Composer/Irish Traditional


Updates April 2021

Well, Matt and I have surprised ourselves by completing a year of live-streaming sessions weekly. It has been a wonderful experience where we connected with many family and friends who have been in various different stages of Pandemic lockdown and got to know many new friends! You all kept us going, thank you! We’ll be back live-streaming very shortly.

I’m currently updating my website so please bear with it for a while. Thanks for your support.

Jan 14th 2021

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Join us for our live session (hopefully only for this week!) at

from 8:30pm GMT for a half hour of music and song.

Oct 15th 2020

Hi folks, if you’ve just arrived at my page you’ll see a post about St. Patrick’s Day – that is an old post unfortunately and I’ll have to sit down with a bit of time to see how to change it. Yes, it’s good old Covid-19 times so we’ll only be doing our Live Facebook streams on Thursday nights BUT do join us there (Aine Heslin Music) after you’ve had a sneak peek through the rest of this site!

Check out my Shop page for Christmas gift ideas or birthday gifts! Thank you all in advance for your interest and your support – you’re very special!

‘Live from Home’ series 2020 (during Covid-19)

Áine and Matt Heslin playing at launch of ‘The Tunes Foundry’ album Nov ’14.

From the beginning of the Pandemic Covid-19 in Ireland early 2020 – our music sessions/gigs in pubs and elsewhere were suddenly stopped and after the initial shock of it all we (my husband Matt and I) decided to start a live stream on my Facebook Page – it was well received and because of that, we haven’t stopped it just yet! Our next live stream is tonight, Thurs 6th August 8:30pm – we’d love you all to join us.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with viewers whilst sorely missing the actual meeting of other musicians and audience. We are glad to have made a little difference to some with our music and chat.

You can use the Facebook Like Page button in order to get notification of other videos etc. Or just follow this link to view past videos in full.

Each uploaded video has about 30 minutes of music and song with a little chit-chat thrown in…please accept the relaxed nature of it with kindness!!


Belated message to you followers of my website – on 13th Feb 2020, I lost my session-partner Jimmy Clancy to cancer and it was a very difficult time for me and for all who played regularly with him. My apologies for abandoning the website for some time now..

You can look through the photos in Gallery or the posts further back in the blog on my Homepage and you will see many lovely photos of Jimmy and all the sessions we hosted together in Cruises Bar in Ennis, Ireland. Jimmy – may you rest in peace and happiness with all the wonderful musicians who have gone before you and we wish your wife Nuala, sons James, John and Mark and all the family strength in times ahead.

Áine Heslin and Jimmy Clancy. Photo by Betty Connor.

Hi to all who used to check out this website. I’m afraid that I have abandoned it for the last couple of years – my sincere apologies – now, I have decided to rev up the website engines again as my recent ‘quarantine’ hobby has given me renewed motivation and energy!

I’m going to share a page full of pencil sketches I did back in the period 2005-2011 – at the time of making this website I had ‘hidden’ them in a back page because I learned that it wasn’t good to redirect my musical audience to other aspects of my life, such as art.

This year however, with the COVID-19 a crisis all over the world – it’s become the norm for creative people to diversify a little. There have been no gigs, no sessions and no meeting up for the past few months but musicians all over the world have been doing Live streams on Facebook (we have done this too!) and exploring other ways to use their creativity.

Below is an excerpt from the project I’ve been doing (#the100dayproject). I have always loved how soft toys are so valuable to children and we still had a lot of ours in storage – I have been attempting to capture something of the character of each toy in short, daily sketches! (Click on the page Áine’s Sketches for more)



I have not at all forgotten my music and indeed have composed a few tunes during this quarantine period of COVID – 19. But please read on..


For the past 11 weeks, my husband Matt and I have done a weekly Live stream on my Facebook music page

It’s a half hour of tunes and songs and we’ve been welcoming family, friends, followers and complete strangers to join with us in passing the time with a bit of music!

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We are not sure how long more we will continue the Live streams but we’re very happy that people are enjoying them from different corners of the world as well as home here in Clare!

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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