Concertina Cruinniú 2023

Concertina Cruinniú 2023

Friday, 10 February 2023, 8.30pm

Oidhreacht an Chláir – Clare Institute for Traditional Studies presents

11th Annual Concertina Cruinniú
Féile Mhór an Chonsairtín
Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
10–12 February 2023



Lecture & Recital: Defining the Irish Concertina. Liam O’Connor discusses with Noel Hill his recording, 35 years ago, of The Irish Concertina, with tunes from the album.
This event will be recorded for ITMA
Venue: Community Centre.
Admission €10. Free for registered students.

Cosán Ceoil in selected pubs, with some of the leading concertina players and other musicians.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.



9.00am Grading for classes at Miltown Malbay Community Centre.

10.00am - 1.00pm (Short Break 11.15am)
Classes at Community Centre and other venues.
• Masterclass with Noel Hill. Pre-registration required.
• Comh-Cheol Consairtín (Concertina Ensemble Class) with Jack Talty. Pre-registration required.

All classes will be overseen by Master Tutor Noel Hill and conducted by a panel of experienced musicians and tutors: Colm Browne, Sorcha Curtin, Edel Fox, Bernie Geraghty, Noel Hill, Mairead Hurley, Claire Keville, Jacqueline McCarthy, Mary MacNamara, Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil, Liam O’Brien, Conor O’Loughlin and Jack Talty.

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Lecture: Dr Jack Talty “A Tale of Two Townlands”. Exploring the development of a Concertina Tradition in Lissycasey and Caherea.
Venue: Community Centre.
Admission €5. Free for registered students.

2.30pm – 4.30pm
Open Junior Session, led by Josephine Marsh and Bernie Geraghty.
Venue: Central Hotel.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.

2.30pm – 4.30pm
Open Adult Session, led by Conor, Brian and Keith O’Loughlin.
Venue: Cleary’s Bar.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.

4.30pm – 5.30pm
The Listening Room:
Noel Hill and Paddy Glackin.
Venue: Westbridge Bar and Restaurant. Admission €10. Free for registered students.

6pm to 7pm 
The Listening Room 
Claire Kevile  Breda Keville Terence O ‘Reilly
Venue: Westbridge Bar and Restaurant
Admission  euro  10 Free for Registered students 

8.30pm - 10.00pm
CONCERTLiam O’Brien, Derek Hickey, Ciara Ní Bhriain
and Libby McCrohan, followed by
BUTTONS & BOWS featuring Jackie Daly, Séamus McGuire, Manus McGuire & Garry O’Briain.
Venue: Community Centre.
Admission €20. Cruinniú students €10.

Cosán Ceoil in selected pubs, with some of the leading concertina players and other musicians.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.


10.00am - 1.00pm (Short Break 11.15am)
Classes at Community Centre and other venues.

2.30pm - 5.30pm
Songs and Tunes
Tim Dennehy, Ann Kirrane, Padraic Keane and Conor Connolly.
Venue: The Forge at The Players Bar.
Admission free.


Fee: For two days’ tuition and admission to all events.
Except Saturday night Concert.
Early Bird Registration: €60. Students must register and pay by 31st January 2023 to avail of this. €80 thereafter.

Please Register and pay online at
Contact eolas [at]
or 087-2897935, 087-6889239

General Information/Eolas Ginearálta
The Concertina Cruinniú is an annual community non-commercial event organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir to promote the musical and cultural heritage of Clare.
Free admission to The Music Makers of West Clare Visitor Centre for students.
Students and visitors must arrange their own accommodation and transport. There is a wide variety of accommodation in the Miltown Malbay area. See

Is iad Oidhreacht an Chláir a eagraíonn an Cruinniú Consairtín bliantúil, le tacaíocht uathu seo a leanas:
Arts Council of Ireland
Shannon Images
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Gabhaimid buíochas ar leith freisin le hIonad Pobail Shráid na Cathrach.

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