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Come West along the road!

Yes – heading home to the West tonight – or close anyway! Helping host a seisiún in Foley’s, Cross ( or   as the start of the Loophead Gathering Festival ( with some friends and returning visiting musicians incl many from Kildare! Join us there if you’re back. (back West i.e.)

End of June – soon!

Have to show some photos from Cruises last Thurs night – great night! We had several lovely visiting musicians but most especially – we had J.J. Conway  who is flute player with the Tulla Céilí Band for …quite a good many years! He is a gentleman and loves his music. He and Jimmy are old friends, having good memories of their childhood in Kilfenora. The session was alive with flutes, myself, J.J., another Áine – Áine McCarthy Kent from Waterford and towards the end we had a visitor from Boston, Suzanne. We also had Paula McMahon on fiddle, and a first visit (of many hopefully!) from Patsy Hanrahan on piano-accordion.

Join us this Thurs night! (30th June) from 8:30pm – we have to finish by 10:30/45pm as next band setting up so come early!


From left – Áine McCarthy-Kent, Áine Heslin, J.J. Conway (Tulla Céilí Band) and Rozanne from Boston.


Jimmy Clancy on accordion, J.J. Conway and Rozanne on flutes


Paula McMahon on fiddle and Patsy Hanrahan on piano-accordion.

16th/17th June

Well – Thurs 16th so time to get into Ennis for our Cruises session. Join me,  Jimmy Clancy and friends for some midsummer music and a bit of craic thrown in for good measure!!

Fri 17th It’s time for Fitzpatrick’s Pub in Kilkee playing tunes/songs with Niamh Considine on fiddle and Matt on guitar – call in about 10:30pm and we’ll entertain for the next couple of hours!! Musicians welcome to join.

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Can you believe we’re almost at the longest day of the year already? Hope the good weather returns soon! 🙂


Session in Cruises Bar with Áine Heslin (flute), Jimmy Clancy (accordeon) and Michael Brown (bodhrán)


Fitzpatrick’s Bar, Kilkee

Thurs 9th in Ennis

Yes, it’s time for Cruises Bar again tonight. 8:30pm till 10:30/45pm. Looking forward to playing with Jimmy Clancy and I hear there are some visitors coming too! 🙂 Please drop in for a few tunes if you are near.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the tourists/visitors who give great attention to our session – it makes our night special.

What’s upcoming!

Easter is coming and we start with Thurs night once again in Cruises Bar. Ennis will be full of atmosphere this weekend and trad music is a big part of that. Jimmy Clancy is hosting an open seisiún on Thurs from 8pm with me and anyone else who is up for a few tunes! We had a big gathering last Thurs St. Patrick’s Day and some are returning to us this week too.

On Easter Saturday night I will be playing in Doonbeg at Madigan’s Bar along with Mairéad Considine on concertina – one of the best-in-the-West! Matt will be singing some great songs!! He will be accompanying us on guitar too of course…Our hosts Marty and Emily Madigan wished to ring in the Easter with some traditional music and song so we hope you can join us there 10:30pm.

On Easter Sunday night ( after family celebrations maybe or many chocolate eggs??) I will be joining Niamh Casey and Róisin Considine in Myles Creek Bar, Kilkee.                 8:30pm in front of the open fire! Join us there!




I’m very excited to be playing again on St. Patrick’s Day and this year (2016) it’s at Cruises Bar in Ennis!

I’ll be joining Jimmy Clancy at 8:30pm after an exciting day in Kilrush where I will have (with success and happiness hopefully!) enabled a group of local young tin-whistlers to march in the parade there! It’s a special year as we know – commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising – and Jimmy and I will endeavour to include some lovely old traditional airs and tunes at the open seisiún in Cruises later that evening; St. Patrick’s Day 17th March.

So if you have spent a lovely day in Ennis with their parade (which will also be spectacular I’m certain!) or are travelling in for the evening and some music – be sure to stroll into Cruises for the craic is bound to be good!








Some photos from the Sunday night session in Myles Creek in Kilkee 21st Feb. Great music!

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Roisin Considine, Noel Bermingham and myself played host to a fine selection of visitors – local and not so local! Tom Gorman from Boston (the US one!) and Cree, Co Clare on bouzouki; Harry (didn’t catch the surname) from North England on accordian (left) and his wife who sang (not pictured), Tom from Limerick – a regular visitor – on tinwhistle; my Dad, Jim Connolly on accordian (right) also Christy O’Malley from Kilrush who gave a lovely rendition of The Minstrel Boy. Harry had played for many years in a ceili band in the UK and had some great old tunes that we knew but are seldom heard locally.





Looking forward to .. this Sunday Feb 21st 2016  – open seisiún with Niamh Casey and friends at Myles’ Creek, Kilkee 8:30pm. we hope some of you can venture out and can promise a warm atmosphere with lots of lovely tunes!!

Was at Cruises last night with Jimmy and we had a lovely seisiún – playing at a (for me!) nice manageable pace all evening! Great tunes were unearthed from the dusty corners of the brain – tunes like ‘The Battle of Aughrim’ – haven’t played it for …centuries. 🙂 See you there next Thurs night 11th Feb if you are in Ennis.

Thursday Jan 28th 2016 – Open seisiún at Cruises Bar from 9pm with Jimmy Clancy on accordion.

Thanks to the hard work of a new friend in Brazil (Marcus Disessa) nearly all of the tunes from my album ‘The Tunes Foundry’ are on!! See this link (if it works..)

Thursday Jan 21st – Open seisiún at Cruises Bar from 9pm with Jimmy Clancy on accordion.

Jan 17th 2016 (Sun) – seisiún with Niamh Casey and friends at Myles’ Creek, Kilkee 8:30pm. hope to see some of our regular friends and of course our musician friends too.

Had the pleasure of playing at the early reception of a wedding in Co. Clare on Saturday last with Matt (Heslin) and Niamh Casey! Trad music was really appreciated and of course some lovely songs by Matt were enjoyed too. Our best wishes to the bride and groom.

Thurs 10th December 2015 – Live performance (Áine on tinwhistle/flute and Matt on guitar/vocals) in the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith after the screening of the new film ‘Connected 2 Each Other’ at 8pm.

Podcast of a lovely interview by Pat Costello of Clare FM on his program Gentle Folk 10pm Sunday nights. He plays several tracks from the album and also plays the tune ‘Bláthú’ where I am accompanied by Graham Dunne on guitar (Pat mentioned my husband!!)

Thanks for the mention in Irish Music Magazine –

(I’ll be performing after the screening of film ‘Connected 2 Each Other’ in the Irish Cultural Centre at Hammersmith Dec10th

Playing in Cruises Bar, Ennis on 5th Nov (Ennis Tradfest 2015) from 9pm with Jimmy Clancy.

Sunday 15th Nov 2015 – Open seisiún with Niamh Casey and friends at Myles’ Creek, Kilkee from 8:30pm. All welcome.

Oct ’15 Here is a link to the IRISHTV program Limerick Matters taken at the premiere of the ‘Connected 2 Each Other’ film. It is featured in the last section of the program.

Sept ’15 What an amazing night at the premiere of Patrick O’ Neill’s new film “Connected 2 Each Other”. So honoured to have a piece in the soundtrack – this is it playing during the video-clip of the night! (Piece is named “Bláthú” and I will have the notes on the website soon.)

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