Irish/Celtic Music Links

McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Session 

The links on this page have been carefully selected and screened to be safe and useful to Irish music players. We have added sites that have been suggested by other players. Thus, the comments associated with each listing come from a variety of sources. If you have a good site you think we should add please send us an email.

Celtic Organisations


http://www.comhaltas.com/ Home page of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the organisation that promotes Irish music, culture and art around the world. They run many great festivals/scoileanna ceol. The Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is the big one at the end of August in Ireland.

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~kevrenor/cca1.htm The Celtic Council of Australia


Victorian Folk and Dance Functions: Lots of stuff related to folks music and dance throughout Victoria. Excellent resource page.


Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club is a very active music group that promotes and performs Scottish music locally, nationally and internationally. They have regular practice sessions. To learn more about the group click on their name above.

Irish Music on the Web

http://ceolas.org/ceolas.html Ceolas music archive was one of the first and most comprehensive sites that includes everything to do with celtic music.

http://www.concertina.net/ Everything you ever wanted to know about concertinas and more.


http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thelatesession/ Ireland's national broadcaster, in Irish and English languages, streaming available for many programmes.

http://www.thesession.org/ Well organised collection of tunes, many with explanatory notes.

http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/index/splitwwabcT.html (Tune site, the T preceding .html takes you to tunes beginning with T, if you're looking for tunes beginning with e.g G, simply change the T to a G in the address). You need ABCWin2 to open files or a compatible program. Melody Assistant does the job.

 

 Music Software on the Web

There are several software packages available on the web that are capable of slowing down any tune you have on a CD or have recorded so you can play along. Click on the names below to read more about these programs.

Amazing Slow Downer

Audacity

Fleximusic Wave Editor

FlexiMusic Wave Editor is an easy to use audio editor for professionals, home users and music lovers. It handles large audio files to Edit, Record and Play.  You can apply special effects such as fade, equalize, echo, reverb, modulate, and stretch/shrink the wave. A great feature is the ability to convert wav to mp3, mp3 to wav, wav to wma, wav to snd and raw files.   FlexiMusic Wave Editor has a trail download and you can purchase it for just US$20 (approximately AU$25).  

Music and Instrument Shops on the Internet


 http://www.souwestcollectablesandmusic.com.au/    Sou'west Collectables and Music was  started by Don and Jean King in 2003. They sell a wide range of collectables and musical instruments (both new and used) as well as accessories. Don is a well known accordion player.   They also offer a search service if you are looking for a particular instrument or item.  Their shop is located on 1164 Princes Hwy, Killarney, Victoria, Australia which is very close to Koroit, the home of the Lake School.  To contact them phone/fax +61 3 5568 7404


http://www.banjo.ie/ Tom Cussens makes "Clareen Banjos" and has made many recordings with his "Shaskeen" band. Tony O'Rouke says he had a huge influence on his playing and is great man to have a chat with.


http://www.celt.com.au/ Celtic Southern Cross is one of the most accessible Australian sources of music, instruments and just about anything to do with Celtic music.


http://www.cic.ie/ Connemara music shop and record company.They have produced many outstanding recordings of music. Also a large supply of Irish language books/CDs/reference material.

www.custysmusic.com Traditional music shop in Ennis,Co Clare. Highly recommended by many people.


http://www.elderly.com/ Online music supplies, large range of gear CDs, instruments, strings etc. and even novelty items, right up to Marshall stacks and recording equipment.

http://www.fqms.com/ First Quality Music Supplies. They have a large range of accessories, good gear and no rubbish

http://www.ossian.ie/ Music shop in Cork City. Good quality stuff.


Other Cool Celtic Stuff


Rowan's celtic icons and clip art collection These are the icons we used throughout this website.The are great and we highly recommend them to other webpage builders.