Pre-Halloween Music News

As the world turns, the music spins. We have music news as well as up and coming. Thank goodness it’s a weekend. The week went by in a blur. What have you been doing folks? If you ask me, been busy with domestic stuff as well as renewing old ties with friends. And nothing beats the moment of having the soundtrack of your life help you recall those moments in time when everything was perfect and you thought that moment was not going to end….

First up is the upcoming concert of fiddle maestro Maurice Lennon: The time: 31 October · 21:00 – 23:30. The venue: Traditional Harcourt Sessions, Harcourt Hotel, Harcourt St Dublin 2. Here’s the specific invite for those who are interested, additional info here:

Bank Holiday Monday Special Concert !

Tickets in Advance €10 cc Bookings to 01 4783677 No Fees charge Generous Student/Sen Citz Concessions with ID on night

Adm on door on night €12 . Visit the following website for more info:

I think this is an event not to be missed. I love his style and I am sure you want to bring your friends along for some craic after great music.


Dornoch Castle hotel will be shaking with musical vibration and good vibes. This is going to be a fund raising headed by Scottish painter Paul Taggart.


04 November at 19:00 – Sunday, 04 March 2012 at 23:30


Dornoch Castle Hotel

Castle Street

Dornoch, United Kingdom

Find more info in these links:



ESRA Dornoch Lifeboat –

Dornoch Castle Hotel –

Whisky Collectors –

Corralach –

‘Awash with the RNLI’ Paul Taggart fund-raising project –



Yeah folks. Here’s another musical treat you shouldn’t miss. Lots of musicians coming over and playing for your listening pleasure.


07 November at 20:30 – 08 November at 00:30

Venue: Harcourt Hotel, 60 Harcourt St, Dublin 2 @ 8.30 pm

Check this info out:

RISE – (Recovery in a Safe Environment)

The RISE FOUNDATION is a registered charity founded by

Singer Frances Black in 2008 focused on the family of those

in addiction (alcohol, drugs,gambling, food etc…)

For further information and new Projects underway i.e Rathlin Island Project Email

SPECIAL GUESTS and all those listed are giving their services free

and ALL proceeds to The RISE FOUNDATION.

LIMITED NO OF TICKETS AT HOTEL €12 purchased in advance

from Hotel . Tickets are already selling prior to announcement of

Concert and its advised that you collect or book yours now.

cc Bookings to 01 4783677 office hours

ADM on NIGHT €15

All proceeds to The RISE FOUNDATION.

VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED in coming days will join the following

Cathy Jordan DERVISH

Seamus Begley and friends,

Niamh Ni Charra,

Triona Marshall and Alyth Mc Cormack

Martin Tourish

Brenda Castles

Roisin O’Reil,

Aoife Scott Band


Aimee Farrell Courtney and many many more to be added.

Some Traditional and Sean Nos Dancers will grace the floor during the Concert !

SPECIAL GUESTS to be announced during the week

Further info from

Hmmm… some great names in music there. I am sure this will be a night to remember.


Check out Tim Edey and Brendan Power with Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. Amazing musicians getting together to bring you excellent music.

Time:04 November at 20:00 – 05 November at 00:00


The Cumberland Arms

James Place Street

Newcastle, United Kingdom

More info: Duo Tim Edey and Brendan Power with Scottish/Irish fiddle and guitar duo Ross Couper and Tom Oakes

Doors at 8pm

Gig to begin at 8.30pm

Tickets are £10 in advance

£12/£10 on the door


Now check this nice tune from the group Scottish  Manran. Can’t get enough of the music. Vocally, instrumentally and concept wise…love them!!!!


For those who don’t have a copy of Feels Like Home by The Celtic Tenors, I encourage you to get one. You will really, really enjoy the music. If you love traditional Irish music, Celtic Thunder, The High Kings, Anuna, and Gregorian, then you will love the combination in The Celtic Tenors.

The guys are:


Matthew Gilsenan was born into a hard-working farming family in North Meath. Steeped in the local musical traditions and raised by parents who shared a great love for music, from the great composers to obscure Irish folk, Matthew (along with all his siblings) was born to sing.

His classical training started in the Sisters of Mercy convent in Kells, Co.Meath, aged 10, and progressed to some of the great Irish and Scottish teachers. Although he ventured into opera and classical singing, Matthew never lost his love for the music of his youth, in particular the vibrant contemporary Irish music which is his great source of inspiration.

Matthew’s busy singing life ran in parallel with his engineering career, but his desire to sing was too strong, and ten years ago he turned to singing professionally.



James Nelson, from Sligo, is a BA.,B.Mus (Hons) graduate from UCD, and a student of David Harper (UK), Britta Sundberg(SWE) & Edith Forrest (IRL).

Highlights from an oratorio rep of 60 works include Golgotha (Martin) in Bern&Zurich, and L’Enfance du Christ (Berlioz) alongside Katia Ricciarelli in Rome. More than 50 roles in opera include Pinkerton (Butterfly) in Kent, Lensky (Onegin), Alfredo (Traviata), Tichon (Katya) in Portugal, Basilio (Figaro) with Raymond Leppard for Scottish Opera, and roles for Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Co, Singapore Lyric, New Israeli, and Wexford & Buxton Festivals.

James writes a column for the “Sligo Weekender”, and is part of an ongoing building project in Nairobi (Kenya) helping give AIDS orphans a second chance at life, as well as teaching them music&performing in concerts with the kids. A debut CD is available – “Cheryl’s Children – On Top of the World”.



Daryl Simpson, from Omagh in Northern Ireland, studied singing with tenors Peter Alexander Wilson and Nicolai Gedda, and completed his Opera Masters Degree at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in Glasgow.

Daryl joined Opera Theatre Company’s “Young Associate Artist Scheme”, performing in many recitals and broadcasts, and in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea. Daryl furthered his studies at Zurich’s “Internationales Opern Studio”, where he sang Tamino (Die Zauberflute), and roles in Les Mamelles de Tirusias (Poulenc) for Oper Zurich.

As well as performing worldwide on the concert platform, Daryl is also the Musical Director of the Omagh Community Youth Choir, which was set up in the wake of the Omagh atrocity to promote peace and reconciliation through music.



Colm Rogan was born in County Louth into a very musical family. He began piano lessons aged 8 and succeeded quickly, earning a distinction in his final grade by age 15. From there, Colm developed a love of all kinds of music including Pop, Blues and Rock, and dedicated time to becoming proficient in other instruments including guitar, bass and drums.

Colm went on to graduate from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a B.Mus (Hons) degree, specialising in composition. During his time at Maynooth, Colm was active in meeting Ireland’s foremost composers and his compositions have been performed by members of the RTE Symphony Orchestra.

After completing his studies at Maynooth, Colm spent time working as a live and recording artist before taking up the position of Musical Director of the Celtic Tenors.

Colm is thrilled about his future with the Celtic Tenors and is delighted to be touring as a vital part of the team.

From November to December, they will be in the US for concerts:

USA 2011
Date Venue time
25 Nov 11 Katherine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook, CT. 8pm
26 Nov 11 Mayo Center for PA, Morristown, NJ. 8pm
27 Nov 11 Strand Theatre, Zelienople, PA. 7.30pm
29 Nov 11 Hiwassee College, Madisonville,TN. 7.30pm
02 Dec 11 The Clarion,Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, Texas. 7.30pm
03 Dec 11 Piney Woods Arts Center, Crockett, TX.
07 Dec 11 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, Kansas.
08 Dec 11 Lied Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. 7.30pm
09 Dec 11 Stiefel Center, Salina, Kansas. 8pm
10 Dec 11 Lied Center, Lawrence, Kansas. 7.30pm
11 Dec 11 Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, Colorado.
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