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 five “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. You will be introduced to traditional instruments such as uilleann pipes, fiddle, harp, accordion and irish whistle. You will experience slow airs to lively dance to formal O Carolan compositions from the early 18th century. And we don’t forget Irish song and dance! On one of our music nights, 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 including those listed here:
Fiachra O’Regan, current all-Ireland champion Uillean Pipes player and a recent all-Ireland champion whistle player to meet with our touring groups. Joining Fiachra is often his equally talented partner, Sophie Lovoie.
Liz and Yvonne Kane have performed for our travelers for years. They are often invited to the USA to perform at a variety of events such as the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest.
Irish Harpist, Lynn Saoirse often plays for our tours introducing travelers to both the historical and modern harp. Along with Dave Hogan, we are gifted with an introduction to the the music of Ireland’s famous harpist, Turlough O’Carolan.
Conor Keane, Accordian
Travelers are thrilled by Conor’s talent as he manages to bring his audience to the dancing floor! We are honored to have this extraordinary musician perform for our tours!
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!