Composer/Irish Traditional


Thurs 22nd March at Cruises, Ennis!

We had a really great night last Thurs (see pictures below taken by Andrew Lambert)! Join us this Thurs 22nd March from 8:30pm and we’ll see what tunes we’ll play and who will play them with us! We love company!!

#loveirishmusic #lovethecraic #alwaysdifferent #coclare #wildatlanticway


Orla McGovern, Patricia Kerwin, Jim Maher, Lenka Hoffmanova, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Áine Heslin, Jimmy Clancy, Orla McGovern and Patricia Kerwin. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Orla McGovern, Jim Maher, Patricia Kerwin (dancing), Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Orla McGovern, Patricia Kerwin, Jim Maher, Lenka Hoffmanova, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone and Aoife. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Lenka Hoffmanova, Brian Burke, Bernie Kerwin, John Malone, Aoife ? Yoshinori Fukuda, Misaki Fukuda and Mary Caldwell. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Áine Heslin, Misaki Fukuda, Yoshinori Fukuda,and Orla McGovern. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Lenka Hoffmanova, Brian Burke and Bernie Kerwin. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Thurs March 15th at Cruises Bar – Irish music!

Open session with Jimmy Clancy (accordion) and Áine Heslin (flute) from 8:30pm. Join us for a cosy pre-St Patrick’s Day session indoors and get geared up for the actual St. Patrick’s Day festivities!!

Feeling very sad though at Ireland having lost a master-piper today – Rest in Peace Liam Óg O’ Flynn, and to celebrate his contribution to Irish music we will play something in his honour –  ‘Newfoundland’ from Shaun Davey’s suite The Brendan Voyage.

Here are photos from last week’s session and most of them lovely shots from Patrick Keating who also played accordion with us! Note Ronan Burrenn from ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’.


Geraldine on whistle and Lisa on fiddle. Photo by Patrick Keating.


Patrick, Jim, Geraldine and Lisa.



I think this was Lisa? on fiddle. Photo by Patrick Keating.


Matt on guitar and song.. Photo by Patrick Keating.


Howard on tinwhistle. Photo by Patrick Keating.


James on low whistle. Photo by Patrick Keating.


Colm on flute and Ronan. Photo by Patrick Keating.


Open session on International Women’s Day! Cruises Bar, Ennis – 8:30pm.

Join us for some music, song and whatever else comes up on Thurs 8th March at 8:30pm! Jimmy Clancy on accordion and Áine Heslin on flute/whistle and all of you taking part in the fun.

No photos from last week other than snow photos and you’ve probably enjoyed enough of them so I’ll post a video soon with sunshine (maybe) in the background..

We’ll play some lovely tunes with reference to ladies/girls and if you want to offer some ideas please do comment below! (See some archive photos!)


Áine, Jimmy Clancy and Tony Illanes, fiddle. (Brian Burke on flute behind and Gerry Eustace on mandolin) Fleadh Nua May 2017 Cruises. Photo by Andrew Lambert.


Áine Heslin on flute with Paula O’ Regan on fiddle. Photo by Betty Connor.


Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

Storm Emma dances her jig tonight!

Tonight’s weekly Open Session with Jimmy Clancy and Áine Heslin is cancelled due to the Red Alert put on the nation – no point in driving through blizzard conditions to play tunes if everyone else is at home by the fire listening to the radio!! Hope you all stay warm and safe tonight and this weekend wherever you are. #stormemma #beastfromtheeast #sessions #coclare

We had a lovely session last week with some friends and visitors – photos below for you to look at. See you next Thurs – International Women’s Day! March 8th for music @CruisesBarEnnis


Jimmy Clancy on accordion.


John Curtin on guitar and Michael McGrath on accordion.


Jim Maher on accordion.


Jean-Baptiste Samzun on fiddle (after getting off the plane at Shannon en-route to Doolin for the Russell weekend!)


Andy Lambert on bouzouki and vocals.


John Clancy on banjo and Jim Maher on accordion.


Michael McGrath on accordion, Jean-Baptiste Samzun on fiddle.


John Curtin on guitar, mandolin and voice.


John Clancy on banjo

Thurs Feb 22nd – Open session at Cruises Bar, Ennis

Lots of photos from last week – we were extra busy as we had a large contingent from the US of Old Time musicians warming up for their Old Time Festival in Lisdoonvarna last weekend!! How exciting our night was!! Come join us tonight at 8:30pm for our regular (??) Open Session of Irish trad music with Jimmy Clancy, Áine Heslin and friends.

This session means a lot to Jimmy and myself – we love and encourage the new friendships made every week – it is as important to us as the music.  Even though I have written over 100 tunes I don’t consider a session to be the place to demonstrate them (I usually play one or two popular sets though) and that was why I did my mini-summer concerts last year. People come to play, with others, tunes they have in common and we all appreciate the tunes that new instrumentalists bring that we might not have heard for years!

Having said that I love it when one or two of my tunes touch a chord with musicians and they take the time and effort to learn them – TUNES have a life of their own I’m convinced!!

#sessions #irishtraditionalmusic #oldtime #coclare #wildatlanticway #shannonairport #cruisesbar


Emmy Truckenmiller, Dan Levenson, Howard Winrow, Jim on accordion, Paula and Patsy on concertinas!


Jim, Paula, Patsy, Greg Smith and Bob Denton.


Old Time Flatfoot dance meets old Irish Sean-nós dance!! Thanks Dan and Patricia.


Greg Smith, Orla McGovern behind on keyboards and Bob Denton.



Lorene Smith on double bass.



Can’t decide which I love more – Bob’s bright banjo or his fab smile!!



Andy Lambert (organiser of the Irish Old Time Festival last weekend in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare) and Lorena Smith.

Open session in Ennis tonight.

February 15th – (Thursday) from 8:30pm at Cruises Bar with Jimmy Clancy, Áine Heslin and friends. Had a great session of visiting musicians last Thurs – see photos below (missed some people, our apologies.) We also had some lovely sean-nós dancing from Patricia and a little from Mary – but no photos I’m afraid. Next time! Come join us tonight.


Aoife from Kilmaley on concertina.


Michael on fiddle and Jim on accordion.


Aoife on concertina and Andy on bouzouki.


Mary and Patricia discussing sean-nós steps and Patricia and Aoife playing concertinas.


Sorcha on concertina, Mike on flute and Howard on whistle.

Thurs night open session, Co. Clare.

Jimmy Clancy and Áine Heslin invite you to join the session from 8:30pm Thurs nights at Cruises Bar, Ennis – a great group of musicians come in whenever they can make it so there are nearly always old friends to meet – new people come in for tunes/songs too – so friends to make!

(A good time to make arrangements to come to Ennis and experience a 3 day Irish Traditional Music festival called Fleadh Nua which is held in May! See link:

See some photos from last week:


Damien on banjo, Jim on accordion and Howard on whistle.


Orla on keyboards and Ronán recording the music for his Facebook group ‘Ireland’s Inner Beauty’.



Seamus on flute, James on whistle and low whistle and Damien on banjo.


James on whistle, Damien on banjo and Jim on accordion.

February 1st 2018 – a session in Cruises.

Well, last week’s session must have been our last in Jan because this one coming…

Join us at 8:30pm in Cruises Bar Thurs night… 1st Feb!

Last week there was Jimmy Clancy on accordion and myself, Áine Heslin on flute. As always we had lovely guest instrumentalists and we had tunes all evening even though for the previous two weeks we had four singers at least each night! But then, a young singer who had made her way up from Tipperary just to give us a couple of songs…..arrived as we were finishing and gave us a couple of beautifully-sung songs, accompanying herself on guitar. Ronán from Ireland’s Inner Beauty recorded some videos.

#enniscoclare #sessions #irishtraditionalmusic #accordion #flute #tinwhistle #irelandsinnerbeauty

Some photos below of last week.

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25th Jan in Cruises, Ennis.

Join us for tunes tonight from 8:30pm in Cruises Bar, Ennis. Jimmy Clancy and friends! I’m playing a few NEW tunes if there is time and we can relish this wonderful winter weather…or we can dream of sunny days……!!

Last week we had our friend Gerry for the last time before he headed back to Spain again – but he wants to return – often! 🙂 Gerry gave us a fine rendition of the song ‘She moved through the fair’ while accompanying himself on accordion!! Beautiful!

See photos below of our session last week and pop in to us tonight!


Gerry playing his most recent instrument!


Joe Curtin playing harmonica and singing.


Brian, Siobhán and Matt.


Joe, Jim and Brian.


Gerry on fiddle.


Siobhán and Matt – sister and brother! Both lovely singers.


Matt singing.


Jimmy Clancy.

Thurs night-life! ;)

Cruises Bar open session from 8:30pm with Jimmy Clancy and myself – Jimmy says he has new visitors! Jimmy nearly always has visiting musicians – he is like a magnet and it’s brilliant as it’s lovely to meet people who have been lots of times and then new people who are curious about the session! Our regular musician friends are very welcoming too so there is great interaction and craic going on for all.


Gerry and Peggy – both lovely singers!


Paula on fiddle.


Jim on accordion.


Gerry singing but also plays fiddle.


Gerry singing.


Orla taking a quick break from piano acc to do a favourite tune on whistle.


Matt singing.


Fine music happening….!