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Admission €10

Irish flautist Aisling Agnew and Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister are internationally recognised as one of the leading Flute & Guitar Duos. They are renowned for deeply engaging performances, imaginative programming and consummate artistry. Since giving their first concert together at the Harty Room in Belfast in 2001 they have performed extensively around the world earning the highest admiration from audiences.

Jaskane Café Trio showcases an eclectic and diverse range of international café style or ‘chamber folk’ music. The trio brings a unique blend of violin, oboe and guitar to a repertoire ranging from Russian folk dances to Argentinian tangos; iconic film themes to contemporary Irish folk. The trio’s original arrangements and harmonisations provide an evocative experience for the listener.

The performers in Jaskane Café Trio have a diverse range of influences. Karen Kelly plays classical violin, her performances including orchestral works, chamber music and a particular love for all tangos Argentinian. Oboist Etain McCooey has developed a uniquely ‘Irish’ oboe style, combining her classical oboe training with her knowledge of Irish whistle style and technique; Jason Noone is a guitarist and producer with a background in rock, blues and improvisation.



Tom Portman, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Launching ‘White Crow’ the fourth solo album of Galway

July 24th

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Doors 20.00, (20.30– 22.30)

Admission €5 or €12.50 plus album

Presenting the launch of Tom Portmanʼs new solo album ʻWhite Crowʼ. This fourth acoustic release from the Galway based multi-instrumentalist & performer represents a change of tack to his previous recordings. In addition to the solo guitar/dobro/vocal soundscape these new ensemble compositions incorporate his playing of other strings; violin, mandolin and banjo. Heʼs joined on a number of tracks by some superb musicians; pianist Maja Elliot, bassists Karl Clews & John OʼDwyer, flautist Smaragda Petridi and vocalist Gosia Kamieniecka.

ʻWhite Crowʼ features original compositions with influences from English, Irish &

Eastern Folk, Bella Fleck to the Blues of the late J.J Cale. 

Suitable for: General public, musicians, guitarists, all ages.

For more information on Tom Portman Tour please visit:

085 158 4173

Participatory Art Work / Walk by Audrey O’Brien in conjunction with her exhibition


Event Bookings Information:

This event will run twice, both starting at Courthouse Gallery:

       Saturday 18th July @ 11:00am – **young people not permitted to take part due to location

       Wednesday 22nd @ 11:00am – open to all ages and abilities

Numbers: maximum of 14 people

To book a place on either session please email or phone Courthouse Gallery – tel: 065 707 1630

Limited numbers so please book early to avoid disappointment, email:

The event will go ahead in all weathers except for extreme circumstances.


“Los Paddy de las Pampas” July 11th @ 8:30 pm


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South American musician returns to his Irish roots to merge Latin America with Ireland.

Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Saturday, July 11th’ 8:30
Admission at door €5

January ’12: Clare native musicians, Paddy Mulcahy and Tessa O’Connor led a tour of South American and traditional Irish music entitled “Los Paddy de las Pampas” around South America. While there, the “Los Paddy” tour brought them through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, with it culminating in an appearance for Paddy and Tessa on a Bolivian TV chat show and a concert in the infamous Irish traditional ‘Fahy Club’, in Argentina.Four years later a huge concert will take place in Co. Clare that will incorporate Irish traditional and Latin American music, with particular focus on Argentina. The aim is to continue and strengthen this global music exchange between Latin America and Ireland. The concert will be raising money to record the second album for the project.
The original idea stemmed from the musicians on their return from playing music in the Irish music community in Buenos Aires, where they met Argentinian musician, Tommy Nelson. Tommy’s ancestors come from Ireland, he is an accomplished guitarist and Charango player and is behind the strength of the Irish Traditional music scene in Argentina. Tommy will come to Ireland this July. To re-join “Los Paddys De Las Pampas” and start a masters at the “Irish World Academy Of Traditional Music and Dance” at the University of Limerick.

Also coming for this year’s festivities will be four more South American musicians “Los Musiqueros”. To perform and give South American music workshops for children during their week long stay in North West Clare.

When commenting on the event ethno-musician, Paddy says “the aim is to play a mix of Irish ballads, traditional South American songs, from the globally recognised Cuban classic Guantanamera, to less recognisable songs such as “Todos Juntos” (All Together) and Jobanbai classic, and an English Language version of Duerme Negrito (Lay there, Iittle baby) .We really want to share what we discovered in South America – and hope to make the South American songs fun and accessible to an Irish audience while adding something to the existing Irish songs through the alternative rhythm and instrumentation. We also intend to use these two styles to write our own original songs!”

This event will culminate in a special concert in Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery on the 11th of July at 8:30