The CD Launches will take place in the Percy French Hotel from 4pm, immediately after the Flute Forum to allow people the opportunity to attend both events.

Noel Sweeney - CD Launch - The Friendly Visit

With a long family tradition steeped in Irish traditional music, it is not surprising that Noel Sweeney has music running through his veins.

A deep love of music was infused in his soul as he was reared on a musical diet of traditional airs, along with jigs, reels, and hornpipes.

Noel began playing music on the tin whistle at the tender age of five at his home in the south Leitrim parish of Aughavas. His earliest teachers were his parents, accordion playing, William Sweeney and Katie Scollan, a sean-nós singer. Wind instruments have been Noel’s instruments of choice ever since.

Noel’s playing will resonate with all those who recognise the Irish musical tradition as the unbridled labour of love that it is. He puts his soul into every note and every embellishment that he plays. He is not simply a passive holder of tradition, for he has added something new and unique to it.

Noel will be launching “The Friendly Visit” at this years Feile Strokestown. This will be Noel’s follow up CD following on from his greatly successful debut CD, “The Whinney Hills of Leitrim”.

Manus McGuire - CD Launch - The Copperplate Sessions

Manus McGuire is an Irish fiddle player who has for many years been involved in performing, recording, teaching and in more recent times, composition. Originally from Sligo and now resident in East Clare, he grew up in a rich musical environment in the North West of Ireland and together with his brother Seamus, he was ideally placed to carry on a fiddle tradition made legend by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O’Beirne.

As a recording artist, he has recorded solo fiddle albums, duo fiddle albums with his brother Seamus, and a number of CDs with bands Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, and Brock McGuire Band.

He is honoured to have won a number of prestigious fiddle awards such as the 2006 Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago. As well as performing with ‘Buttons and Bows’ and with Canadian singer/song-writer, Emily Flack, these days he is involved in teaching fiddle both at intermediate and advanced levels.

  • In 2006, he was Voted Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago.
  • He received the Bravo Award from Trad Magazine (France) in 2007.
  • He won the prestigious national Fiddle contest, Fiddler of Dooney in his native Sligo in 1970.

Manus will be launching his highly anticipated new CD, “The Copperplate Sessions” at this years Feile Strokestown.

See for more information on Manus.

Eileen O'Brien - Powerpoint Presentation and Book Launch - The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien

139 original compositions with CDs to accompany the book.

Tobar Bhríde - A new CD from father and daughter Antóin and Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Antóin Mac Gabhann comes from Mullahoran, Co Cavan and now lives at Ashbourne, Co Meath. He is a well known fiddle player and teacher, having taught fiddle to young people for close on 50 years. Caitlin has toured extensively as a concertina player and dancer, she grew up in Ashbourne and now lives in Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal. We are joined on the CD by piano master Brian McGrath. You can hear a reel danced by Caitlin and a hornpipe danced by her mother Bernie Mhic Gabhann.

Music and dance was part of growing up in the Mac Gabhann home in Ashbourne, with sessions, classes and housedances taking place all the time. The first RTE Ceilihouse programme of each year has been broadcast live from the Mac Gabhann housedance for more than twenty years. Caitlín learned her music and dancing at home from her Dad and Mam as well as from regular trips to West Clare to play with friends while growing up. She has always wanted to record a CD with her Dad, and now here it is and it is very special for her.

Please note, the launch for this CD is on Sunday after “The songs and stories of Percy French”, 1.30pm approx

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