The “Music” section of our website brings you a small selection of what Comhaltas has been collecting since our formation. Perhaps you will find some of these items helpful in your own musical journey.
This section includes:
- Audio – Tracks from our CDs, recordings of sessions, and tracks from the Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive
- Video – Video recordings highlighting some of the best contemporary players, including the ComhaltasLive programme
- ComhaltasLive - Daily video clips from around Ireland and the world
- Concert Tours - Schedules and artist information for Comhaltas Concert Tours
- Photography - Photographs of some great musicians, old and new
- Notation – Selections from our own tune books, as well as other tunes from historical sources
- Journal – Treoir, the Comhaltas journal of things Irish and musical
We will be updating this section of our website to add new material, but we need your help! As members of the Irish traditional music community, we’d love to publish your pictures, tunes, recordings and videos. Of course, we’ll be sure to give you credit for any items you submit. You are also free to leave comments on the items you see here, making your own contribution to the tradition.
- ComhaltasLive #430-10: Comhaltas Tour of North America
Featuring a variety of instrumentation and joined by four dancers, musicians on the Comhaltas Tour of North America in October 2013 play a selection of hornpipes - “The Glenbeigh” and “Thomond Bridge”.
The full tour group was Claire Heffernan (flute) and Christine Mulcahy (fiddle, dance & concertina), both from Co. Limerick; Emer Toale (harp and piano), Dublin; Róisín Broderick (concertina, fiddle and song), Galway; Joseph Keane (accordion), Co. Laois; Shane Keating (uilleann pipes and whistle), Co. Cork; Elaine Reilly (banjo and mandolin), Longford; Aisling Vaughan (concertina and dance), Cork; Lorraine McMahon (fiddle), Co. Louth; Seán Hanafin and Tomás Ó Sé (dance), Co. Kerry; Alice Fitzgerald (singer and Bean A’Tí), Co, Waterford; Martin Murphy (Tour Manager) Co. Longford.
- ComhaltasLive #443 (Full Programme)
ComhaltasLive Programme #443.
Time Segment 00:00 From Glasgow, Scotland, St. Roch’s Céilí Band at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry playing two reels - “Kevin Burke’s” and “Donnellan’s Delight” (by Paddy O’Brien). Band members are: Mairéad canning, Eileen Grant, Patricia McArdle, and Danny Boyle (flutes), Paddy Callaghan (accordion), Cathriona McArdle (concertina), Alan Costello (piano) and Aidan Sharkey (drums). 02:31 From Leicester, England the Laurel Tree Céilí Band play two reels - “The Doon” and “Shehan’s” - at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry. Band members are John Burke, Moya Townsend, Eilish Byrne and Johnny Murphy Whelehan (fiddles), Eddie O’Donnell and Dave Lambe (flutes), Carmel Burke and Theresa Coleman (accordions), Eilish Commins (piano) and Debbie Lynch (drums). 05:02 Accordion craftsman and All-Ireland Champion 1982 John Nolan from New York, USA plays one of his own compositions - “Fr. Charlie’s Hornpipe” in honour of fellow musician Fr. Charlie Coen, originally from Woodford, Co. Galway and a very influential musician over many decades in New York. Fr. Charlie is sitting beside John in this recording made in Parsippany, New Jersey in April 2014. 07:32 New York fiddle player Jayne Pomplas plays the reel “Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie” at the Comhaltas North American Convention 2014 in New Jersey. 10:52 Taking second place in the Senior Fiddle Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry, Dylan Foley from the Bronx, New York, USA plays a jig - “Langstrom’s Pony”. 12:50 From CCÉ Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Caoimhe Kearns plays a hornpipe - “Quinn of Armagh” (by Ed Reavy) in the Senior Fiddle Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry. 14:47 Taking second place at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry, The Knockmore Michael Céilí Band, CCÉ Botha, Co. Fermanagh play “The Pride of Erin March”. Band members are: Niall Murphy, Maria Connelly and Maggie Maguire (fiddles), Ashling McPhillips and Brena Maguire (flutes), Chris Maguire (accordion), Ciarán Hanna (concertina), Brona Graham (banjo), Ronan Warnock (piano) and Kieran Leonard (drums). 17:02 In the Under-18 Fiddle Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry, Nell Ní Cheallaigh, CCÉ Fred Finn, Sligo a jig - “Buttermilk Mary”. 18:25 From Dublin, Aoife Nic Dhomhnaill plays “The Foxhunter’s Reel” in the Under-18 Fiddle Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry.
- Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan at KentFolk
Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan held fiddle, bodhran and whistle workshops, a Celtic Session, and a concert as part of a long weekend of music in Littlebourne and Faversham, near Canterbury, Kent. Tomkins and Hannigan are current and recent All Britain Fleadh winners for Fiddle (Slow Air), Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistle, and Bodhran.
Recent Sheet Music
- ComhaltasLive #410-6: Mairéad Lucey
Mairéad Lucey from Screathain, Coolea, Co. Cork playing in the Senior Button Accordion Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012 in Cavan. Mairéad plays the jig “Kitty’s Rambles”.
[Download Audio](http://media.comhaltas.ie/audio/cl410_mp3/cl410_6.mp3 “Audio – Mairéad Lucey”]