Ireland’s Most Famous 18th Century Violin Maker

Thomas Perry was an 18th century Irish luthier who is regarded as the Irish Stradivari. One of Ireland’s most prolific violin makers, he has been credited with designing and crafting

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McNeela’s Top 5 Best Concertina Albums

If you’re looking to improve your concertina playing there’s one thing that’s even more effective than practice, and that’s listening to as much music as possible. Luckily there’s no shortage

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An Ancient Irish Drum: The History of the Bodhrán

What Type of Musical Instrument is a Bodhrán? The Bodhrán is a circular frame drum most commonly found in Irish traditional music. It gained significant popularity during the great folk music

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Meet The Maker: Irish Bodhran Maker Seamus O’Kane

Welcome to the second instalment of my brand new “Meet the Maker” series where we learn about the talented craftspeople behind the instruments we know and love. Today we’re looking

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Meet The Maker: Irish Wooden Flute Maker Martin Doyle

The Irish wooden flute is a thing of beauty and a musical instrument that takes great skill to craft. Luckily for wooden flute enthusiasts everywhere, there’s no shortage of modern

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McNeela’s Top 5 Greatest Irish Flute Albums

If you’re looking to improve your Irish flute playing there’s one thing that’s even more effective than practice, and that’s listening to as much traditional Irish music as possible. So,

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The Best Places in Ireland to Experience Real Irish Music

Irish music has gained such popularity worldwide that you can now find superb Irish music being played as far afield as China, Japan, Brazil, Australia, all throughout Europe, and of

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St. Patrick’s Day Event Guide 2022

Many thanks for the updates, folks (scroll down to the comments section) – keep ’em coming! – Paraic Live music has finally returned which can mean only one thing… St.

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St Valentine’s Day – The Dublin Connection

While there are not a whole lot of definitive accounts of St Valentine’s life in the 3rd century AD, it is believed that on February 14 278AD, Valentine was beaten

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Discover The Musical Legacy of The O’Brien Family

Irish music is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, shared amongst friends and strangers alike, their love of the music uniting them in one singular

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