Happy New Year from the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle

A very happy New Year to singers and song lovers around the world. We hope 2018 will bring you lots of opportunities to learn songs and sing – and better again if you could join us in Inishowen at one of our singing sessions or the Big Singing Weekend in March.

You can find the dates for our 2018 sessions on the website and our annual Singing Weekend will take place 23-26 March 2018. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we unveil news of guests and details of the Weekend activities.

Best wishes, The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle

Thank you one and all

Each year in Inishowen when we gather for the Singing Weekend, something special happens … it can’t be predicted … but it happened in 2016.

The Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle would like to thank everyone who took part in the 2016 event – singers, listeners, speakers, musicians, our schools & their teachers, hotel staff, landlords/ladies (landpersons?), bursary students, guests, the back stage crew: Michelle McGonigle, Linda McGonigle, Mary Joe, Gerard with his buses, Otto Schlindwein who was making the documentary, the audiovisual crew, Irish Traditional Music Archive staff, Paul Eliasberg our photographer … and you who travelled to be with us from Cloontagh to New York.

And a sincere thanks to our sponsors: the Arts Council of Ireland; Donegal County Council; Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick; Ceoltoir, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and


We will gather again, all going well, for the

28th Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

24-27 March 2017

Inishowen Singing Weekend 4–7 March 2016

Around the world, the plans are being made for the big trip to Inishowen … trains, planes, and automobiles … buses and lifts.  For some it will be a new adventure with maps and sat nav and for others it’s a  journey that’s been oft repeated.

The Singers’ Circle has been planning and gearing up Guests 2016for months now and is delighted that a great line up of events and guests is in place.

  We will celebrate all that is local and welcome new voices from other places.  As Ireland remembers 1916, we have asked our guest speakers to explore songs from Ireland and England of that period, to widen our appreciation of the songscape of these islands.

View  Brochure Inishowen 2016 here

Registration fees remain at €50 per person and can be paid when you arrive in the Ballyliffin Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday night.

PS If you intend arriving on Thursday night, the Derry Traditional  Singers Circle monthly session takes place that evening in Tinney’s Bar, Derry, hosted by Jim MacFarland.  It’s only up the road from Ballyliffin!

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