The CD Launches will take place in the Percy French Hotel on Saturday 12th October from 4pm, immediately after the Flute Forum to allow people the opportunity to attend both events with the Dublin Lasses launching on Sunday @ 1:30pm also in the Percy French Hotel


Shane Meehan - CD Launch - 'twill do! - Saturday from 4:00pm in the Percy French Hotel

Shane Meehan’s debut album featuring 19 original compositions. Originally from county Leitrim, Shane was taught by his grandfather John Meehan, and grew up playing with local musicians such as Dave Sheridan, Oliver Loughlin, Damian O’Brien and Padraig McGovern. He also was influenced by Ben Lennon and recordings of Sligo masters Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O’Beirne

The album features bouzouki accompaniment from Macdara Ó’Faoláin from An Rinn in county Waterford, and piano accompaniment by Kevin Brehony from Sligo.

“To those with a keen ear for something new and exciting, this is it and I recommend it to all lovers of Irish music as it should be played.” – Ben Lennon

Páraic Mac Donnchadha - CD Launch - Not Before Time... - Saturday from 4:00pm in the Percy French Hotel

Hardback cover CD with 36 pages of autobiographical narrative, photographs and track notes.

Introduced by fiddle-player Martin Hayes “…beautiful tunes, beautiful phrasing, beautiful rhythm”… this CD presents traditional Irish music played on tenor banjo by Páraic Mac Donnchadha and eminent musical friends – all top performers of the genre. The variety of music, instruments, rhythms and tunes (over 70 mins) beautifully presented in a stunning, integrated 36-page hardback booklet design, combine to deliver a hugely satisfying “listening experience”.

‘Perfect pace, perfect space, rock solid music.’ – Derek Hickey

Carlos Sweeney McCartin - CD Launch - Saturday from 4:00pm in the Percy French Hotel

Carlos Sweeney McCartin is a no nonsense recording of Fiddle and Flute accompanied by guitar.

This album of Jigs and Reels is uncompromising in its direct reflection of traditional Irish music as played in sessions in the north west of Ireland today. There are no token tracks of reflective airs or senselessly obscure exhibition pieces.

Having met for a tune on a winter’s evening in Cryan’s Teach Ceoil in Carrick-on-Shannon, it was immediately apparent that this trio had a compatibility both musically and personally. A decision was made there and then to record. Another meeting in ‘The Haunted Room’ above Cryan’s front bar saw this album arranged and rehearsed.

The Dublin Lasses - CD Launch - Sunday @ 1:30pm in the Percy French Hotel

Dublin musicians, Aoife O’Connor, Majella O’Beirne and Mary Corcoran draw their inspiration from the pioneering female musicians who with the exceptional quality of their music paved the way for the present generation of female musicians.

Aoife, Majella and Mary have implacable collective musical backgrounds. Their music is of the highest standard and they have impressive successes at All-Ireland level in solo and group categories. They are playing an important role in the continuity of the tradition by showcasing the abilities of female musicians at the highest level.

They have recently recorded a CD which includes some tunes from P.W. Joyce’s collection, which has been recorded commercially for the first time. Overall this CDS represents a proud unbroken and continuous tradition of music in Dublin.

Aoife, Mary and Majella first played together on a tribute concert at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to honour the wonderful Dublin flute player Mick Hand. Huge interest arose from their vibrant and beautiful playing and subsequently they were asked to perform at many concerts including the Ace and Deuce for the pipers club, Na Píobairí Uilleann. They have recently recorded for TG4.

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