McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session


Photographs of our Monday night slow sessions at the Corkman Irish Pub.
Join us at the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance
2-7 January 2015 @ Koroit, Victoria
Lake School of Celtic Music Song & Dance 2011
Come to the 2015 Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance. The only way to keep the tradition going is if we are able to recruit more young people and new musicians to the joys of playing Celtic music.  The School provides a fantastic opportunity for young, and not so young, to participate in playing Celtic music, singing, dancing and just having a good old time. The School offers something for everyone.   In our fast paced, computer addicted society, the School offers a unique opportunity for families to spend time together learning about and sharing a love of Celtic music, song and dance. This year the School will run from 2-7 January 2015 and includes the old favourites and new activities.
For additional information click here or download a pdf copy of the Lake School 2015 Brochure.
My Ireland Vol 1 book cover
Tony O’Rourke has published a book entitled ‘My Ireland Vol.1’ that includes a collection of 101 Irish tunes with sheet music and guitar chords.  Tony sent me this note which I would like to share with you: ‘The title of the book is “My Ireland Vol.1”. It contains 101 Irish tunes and comes with a CD in MP3 format of each tune played through twice at a moderate tempo. I recorded each tune on my new Clareen Banjo and there is overdubbed guitar accompaniment. The playing of the tunes adheres strictly to the sheet music as I wanted this to be a reference book rather than a concert, and the sheet music contains guitar chords.  The books are for sale for $20 + $5 postage. To get more information or purchase the book send an email by clicking on Tony O’Rourke   Click here to download example of sheet music Christmas Eve & Coalminer’s Reel MP3 of Coalminer’s Reel

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Celtic Music Events

15-17 August 2014 Melbourne Comhaltas Irish Set Dance and Music  Workshops

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30 August 2014 Bluegrass Bonanza. Folk Victoria and Berwick Folk Club Check out their website for more information:

Folk Victoria event August 2014

6 September 2014 Fancy Yourself Fiddling Concert

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Sean Keane Fiddle Concert flyer Sept 6th 2014

turning wave 2014

19-21 September The Turning Wave festival inYass, NSW. 

The Turning Wave Festival is an outstanding celebration of Irish & Australian music and the related arts featuring events and performances, catering for music & arts enthusiasts, families who wish to enjoy a safe festival, and those who just come to soak up the atmosphere and the friendliness. While the festival focuses on Irish and Australian music it presents styles as diverse as acoustic, bluegrass, roots, Celtic and country and showcases some of our most celebrated musicians, bands, poets and dance groups, in an exciting programme of concerts, workshops, exhibitions and events.  

This year they are offering Master Classes in Concertina with Mairead Hurley, Fiddle with Tricia Hastings, Whistle with Bill Wiseman and Uilleann Pipes with Pat Lyons. For additional information go to their website:


Maldon Folk Festival Maldon Folk Festival 31 Oct – 3 November 2014. A wonderful folk music festival that has been delivering great music for many years.  This year the Festival features Fiona Ross from Scotland and some of Australia’s best Celtic performers this year including SaoirseKieran O’Connell and ShanakeeKate Burke and Ruth HazeltonAndy Rigby & Polly Christie and Danny Spooner (with Duncan Brown) to name a few. There are will be songwriting competitions, workshops, poetry and the spoken word, instrument makers exhibition, children’s program, busking, markets, and of course sessions!  In addition, there will be dancing – Old Time Bush Dance, Irish Ceilidh, and Family Bush Dance.  For additional information check out the festival website


Beechworth Celtic Festival Beechworth Celtic Festival 7-9 November 2014.  In past years this Festival has featured some of Australia’s best Celtic bands.  Their performance list has not be published yet.  For additional information check out the festival website




Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay Tour 2014

stoutmackay01 See Chris and Catriona in concert as a duo and with the Famous Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club Friday 1 August Box Hill Community Centre – Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay in concert with the Famous Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club.  Read more here

Saturday 2nd August  2pm  Christ [Anglican] Church, Central Springs Road, Daylesford –  Chris and Catriona  with the Famous Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club. Paradise Bookshop walk up sales – 46 Vincent Street Daylesford OR door sales if not booked out. Tickets $30 adult/$20 conc/$10. Read more here

Sunday 3rd August 2pm Swanpool & District Memorial Hall, Midland Hwy Swanpool   –  Chris and Catriona  with the Famous Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club in a  fundraiser for the Benalla Group CFA. Buy tickets: or Benalla Chainsaw and Mower Centre, 82 Sydney Road, Benalla, Phone 03 57 62 6177 More information: Kristin Marriott 03 57 66 6282 or Marian Treacy 03 57 62 6177 Tickets $25 adults/$15 under 18. Read More here