest in a string of scintillating recordings, their new CD FireWire has garnered extraordinary critical acclaim. These two stellar talents, coupled with Chris's subversively witty introductions, guarantee a unique and captivating evening of music at its very best. Don’t miss it.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)



Monday 9th November @ 8.00pm

Songs for Cecilia

Two of Ireland's brightest operatic talents, soprano Celine Byrne and mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, present a delightful programme based on the theme ‘Songs for Cecilia’ accompanied by the pianist Dearbhla Collins. Celine Byrne was winner of First Prize at the 2007 Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens and has recently collaborated with luminary tenors José Carreras and Roberto Alagna. Tara Erraught's star is assuredly in the ascendant, having recently won a slew of awards, including First Prize in the Jakub Pustina International Singing Competition, the Washington National Opera Prize and the Houston Grand Opera Prize. The two singers will be accompanied by highly respected prize-winning solo pianist Dearbhla Collins. The programme includes a specially commissioned piece by Ian Wilson, songs and duets by Purcell, Mozart, Schumann, Strauss and Puccini, as well as arias from Cosi fan Tutte, The Barber of Seville, Madam Butterfly and Norma. Part of a Music Network tour.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)



Wednesday 11th November @ 8.00pm

Preston Reed

Welcome to Preston Reed’s guitar revolution. Everything you thought you knew is wrong. All the rules you thought applied have gone. For one night only, logic and reason leave the building and musical magic fizzes in the air, as the New York visionary credited with reinventing the acoustic guitar takes you on a six and twelve string thrill-ride through the impossible and unforgettable. Yet this is not guitar wizardry for its own sake. Blues, rock, funk and jazz meet, embrace, interlock and attack to create a sonic brew quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical, Reeds vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)






T: 097 81079


Friday 13th November - Castlebar Gospel Choir @ 8.30pm.

Celebrating our tenth anniversary, Castlebar Gospel Choir brought their 'Songs of Freedom' concert to the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Thursday, October 1st, 2009. It was an evening celebrating the spirit of freedom that has evolved in the USA tracing the movement from slavery to civil rights to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Under the direction of Kathy Fahey, accompanied by John Flatley, this was the choir's first time performing in Dublin and was a wonderful night of music!Now we look forward to presenting the show to a Belmullet audience, at your lovely new arts centre.  This  concert will take place on Friday, November 13th, at 8.00pm


Sunday 29th November – Music Network Concert, Fidil @ 8.30pm. 

Music Network presents a concert by the outstanding Donegal fiddle trio, FIDIL. Described as, “Stunning” (Rod Stradling) and “Mind-blowing” (, the award winning trio are three of Donegal’s finest young musicians: Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O'Donnell and Damien McGeehan, each recognised for their virtuosic technique as well as their inventive yet authentic approach to music.  Celebrating the release of their debut CD ‘3’, Fidil will perform at Áras Inis Gluaire, Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Co. Mayo on Sunday 29th November at 8.30pm. Tickets priced €15 / €12 and are available on Tel. 097 81079. This concert is promoted by Áras Inis Gluaire and Music Network.



Siansa Gael Linn

Siansa Gael Linn is teideal don chomórtas do ghrúpaí traidisiúnta atá á reáchtáil ag Gael Linn, le tacaíocht ó RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta agus Irish Music Magazine, chun spreagadh agus ardán a thabhairt don chuid is fearr do ógthhallann ceoil agus amhránaíochta traidisiúnta na tire. 

Siansa Gael Linn is a competition for young traditional music and singing groups organised be Gael Linn with funding from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine.

Tá súil againn grúpaía a mhealladh a mbeidh sé mar sprioc acu an ceol agus an amhránaíocht tradisiúnta a thabhairt leo, mar atá déanta ag grúpaí ar nós Téada, Altan, Danú nó Solas &rl.

Siansa provides a platform for traditional groups who are aiming to develop their own traditional style as did Téada, Altan, Danú or Solas etc.

Tá an comórtas oscailte do dhaoine óga atá ós cionn 12 agus faoi bhun 19 mbliana d’aois.  Bíonn idir cúigear agus ochtar i ngach grúpa.

Young people taking part in Siansa must be over 12 and under 19 years of age.  Groups may have between five and eight members.

Beidh Craobh Siansa 2010 á chraoladh beo ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ón gCeoláras Náisiúnta, Baile Átha Cliath ar an Domhnach, 25 Aibreán 2010, áit a mbeidh 8 ngrúpa san iomaíocht do duaischiste €4,500.

The Siansa 2010 final will be broadcast live by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this year from the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Sunday 25th April 2010 where 8 groups of taltented teenage musicians and singers will be in contention for a prize fund of €4,500.

Is é data deiridh iontrála ná 16ú Samhain 2009 agus caithfidh na hiarrachtaI cheoil a bheith ag Gael Linn roimh 14 Nollaig 2009.

Last date for enteries is 16th November 2009 and Gael Linn must be in receipt of all recordings by 14th December 2008.

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