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Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Concert & Festival 2018


Sun 3 Jun 2018, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Child: $20.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: ceolaneas

Just like summer schools in Ireland, the Ceol Aneas (Irish Gaelic for Music of the South) Festival, held annually in Nelson, features a long holiday weekend in celebration of Irish traditional music.

With a Ceili Dance on Saturday night, a concert on Sunday night and sessions all round town, Nelson is the place to be for lovers of Irish trad. music

The highlight of the Ceol Aneas Festival is the tutors’ concert. Headlined by Bríd Harper and Dermot Byrne, the concert features each of the Ceol Aneas guest tutors and is a rare chance to experience Irish Traditional Music at it’s very best. Brid Harper and Dermott Byrne have been brought to NZ by Culture Ireland and Ceol Aneas.

Bríd is hailed as one of the leading exponents of Irish traditional fiddle playing. With a strong family musical heritage, she has won numerous prestigious fiddle awards including the Senior All Ireland, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fiddler of Dooney. Bríd has toured extensively and performed with many great musicians and is enormously respected both as a teacher and performer.

Dermot is revered for his virtuosity on the accordion. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. He is one of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year  2013. 

Joining them onstage are, from Ireland, Maggie Carty known for her unique voice and banjo accompaniment and Máirtín Staunton from Co. Mayo on flute, both currently living and teaching in Sydney. 

Based predominantly in northern England and now living in Australia, Jody Moran performed at international level with the Leeds Ceili Band and was a regular tutor at music festivals including Willie Clancy Summer School in Ireland. 

Australians Beth McCracken on flute, Kate Burke, known from Australia’s premier traditional Irish band “Trouble in the Kitchen” as a powerful and imaginative guitarist and Rob Zielinski, winner of Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddle Player of the year 2000, complete the lineup.

This concert guarantees an evening of spellbinding music that traditional music fans cannot afford to miss. Expect lively Irish music and “craic” with traditional song and toe tapping tunes from all the artists. 

On Saturday 2nd June at 6pm the Ceili Dance with called dances and live musicians is fun for all ages will be at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts, tickets at the door on the night.

Also on Saturday afternoon, a singing session, focusing on Irish song is on at Yaza Cafe. Free to attend and all welcome.

The sound of traditional Irish music will be heard from 8 pm till late at The Free House, The Wakatu and East Street Cafe & Bar in Church Street. The sessions provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

More information about the festival and the musicians can be found on the website.More information about the Ceol Aneas festival and the musicians can be found on