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St. Patrick’s Day in Carrigaholt, Co. Clare!



Áine with Orla Coughlan and Mairéad Considine, Lisseycasey.

Great to be spending St. Patrick’s Day-evening at Keanes Bar Carrigaholt where we’ll (Áine and Matt Heslin, Orla Coughlan and Mairéad Considine)

meet with our friend Mags Keane (hostess) – the recent recipient of Clare Communities Volunteer of the Year award!!! Mags loves the music and is superb at encouraging and promoting local musicians as well as everything happening in the community.

See you all there and we’ll celebrate with music and song.

The Latest News!

Hi all, I’m delighted to announce that my latest recording The Tunes Foundry 2 is produced and ready for sale – see more details in my website here. Also I’ve produced the Tunebook of Newly Composed Irish Tunes and am thrilled with it! Details also here in the website (for sale separately from the cds). Here are a couple of photos…

Finally LAUNCHING these this weekend at The Sanctuary in Cruises Pub in Ennis on Sunday 25th Nov 2018 from 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm!

All welcome to come – please bring instruments and we’ll have a bit of a seisiún (old tunes!) to finish. I’ll have some guests too. I’m looking for a crowd this Sun eve as a thank you to Pat and Teresa who have been super supporters of myself and Jimmy Clancy at our Thursday sessions! 🙂

Book and both albums will be available for purchase at the launch but all can be bought @ Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts and  @Custy’s Music Shop  as well as here on the SHOP page Shop and through the Aine Heslin Music facebook page @ Aine Heslin Music )

Anyone for last minute pre-orders now…–2-new-compositions

Yes, it’s that time – you can book your pre-order CD ‘The Tunes Foundry 2’ and/or Tune-book (to include the new tunes from both CDs)


Tues 21st Aug 2018 up until 16:00 (4pm local time) and I will only be delighted to sign it and post it out to you as soon as it’s completed (within a month all going well) – before the first Launch! You can get started learning/teaching etc.


Composed in honour of Jimmy Clancy, co-host of a weekly session in Cruises Bar, Ennis.

New compositions coming..

A Fund it campaign (–2-new-compositions) started – if you support music projects/new compositions/new Irish music (traditional style) or if you have been following my story so far – please read on.

This new album in production is called The Tunes Foundry 2.  When I’m composing I always use my tinwhistle to try out the new phrases.. so I’ve used the whistle entirely on this cd – no flute this time. Hopefully the whistle will give a nice clear version of each tune that I’ve recorded. It’s the only time really that I use my whistle as I continue to use my flute in sessions for all other tunes! Matt is accompanying me with guitar on a lot of the tracks. I once again asked Dave Keary of Red Door Studios in Limerick to record for me and thankfully he had time to do it this March/April – a great studio engineer and a lovely guy!

Each track on this album will have just one tune on it which should make it easy for you to decide which new tune(s) you like and therefore will make it easier to learn too. There will be between 25 and 30 tracks.

The other half of my new project this year is the production of a Tune-book containing most of the new tunes from The Tunes Foundry (click on Music page/Reviews/Shop for more info) and The Tunes Foundry 2 – so up to 50 new tunes. It’s been really exciting working with Laura Ugur in Corofin, Co Clare getting all the tunes in PDF format and she has been invaluable in working out the notes in abc format too so that the tunes can be played by midi player. (I’m not even sure I said all that correctly! lol ) Anyway, the book will be a useful tool for some, I’m certain.

If you would like to buy either the new album or the new Tune-book why not have a look at the Fund it page where you can pre-order them and that will help in the actual funding of the project! I intend to get it finished soon so as it will be useful for music teachers who might like new tunes for competitions/concerts etc. for the new school year. (Check out the rewards section for those who pre-order!)


Composed in honour of Jimmy Clancy, co-host of a weekly session in Cruises Bar, Ennis.

Thurs June 14th

This Thurs 13th at Cruises Bar, Sorcha Curtin (concertina-player from Miltown Malbay) is standing in for me – she’s a fine player. She will join Jimmy Clancy from 8:30pm and of course they welcome friends and visitors alike! I hope to be back by next Thurs. Will miss it!! See you soon and take it handy Jimmy! 😉 Here are a couple of pics. (Ps I’ve been doing more writing/more recording and the new tunes cd and tune-book are making good progress – I’ll let you know more details soon)

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Thurs April 19th – Music!

Our usual weekly session is on this Thurs 19th in Cruises Bar, Ennis ( and we’ll just have to wait and see who visits this week! Last week we had a great variety of musicians and singers too and I’ll upload some fine photos taken by our friend and musician, Patrick Keating who divided his time between the accordion and his zoom lens! Sarah Croker, a singer-songwriter with a wonderfully sweet voice travelled up from Tipperary and had encouraged a touring band called Swampcandy to come to the session too. We invited them to play naturally and wow, they were amazing! ( I can see by their videos that we only saw the tip of the iceberg!! We had plenty of musicians who visit us quite regularly too – we love seeing them return.


Joey, member of Swampcandy on double bass. Photo by Patrick Keating


Ruben, member of Swampcandy and Sarah Croker. Photo by Patrick Keating


Gina, member of Swampcandy. Photo by Patrick Keating


Ruben, from Swampcandy, Sarah Croker and Andy Lambert. Photo by Patrick Keating


Ruben and Sarah. Photo by Patrick Keating


Jim Maher on accordion, Ruben on guitar. Photo by Patrick Keating


Sarah Croker on vocals/guitar. Singer-songwriter from Co.Tipperary. See Photo by Patrick Keating


Áine Heslin playing one of her own tunes on tinwhistle with John Clancy, banjo, in background. Photo by Patrick Keating


Hands of Brian Burke on flute, Bernie Kerwin on flute, Jim Maher on accordion Ruben on mandola and Joey on double bass. Photo by Patrick Keating


Catherine Mulhearne on flute. Photo by Patrick Keating


Ruben on mandola and Mary Caldwell on accordion. Photo by Patrick Keating


Andy Lambert on bouzouki/vocals. John Clancy on banjo. Photo by Patrick Keating


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