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Live Reviews

CLARSACH, CLO IS CANAN - CONNECTING HARP, CLOTH AND LANGUAGE: A MUSICAL JOURNEY - Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 5 April 2016

This concert, in part sponsored by the Harris Tweed company and commemorating the 125th anniversary of An Comunn Gaidhealach (The Gaelic Society), stood out as being of special interest on initial perusal of this year's programme for Edinburgh's annual extravaganza of harp music. It proved every bit as enjoyable and instructive as anticipated, but before concentrating one's attention on this show, mention must be made, albeit briefly, of the variety of musical delights from all over the world that had been on offer during the three days leading to this showpiece.

KINCORA TRADITIONAL WEEKEND - Killaloe & Ballina - 14-17 April 2016

This festival, now in its fourth year, continues to delight and educate. The original committee, chaired by local resident, Michael Hackett, was in the first instance keen to restore teaching and performance opportunities within the area which, strangely for two bordering counties steeped in traditional music, were lacking in the twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe.