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The Connaught Bird Song Concert (In association with 'Tunes in the Church')

Featuring singers Tim Lyons, Mary McPartlan, Anne Skelton, Brian O'Rourke, Martin Ryan and Johnny Mháirtín Learaí.

8pm, Saturday the 23rd of May 2015.
St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard Street, Galway City. (The ‘Tunes in the Church’ Venue) 
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Admission €5. (Includes tour of church) Monies taken at the door.


The Bird Song Project has being devised and produced by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune for Bealtaine 2015. The project will see Michael and Aileen work with 33 older traditional singers throughout the island on the collection, research and performance of songs, from within the Irish tradition, which feature or reference birds or birdsong.

The resulting bird songs will be performed at five concerts which will take place in the four provinces of Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught with a fifth concert in Dublin. Sixteen Traditional Singing Circles were also invited and have become part of the wider project by hosting their own bird song themed night during the month of May 2015.

It is estimated that between the concerts and Singing Circle nights, over 300 songs in relation to birds will be sung across the country in May. All of the concerts plus the Singing Circle events will be recorded and made available on the project website in June 2015. The project has been commissioned by Age and Opportunity/BEALTAINE 2015 with the support of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and The National Library of Ireland.


The other Bird Song Concerts include:

The Leinster Bird Song Concert
Wed 6th of May, The National Library,
Kildare Street, Dublin City, 7.30pm. Adm. €5

Featuring Paddy Berry, Phil Berry, John O’Byrne,
Mary O'Brien, Alannah O’Kelly, Gerry Cullen
and Páidrigín Ní Uallachaín.


The Ulster Bird Song Concert
Sat 9th of May, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin,
37 Mórshráid Shéamais, Derry City, 8pm. Adm. £4

Featuring John Tunney, Brigid Tunney,
Jim MacFarland, Jackie Boyce, Grace Toland,
Rita Gallagher and Maurice Leyden.


The Dublin Bird Song Concert
Wed 13th of May, The National Library,
Kildare Street, Dublin City, 7.30pm. Adm. €5

Featuring Luke Cheevers, Niamh Parsons,
Francie Devine, Tony McGaley, Tom Finn,
Eugene McEldowney and Anne Buckley.


The Munster Bird Song Concert
Sat 16th of May, Cúl Na Smear Hall,
Cúl Na Smear, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8pm.
Adm. €5

Featuring Tim Dennehy, Larry Joy, Senan Lillis,
Máire Ní Chéileachair, Ann Mulqueen
and Michéal Marrinan.


Please visit to find out more about the 16 Singing Circle Events also.

If you have any questions please contact Michael on 087 6470247 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.