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IMRO Masterclasses & Second Showcase at Temple Bar TradFest

The second of two IMRO showcases at Temple Bar TradFest will take place this evening at The New Theatre with performances from whistle and flute player, Enda Seery, and jazz-inspired traditional group, JP Trio featuring Niamh Farrell.

The New Theatre is also the venue for two IMRO masterclasses tomorrow, Saturday 26th, with Cork songwriter and musician, John Spillane (11am) and traditional and classical composer and musician, Charlie Lennon (2pm).

This evening’s showcase is now fully booked but there are limited spaces available for both masterclasses tomorrow. For further details contact IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or 01 661 4844.

Enda SeeryEnda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes.

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.

2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).


JPTrioJPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’


Traditional Music Seminar at the Ark | Dublin | 25th January

Performing Irish Traditional Music for Child and Family Audiences with Cormac De Barra and Sinéad Madden. Presented in partnership with Music Network.cormacdebarra_highres_the_gathering

Date & Time Fri 25 Jan: 12.15-4pm (including performance, lunch and workshop)

This professional development workshop, facilitated by traditional harper Cormac De Barra and fiddle player and singer Sinéad Madden, will support professional musicians to develop performance skills for child and family audiences.

The workshop will begin with an opportunity to attend The Magic of the Harp – a traditional music performance for schools taking place at The Ark at 12.15pm. Following this, musicians Cormac and Sinead will then lead a practical two-hour workshop which will introduce approaches to interacting with young audiences, stage communication skills, audience management, creating engaging music sets and addressing particular challenges that musicians may encounter.

For full details and bookings visit:

IMRO Master Classes at Temple Bar Tradfest 2013

As part of the programme of events taking place at the 2013 Temple Bar TradFest Festival, IMRO in association with Templebar Traders, will present a series of master classes in the New Theatre, Temple Bar, on Saturday 26th January.

Master class 1 with John Spillane
DATE: Saturday 26th January  –  11.00am − 1.00pm

Cork native, John Spillane, has the ability to appeal equally to audiences of all ages as a songwriter and musician. With a voice full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity, Spillane has won two Meteor Awards and is considered one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today.

Master class 2 with Charlie Lennon
DATE: Saturday 26th January – 2.00pm − 4.00pm

Charlie Lennon is a well known composer of Irish traditional and classical music. An accomplished musician in piano, bass, drum and fiddle, he has had works performed by various artists including Dé Danann, Liam O’Flynn and Sharon Shannon, Altan, The London Lasses and Pete Quinn.

These master classes are FREE but due to limited capacity – booking is essential. Email: ei.ormi@pihsrebmem to reserve your seat now, indicating which seminar(s) you would like to attend.

John Spillane

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance.  His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience.  In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference.  Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John.  He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Vocally, he is quite unique with an almost sean nós-like element in his singing and he is said to have a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”.

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.

From his heart-warming visit to Senegal to film a “musical visit” for an Irish television series (where he met and played music with, among others, the legendary Baaba Maal), to his 2008 Australian tour where he sang the Irish National Anthem before 45,000 people attending the Australia v. Ireland Ozzie Rules Football, to singing for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (by invitation), and so on ad infinitum

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour.


Charlie Lennon

Charlie Lennon is a well known composer who has worked for the past thirty years in both Irish traditional and classical music. He is also involved in music production and performance in his own studio in Spiddal, Galway, ( in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

He is also involved in teaching at 3rd level in partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway. Collectively they provide a full time Diploma Course in the Traditional Arts in Cuan studios. This covers music, including composition and arrangement, song and dance, sound recording, live sound, concert presentation, and stage production.

Many of his works have been recorded commercially including “The Emigrant Suite” (Gael Linn),  Aifreann Chaomháin “a Mass in Irish, ”Bainis Oileann—Island Wedding” (RTE) , a love story set on the Aran Islands and  “Flight from the Hungry”, the story of the Great Famine of the 1840’s. The latter two works, written for orchestra and traditional ensemble have been recorded by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

His orchestral works have been featured in concerts from Boston to Brisbane, Moscow to Melbourne. He was nominated Musician of the Year by the New York paper the Irish Echo for his contribution to Irish traditional music. His dance musical “Waves” has been screened by RTE and featured on many occasions on the American Public Broadcasting Service PBS. His music is also featured in a Hollywood produced film “Red Roses and Petrol”

In 2005 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann awarded him the title “Ard-Ollamh” and in 2006 he was awarded the title “Composer of the Year” by TG4. Also in 1996, he and his brother Ben were honoured by Leitrim County Council with a Civic Reception for their contribution to the development of Irish Music.

His most recent album, a double CD, “Turning the Tune” was published by Clo Iar Chonnachta in 2008.  His second book of tunes published by Waltons Music, Dublin will be launched in January 2013.  The title of the book is “Irish Tunes for Fiddle”, (Musical Memories Volume 2) and this includes 2 CD’s covering 70 of his compositions.

IMRO Set To Host Traditional Music Showcases and Seminars at Temple Bar TradFest 2013

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 2013 festival IMRO will host a series of traditional music showcases and master classes in the New Theatre, Temple Bar, over the course of the festival.

Any traditional music groups or artists interested in performing at one of these showcases should email a link to their website or sound files to ei.ormi@esacwohs before 19th December.

Alternatively you can send a CD to the following address:

IMRO Membership Department
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Temple Bar TradFest 2013

22 – 27 January 2013

The 2013 Temple Bar TradFest will kick off 2013 with a six day traditional musical celebration. Line up will include:

• Over 200 free events – with outdoor stages in Temple Bar.

• This year’s Festival has a very international feel to it. As part of the Gathering 2013 internationally renowned Irish artists living all over the world are being invited to ‘come home’ for TradFest. A special Musical Gathering concert will take place on 22 January in Christ Church Cathedral.

• Throughout the festival artists from England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Latvia, America and Canada will return home to perform at the Temple Bar Tradfest.

• A series of evening concerts will celebrate Irish music and its influence in Europe, Canada, New York and London. A special concert to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council in 2013 will feature artists from throughout Europe.

• Headline concerts include Sharon Shannon 21st Anniversary Concert, Maura O’Connell, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill and a concert ‘Remembering Barney McKenna’ who performed at the 2012 Festival.

• New venues added include The Irish Stock Exchange, St Werburgs Church and St Patricks Cathedral

• A children’s club and gigs for kids so all ages can get involved.

Now in its eighth year Temple Bar TradFest is a firm favourite on the festival calendar and brings to Dublin City Centre a real celebration of Irish music and culture each January. The 2013 festival has been extended to 6 days and 6 nights and includes two new additional iconic heritage buildings (The Irish Stock Exchange & St Werburgs Church) as festival venues. Kicking off on 22nd January the 2013 Festival line up will include headline concerts, over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish Dance Show, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children’s club, cultural workshops, pipe bands and street performers.

In 2012 over 44,000 people visited the festival with over 13,000 people travelling from overseas. It is expected that this figure will increase to 15,000 in 2013.

Organised by the Temple Bar Traders association with the support of local businesses in the area this January celebration is set to banish those New Year blues. Full programme details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details go to

Speaking at the announcement Festival Programmer Kieran Hanrahan said: “I am very proud of how the TradFest has grown over the past eight years and has become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. The 2012 festival was attended by over 44,000 people who we hope to see increase this year. The 2012 edition of the festival saw a huge increase of international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany who we look forward to welcoming once again in 2013. Already this year we have also seen bookings from the US, Canada and throughout Europe. Year on year the festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. In our headline concerts we have assembled a line-up of some of the most iconic figures in Irish Traditional music coupled with some of the most exciting names in emerging Irish talent. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages with an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club are just some of the many free events taking place during the festival. I have no doubt that people will enjoy a truly exciting celebration of our culture.”

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