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Thursday 4th August  @ 8.00pm

Harry Bradley (flute), Tommy Keane (pipes, flute) & Seosamh Ó Neachtain (sean nós dance, accordion)

Harry Bradley was born in West Belfast. With influences going back to Traditional recordings of the 1920s, Harry has recorded three solo flute CDs, and collaborations with Paul O’Shaughnessy, Jesse Smith and John Blake. Joining Harry will be highly respected piper Tommy Keane. Tommy was born in Waterford City and took up the uilleann pipes in his 20s. His debut CD The Piper’s Apron brought him to wider attention, as have collaborations with Jacqueline McCarthy, Tommy McCarthy and Alec Finn. And adding to tonight’s mix is sean nós dancer Seosamh Ó Neachtain. Hailing from An Spidéal, Co. Galway, Seosamh has received both national and international acclaim and has performed with some of the most influential acts in Traditional Irish dance music: Altan, De Danann and Mairtín O’Connor.

Part of THE FULL IRISH Summer Trad programme. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm. €15 / €12 (concessions)  Family Ticket: €45 (for family group of 4)


Thursday 11th August @ 8.00pm

Julie Langan (fiddle), Verena Commins (accordion) & Pádraig Ó Broin (guitar)

Verena Commins and Julie Langan first met at the Willie Clancy week in 1996. Verena was born in Coventry, of parents from Ballina and Bohola, and Julie comes from Newport so both musicians have their roots in County Mayo. By coincidence they both ended up living in Galway where they played together frequently. Verena’s accordion playing and Julie’s fiddle playing have, over time, combined into a perfect musical rapport of ‘tight and tasty’ playing of the finest kind. They recorded their highly acclaimed album Fonn Chaoi in 2001. They will be joined by Castlebar man Pádraig Ó Broin, a virtuoso guitarist who featured on that illustrious album and whose guitar style provides the perfect accompaniment.

Part of THE FULL IRISH Summer Trad programme. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm. €15 / €12 (concessions)  Family Ticket: €45 (for family group of 4)


Thursday 18th August @ 8.00pm

Laoise Kelly (harp) & Michelle O’Brien (fiddle)

Laoise Kelly is a Traditional Irish harper from Westport, Co. Mayo. Since her musical journey began she has been involved in more than 50 recordings with artists as varied as Steve Cooney, Sinéad O’Connor, The Chieftains and Kate Bush. But one of the highlights of her recording career is the remarkable album The Wishing Well, made with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien, from Toonagh, Co. Clare. Michelle learned her music at her local primary school from acclaimed teacher Frank Custy, and subsequently with legendary Tommy Peoples, and Tommy's daughter Siobhán. Michelle has an All-ireland Fiddle title and Pan-Celtic Fiddle title to her credit, teaches at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, and performs at many Festivals throughout Ireland and Europe.

Part of THE FULL IRISH Summer Trad programme. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm. €15 / €12 (concessions)  Family Ticket: €45 (for family group of 4)


Thursday 25th August @ 8.00pm

Emer Mayock (flute), Mick O’Brien (uillean pipes) & Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle)

Emer Mayock is a musician and composer from Co. Mayo. A multi-instrumentalist, she has produced two albums: Merry Bits of Timber and Playground, the latter comprising mostly her own compositions. Mick O’Brien was born in Dublin, and started playing the pipes at 9. Since then he has performed with the likes of The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Joining them on stage is Mick’s daughter Aoife Ni Bhriain, an amazing fidlle player who recently won the Seán Ó Riada Traditional Fiddle competition. This talented trio have joined forces to explore the wealth of music contained in the seminal Goodman Manuscripts, a treasure trove of Munster melodies collected in the 1880s, and bringing the collection into an exciting 21st century context.

Part of THE FULL IRISH Summer Trad programme. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

Adm. €15 / €12 (concessions) Family Ticket: €45 (for family group of 4)





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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Music Summer Sessions

Join Craobh Chlann Lir (Erris branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) for traditional music sessions every Thursday, from July 14 to August 25, at 9.00 p.m. Last summer’s sessions were very popular with locals and visitors alike, who enjoyed being entertained by various guest musicians and dancers, along with the Craobh Chlann Lir musicians. Join us in Áras Inis Gluaire for nights of music, song, dance and storytelling – great fun for all the family! Fáilte roimh chách! Admission: €10 adults / €5 children & OAPs / €20 families. Call 097 81079 for more info.


The David Munnelly Band

Back by popular demand! The David Munnelly Band, led by Belmullet-born accordion playing wizard David Munnelly, has captivated audiences worldwide. What sets the band apart and puts them on a level of their own is the capability and ease in which they weave in and out of different musical styles, while still staying rooted in the bound earthy tones of Irish traditional music. The David Munnelly Band is fortunate to have some of the finest talent that Irish music has to offer, with every member bringing their own unique stamp to the overall sound. A hard working band that stays on top of the ever changing industry. Don't miss this opportunity to see them in Áras Inis Gluaire on Bank Holiday Monday, August 1, at 8.00 p.m.


Armagh Gospel Choir

Armagh Gospel Choir will perform on Wednesday, August 3 at 8.30 p.m. in the foyer of Áras Inis Gluaire.  Refreshments served, all welcome.


Brian Kennedy Concert

Brian Kennedy, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, was born in Belfast in 1966 and moved to London at the age of 18 where he made a breakthrough on the music scene in 1990 with his debut album The Great War Of Words, an album that included the highly successful singles Captured and Town, both of which are still firm favourites at his concerts. Spotted by Van Morrison, he was invited to join Van's renowned Blues and Soul World Tour for six years. This gave him the opportunity to perform with some of the legends of the music industry such as Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan. In 1996 Brian returned to his solo career and released the album A Better Man which achieved quadruple platinum status in Ireland and included the hit singles A Better Man, Life Love & Happiness and Put The Message In The Box. Few people will forget the power of Brian's moving performances of You Raise Me Up and Vincent at the funeral of football legend George Best, which was broadcast worldwide. The CD was later released as a charity single George Best - A Tribute and reached No 4 in the UK charts. In March 2008 Brian released his latest album Interpretations. The album is full of great surprises with Brian effortlessly crossing musical genres and eras with songs from both past and the present, including Clifford T Ward's Gaye, Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl, and Cole Porter's Night And Day. Quite simply, Brian Kennedy is a natural communicator, no more so than he his performing his live concerts. With the firm belief that “music is the language of emotion”, he takes his audiences on a roller-coaster ride for a full two hours and still finds the energy to meet up with his fans after each show. One fact remains - first-timer or seasoned fan, nothing can prepare you for that moment when the lights go down and Brian appears on stage. You see that smile and hear that voice – that voice that has been labelled “a voice to charm the angels” – and there's no turning back! See Brian Kennedy live in Áras Inis Gluaire on Saturday, 20 August.


Achill Heinrich Böll Association

Summer Concert 2011- benefit St Colman’s Care Centre.

The Achill Heinrich Böll Association are pleased to present a delightful summer concert of songs by Anne Marie Gibbons, Mezzo Soprano  of  Louisburgh Co Mayo, and David Durham, Baritone of London and Castlebar, accompanied by Aoife O Sullivan on piano, on Saturday August 13th at 8 pm, in St Thomas' Church Dugort.  Tickets € 15 proceeds benefit St Colman’s Care Centre. Tickets available various outlets on Achill Island.  The wide ranging programme will include solo arias and duets by Tosti , Offenbach , Franz Lehar ,  Reynaldo Hahn , Kalman , Rossini , Saint Saens , Handel , Bernstein , Copeland & Lloyd Webber.

Anne Marie Gibbons is well known as a principal at English National Opera where she has sung major roles in Mozart operas. Recently she has sung at Buxton Opera Festival as David in Handels " Saul ". Anne Marie Gibbons studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and Royal Northern College of Music before joining the Young Singer’s Programme at English National Opera where appearances include Dorabella Cosí fan tutte, Anna The Trojans at Carthage, Ascanius The Trojans, Ino Semele, Sister Mathilde The Dialogue of the Carmelites, Pitti-Sing The Mikado, Flora La Traviata, Bacchis La Belle Hélène, Nero Agrippina, Kasturbai Satyagraha and Annio La Clemenza di Tito. Elsewhere performances include the title roles in Ariodante and La Cenerentola for Opera Theatre Company, Ireland, Siegrune & Gutrune Der Ring des Nibelungen in Limerick and Birmingham, Pippo The Thieving Magpie for Opera North, Peter Eötvös’ As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams for Almeida Opera, Anna Maria Stuarda for Chelsea Opera Group, Second Lady The Magic Flute for Welsh National Opera, Flora La Traviata for Longborough Festival Opera and Rosmira Partenope for Les Azuriales Festival, France.  Plans include the title roles in both Ariodante & Teseo for English Touring Opera.

David Durham studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a violinist and viola player. However, his strong baritone voice and dramatic ability soon brought him to the notice of several eminent musicians and theatre directors and he has since developed into one of the most versatile Actors and Singers of his generation.  Equally at home on the stage, television or the concert platform, David has enjoyed a hugely diverse career throughout Europe.  Significantly, for the last 8 years, he has been honoured to appear as a headline soloist with the Mayo Male Voice Choir. Based in Castlebar, the profile of their annual concerts have become increasingly celebrated. Together with them, he has performed to great acclaim both in Ireland and in Germany. In more recent MMVC appearances, he has joined forces with Anne Marie Gibbons, performing well known duets from the Musicals, Operetta and Opera. Theatre roles include: Jake, Porgy & Bess; Booker T Washington, Ragtime; Mufasa, The Lion King; Ben  Stone in Sondheims’ Follies; Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Opera roles include : Germont Pere, La Traviata; Escamillo, Carmen; Albert, A Good Man, Kammer Oper Vienna; Scarpia, Tosca, I Maestri Festival, St John Smiths Square; Don Alfonso, Cosi fan Tutti; Sharpless, Madame Butterfly; Don Giovanni, Baritone Soloist,in Newsnight The Opera; Finn, Arcane, for Opera Circus; Andre, Columbia, BAC and Michele, Il Tabarro, St Johns, Waterloo.

Television include Guest appearances in:  Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors, Touch of Frost, Law and Order and Merlin. He has also starred in the feature films Scarred and Babymother.

Aoife O’Sullivan was born in Dublin and studied at the College of Music in Dublin with Frank Heneghan and later at the R.I.A.M. with Dr.John O’Conor. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998 with an honours degree in music. She  was on the music staff at the Wexford Opera Festival in 2005 and 2006 and was repetiteur for Opera Ireland on Dead Man Walking for their Winter Season in 2007. She also coaches at the National Opera Studio in London.Their combined talents should make for an evening of great entertainment. The Achill    Heinrich   Böll   Association is supported by Mayo County Council, FAS, The Arts Council of Ireland and by Donations from the Community. Further details 086 2325516 /  087 7720192.



Tunes in the Church Kicks off on Thursday the 14th of July at 8pm in Holy Trinity Church Westport

This summer, traditional music lovers in Westport will be treated to "Tunes in the Church" an innovative idea that bring the best of traditional musicians, singers and dancers to the town for the summer months. "Tunes in the Church" has set itself apart by choosing the churches as venues to host the summer shows in locations along the west coast.

Last Tuesday, July 12th, renowned traditional singer Mary McPartlan launched the series and described how music lovers in Mayo will be in for a real treat this summer. The gathering included musicians such as Matt Molloy, Jackie Small and Brendan Begley, as well as locals and accommodation providers and businesses.

High calibre musicians will grace the stage of the church for the duration of the summer. First up on Thursday 14th is the Begley Family from west-Kerry; Brendan Begley (accordion and singer), his sons Breanainn (guitar), Cormac (concertina) and Conchubhair (accordion) and daughter Clíodhna (fiddle player and sean nós dancer). This series will include an equally stunning array of performers including TG4 Musician of the Year, Noel Hill on concertina and members of the McCarthy Family from west-Clare (Marion, Jacqueline and Bernadette) as well as a host of local musicians (Seamus Heneghan, Noel O Grady and Geraldine Mc Namara).

All concerts will start at 8pm and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further details check out the website .

With help from Rev. Gary Hastings, ‘Tunes in the Church’ concert series began last year (2010) in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. Founder of the event, Cormac Begley, a PhD Student and NUI Galway, said that concert series "began with the purpose of setting the standard for the presentation of traditional Irish music in Ireland by challenging the concept that the home of Irish music should be in a pub setting" and that how the popularity of last year's shows in Galway meant that it was a working formula that could be applied to other church venues throughout Ireland. Mr. Begley said that "one of the aspects of this concert series that sets it apart from other formal traditional concerts is the element of interactive involvement by the audience. The audience and the performers are encouraged to engage with one another during the concert. For example, audience members are encouraged to participate in the experience by asking questions they may have for the performers, such as the background of their instruments, where they learned their music, and who or what influences their music. This natural approach gives an accurate reflection of the meaning of traditional Irish music and the process involved in the present living tradition and its connection to the past.  Furthermore, it elicits the humour inherent in Irish culture and, for want of a better word, the ‘Irishness’ which is often lost in over produced shows. "

This is also an ideal event for tourists during the summer season who come to Ireland to enjoy the best of hospitality and our well loved traditional music. Due to the popularity of last year's inaugural event, Tunes in the Church will be expanding this year to two church venues, the Holy Trinity Church in Westport and St Mary's in Killarney are the chosen venues. These concert series will begin in July and run to mid September.

We invite you to come and join us in comfort and peace for what will be a stimulating series of events amongst the hallowed stones of this most special place. Beidh fearadh na fáilte romhat!



Westport’s amazing Traditional Music Show

Every Wednesday 9.00pm @ Hotel Westport June 15th - Sept 28th

This superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol.   Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore.

‘The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’ spectacular summer show at Hotel Westport contains a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the west of Ireland.  Lord of the Dance fiddle player Cora Smyth headlines the show with renowned balladeers James Kilbane and Jenny Mulvey, Latino dancer Pollyanna Guedes, All-Ireland champion box player Darragh Healy and Ireland’s most gifted Sean Nós dancer Liam Scanlon all on board for this magical and mythical voyage into Mayo.

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol traditional music show is full of energy and enthusiasm and keeps audiences of all ages gripped from start to finish as it blends the old and the new; the contemporary and the ancient, the Sean Nós dancing against the more modern steps and styles of Irish Dancing. 

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol is an incredible, unique, entertainment show that combines old traditional Irish dances with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Salsa in a performance of strength and passion.

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol was described on RTÉ Radio as ‘One of the best summer shows in Ireland’ while the Irish Times stated ‘This is a superb production full of passion and energy’.

This show is a must see for every visitor to the west this summer.  The show runs every Wednesday night at Hotel Westport from June 15th until to September 28th. 

Tickets are €25 and are available from or 00353 (0) 98 25122.  Tour bookings from or 00 353 (0) 98 56582

Selected Programmes:

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


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