A weekend of traditional music, song and dance with concerts, C.D. launches, singing and music sessions, workshops and recitals.

Workshops will commence on Saturday, May 18th

Registration at Cnoc na Gaoithe at 9.30am with Workshops beginning at 10am1pm
Cost €15, (family concessions with third child)
A degree of competence is expected.

  • Fiddle – Manus McGuire and Tony Linnane
  • Flute – Órlaith McAuliffe
  • Banjo – Keith O’Loughlin
  • Concertina – Liam O’Brien
  • Tin whistle – Gearóid McNamara
  • Accordion – Fergus Bogue

Manus McGuire from Sligo in the north west of Ireland comes from a strong musical family and from a region that is rich in the                          Irish fiddle music tradition having exported the likes of Michael Coleman and James Morrison to America in the early 1900’s.

 He has been living here in East Clare for over 30 years now.

Manus won various awards for fiddle music at national level before forging a burgeoning international career performing with the

gropus “Buttons and Bows”, “MovingCloud”and “Brock McGuire Band” each of which he co-founded. Twelve CD recordings

 followed, gaining various ” instrumental band of the year” awards and at a personal level Manus was awarded

“male traditional musician of the year” in the U.S. by Irish American News magazine in Chicago. He has just finished recording

 his third solo fiddle album “The Copperplate Sessions” and has been touring it in Ireland/ Scotland and in the U.S.

In the world of traditional Irish music, Tony Linnane is renowned as a fiddle player of outstanding ability. His distinctive playing has superb fluency and flow in its style and is characterised by impeccable technique and a wealth of feeling and sensitivity. He is recognised as one of the finest exponents of the instrument in Ireland today.

Órlaith McAuliffe

Órlaith McAuliffe

London born Órlaith McAuliffe of Irish parents from Co. Kerry, she has the distinction of having been crowned All Ireland Champion no fewer than 19 times on both flute and tin whistle.

As well as being a highly accomplished performer, Órlaith is also an original and prolific composer of may tunes.
She won the title TG4 Yound Musician of The Year in 2016 .She performs with the London based band Cross Harbour.

Keith O’Loughlin was born in Corofin, Co. Clare, an area rich in the Irish music tradition. He comes from a very musical family and started playing the banjo at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Marcus Moloney. He competed with success in the All-Ireland Fleadh in solo, duet and trio competitions and with the Burren and Inis Óg céilí bands and groups.

Local Tulla man Gearóid McNamara has been playing tin whistle since he was 4 years of age. He traveled to Miltown Malbay to Bríd O’Donohue to hone his skills. He is a member of the trad band Out The Gap and the Cnoc na Gaoithe Céilí Band. He has toured widely with the performing group Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe, including trips to the U.S. China and South Africa.

Liam O’Brien is from Miltown Malbay.He was brought up in a very musical family. After starting on the tin whistle he later went on to take up the concertina and attended classes with Noel Hill for many years. Liam then went on to study Irish Music and Dance in UL. Liam has travelled the world playing and teaching. He has been all across Europe, Africa and the spent the summer of 2012 touring Japan. Liam now teached concertina and banjo with the Brid O’Donohue School of Music. He was awarded the TG4 Gradam Cheoil Young Musician of the Year Award in 2017.

Cavan man Fergus Bogue is an accomplished accordion player who has won many accolades at Fleadhanna Cheoil down through the years. He has toured  with the Echo’s of Erin Comhaltas Tour Group in Ireland and the UK. He is currently working in Co. Cork and is a member of the Cnoc na Gaoithe Céílí Band. He recently travelled to South Africa with Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe to perform at Irish Embassy events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He is launching his debut solo C.D. Díreach ón gCrói at Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe this year. He regularly teaches and performs at Festivals throughout Ireland.