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Ceol Aneas Irish Music Concert & Festival

Ceol Aneas Irish Music Concert & Festival

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  • Sun 1 Jun ’14, 7:00pm – 9:45pm


Theatre Royal Nelson, 78 Rutherford St, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (booking fees apply): $30.00
  • Child (booking fees apply): $20.00
  • Student (booking fees apply): $20.00


Ceol Aneas

Nelson is the place to be for traditional Irish music over The Queen's Birthday holiday long weekend 30th May to 2nd June 2014.

Now in its 15th year, New Zealand’s only traditional Irish music festival, Ceol Aneas (kee-ol an-ass - which is music of the south) presents its showcase concert on Sunday evening. Headlined by the talented Mulcahy family from Ireland (exclusively for this festival), the concert features all the guest tutors for the festival.

The Mulcahy family from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, are All Ireland winning exponents of the highest quality traditional Irish dance music. Led by Mick Mulcahy, a living legend in Irish accordion-playing and joined by his multi-instrumentalist daughters Louise (flute, tinwhistle, also a gifted uilleann piper) and Michelle (fiddle, concertina and concert harp), the family has garnered fame in their native country and now offer their enthralling music to the world. Famous in Irish music circles for a rare repertoire of old tunes played in a highly distinctive style, these “pure” traditional musicians are a rare treat for a New Zealand audience.

“For those who really know their traditional music, The Mulcahy Family must rank as one of the most impressive musical families in Ireland today.” – Martin Hayes, from the sleeve notes of “Reelin’ in Tradition”

“If you like the ‘pure drop’, here it is – traditional Irish music at its natural, unadulterated and most seductive best” – The Irish Times

They are joined by Luke Plumb on Mandolin. From Australia, Luke is acknowledged world-wide as a gun mandolin player and composer. He is best known for his long-term membership of Edinburgh-based, six-piece Celtic fusion band “Shooglenifty”, a supremely dexterous and witty live band, their energetic performances have kept them in constant demand around the world.

New Zealand folk Music "Tui" award winning musicians Bob McNeill on Guitar, Brendyn Montgomery on Whistle and Barry MacDonald on Piano Accordion round out this years concert lineup.

An exciting, one-off opportunity to experience highly regarded musicians together in concert and for lovers of traditional Irish music, this is not to be missed. Expect a delightful night of “craic” and toe tapping tunes from each of the artists in various combination and some great original songs from singer/songwriter Bob McNeill.

Last years concert sold out so be in quick to avoid disappointment. 

Similar to the traditional Irish music summer schools in Ireland, the three day Ceol Aneas festival has a concert, a ceili dance, instrument tuition workshops and traditional Irish music sessions.

There will be plenty of music around Nelson to enjoy over the weekend. The Ceili Dance with live musicians and a dance caller is fun for all. No experience necessary, come on your own, or bring your family and friends. Every one is welcome.

Sessions will be happening Friday, Saturday evenings from 8 pm and Sunday from 9.30 pm till late at The Free House in Collingwood Street, and East Street Cafe at Accents on the Park, Trafalgar Square.

More information can be found on the Ceol Aneas website.

With special thanks to our supporters and sponsors for their valued assistance in enabling this festival happen.

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