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 #457 all
457.1 A selection of Reels, “My Mary Anne” and “Kitty in the lane”, played by fiddle player Sorcha Costello from Tulla, Co. Clare. Recorded in Clasac Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin on 25th Oct. 2014 where Sorcha was a member of the Comhaltas Irish Tour Group. 457.2 Concert Flute players Cliona Henry, Sligo and Deirdre Barry, Mayo, with Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín also from Mayo on harp, play a selection of reels composed by Josie McDermott - “Trip to Birmingham” and “Fr O’ Grady’s trip to Bocca”. Recorded at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin on 20th Nov. 2014. 457.3 A selection of Flings played by 9 musicians on the Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland in Clasac Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin on 25th October 2014. Musicians are L/R Sorcha Costello (fiddle), Clare; Tara Howley (pipes), Clare; Hannah Collins (accordion), Cork; Conor Mallon (pipes), Armagh; Natasha Sheehy (banjo), Limerick: Daithí Gormley (accordion), Sligo: Alannah Thornburgh (harp), Mayo; Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (harp), Mayo; Audrey Murphy (flute) Meath. 457.4 Concert flute player Niamh Molloy from Galway and Éadaoín Ní Mhaicín from Mayo on harp play “Tuamgraney Castle” hornpipe
followed by “Tom Ward’s downfall” reel. Recorded in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin on 20th Nov. 2014. 457.5 All-Ireland champions 2014, Knockmore Ceilí Band play a selection of jigs - “The Wishing Well” and “Munster Buttermilk” at a special Concert in The Share Centre, Lisnaskea in their native Co. Fermanagh on 24th Oct. 2014. Banjo player Tomás Quinn was unavoidably absent from this performance. The victorious Band members are - Maria Connolly, Maggie Maguire and Michael Kerr on fiddles; Lorena Maguire and Aisling McPhillips on flutes; Christpher Maguire on Accordion: Ciarán Hanna on concertina: Tomás Quinn on banjo: Ronan Warnock on piano and Kieran Leonard on drums. Fear a’ti for the Concert was Martin Donoghue. 457.6 Nine musicians from the Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland 2014 play a selection of reels - “Redicans” and “The Spring Well” at The Clasac Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin on 25th Oct. 2014. Musicians are - sitting L/R - Tara Howley (concertina) Co. Clare; Hannah Collins (accordion) Co. Cork; Conor Mallon (pipes) Co. Armagh: Natasha Sheehy (banjo) Co. Limerick: Daithí Gormley (accordion) Sligo; Alannah Thornburgh (harp) Mayo; Standing L/R - Sorcha Costello (fiddle) Co. Clare;Audrey Murphy (flute) Co. Meath: Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (harp) Mayo.
- 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”]