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Claymore at Koroit

Alert Down Under! Catch the terrific Australian band Claymore Saturday, April 29 at the 10th Koroit Irish Festival near Warnambool in Victoria, Australia. This area, having a strong connection with both the early Irish and Scottish settlers to Australia, is steeped in the Celtic tradition, art and music. With nearby towns like Killarney and Belfast, this link is hard to miss and the town of Port Fairy just minutes up the road is the home of Australia's Largest Folk Festival, attracting more than 25,000 visitors.

The Koroit Irish Festival began in 1997 and has since grown to a fun, energetic celebration of the town's traditional Irish heritage. Held on the last weekend in April or first weekend in May, it features a renowned Danny Boy competition, as well as food, fun and entertainment, including Irish music from local and national acts. The biggest day falls on the Saturday, when the town's main street is blocked to traffic for a street parade, stalls and entertainment.

Claymore have long been recognized as one of Australia's premier Celtic folk/rock bands, and have built up a huge local and now international reputation and fan base. This is one of the last festivals they will play in Australia before heading off to Europe on their latest international tour -- which will see them perform for the third time at the world's largest Celtic festival, Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France. This year more than 500,000 people are expected to attend and for the first time ever at the festival, the featured country will be Australia!

For more information, check out Claymore's official website at: and be sure to listen to the music samples on their Discography pages!


How fortunate we are to have ready access to great Celtic music and DVDs of Irish dance shows that have emerged in the past decade, starting with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The music can't be beat, thanks to brilliant composers like Bill Whelan (Riverdance) and Ronan Hardiman (Lord of the Dance), but it's not so easy in some parts of the world to simply pick up a copy at a local record shop, order from an independent retailer, or click on an Amazon order. Thanks to an alert fan, Alexander in Rostov, Russia, we learn that Ronan Hardiman is the composer of the Riverdance music -- at least as far as this "bootleg" copy of "Ronan Hardiman, Riverdance II" is concerned!

Apparently there are tracks from both Lord of the Dance and Riverdance on this CD, and possibly also Feet of Flames. There seems to be a "tradition" among pirates to put their own logo on the artwork as kind of a joke, or mockery, and in this case it appears to be a Ukrainian group, "Invisible Halahup". See images of the artwork: 1, 2, 3, 4

Alexander goes on to write: "The more exciting story is Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames DVDs (even in Moscow stores) -- the box looks like legal. But when you open it you find usual DVD-R with corresponding freehand note!"

Red Hurley

One of Ireland's top singers, Red Hurley is a household name in Ireland, dating back to the era of Show Bands. He has represented Ireland handsomely in the Eurovision Song Contest, and has amassed quite a discography, the most recent being, ‘You’re Still You’ -- filled with gorgeous music.

Red also happens to be the brother of one of the Celtic Cafe's favorite people, Olive Hurley, whose Irish dance instructional videotapes and DVDs have been responsible for many happy feet in the Celtic Cafe community worldwide!

Click on the image for an exclusive Celtic Cafe interview with Red Hurley.

Celtic Woman

Launched just over a year ago, the super group out of Ireland known as "Celtic Woman" has captivated audiences everywhere. Their original performance at the Helix in Dublin was recorded for Public Television stations across the United States, and the airings and re-airings on PBS created a demand for concert tours, which have garnered standing ovations on three continents. Their success has been absolutely phenomenal, but not surprising, because of the sheer talent of these lovely ladies, Chloe, Deirdre, Lisa, Meav, Orla, and fiery fiddler Mairead, under the direction of David Downes, former Musical Director of Riverdance.

The Celtic Woman CD has been certified gold and the DVD has been certified platinum, and the performers' solo albums have climbed the charts. Listen to music samples at Amazon.

Learn more at the official Celtic Woman website: and try to catch the remainder of this second U.S. tour while you have a chance:

Photo Credit: Gary Gershoff

Camp Rince Provence

Oh, to be an Irish dancer and be able to attend this very special summer camp in the beautiful Provence region of Southern France from 13th-20th August! Instructors include some of the world's very best, leads from Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, such as Sarah Clark, Joanne Doyle, Breandan de Gallai and Stephen Scariff.

The location of the camp is at Salons Sainte Victoire, located next to Aix-en-Provence, in the village of Trets, at the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain which was made famous through the paintings of Paul Cézanne.

For photos and more information, go to the official website:

Liffey Rivers

Irish dancers and those who are fans of the dance will love Brenna Briggs' book Liffey Rivers and the Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown! Non-dancers immersed in the world of Irish dance shows, as are so many of us here in the Celtic Cafe community, will appreciate not only the glimpse into the world of feiseanna through the eyes of the thirteen-year-old heroine, but the glossary at the end of this thoroughly enjoyable little mystery novel. Although written to appeal mostly to 9- to 13-year-old girls, adults reading the book can enjoy the obvious satirical elements throughout the story.

Learn more about Liffey Rivers at the official website: or at Amazon.

Cora and Breda Smyth

Cora and Breda Smyth
Cora and Breda Smyth,
sisters from County Mayo who have won over 40 All-Ireland titles, are long-time favorites of the Celtic Cafe for their years of touring with Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. Cora and Breda recently collaborated on an exciting self-titled album of the music they've loved and shared together and a successful tour of Ireland and Germany.

Cora is now back on tour with Celtic Tiger, and she and Breda are looking forward to touring together again later in the year!

Niall O'Leary

New Irish Music Session on Wednesdays in Manhattan!
Niall O'LearyEvery Wednesday, 7pm-10pm, starting Wednesday April 12 at Lunasa, 116 First Ave. (7th Street & St. Marks' Place)

Hosted by noted Irish dance instructor and musician Niall O'Leary (Accordion, spoons and shoes)
For further details, log on to

Fifth Annual Irish Arts Center NYC Irish Dance Festival - Sunday, May 7, 2006
See Niall in this Celebration of Irish Dance with other notables such as Donny Golden, Mick Moloney, Darrah Carr, Kieran Jordan, the Inishfree School and Kathleen Collins. Free Admission for children.

12 noon - 10pm (rain or shine) at Pier 63 on the Hudson River in Manhattan (W. 23rd St. & Westside Hwy) FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

For further information contact the Irish Arts Center at (212) 757-3318 or go to

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