Traditional Irish Music
Ireland is steeped in traditional music that feels as though it comes from the very rocks and mists of the land. Enter the smallest pub in the tiniest village and chances are you will stumble upon an informal music session with the possibility of hearing Ireland’s top musicians playing at their favorite local pub. These musicians play tunes learned from their parents; as their parents also learned from theirs. This is music that speaks more deeply of the soul of Ireland than words ever could.
Irish Byways arranges THREE FESTIVE MUSIC NIGHTS as an integral part of each tour. Designed to be an intimate, informal evening, tour participants meet and mingle with some of the best musicians in the west of Ireland. Showcase instruments such as uilleann pipes, fiddle, accordion and low whistle play a variety of traditional Irish music, from slow airs to lively dance to formal O Carolan compositions from the early 18th century. And don’t forget the singing ! When available the musicians are joined by one or more sean-nos (the oldest traditional form) dancers increasing the energy and participation for everyone present. Travelers are always surprised, delighted and energized by the high quality of these evenings.
We work closely with the best of Irish Musicians: The Kane Sisters as well as Sophie Lavoy and Fiachra O’Regan have been frequent musicians on our tours.
Fiachra O’Regan, current all-Ireland champion Uillean Pipes player and a recent all-Ireland champion whistle player to meet with our touring groups.
Often joining Fiachra is his equally musically talented partner, Sophie Lavoie. We always engage the best of local musicians and at times have been fortunate to engage one or both of The Kane Sisters, Liz and Yvonne, as well
Whoever performs, Irish Byways’ Music Nights are a highlight of every tour! It is common for our travelers to remark that our music nights, in and of themselves, make our tour worth taking!