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 and Dance
2-7 January 2015 @ Koroit, Victoria
Lake School of Celtic Music Song & Dance 2011
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 old folks to participate in playing Celtic music, singing, dancing and just having a good old time. This year it will run from 2-7 January 2015 and includes the old favourites and new activities. (see poster below).  As in previous years there will be tuition in flute, fiddle, tin whistle, guitar, banjo, DADGAD guitar, uilleann pipes, bodhran, anglo concertina, Celtic harp, Irish set dance, Irish Gaelic, songwriting and a fantastic kids program. The school is staffed by excellent teachers.   Lisa and I will be running the popular slow session every morning as we did years past and we have the very popular house parties (slow sessions) at the Commercial Hotel most evenings nights. This year the price of the week is a very reasonable. For additional information click here.
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

Chris Stout and Catriona MacKay Tour 2014


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


30 August 2014 Bluegrass Bonanza. Folk Victoria and Berwick Folk Club

Folk Victoria event August 2014

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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