McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

April-May 2014

Sorry, the website is still under reconstruction.  I apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while I continue to piece it back together.  
Photographs of our Monday night slow sessions at the Corkman Irish Pub during 2013.
Tony O’Rourke plays banjo at the 2013 Newstead Folk Festival – Photo by Sean Kenan

Tony O’Rourke has just finished 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.

Click here to download example of sheet music Christmas Eve & Coalminer’s Reel

MP3 of Coalminer’s Reel

To get more information or purchase the book send an email by clicking on Tony O’Rourke



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Paddy Fitzgerald’s Irish session at the Corkman Pub moves to Wednesday nights. 
In every city and country around the world there is one Pub sessions that everyone would like to join, in Australia it is the Irish Session at the Corkman Pub in Melbourne (Carlton) run by the legendary box player Paddy Fitzgerald.  The music and craic are the best you will experience.  The session is usually packed with both players and non-players who come along just to enjoy the music and songs.  If you are in Melbourne on a Wednesday night don’t miss the chance to experience this session.
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Celtic Music Events

Colin MacLeod playing fiddle

24th and 25 May 2014   Colin MacLeod is holding two Scottish Fiddle Masters Workshops on playing by ear and tune colouring.   Colin was born and raised in Scotland and has been playing the fiddle for over 30 years.  The Workshop will help you learn and master important techniques.  Place: Armidale, New South Wales, Time : 10.00am – 5.00pm. Workshop spaces are limited to 10 so book soon.  Costs: $150 per day. For additional workshop details and booking information see his website:

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25 May 2014 Sacred Stage Concert: From The Emerald Isle toEmerald Community House. Location: Emerald Community House Hall. 356-358 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald, Melways 127 E. Time: 2 pm. For additional information check their website:

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28th May Comhaltas Melbourne Workshop with Tony O’Neil tutoring in mandolin, guitar and fiddle

Tony is one of Australia’s finest multi instrumentalists . He is a third generation traditional Irish player who immigrated to Australia in the early seventies with his family.  His father,Paddy O’Neill, was a leading advocate and organiser of traditional Irish music sessions and events in Melbourne.  Tony has played in many bands and on many stages both large and small worldwide and has an impressive musical resume.  He is currently a member of the Melbourne based Irish band Saoirse. Workshop location: St Phillips Hall, Abbotsford next to the Collingwood Town Hall. Time 8.00pm till 9.00. Cost: $10 and a lovely supper included. For more information check out their website:

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31st May and 1st June 2014 Scottish Fiddle Masters Workshops    Beechworth, Vic.

Noted Scottish fiddler Colin MacLeod is offering  two weekend workshops at the end of May.  Both will concentrate on learning by ear the first day and techniques and decorations on the second.  Sheet music and MP3s of the tunes will be provided. The cost per day for a 9:30 am until 5:00 pm session is $150. For additional information and to make a booking go to his website:

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31 May 2014 The Fèis Rois Project and The Heartstring Quartet at the Arts Centre Melbourne. The Fèis Rois Project is from Scotland’s’ premiere cultural organisation and features the best young musicians from the Scottish Highlands including Fiona Dalgetty and John Somerville of the Treacherous Orchestra.  The Heartstring Quartet is atour de force of traditional folk music. It features legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn and virtuoso fiddler Nollaig Casey who are joined by Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Britain’s finest flatpicking guitarist Chris Newman. This event is a wonderful pairing of the masters of traditional folk alongside the very best young talent! Time 8- 10.15pm. Costs Adult: $50 and Youth (under 30): $30.  For additional information and to order tickets go to their website:

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21 June 2014 Comhaltas Melbourne Ladies Cabbage Bacon and Mash Dinner  The evening commences with arrival at 7pm and main meal served at 7.30pm.  There are two courses: main and sweet at a charge of $20 per person. Tea and coffee will also be provided. Vince Brophy will be our MC for the evening.  Please contact Mary  9435-4435 or Deidre  9317-7681 if you are interested so they can have an idea of numbers. For more information check out their website:

Nationa Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival will be held on ·6-9 June 2014 weekend in beautiful Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. This festival presents a great variety of new and old talent from Australia and overseas. In all honestly, there are too many excellent performers to pick out just a few. If you are looking for some fantastic Celtic music the place to be is in Portarlington. For more information on the festival and to book tickets go to their website:·




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8 April 2014 Irish Seisiún. Monash Hotel-Dooley’s Irish Pub.  2077 Dandenong Rd, Clayton, Vic organised by Monash Univ student group The Wanton Shillelaghs. Also, here is the link to our event page on Facebook:

17 to 21 April 2014 National Folk Festival.  It is that time of year again and the National Folk Festival is just around the corner.  There are a number of well known performers from Australia as well as some talented Celtic musicians from around the world including :  Barleyshakes, Bon Accord, Cameron Mather, Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, CoolfinnMac, Damien Dempsey  (Ireland), Danny Spooner, Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fasta, Fionna Ross (Scotland), Kent Daniel & Bill Wiseman, Louise Phelan & Maeve Moynihan, Luke Plumb & Peter Daffy ( Lake School tutor),  Mick Flanagan, the Perth Scottish Fiddlers, Robert Zielinski & Ciodhna ni Ruaire,  Shenanigans, Sioban Owen (Wales), Trouble in the Kitchen, and Wedderburn Charming Emus a blend of Victoria country dance bands lead by Peter Ellis to name just a few.  For additional information check out their website:  htpp://


April 20- 26, 2014. The 11th Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle. the School was founded in 2004 to foster the music and culture of Scotland and to explore the cross over of this culture into others, by bringing together top international teachers with students of all levels for learning, fun, and fellowship. This year’s school includes the well known Irish fiddler Liz Carroll as a tutor.   Liz Carroll was born in Chicago of Irish parents. She’s a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, a sextet of fiddlers from America, Ireland, the Shetland Islands and Norway, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. In 2009 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy, and on St. Patrick’s Day that year, Liz traveled to Washington, D.C., to play for fellow Chicagoan, President Obama, at the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. In 2011, she became the first American born composer honored with the Cumadoir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. For more information about the school go to their website:

26 April 2014 A Celebration of Scottish Fiddle The Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle ( SHISSF)  finale is a public concert held in Upper Hutt at the Genesis Energy Theatre. A fantastic night of sharing our music with the public, A Celebration of Scottish Fiddle is a great chance for participants’ families and friends, alongside the general public, to come and hear what SHISSF is all about.

Tickets for A Celebration of Scottish Fiddle 2014 available at the door, or in advance at $20 adult, $15 concession, $5 under 12

25-27 April 2014 Koriot  Irish Festival  The Koroit Irish Festival is a vibrant and exciting celebration of a small town’s Irish heritage. Beginning in 1997, the festival was the brainchild of a local group of people who knew Koroit’s rich Irish heritage and close knit community should be celebrated and shared with a broader audience.  This year’s ambassador is Damein Leith the 2006 Australian Idol winner. Damien, Maria Ford and a number of local Irish bands and entertainers will perform over the Anzac Day long weekend.  Tickets are $15 with under  18s free.  There will also be a kid’s area with jumping castle $8 for the day. See the website: www. for tickets and more information.

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May 3 2014 Ireland meets Scotland in Masters of the Fiddle with Liz Carroll, Alistair McCulloch, Renata Bratt, Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith. Thornbury Theatre. 7:30 for 8:00 pm. Cost: $35/$30 conc + b/f Advance. $40/$35 conc Door. For additional information and bookings check out their website: or See more at:

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10-11th May 2014 Kevin Burke Irish Fiddle Weekend.  This is another wonderful weekend organised by Sean Kenan at Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction VIC. Book Now! Ph. 0419 210 043 for there are limited places. Kevin is a legendary Irish fiddler with a unique style and presence.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best.

Kevin Burke in Concert brought to you by Sean Kenan

Thursday 8 May 8pm Thornbury Theatre Melbourne Tickets available now at

Friday 9 May 8pm Mark St Hall North Fitzroy Melbourne Tickets available now at

Saturday 10 May 8pm Mecca Theatre Upper Yarra Arts Centre Warburton VIC. Tickets available now at